Why is pulling the leash so wrong ?

Why is pulling the leash so wrong ? 1000 668 Recipe for dog

Yelling, pulling, running, ashamed, oh my …

Strange owner’s habit during daily dog walks

I just came back from outside. Here in Canada, it’s so freaking cold. Minus 30 degrees to be exact, in March… and i can even feel the super cold freezing at the tip of my fingers. It’s a pain but it’s worth it for the sake of my dogs.

Frozen fruits in the forest of Canada


Walking dogs is one of the most important things you should schedule in your day for physical and mental health. Not just for you but for your dog too. If your dog tends to be aggressive or look depressed, it might be because your dogs need exercise outside to drain the energy and keep the mind stimulated.

I was walking in the forest near 9 pm. The moon was so bright making it look like the day time, it was so beautiful.

A daily walk in winter with the dogs in freezing Canada



But on the way back home, we crossed another dog. A Shepard. I really like this dog. Unfortunately, people tend to fear this race due to the size and myth that Shepard is aggressive which is not true obviously.

So we were walking and as usual, my 3 dogs start to bark. I know it’s annoying but i am not the type of person to turn my dogs into submissive dogs. I prefer they enjoy life as long as there is a balance in barking.

Then, a few meters away from the Shepard, he started to do the crying/barking thing. Normally, i know this attitude is because the dog just wants to come closer and want to meet my dogs. It’s normal to me and i even feel it’s a pity for the dog. Kind of “I feel the dog is lacking affection”. So, i kept walking with confident attitude because this is what you have to do normally but the problem is closer we were, more stressed the owner was because his dog was trying to come closer to us while he was pulling the leash to stop the Shepard. In short words, it’s like he was saying to his dog, stop barking or we won’t go say hello. I know, some people will say it’s ok but there is a better way to handle this situation.

But, do you know why his dog was barking more and more?

Because the owner was pulling the leash.


Pull the leash = Dog Barking = Dog become crazy


Yelling at your dog = Dog Barking


Solution = Follow the river, calm, but don’t go opposite


You know we all do that. The dog started barking then we pull the leash and start shouting “stop”, “no”, “bad girl”, “bad boy” …

Problem is more you pull the leash, more your dog is pulling as well and it becomes madness.

If the “sitting exercise” is not working, then all you have to do is to when you cross another dog is keep the leash shorter and walk slowly to the other dog. If you stop walking and pull the leash, your dog will only bark higher and pull stronger. Just do the opposite, “follow the river”. Just walk slowly to the other dogs and your dog will calm down and do what they all do … smell at each other and go back to their routine. It’s very simple actually. Don’t feel ashamed of your dog or even scared. With time, you can practice the sit exercise but in the meantime, this works very well, at least for us so I guess it will for you as well.

In the end, I felt very bad because the owner turned back home and the dog didn’t have his daily walk, just because the owner was ashamed of his dog cry/barking thing.

I will never stop my daily walk just because my dog starts barking, it doesn’t make sense.

Actually, if they bark like this, it’s a sign they need much more exercise so i start jogging with the 3 dogs and then, they become like potato and even ignore the other dogs 😉

The conclusion is, your dog is no different than kids. They all want to say hello, touch and smell each other and then once it’s done, they go back to their stuff. Simple as that. Let’s not forget the whole point of walking dogs is to drain their energy so once back home, they are calm, relax and it’s really working!

Skip one day and you will see the difference.

99% of the time, the dog’s problem is from the owner attitude.

Please try this and you will see, walking your dog will become much interesting for your dog and more pleasant for you as well which is important. Walking dogs should be fun, not a task 🙂


What to do if your dog ate grass? [Don’t panic, it’s normal]

What to do if your dog ate grass? [Don’t panic, it’s normal] 750 422 Recipe for dog

Why is your dog eating grass?

Please, do not panic if your dog ate grass. It is 100% safe, do not worry. Your dog is not a human.  Therefore, all dogs need grass once a while. 🙂

When I walk my dogs with friends, too often i see them pulling the leash as soon as they start eating grass but the question is, is it ok or, it’s unsafe for my dog to eat grass?

Here the answer

Don’t be alarmed if you see your dog grazing on your lawn. Not only it’s totally normal and 100% safe but it’s even healthy. Actually, you even should let your dog eating it. I keep saying, dogs are not human but animals from the wolves generation and in the wild, it has been seen wild dogs, coyotes, and wolves eating grass once a while.

Here’s why

There is three main reasons why they need grass.

First, upset stomach push dogs to eat grass to help to vomit and reject what is upsetting their stomach. So if your dog suddenly starts grazing at your lawn ending up vomiting, rest assure that is totally normal. No need to call the vet. Notice how your dog looks better after vomiting. (Yes I know, it’s strange but it’s natural for dogs).

My dog is eating grass because that day, she didn't feel good after she ate something in the house that she was not suppose to ...

My dog is eating grass because that day, she didn’t feel good after eating something in the house that she wasn’t supposed to … (Bad girl)

And then, it was just before she vomit after eating the grass

And then, here she goes …

The second reason is to help to digest. When i let my dogs going outside in the backyard, i often see two of them eating grass without vomiting. They just graze like a tiny cow for around 15 minutes.

What you should worry about though is if the grass has some kind of chemical product that some people use for killing worms or destroy dandelion. Anything that is related to herbicides and pesticides used on lawns can be quite toxic, especially if ingested. In that case, i would probably prevent my dog to eat grass since it’s dangerous for them or stop using these kinds of chemical.


Another place you should worry about is in the parking lot at your shopping mall. The grass is so dirty that i would not even eat on the grass myself.

But around the home or in the forest, it’s 100% safe.

I have no proof about it but some say grass “might” treat intestinal worms.

In my opinion, for treating intestinal worms, i would go with the pills from the vet or using a natural way such as adding a tiny piece of garlic twice a week mixed in the food. Yes, garlic, not onion of course! Garlic served in a  very small amount is totally safe and even good for eyes and the intestine. Even though many claim garlic is dangerous for dogs, please, trust my strong culinary experience, it is safe if served in a very small amount. I serve it to my dogs for over 15 years and all my student in the seminars are doing the same without any side effect.

The third reason could be caused by nutritional deficiency or iron deficiency. If you feed your dog with exclusively dry food, it could be the reason. If you feed with raw meat, maybe there is something missing in your diet, probably fiber or iron. Please consider adding other food to the meal such as broccoli or food high in iron.

As a side note

if you see your dog licking at sand outside or even sand in your floor’s garage, it’s probably caused by malnutrition, iron deficiency again, same as the grass i mentioned above. It’s easy to fix by providing well-balanced food. I always recommend, raw meat with veggies and vitamins. Normally, it fixes everything unless your dog as some sort of allergies to raw food.

By the way, if your dog eats sand, this is NOT so good. It will upset the stomach and i can guarantee you that your dog will be sick later the same day (several hours of vomiting) and eventually, will skip the dinner. But the next day all will be back to normal. Dogs vomit either because they are starving, thirsty or to release something bad they previously ate.

Once, my dog found a cheese still in the aluminum packaging. She ate the whole cheese with the paper. Later near dinner time, she started to make strong noise from her stomach. I knew she ate something wrong. And then once she started to vomit, there was a piece of the aluminum paper in the vomiting. They always vomit to recover from something. It is your duty to find why as a responsible owner 🙂 Yes, i know, so much work but we love them, right !! 🙂


The grass is safe for dogs. I won’t say i would replace a meal with only grass but it provides nutrition and it’s even high in fiber.

If you’re unsure what’s safe in your garden, check the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center web site, which maintains a list of toxic and non-toxic plants.


Thank you again for reading for the love of your dog(s).