Today, we want to introduce you to Ethel – a pup who had a hard life that was rescued from our amazing donation partner, Simi Valley Missing Pets. Simi Valley Missing Pets was started by the amazing duo – Doug and Jenn. It started off as a place where the community can get together to look for… you guessed it, missing pets. Owners can post their missing pet on their Facebook page to see if anyone has seen their pet. If the missing pet doesn’t find their owner after 30 days, the dog is fixed and all medical needs are taken care of and sent to a foster home until they can find their forever home.
Ethel is a special pup that their volunteer Brittany fell in love with. Here’s her story:
Ethel, is now an almost 5 month old little girl who was taken in by Simi Valley Missing Pets from Bakersfield shelter when she was 10 weeks old. They called Jenn from Simi Valley Missing Pets and asked that she take this little girl who had just been brought in with some facial deformities and was malnourished. Of course Jenn agreed and then I asked to foster her. When I got her home, my husband and I weighed her and she was all of 8 pounds. You could see all of her ribs, and the fur on the end of her tail was missing. When we picked her up, it was almost as though her chest would collapse inward because she was just so frail. Ethel was immediately put on DOG for DOG Grain Free Salmon Formula (her skin was flakey and red under her armpits so grain free seemed to be the way to go!). She eats 3 cups of DOG for DOG dry food a day as well as gets her DOGSBUTTER in her chew bones for treats. She is now 27 pounds, all of her fur grew in beautifully, she no longer has irritated skin, and she is as solid and healthy as they come! DOG for DOG helped her gain a much needed 2 pounds, on average, a week and her coat looks gorgeous!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and we couldn’t agree more with these Before and After photos.
Also, a HUGE thank you to those who have joined our POUND for POUND movement. As a small token of our appreciation, we are offering a $5 off coupon for any bag of DOGSFOOD at your local PetSmart store. Click here for the coupon: http://snip.ly/7wwln. To redeem, either print the coupon or show it on your phone.
“It is time to feed every dog in every shelter across North America.” – Rocky Kanaka, founder of DOG for DOG
Today, we have an important message from our Founder, Rocky Kanaka.
DOG for DOG was found with one mission: to feed dogs in need. With the amazing support from our friends and family and all of you that have joined our movement, we have been able to donate thousands and thousands of pounds of food to dogs in need. Though the perception of shelter dogs is rapidly changing, there are still many homeless dogs that need our food donation. So why do we need investors? It’s because we are growing so rapidly. We need your help in feeding every dog in every shelter across North America. Will you join the POUND for POUND movement?
Are you an investor that can help us feed more dogs in need? Email Rocky directly at: email@example.com
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On behalf of DOG for DOG, our hearts go out to those impacted by the devastating Fort McMurray wildfire crisis. We know during a crisis, many dogs are displaced and we need YOUR help! Visit any PetSmart store throughout Canada from now until May 20th and purchase any DOG for DOG product. For every product sold, we will donate an equal amount of DOGSFOOD to the displaced dogs of the wildfire. Find your nearest PetSmart Store here.
Did you know: May 3rd is National Specially-abled Pets Day (formerly Disabled Pets Day)? Now here’s a holiday we can get behind! Specially-abled Pets Day celebrates these amazing and heroic animals, helps to educate the public about caring for disabled pets and finds homes for orphaned, specially-abled pets. Founded in 2006 and internationally embraced, the decision was made to change the original name when founder Colleen Paige felt that it just didn’t fit. “The name held too negative a connotation… because these pets are very able! Pets that become challenged due to disease, birth flaws or injuries, tend to develop greater senses than your average pet. Most of the time it’s as if they never had to readjust to life… and we need to keep up with them!” Celebrated on May 3rd annually, National Specially-abled Pets Day encourages adoption always and hopes that people who would like to bring a new furry family member home will consider a specially-abled pet.
A PetFinder poll found special needs pets are the third-hardest animals to place, behind senior pets and bully breeds. Many of these “less adoptable” pets spend up to two years waiting for a forever home, more than four times the average wait. This is just part of why we always condone adoption over buying here at Dog for Dog, and today we’d like to talk about the advantages and key points of adopting a specially-abled dog. This is, of course, beyond the very obvious point that choosing to adopt a dog with special needs in many cases means saving the life of that dog or at the very least (if they’re coming from rescue), means that you’re taking on an amazing task that few would even consider facing. Special needs can encompass various disabilities, chronic medical conditions and behavioral issues. Some common problems among cats and dogs include missing one or more limbs, hind limb paralysis, deafness and or blindness, diabetes, allergies, urinary tract infections and lack of socialization. Some pets might require diapers, ramps, support slings, regular medication, and dog training and/or pet socialization classes.
One set of limited skills can bring out a whole new set of advantages. Pamela Nakamura wasn’t necessarily looking to adopt a special needs pet when she came across a beautiful yellow Lab named Max two years ago. “I knew from his photo that he was missing an eye,” says Pamela. “I didn’t want him to get passed by and I really wanted to give him a good home.” While Max is a little clumsier than your average dog (he has a tendency to bump into fences and walls) he has surprising mouth-eye coordination that makes him excellent at playing fetch, says Pamela. Learning to walk him was a little awkward in the beginning. However, she quickly learned if she keeps him on her right side that she’s within his eyesight and he feels safe and content. Overall, the past two years with Max has been really positive and Pamela says she wouldn’t hesitate adopting a special needs pet again.
Consider the commitment. Rochelle Michalek, the executive director of Paws Chicago, a no-kill shelter that rescues and adopts out injured and healthy pets in the Windy City, says that “Animals with disabilities are incredibly adaptable and despite their injuries can still be functional and even find a way to play. We put animals in homes where there is a commitment to succeed. People who adopt disabled pets ought to be of the proactive set. The environment at home has got to meet the needs of the pet and owners have to be committed to providing exercise, stimulation and training when necessary. Paw’s philosophy is one of education. We really talk about the cost of medical care so people in tricky financial situations know what they are taking on.” Her rescue also offers foster-to-adopt setups, where potential adopters can take their new bud home for a few weeks to make sure the new situation is one that works for both the pup and their human counterpart.
Stay open minded. In “The Power of Three Legs,” co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society Faith Maloney says that nowadays disabled animals are often the first to be adopted at the shelter. “It wasn’t long ago that any animal coming into a shelter with a defect – be it three legs or one eye – was considered unadoptable and automatically destroyed,” says Maloney. “But just as there are trends for certain breeds of pets, the trend now in adoptions is toward animals that come with publicity attached or with readily apparent war wounds.” This isn’t necessary a good thing – with the rise of so many “animal celebrities,” shelters are often overwhelmed with adoption requests for a few pets at the expense of many others. While this publicity can be a boon for the pet in question, there’s only one available for adoption; many potential adopters will leave empty-handed without considering other animals.
Blindness in a pet doesn’t mean you’ll have to hawkeye them 24/7. Actually, blind cats and dogs are no different than other animals! A blind pet doesn’t know what blindness is or that he or she has it, so they act like a regular dog or cat. “Blind cats can do pretty much everything that a seeing cat can do,” says Blind Cat Rescue, a permanent housing sanctuary in North Carolina. “They can climb trees, climb up on top of cabinets and get into places that you cannot figure out how they did it.” When caring for a blind pet, it’s important to maintain a consistent household. This means keeping food and water bowls, litter boxes and furniture in the same spots; blind pets navigate using their other senses, so moving things can confuse them. Dog trainer Cesar Millan recommends blocking off dangerous areas like stairs or pools with a baby gate, and laying down carpet runners or creating a “sniff path” of air fresheners on your pet’s regular route.
Deaf dogs are still totally trainable. Many animal shelters initially can’t tell if a pet is deaf; they look and act just like a regular pup – because they are. While many deaf dogs are easily started even by the lightest touch, with regular training they can be desensitized. “Deaf dog owners do take special measures to alert the dog to their presence before walking up to, or touching the dog,” says the Deaf Dog Education and Action Fund. A vibrating or “vibe” collar is used to train deaf dogs in a way similar to clicker training. Because dogs rely more on visual cues and body language than spoken words – they don’t understand English, after all – training a deaf dog is no more difficult than with a regular pup. One pet parent even made news for teaching her deaf Great Dane American Sign Language and many trainers teach their hearing dogs ASL commands as well.
Tripawds have an extra zest for life, in case you didn’t already know! While it’s true an animal amputee won’t be winning any races, the majority of dogs and cats get along just fine on three legs. Many report their three-legged pets are particularly spunky. Tripawds, a community for pet parents of three-legged animals, encourages strengthening your dog’s abdominal core muscles to compensate for missing limbs, rather than excessive walks or runs. Many tripawd dogs wear a special harness that allows for easy maneuvering of stairs and cars, while others can provide extra support. The location of the missing limb can make initial recovery difficult for some pets. “The front leg accounts for approximately 70 percent of the dog’s strength and balance,” says Seattle pet hydrotherapist Sheila Wells. “That is why front-leg amputees often have a more difficult time adjusting to their new state. The rear can follow but the front has to lead.” In any case, there’s no need for a long face when you spot a three-legged doggie!
Inspired and obsessed yet? Check out these six heroic special needs animals and check out the official website of NSAPD for a list of blogs all about special needs animals. In the comments below, tell us about your special needs pet or a favorite one you’ve met!
“All too often I think Specially-abled Pets are overlooked because people are worried it will cost too much money to care for them or that it’ll just take too much work. That is not the case. Most animals, especially those that are blind in one eye or missing a leg, do just as well as if they had no issues at all. Dogs in wheelchairs can run around chasing balls, playing with other dogs and romping through water. Even totally blind animals can chase toys by sniffing them out. Animals are so resilient. They just need a chance to show us what courageous little heroes they are!” – Colleen Paige
It may be a tiny holiday in the grand scheme of a packed year of days to celebrate, but April 22nd is Earth Day, something we can all get behind – no matter where we reside on planet earth. The internet will quickly fill with genius and helpful ways to go eco-friendly in your day to day life in a variety of ways and means, but we wanted to focus on one particular part of your life that could likely use a little eco-magic – that’s right, dog lovers. It’s time to reduce your carbon paw-print. We’ve rounded up some simple and tried-and-true methods for greenifying your life as pet parent, and while none of us can expect perfection or overnight change, taking a few small steps in the right direction can have a huge effect in the overall. We hope you’ll consider giving some of these tricks a go!
Reduce or replace your paper towel use. Most of us are guilty of using copious amounts of paper towels in our day to day life, and especially grab them for help cleaning up after our pets. But those rolls of paper, however endlessly useful, are no bueno for the environment. Consider using regular towels or rags instead of paper towels to clean up after your pet. If you just can’t break the paper towel cycle, consider using reusable personal hand towels that are machine-washable.
Ditch the dumpster. Many items that your pet no longer uses or has grown out of might still be able to be put to use at a shelter. Call your local shelter to see if they need any of the items (old beds, blankets, towels, collars, etc.), or organize a swap with friends and neighbors.
Choose poop bags wisely. Instead of using plastic bags to pick up after your dog or clean the litter box, use biodegradable bags. They typically break down in about 1 month as opposed to an estimated 1,500 years for a plastic bag in a landfill. Cat litter is also available in all-natural and biodegradable forms, and you can even consider making your own pet waste compost container.
Ditch the extra paper.If you are still mailing checks to your favorite animal charity, switch to online or telephone donations or automatic direct debiting from a bank account (and go paperless on statements).
Check the labels. Do your existing products use eco-friendly materials and packaging? Check the labels to see what is inside the product and if the bottle or container is recyclable or made of biodegradable materials. Stuck with plastic? Recycle after use. Purchasing eco-friendly pet products is a simple change, but it can really help lower the environmental impact of your pets. Dog owners, for example, can find manydifferent varieties of shampoo on the market that use natural or sustainably-sourced ingredients. For cat owners, kitty litter can be an environmental concern as it often does not biodegrade. Thankfully there are litter products available made from biodegradable or recycled materials. You can also reduce the chemicals in your home by making your own cleaners and deodorizers. Instead of spraying over a pet smell, you might already have everything you need right in your pantry.
No more plastic bottles, evvvvvver! This is one of the most simple and important moves we humans can make. If you use plastic bottles for your pet’s water or for taking water with you when you go out, install a filter on your tap and use a permanent, washable bottle instead of plastic.
Bring reusable bags to your local pet store. We all remember to do it at the grocery store, but those same reusable totes will work well on your next trip to the vet or pet store. When heading out with your pet, grab one to to carry things back home with you.
Make your own food and treats, when possible. Many animals can live on perfectly healthy diets with meals made at home. Consult your veterinarian for advice. Homemade treats are another way to use ingredients you already have while saving a trip to the store and reducing packaging waste. Otherwise, yet another way to decrease the environmental impact of our pets is to choose pet food from companies with a commitment to the planet. At TerraCycle, they have partnered with pet food brands Open Farm and Wellness TruFood to open free recycling programs for pet food bag waste, allowing anyone to send in their pet food bags for recycling. Family pets are able to have their favorite sustainably produced food, while packaging waste is diverted from the landfill.
Think about storage. Use a washable and reusable container to store food and treats instead of a plastic bag.
Ditch the paper plates. If you feed your pet food, treats or scraps by placing a paper plate on the floor, switch to a plate you can wash to reduce the paper waste. Designate or buy a plate that everyone knows is for the pet. Wash it separately by hand before storing it away from regular dishes.
Reduce driving. Do you drive to a dog park just to walk around? Look for closer parks or nature trails, or arrange walks or play dates with friends and neighbors with their pets.
Choose your toys wisely. Playtime can also be eco-friendly with the right products. For the cat owners, this list of eco-friendly toys boasts a wide range of fun things to keep your cat occupied. You will find everything from dye-free toys made with organic materials, to toys created with recycled or upcycled materials. To ensure old toys don’t end up in the trash, be sure to donate or upcycle them instead. You can always make your own toys as well! Cats love balls of aluminum foil, hair ties, and paper towel rolls, while dogs will always be happy with an old ball from the garage.
Spay and neuter your pets. The exact number of strays in the United States may never be pinpointed, but the ASPCA estimates that there are over 70 million stray cats alone. Spaying or neutering your pets is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent further overpopulation. When strays – especially cats – multiply, they can severely disrupt the surrounding ecosystem. Feral cats are even listed on the Invasive Species Specialist Group’s list of worst invasive species on earth, and it is believed that they are responsible for over one billion animal deaths each year.
Lastly – and most importantly – adopt don’t shop. Please, please, adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue instead of buying. This has a cascading effect: Puppy mills will have reduced demand, fewer animals will be bred for profit, and much-needed available space will open up in shelters — where literally millions of pets are being euthanized each year in the U.S. simply because there isn’t enough room for them all.
Want even more tips? Check out a few other stories here, here, and here.
So, earth loving dog parents, what would you add to our list? And what measures have you already been taking in your day to day pet life to keep things kosher with the planet? We’d love to hear more of your tips and findings in the comments below!
April is Pet First Aid Awareness month and while we understand it can be exhausting learning or hearing about a new awareness month/day or week (unless it’s like national pizza or cupcake awareness day), this is an important one for pet owners to pay attention to. Of course, odds are in your favor that you won’t ever need a first aid kit and that your pup will go through their life without any major disasters. But as you well know, it never hurts to be prepared, because the reality is your dog could choke on a toy, get hit by a car, suffer a near drowning accident, or ingest one of the countless pet toxins found in the average home—from grapes to azaleas to acetaminophen to anything sweetened with xylitol. We definitely don’t want to scare anyone, but animals are surrounded by hazards, and these hazards sometimes lead to serious accidents. Being just a little prepared – both with information and with a tangible first aid kit – can help tremendously in the rare case that something does happen. To help out, we created a list of essentials to put in a first aid kit for your dog.
“What you do (or don’t do) in the first moments following an accident can often be the difference between life and death,” says Melanie Monteiro, a pet first aid instructor, dog safety consultant, and author of The Safe Dog Handbook: A Complete Guide to Protecting Your Pooch, Indoors and Out. “One such example is with choking. If your pet’s airway is completely obstructed by an object, there will be no time to go to the veterinarian for help—you need to take immediate action.” You can watch some of her amazing video instructions here. She also recommends signing up for a training course in your area. Check with your local Red Cross, humane organizations, or private companies such as PetTech. Lastly, buy a guide on pet first aid emergencies (most training courses include a guide). Her favorites are the Red Cross’ Dog First Aid and Cat First Aid and Pets America’s Pet First Aid & Disaster Response Guide.
A simple yet important place to start is by programming useful contacts into your mobile phone, to ensure that emergency numbers are at your fingertips and you don’t waste valuable time searching for them when needed. Program the phone numbers and addresses of your veterinarian and a 24-hour emergency animal hospital into your phone. If possible, save the addresses in your car’s GPS. You also always want to watch out for commonly found items that can be poisonous to canine companions. Human medications topped the list of pet toxins in 2010 as accidentally dropped or misplaced pills can seem like treats to our furry friends. Household toxins or cleaners, insecticides/rodenticides, and plants are also common toxins for dogs. Being aware of these toxins and exercising prevention can help keep your animals safe. The ASPCA Poison Control Center 24-hour hotline (1-888-426-4435) is another valuable resource to have in your address book.
Now for the first aid kit essentials! The first thing to do in the event of an accident or injury is to consult a veterinarian. Many of the items found in a first aid kit should only be administered under the vet’s guidance, but having them readily available allows for quicker treatment and can minimize pain or discomfort that your animal may be experiencing. Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. A smaller kit could be used in the car. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made (just one example, there are tons of varieties in all shapes and sizes available for purchase online and at local pet supply stores). If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid and keep one at home and make one to have in the car for when you’re on the go.
Here are some essential items:
Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag): proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other important medical records and a current photo of your pet (in case he gets lost)
A pet carrier
Muzzle or strip of fabric to prevent biting (in cases of severe pain during treatment but only when there is no injury to the throat or neck, vomiting, or difficulty breathing)
Blanket (foil emergency blanket)
Pediatric digital rectal thermometer plus water-based lubricant
Saline eye wash
Ear cleaning solution
Expired credit card or sample credit card (from direct-mail credit-card offers) to scrape away insect stingers
Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
Non-prescription antibiotic ointment
Penlight or flashlight
Plastic eyedropper or syringe
Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean the thermometer
Splints and tongue depressors
Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals, pet-supply stores, and your local pharmacy)
Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your pet’s collar when you travel)
Cut- and wound-care items, such as: hand sanitizer, antiseptic (povidone-iodine) solution such as Betadine, elastic or ace bandage (best case: self-cling bandage – bandage that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur – which is available at pet stores and from pet-supply catalogs), stretchable gauze, gauze pads, non-stick bandages, non-scented sanitary pads (for heavily bleeding wounds), first aid adhesive tape, blunt scissors
Hydrogen peroxide #3% USP (to induce vomiting)
Toxiban or other vet-approved activated charcoal (for use in certain poisoning emergencies)
Diphenhydramine antihistamine, or Benadryl (to counter allergic reactions)
Of course, each list of recommendations has their unique take on what all is needed in a kit. We think this more than covers the essentials, but you can find many more suggestions from the sites below. It’s always a good idea to check with your vet to see if they think you’re missing anything from whatever list you decide to go with, and to think about your own pet’s specific needs that might come up in an emergency scenario.
Want to know more quick tips? Our founder Rocky Kanaka has simple tips that you can follow today!
We hope you find this guide helpful and that it encourages you to learn about pet safety and ways to prevent accidents and prepare for the unexpected. In the comments below, please share any of your own tips to keep in mind for Pet First Aid Awareness!
Did you know that March 23rd is National Puppy Day!? Puppies are so adorable – their little paws, their big bellies, and how they are so excited about everything makes us squeal with joy. There is still this stigma that you can only adopt adult dogs which isn’t true at all. There are so many puppies that you can adopt at your local shelter or from your local rescue group. We want to introduce you to the puppies that are available for adoption from our donation partners. These rescue groups are amazing group of people that save many homeless dogs each month. To support their huge efforts, we donate DOGSFOOD on your behalf. We want to help them out a little more by introducing you to the puppies that are available for adoption. Please share this post with as any friends as possible. The power of social media is HUGE!
First up is Mario from Mary S. Roberts Adoption Center. Mario is an 11 week old Chihuahua puppy and you can tell he’s one happy pup because he was wagging his tail while having this photo taken. As for Mary S. Roberts Adoption Center, they have been helping pets for over 100 years which is impressive! Located in Riverside, CA – their facility is 17,000 square feet and they house many pets like Mario.
Gingersnap is a tiny little chihuahua mix puppy with so much love to give from Marley’s Mutts. Her siblings and her mom were rescued right before the Holidays. With the love from all the wonderful people at Marley’s Mutts, she’s come out of her shell. She will need to be adopted to a home that is familiar with small breeds because she’s so small. Small pup parents have to do the shuffle walk so you don’t accidentally step on them which is a breeze to do once you get used to it. Marley’s Mutts is an amazing rescue group that will take any dog in and have a soft spot for hard cases such as Hooch who has no tongue. They also have a brand new program with their local prison program. They take their adoptable dogs and have them train with the prisoners. The prisoners get to take comfort through dogs and the dogs earn the good canine certification, making them easier to adopt. Amazing stuff!
Big Tuna is the cuddliest puppy out of his siblings and is a Terrier mix. How could you not want to take him home with you!? Maeday Rescue is a small but mighty rescue based in Los Angeles, CA. They are very careful about making sure that their pup goes to the right home to ensure that they will live the happiest life. They spend a lot of time with each dog and are able to tell you all about them.
Puff is a 6 month old American Bulldog/ Boxer mix puppy available for adoption from Rocket Dog Rescue. She is a puff ball of energy and so much fun! Rocket Dog Rescue is a rescue group run solely by volunteers in San Francisco, CA. All dogs are placed in temporary foster homes so that the dogs are able to socialize and the rescue is able to learn all about the dog.
There’s only 1 thing that’s better than a puppy. More puppies! Simi Valley Missing Pets takes many puppies at high kill shelters. Unfortunately, puppies that are too young need a rescue to save them because the shelters don’t have enough resources to care for very young pups. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time and energy as they need to be bottle fed since they are separated from their moms. This is only about half of the puppies that SVMP has available for adoption so please check out their Facebook page for their most current list.
Meet Bailey and Blarney, 2 lab mixed puppies that will be ready for a home in about 6 weeks from Detroit Dog Rescue. Detroit Dog Rescue is the first and only No-Kill shelter in the city of Detroit and leaders of the movement. Like many cities who have seen in decline of economic growth, their has been a surge of families who are no longer able to afford their dogs. Our donated food helps DDR donate it to low income families who love their dog and need a little bit of help.
Fredarico is a charming, Chihuahua puppy available for adoption from Oregon Humane Society. Staring into his big doe eyes makes our hearts swoon. Oregon Humane Society adopts out a whopping 11,000 pets every year! What’s unique about them is that not only do they educate their community about adoption; they help with animal cruelty investigations to keep the pets safe.
Puppies are the cutest but they are also a lot of work. It takes consistent training, tons of patience, money, and lots of love and probably a ruined shoe or two. If you’re ready for the challenge and all of the love you will receive in return. Not ready for a puppy but still really want a dog? Adopt a senior dog. They just want a good meal and a good sleep. Either way, adopt don’t shop!
As we all well know, there’s not much dogs love more than a spoon (or Kong, or finger, or whatever else) full of peanut butter. The sweet and salty treat is not only oh-so-tasty, but delightfully fun to eat. That’s why one of DOG for DOG’s most popular and important products is our DOGSBUTTER. Made with all natural ingredients and without sugar, salt, soy or hydrogenated oils, it’s the perfect treat to hide medication in or fill hollow treats with. And like all of our products, for each DOGSBUTTER sold, we donate an equal amount of food to a dog in need.
We have three varieties – immunity and digestion (topped off with coconut and ginger), skin and coat, and flaxseed, to fit your dogs needs. It’s important to note that while many dog lovers give their pups generic store-bought peanut butter, the ingredients can be taxing on your pet’s stomach and overall health, especially xylitol (which of course ours doesn’t contain).
While thinking of all the great uses for DOGSBUTTER, we thought it would be fun to round up five fun activities to do with your pup using our dog safe version of peanut butter. Check out our ideas below!
Teaching your dog to discover prizes using only his nose is a great game for the body and mind. While all dogs have a great sense of smell, sometimes they have to be reminded to use it, and this exercise can get your dog excited about solving the problem of a hidden prize. Set up a bunch of boxes or opaque containers (start with at least four or five) upside-down next to each other and, without your dog seeing you hide it, place some DOGSBUTTER (or a treat made with some) under one of the containers. Next, encourage your dog to smell the boxes and as he (hopefully) pauses at the one with the prize, lift up the box and enthusiastically congratulate him on his discovery. Let him eat the treat and soon your dog will know what’s expected during this game and be excited to sniff out the prize. Keep adding more boxes and space them at further intervals to increase the challenge as your dog’s scent work improves.
Cook up some simple peanut butter bites and try out hide and go seek with your pup. If they’re good at the “stay” command, you can get them to wait while you find a hiding spot. Then, you can tell them to come or leave a trail of treats to where you are. While it doesn’t work for every dog, we’ve known plenty who love a good game of hide and seek as much as the kiddos in our lives!
There’s almost nothing better than a Kong with DOGSBUTTER, frozen overnight and ready for hours of enjoyment while you’re away from home or getting things done around the house. But Kong’s aren’t the only toy to hide treats in – there are tons of great options on the market. One that we like are puzzle toys, which you can hide frozen treats in and your pup has to figure out how to get them out. These puzzles provide mental stimulation and rewards your dog for being able to complete a tough and stimulating task.
1 cup peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened (Check your peanut butter’s label to make sure it doesn’t contain any kind of xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)
Half a ripe banana, mashed
Water as needed
In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. (The water and banana aren’t essential, but they help with freezing consistency.)
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, or use Kong-style rubber toys that have a cavity you can fill.
Spoon the mixture onto the tray just like you would cookie dough, or stuff it into the toys. Freeze the tray or toys for several hours or overnight. If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer.
Serve, and turn any hot dog into a happy camper.
Check out these links here and here for more ideas on fun games to play with your pups incorporating DOGSBUTTER.
When you purchase our DOGSBUTTER or any of our other all natural dog food products, we will donate an equal amount of DOGSFOOD to a dog in need. DOG for DOG was built around a passion to help dogs in every way we can. We make an effort to connect and partner with local shelters and rescue foundations, and with your purchase of DOGSBUTTER, you’re helping us achieve our goal. Every dog deserves a chance to live a healthy and happy life, and we thank you for joining the movement to make this happen. Don’t forget to browse our entire catalogue of DOGSBUTTER and all-natural dog food products, and order yours today. Your dog—and a dog in need—is ready to enjoy the benefits that come from a tasty treat like DOGSBUTTER!