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Do you have a picky eater?

Do you have a picky eater?

Before dogs were household pets, they were carnivorous hunters in the wild. They were not given food in a personalized dish bowl. They had to hunt and kill their food, so their food source was a diet high in animal protein.

It is important to consider the ingredients in the dog food you are giving your canine companion. Cheap grain-based foods are easy to manufacture at a lower cost, but provide little nutritional value. These grain fillers can also cause allergies in your dog, so finding a dog food that is free from grain fillers is important to providing your dog with optimal nutrition.

When humans eat junk food, it is comparable to dogs eating food that contains cheap filler. However, all dry dog foods need a starch to hold them together. Look for a dog food that contains a carbohydrate like potatoes which is much more easily digested by your pup.

If you have a dog that is a picky eater, then chances are you have a hard time getting him or her to eat a well-balanced diet. When you have a dog that is a picky eater, you may worry if they are getting enough nutrition. It can be hard to provide your dog with a diet that is nutritious and delicious, but Stay Loyal dog food has proven to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Tyke is a dog that is known to be a picky eater. Tyke is fifteen, so providing her with proper nutrition is vital for keeping her healthy. After Tyke was introduced to Stay Loyal, she is a happy eater. In fact, she even finishes her meal before Indy.

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Why You Should Teach Your Dog a New Trick

Why You Should Teach Your Dog a New Trick

When you have a dog, it is your responsibility to keep them healthy. Playtime is a vital part of keeping your canine healthy and happy, and it prevents boredom which can lead to behavior problems. When you introduce your dog to new tricks, it keeps him or her mentally stimulated and active. Introducing your pup to new tricks on a regular basis stimulates physical and mental sharpness.

The first step of learning a new trick is to learn the name of their toys and common household items. Dogs are smart creatures and can learn a wide range of words. In fact, a dog named Chaser has the record for having the largest vocabulary among dogs. Chaser successfully learned the names of more than 1000 different items. To teach this trick, show your dog a treat. Next, hold the object you want him or her to learn in your hand and have your dog touch the object. Call the item by its name as he or she touches it and repeat this step five times. Next, hold the object and say its name. If he or she touches the item, then give your dog a reward.

Once your dog has mastered common household items, then you can now teach your dog other tricks. If you want your dog to be the talk of the doggy park, then teach him or her these tricks that are sure to impress.

Essential Trick: High Five, Paw, or Shake Hands 
If you want to teach your dog how to shake hands, you will need about five minutes a day and your dog’s favorite treats. Here are the steps to teach your dog to shake hands:

  1. Have your dog stay in the sit position.
  2. Hold a treat in your hand and let your dog see the treat, and then close the treat in your hand. When you hold the treat, make sure your hand is next to his foot. Be sure your dog remains in the sit position.
  3. When your dog lifts his or her paw, give him or her praise and the treat as a reward.
  4. Most likely your dog will use its paw to bat at the treat in your hand, so when he or she does this, show your dog the treat and give praise.
  5. Have your other hand held flat out so your dog can shake when he or she lifts the paw, so you grab his paw when he takes the treat.
  6. Even if your dog only lifts his or her paw a little, still praise them with reward.
  7. Once your dog is accustomed to lifting his or her paw for the treat, you can begin to use the word “shake.”
  8. Now you can start to phase out the treats, but be sure he or she gets one every once in a while for shaking your hand on command.

Tips for Shaking
• Do not practice more than five to ten minutes a day, which will prevent your dog from getting frustrated and bored.
• Be sure to end on a happy note. If you or your dog starts to get frustrated, then have your dog do a trick he or she has mastered and give them a reward.
• Be sure to give treats that do not need to be chewed for extended periods of time.

Just for Fun Trick: Jump Through a Hoop
Teaching your dog tricks is fun and keeps him or her mentally stimulated. When you train your dog to do tricks, it reinforces obedience and good behavior. When teaching your dog a new trick, it is vital to remember to stay patient. If you become frustrated, then your dog will pick up on how you feel and will not want to spend time learning a new trick. If you become frustrated with your dog while he or she is learning a new trick, then take a few minutes to walk away and reflect on why learning a new trick is a bonding experience that should be enjoyable for you and your pet. It is also helpful to teach your dog a new trick in an area where he or she will not be easily distracted. A living room full of children with a loud television will distract a dog, and he or she will have a difficult time learning a new trick.

If you want to teach your canine companion to jump through a hoop, then it is important to get your dog accustomed to a hoop as an everyday item. For most dogs, a hula-hoop is ideal for this trick because it is cheap and durable. To begin, leave the hoop out for a few days so your dog will get used to the new item. Once your dog is comfortable with the hoop, you can start to teach them how to jump through it. Learning how to jump through a hoop is considered an advanced trick, so be sure your dog is well rested and free from any distractions that could have an impact on how well he or she pays attention. Be sure to check the surface where you will have your dog practicing. The ground should be soft, so avoid practicing on concrete or asphalt.

  1. Have your dog stay in the sit position using a collar and a leash.
  2. You can have another person hold the hoop in an upright position, but you can also tie it to stable stakes in the ground.
  3. While having your dog sit on one side of the hoop, toss the end of the leash through the hoop.
  4. Go to the other side and pick up the loose end of the leash.
  5. Give the command “hoop” while gently guiding your dog through the hoop.
  6. Once your dog is through the hoop, you can give them a reward.
  7. As your dog gets used to this trick, you can raise the hoop a few inches off the ground, which will make your dog take a hop or jump to get through the hoop.
  8. Continue to practice and always give your dog praise for mastering a new trick.

Practical Trick: Put Toys Away
Teaching a dog to put toys away is helpful and impressive. It will save you time and keep your dog busy when he or she is gathering up toys and placing them in a box. Teaching a dog to pick up his or her toys is also a great way to motivate your children to pick up after themselves. If the dog can do it, then children will want to do it, too. Here is how to teach your dog to pick up toys:

  1. Get a large box or a basket and put all of your canine’s toys in a pile.
  2. Stand with the box between your feet, and then play fetch with his or her favorite toy. Have your dog place the toy in the box instead of your hand.
  3. When the dog can place the toy in the box, you can move away from the box, giving the dog a command to place the toy in the box, which can be “pick it up” or “put it away.”
  4. When your dog is an expert at picking up toys, you can start to scatter them throughout your home and command your dog to “pick it up” or “put it away.”

Teaching your dog a new trick is a great way to promote bonding and keep your dog entertained – and it can even entertain you and your family members to watch your dog do tricks. Dogs are capable of learning so much, so take advantage of your dog’s skills and teach him or her new tricks.

Your dog (and you) will likely work up an appetite practicing these tricks. Feed your dog a food that is proven to keep your dog healthy and energized. Already a loyal fan? Share this info with a friend or family member who may enjoy it.

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The story of Hugo & Dot

The story of Hugo & Dot

If you notice that your dog is licking, chewing, or scratching his or her skin, then there could be several causes. Itchy skin can be caused by dryness, fatty acid deficiencies, or other conditions. We want our dogs to be comfortable, so it is important to understand and remedy why your dog has itchy skin.

If you take your dog to the vet for itchy skin, there is a chance your dog will be given a prescription medication to relieve itching. Although this can be effective, there are other steps that can be taken first to avoid having to put prescription creams (that have side effects) on your dog. Many times, altering a dog’s diet can be the change that relieves your dog’s itchy skin.

It is important to give your dog a high-fat diet that is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids from fish oils – a key ingredient that prevents itchy skin in dogs. There should be a balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 in your dog’s diet. It is importance to have a ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil of 5:1. Maintaining this ratio is important for helping nutrients fulfill vital functions in your dog. Omega-3 and Omega-6 contain DHA and EPA, which are essential nutrients for maintaining healthy skin.

Hugo and Dot are canine companions that have reaped the benefits of Stay Loyal dog food. Dot is a Cocker Spaniel that has suffered from skin problems since she was a pup. After Dot was given Stay Loyal, her condition improved so much in a few months she no longer needed her antihistamine medication. Stay Loyal has the key ingredients that provide balanced nutrition that results in happy and healthy dogs.

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And check out what just 3 weeks of eating Stay Loyal dog food has done for Bernadette’s itchy Jack Russell:

“I have a beautiful 5 y old Jack Russell who was getting very fat and his skin started getting very dry, He had thick scales everywhere and was very itchy. Sparky has been on your food for about 3 weeks. I can’t thank you enough! No more dry skin no more itching and his weight’s going down, so one very happy dog and one very very happy and grateful customer. I will keep him on your magic food always.

-Bernadette Cox, Aus

 

Kathy tried every cream and shampoo for her itchy dog, before she made the switch to Stay Loyal:

“Stay Loyal dog food is a fantastic product with a reasonable price. Our dog Diesel had very itchy skin and used to get hotspots occasionally. We have tried everything, creams, special shampoos, several vet visits, etc…with no great results. After changing his diet to Stay Loyal dog food, his itch is completely gone and he is happy as ever. I have absolutely no hesitation of recommending this dog food. Thanks to the Stay Loyal team to create a product that really works.”

-Kathy Kevelaer

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