“How to Bond with Your New Rescue Dog!”

“How to Bond with Your New Rescue Dog!”

Rescuing a dog is a great feeling – you just saved a life. You want nothing more than to shower your new best friend with love and attention. But often that life comes with baggage and he may not be ready to receive your kindness just yet. He needs to trust you first. Here are a few ideas of ways you can help bond with your rescue dog so that he will come out of his shell and you can gain that trust faster.

Reward for BRAVERY

This is so important for the dogs that are super nervous in their new home. Any time they make the choice to interact with you, praise them. If you think petting will not be enjoyed at this point, then don’t do it – just use your voice or a piece of kibble as a reward to let them know that interacting with you means good things. If he shies away or acts fearful, just ignore him – don’t try to grab or force him to stay – and when he starts to return, praise again. Remember, for many rescue dogs people have been a source of pain and fear – you need to counter-condition that by pairing yourself with good things.

Get out and PLAY

The power of play is pretty incredible when it comes to getting a scared, nervous or shy dog to interact with you. The key is to not scare them, so don’t act all excited and silly at first. Even a loud squeaker can scare some dogs, so starting with a soft toy tossed gently just a foot to see if they retriever it, or offering them a toy to tug can be the best way to begin. And some dogs won’t play at all. But if they do, it can often be a great way to break that ice.


Training really helps increase your bond with a dog because you are learning to communicate with each other. This is especially important for rescues dogs that have been neglected or abused. They never understood the rules at their previous home or why they were treated the way they were. Training can help your dog feel more secure because he will understand the rules and get rewarded when he does right. This goes a long way to make a dog feel confident in a new place.

Give them a SAFE SPACE

One of the biggest issues rescue dogs have to overcome is never feeling safe – especially those that were abused or spent a long time alone at a shelter. Feeling safe helps a dog relax and relaxation leads to feeling brave enough to interact with you. A great “safe space” is a covered crate. It simulates a den and gives your new dog a place to get away from everything. When he is in there, don’t bother him. It’s a sign he wants to be left alone. Obviously, as your relationship grows, you will get to the point where you can go get him and it’s no big deal. But at first, you want your dog to understand “hey, when I go in here they leave me alone, I am in control of my own body for the first time in my life. That’s pretty cool.” When your dog starts to feel this way, he will become more confident when he is out and more likely to interact with you (because he knows he can escape, he won’t feel trapped or fearful).

Pay attention to what they LOVE

Get to know your rescue dog. Does he seems to love his ears scratched or maybe hate it? Does he love a good massage or certain type of treat, like carrots? If you know what he loves, you can use these to strengthen his trust and bond with you. Likewise, you can avoid doing things he dislikes – at first – that

might scare him off. Of course, eventually he needs to get over those fears as well, but you need to start slowly and build up that bond before you try to do something your dog is really terrified of – for example a bath.

Doing these things can really help your new rescue dog trust you faster, which will help build a strong bond. Many times rescue dogs are returned to shelters because they cannot settle in with their new families. These simple tips can help make sure yours is successful in his new home.

Does My Puppy Need a Special Type of Food?

Does My Puppy Need a Special Type of Food?

We all know that companies are fighting for you to buy their products. And not just once, most want customers that are loyal and re-purchase their products again and again. In the case of pet food, they want to stay with their brand for the life of your pet. And you have a lot of choices, which means marketers have to get creative when it comes to setting their product apart and getting you to be a customer for life.

One of the ways they do this with dog foods, is through “specialty” formulas. Things like foods for certain breeds or even life stages. But in almost all cases, these foods are just wasting your money.

Worse, they could actually be DAMAGING your puppy

“Puppy food” has been around since 1908, when the F.H. Benner Biscuit Company started making biscuit shaped dog bones and life-stage formulas. The company also was the first to make different-sized kibbles for different breeds. (Benner Biscuit was bought by Nabisco and those bones became “Milk Bones.”)

So puppy food has been around for over a century, but that doesn’t mean it must be good! In fact, like many things that are outdated, having two different life stages has actually made food WORSE.

Since companies started making two different dog foods, it was decided that adult dogs did not need as much nutrition as growing puppies, so the “adult” formulas could be made more cheaply, with fewer ingredients and overall lower quality. (This is why you end up feeding your adult dog so much food!!)

Unfortunately, this was backed by the AAFCO, whose requirements solidify this odd notion that for some reason your adult dog doesn’t need high-quality nutrition or more of certain ingredients, such as protein. This should be sending up a red flag….

But Wait, There’s More!

The other problem with the “puppy food” label is that un-knowing consumers see it and believe it’s right for their dog without reading the ingredients or understanding what their puppy really does need to develop normally.

DHA is critical for eye and brain development, yet AAFCO does not require it in puppy food. And many cheaper brands do not add it to their food. So even though research has PROVEN how important DHA is to your dog’s health, many brands of puppy food do NOT contain it!!!

The AFFCO requirements are that puppies get more protein, fat, calcium and a few other minerals than adult dogs. But why? As humans, do we need less protein as adults than as babies? Most likely not. And athletes, weight lifters, etc., are probably consuming much more protein as an adult than they ever did as a child. And we all know that calcium is important throughout the life of any animal for bone health.

So We Created One AMAZING Food to Feed ALL Dogs

The above reasons are why Stay Loyal is an “all life stages” diet that is high in protein, low in carbs and has the right amount of calcium and fat to keep your dog healthy and trim.

Stay Loyal dog food contains DHA (naturally occurring in fish oil) to make sure your puppies eyes and brain develop correctly.

Because Stay Loyal is higher in quality, you can feed less of it, which saves you money, while still giving your dog proper nutrition.

The Large Breed Puppy Exception

There is one exception to this and that is large breed puppies. Large Breed puppies grow so fast they actually need less fat, calcium and phosphorous.

Not only do they need less they need special ratios of those nutrients, because they need to grow slowly. In addition, it’s best if they stay very lean to keep weight off those soft, fast growing, developing bones and joints.

Too much calcium has been shown in studies to INCREASE the chance of osteoarthritis in large breed dogs as adults.

I have been a breeder of South African Boerboels for over two decades – I KNOW large breeds. This extensive knowledge helped Stay Loyal develop a special Large Breed Puppy formula that has the amount and ratio of these key ingredients to make sure large breed pups grow correctly.

The bottom line is that your puppy’s food affects not only short-term health, but long-term health as well. In order to have a healthy puppy that grows into a healthy adult, you need to feed quality food and not purchase food simply based on the front package labels. To learn more about our complete line of dog food, visit our websiteà https://stayloyal.com.au/

“10 Important Things To Get Your Puppy Used To ASAP!”

“10 Important Things To Get Your Puppy Used To ASAP!”

You just brought home your adorable puppy and all you can think about is cuddling, playing and choosing a name. But, from the moment you picked her up, it became your responsibility to turn her into a well-adjusted canine. This means getting her used to all the things she is going to encounter during her daily life for the next twelve plus years.

There are two keys to all this socialization:

1. Make sure each experience is positive. Unfortunately, one bad experience can scar your puppy for the rest of his life, so be sure you are controlling the situation/environment so your puppy enjoys each experience.

2. Too much of a good thing can be bad. Don’t overdo it. A few seconds with one stimuli can be enough at first. Maybe a few minutes. Watch for signs that your puppy is “over it” and starting to stress, such as showing whites of the eyes, trying to leave, excessive panting, etc.

1 – Handling

This is an easy one that you can do at home, every day, while watching TV even. Your puppy needs to get used to be handled, everywhere. Your vet and groomer will love you for it, and so will any people or children who interact with your dog and may accidently touch them in unusual places. For most puppies, the hardest things are having their paws held and fussed with, mouth, being turned over on their back, and having their belly touched. While getting your puppy used to all this, go slow if your pup does seem nervous about any of the handling. Forcing them will only make it worse.

2 – Grooming

This is especially important for dogs that will require a lot of grooming when they are adults. Getting them used to baths, being toweled off (many puppies will try and attack the towel), the blow dryer, nail clippers and standing still for brushing are all things that are best taught at a young age.

3 – Household Noises

Many of us have known the bane of a dog that goes berserk at the vacuum, the broom or the blender. The more of these noises you can get your puppy used to the better. A great opportunity is when they are getting their meaty bones. Give them something tasty to chew on and start making noise. They will associate that racket with their delicious treat and it won’t bother them so much. This goes for music, hammering, sawing, blenders of any type – pretty much any noise you think your dog may hear in your home, you should make sure she is exposed to it while young. Start off with gentler noises and work your way up to the louder ones.

4 – People

Of course, they need to be exposed to people. ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE. Old, young, people in hats and sunglasses, people in wheelchairs, loud people, fast people, screaming babies, etc. Make sure the people you chose to meet your puppy are going to give her positive experiences. Older children or children you know to be good with animals are best at first. And watch them! One kid that hurts your

puppy can create a fear of children that lasts your dog’s entire life. Fear memories are difficult to remove, no matter how much counter-conditioning you do.

5 – Dogs

Your puppy can see and hear dogs as soon as you bring them home, and it’s a great idea to get them used to hearing and seeing other dogs without reacting – especially if you have a breed that is prone to this type behavior issues, such as a Shetland Sheepdog. There is nothing worse than a dog that barks every time another dog goes by or barks down the street. Once she has had her shots, she can greet nice, friendly dogs that you know will help your pup learn “doggy manners,” without attacking her.

6 – Car Rides

Many dogs get car sick. One way to prevent this is to take your puppy on frequent car rides, short ones at first. Even if you have nowhere to “go” just drive around for a bit and come back home. This gets them used to the movements and less likely to develop a fear or carsickness as they age. The trick here is to take them for the drive before you feed them. Even grown dogs that travel well can have trouble holding down a meal, they just ate, while in a moving car.

7 – Noises Outside the Home

Like household noises, you need to get your puppy used to any noises she may hear outside your walls. For most dogs, this includes the rubbish collection truck, mail man, sirens, etc. Some may also hear airplanes or helicopters frequently, or boats. The more noises you can get her used to, the better.

8 – The leash

If you start leash training, immediately, at just eight weeks old, you will make life much easier for yourself (and your dog). At this age, they are still more interested in you then their environment, which makes leash training simpler than it will be when they are a “teenager” wanting to explore everything else.

9 – “Weird” Objects

These are things people often do not think of until they need to use it and then their dog freaks out because they haven’t seen it before. For example, if you get your puppy in the middle of the summer, chances are you have no need for an umbrella. You bring it out when your dog is 7 months old and she is scared to death. So, even if it’s not needed now, get your dog used to that umbrella! Other odd things include ladders (and you getting on one!), crutches, bikes, skateboards, elevators (if you plan on taking them on therapy visits or live in an apartment complex that has one), treadmill, etc. Just remember, the more things you can expose your puppy to, the better.

10 – Crate

Crates are such a useful “tool” and, more than that, dogs like them because it fulfills their instinct to be in a “den.” Getting your puppy used to being “put away” in a crate when you leave not only means you don’t have to worry about potty or chewing accidents, but it also teaches her to be comfortable in a crate. This equates to time spent in kennels at the vet, groomer, or dog boarding facility. Your puppy will be much more at ease in all these places if she is already comfortable in a crate, which will reduce her stress. Also, crates are the safest way for your dog to travel in a car.

Remember, the more you can expose your puppy to while he is young, the more likely you will have a well-behaved adult dog that everyone, including you, likes to have around. And it’s not just for you. Your dog will have a better life if she is used to all the craziness that is the human existence, instead of being stressed, anxious and fearful about things in her environment that she has no control over. With puppy socialization, everyone wins.