Simple Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

Simple Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

It’s summer and it’s hot out there! Just like us, dogs appreciate a nice cool treat when the weather is hot. Of course, plain ice cubes are always a hit, but if you want to spice them up, here are a few simple frozen dog treat recipes to make your dog one cool pup. (Even better, some of these will taste good to you too!)

ICE CUBE TRAY TREATS

For these recipes, all you need is an ice cube tray!

Peppermint Ice. Fill ice cube tray ¾ of the way with water. Mix a few peppermint leaves or a couple drops of pure peppermint oil with a sprig of parsley and add to each cube. Freeze. Put a few cubes in your dog’s water.

Sorbet. Put any type of fruit, such as banana, apple, or blueberry and dice into small pieces as needed. Carrots work too! Fill the ice cube tray halfway with water and then add the fruits and/or veggies and freeze.

Carob Chip Ice Cream. Blend 57 grams of Xylitol free peanut butter and 120 ml of water, with 1 handful of carob chips. Put in ice cube trays and freeze.

PAPER CUP GOODIES

For these recipes, a paper cup makes them easy. To serve, just peel off the paper cup!

Fruit Slushie. Blend ice and your choice of fruit (Watermelon is a great one!) and you have an icy slushie. Serve as is in a dish or harden in a paper cup before serving to make it last longer. Peel cup and serve.

Frozen Parfait. Layer items such as blended bananas, broth, chopped fruits or vegetables. Freeze. Peel cup and serve.

Remember that all of these treats are just that, treats. Feed in moderation. Be sure to ask your vet if you are unsure about any of the ingredients due to your dog’s health issues, especially if they are on a strict diet. And, if they are restricted, remember all dogs can have frozen water, so simple ice cubes will make your dog happy too.

Getting Your Dog to Listen With Distractions

Getting Your Dog to Listen With Distractions

Does your well-trained dog suddenly stop listening to you when guests come over or you take her somewhere? Don’t worry, you are not alone. It’s pretty common and is something you can fix. But first, you need to understand why your dog is not listening. (Hint: it’s not because he is stubborn or doesn’t feel like it).

The way a dog’s brain works affects if he is able to respond to your human cues. If he is feeling nervous, overly excited, threatened or is in predatory (chase) mode, your dog is physically unable to respond. That’s because the thinking side of his brain has switched off and he is being controlled by his instincts.

At this point, training is done. If he is gone over threshold, there is no point in giving him cues or trying to “make him listen.” Instead, remove him from the environment. (This by the way, is the state most dogs are in when they bite whether out of fear or aggression. So to prevent bites, don’t ignore the warning signs!)

Regardless of why your dog is not responding – anxiety, over excitement, feels threatened or is in “chase mode” – the way to teach him to stay under threshold is the same.

Teaching Him To Focus On You

To get your dog listening during distractions, you need to gradually build them up. Start with small, simple distractions and train your dog with those. If she is successful, add more distractions, new places, etc. For each dog, the level of distractions and what is considered difficult is different, so you need to watch your dog for signs that they are reaching threshold and adjust your training. For example, a ball-crazy dog will have a hard time with a ball being bounced nearby. But a dog that has no interest in toys may not find that distracting at all.

Signs your dog is approaching threshold:

  •  Any stress signal – looking around frantically, trying to hide, yawning, lip licking, panting, tail tucked, whining, white of eye showing, etc.
  •  Any excitement signal – lunging at people, jumping on you, mouthing, air humping, demand barking, etc.
  •  Any reactive signal – hard staring at people/objects, barking, stiff body posture, growling, etc.

If you start seeing these signs, reduce the distraction. Move away from it, take it out of site, etc. It means your dog is approaching threshold. Learning takes place under threshold only. To get your dog to listen with distractions, you need to slowly move that threshold higher.

In all cases, if your dog will no longer take food you are above threshold! Even if you don’t normally train with treats, having food with you as a tester in these cases is a good idea.

At this point, training is done. A dog’s adrenaline remains in his body for 24 hours. So it’s a good idea to stop and wait until the next day to try again with lesser distractions.

Adding Distractions

When adding distractions, do so slowly. Remember distance makes a difference, so if you know it’s something your dog will really be distracted by, start further away. Let’s take the ball-crazy dog as an example. You may have to start with someone bouncing a ball 10 feet away in order for your dog to still focus on you. Conversely, you can start with someone who is closer to you, but is just holding the ball, not bouncing it (as the movement makes it more exciting for most dogs). Then as your dog continues to work you slowly increase the distraction – bring the dog closer to the ball and/or start moving the ball slowly.

For New Places. In these cases, start when the place you are visiting is quiet. So the park mid-day on a weekday, when there are less people and other dogs. Stick to the quieter parts of the park and then slowly build up to busier times.

Have just one quiet guest over to your house and then build up the five grandkids visiting.

As long as you reward your dog for focusing on you, increase distractions slowly, and pay attention to her body signals that are letting you know when the distraction is too great, you will be successful. Your end result will be a well-mannered dog no matter the circumstances.

What to do If Your Dog is bitten by a Snake

What to do If Your Dog is bitten by a Snake

Australia has more venomous snakes than non-venomous – in fact we are the only country on Earth with this ratio. In 2016, 6,500 pets were bitten by snakes in Australia, which is up from previous years as urban areas continue to sprawl out, overlapping snake habitats. Knowing what do to if your dog is bitten by a snake is extremely important, especially since there is a good chance that whatever bit her is dangerous.

First, it’s important to note that the season (time of year) doesn’t matter. For example, the Tiger Snake and the Copperhead thrive in colder climates. Snake bites occur year-round.

When a snake bites a dog – or any animal – the venom enters through the fangs into tissue below the skin. There it is quickly transferred through the lymphatic system and into the circulation system. Affects are widely varied depending on the snake, but some of the common affects are:

* Organ damage

* lethargy

* Paralysis

* Trouble breathing

* Coma

* Loss of bladder/bowel control

* Vomiting

* And more

Death can occur quickly.

Of course not all snake are poisonous. Bites from a poisonous snake will be extremely painful at the site and your dog may have trouble with walking or dilated pupils as well as any number of the above symptoms. Or, your dog may have other, unlisted symptoms. It all depends on the snake, how much venom was transferred and on your dog’s age, size, health, etc. A bigger dog may take longer to show symptoms because its circulatory system is larger.

Do’s and Don’ts if Your Dog gets a Snake Bite

* DO try and keep your dog still and calm. Walking around circulates the blood more, which circulates the venom quicker.

* DO try and take a picture of the snake if you can do so safely.

* DO take your dog to the nearest vet ASAP. Even if you think it wasn’t a poisonous snake and even if you think your dog is acting fine. Just in case.

* DO call a snake catcher and let them know you have a snake in your yard/home.

* DON’T try to kill or trap the snake. It’s illegal in Australia and both you and your dog may get bit.

* DON’T try to guess the type of snake and tell your vet that is what it was. It’s best to let the experts to their job and treat the bite by its symptoms, not by what you think you saw. If you ID’d the snake wrong, it could cost your dog its life.

* DON’T wash the wound.

* DON’T apply ice.

* DON’T apply a topical ointment.

* DON’T apply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding or the poison from spreading.

* DON’T try to suck the poison out yourself.

The biggest thing is to get your dog to a vet, any vet, as soon as possible. They are the only ones who can save your dog. Little dogs are affected quicker, as are puppies and seniors, so they are going to be more of an emergency. Follow these tips to give your dog the best chance at survival if she should be bitten by a snake.