Category Archives: Dog

Turn Those Dog Winter Blues Around

Dec_2014_1When it’s cold outside, it’s time to help your pet to fight the winter blues. Help him avoid canine boredom and you’ll avoid the behavior that usually comes with it, including chewing, digging and barking. Keep your dog active and mentally stimulated instead with these tips.

Play indoor games

  • Hide and seek: Your dog may enjoy a game of hide-and-seek, as long as he’s always “it” and has to find you. This would be a good time to teach him to “stay” while you hide around the house, then call him to search for you. You can also play with a family member and take turns holding the dog while the other person hides.
  • Scavenger hunt: Play hide and seek with a favorite toy or treat instead. If your dog isn’t used Continue reading

Garmon Hip Flex

Marchl_2012_1Hip Flex soft, chewable dog treats are formulated for maintaining joint health and flexibility for aging dogs. Hip Flex treats are made from a proprietary tart cherry and berry bio-active formulation that also contains glucosamine and flax seed oil, to help reduce inflammation and promote healthy knee and hip joints.

Hip Flex is available at your local Pet Supermarket store!

Know Your Dog’s Body Language

Dec_2014_1When you think of a happy dog, you might imagine one with his tail wagging. But a wagging tail isn’t always a sign of canine happiness. It could also be a sign of nervousness or aggression.

Your dog’s body language offers various clues as to whether or not he’s comfortable with a situation. By learning some of these often subtle signs, you can react when your dog is feeling fearful or aggressive.

Signs of a happy dog

These are the signs of a dog that is happy and relaxed:

  • His eyes have their normal shape and look soft, with no whites showing.
  • His body is loose with a wagging tail or he’s wiggling all over.
  • His mouth is closed or slightly open and relaxed. The corners of his mouth might be turned up slightly. Continue reading

Digestive Enzymes with Prebiotics & Probiotics

March_2012_1Did you know up to 70% of the natural enzymes in dog food are lost during the cooking process? This formula with prebiotics and probiotics helps restore lost enzymes. It does double duty in supporting your dog’s immune system and boosting the nutritional benefits of your dog’s diet. It may also help improve stools and consistency, improve your dog’s skin and coat and has been known to prevent stool eating in dogs (coprophagia). We recommend using it with every meal.

Enzymes & Probiotics available at your Pet Supermarket.

Collar or Harness? The Benefits of Both

Dec_2014_1Is a collar or harness better for walking your dog? Despite what you may have seen on TV or on other dogs in the neighborhood, the decision depends on your dog’s training and your goals.

Do you want to train your dog to stop pulling or is he already trained? Is your dog’s breed known for having issues with the spinal column or trachea? Read on for options and tips.

Content with Collars

The most common recommended collars are traditional buckle or snap collars, break-away collars and head collars. (Choke chains and prong collars are best used by owners with dog-training experience.) Continue reading

Training Your Dog Leash Manners

Dec_2014_1It’s a challenge to teach your dog not to pull on his leash when he’s busy exploring the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors. But it’s possible with consistent training. The next time Fido pulls ahead to explore, use these techniques to teach him leash manners.

Method 1: Stop and Go

  • When your dog starts to pull, stop walking and wait.
  • When he stops, praise him then move on.
  • Repeat this every time he pulls on the leash and he’ll eventually learn that pulling will keep him from walking.

Method 2: About Face

  • With this method, your dog’s pulling will have you making an about face.
  • When your dog starts pulling, turn around and walk back from where you came. Let the leash check your dog (gently). Continue reading

Waterless Bath

May_2012_1If getting your pet into the bath is difficult, cleanse his coat with the Waterless Bath instead. It uses natural enzymes and Aloe Vera to remove odor and refresh your pet’s skin and coat. It’s safe, non-toxic, non-irritating and ideal for pets of all ages. Use it as an easy bath alternative or as a quick refresher between baths.

Waterless Bath is available at your local Pet Supermarket store!

Keeping Your Dog Hydrated this Summer

Dec_2014_1Here’s something you might not know about your dog: he can lose 50 percent of his muscle or body fat and survive, but losing just 10% of his water weight could be dangerous. Water is easy to overlook, but its importance can’t be understated. Read on for tips on how to keep your dog hydrated.

Signs of dehydration

Your dog may be dehydrated if he:

  • Is lethargic or sluggish
  • Has sunken eyes
  • Shows a loss of appetite
  • Has dry, sticky gums
  • Seems depressed Continue reading

Training Your Dog in 5-Minute Sessions

Dec_2014_1You’re busy and don’t really have enough time to train your dog… or so you think. Did you know you can train your dog in sessions of 5 to 10 minutes?

Short training sessions are great for busy parents and they also help dogs. Learning in shorter chunks keeps them motivated and focused. Here’s how to get started…

Choose a time for training

Walk your dog every day? Include a short training activity in one of your daily walks. If you don’t walk your dog, set aside 5 to 10 minutes for a playtime session that will double as training. Daily sessions are best, but if you can’t fit them in, shoot for a few times a week.

One command at a time

Focus on one basic command—sit, stay, come, heel or down—until your dog has mastered it. For example, show your dog the command and what you expect, reward him when he does it correctly and keep reinforcing it. With practice, your dog will start following your commands consistently. Continue reading

Delectable Delights from Natural Balance

Sept_2012_2Indulge your pet’s taste buds with Delectable Delghts™ gourmet dog stews from Natural Balance. These stews are a great addition to a Natural Balance dry food diet and offer wholesome ingredients. The tasty options range from Bowl ‘O Barkgundy (beef, chicken liver & barley) and Chow-Down Chowder (chicken, peas & carrots) to Pawpaya Pilaf (whitefish, tuna, turkey & papaya) and others. They also come in convenient, re-sealable containers. Find Delectable Delights from Natural Balance at your nearest Pet Supermarket Store!