3 Cups Oatmeal, uncooked
1 1/2 Cups whole-wheat flour
4 – 6 oz cold water (depending if your dog likes soft, or crunchy treats)
2 Baby Food jars of meat with gravy (Beef/Chicken/Ham/Turkey) – 2.5 oz each
2 Baby Food jars of Vegetable, or Fruit (I use Carrots) – 4 oz each
1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped (All natural breath freshener)
2 Egg yolks
1 Teaspoon baking soda
Mix all ingredients together. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet into desired size. I use a melon baller for bite size reward treats. Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 400 degrees. Place on a cooling rack. Store in refrigerator.
Thank you to my good friend, Terri Corsner, for sharing this recipe!
Here are some quick tips for helping to keep the peace between your children & dogs:
- Before getting a dog, seek advice from veterinarians, vet techs or other knowledgeable pet care professionals.
- Make sure any dog acquired by a family with children was well-socialized, especially to children, as a young puppy and into adolescence.
- Teach kids to stay out of the dog’s personal space when the dog is eating, sleeping, injured or has puppies.
- Don’t startle or surprise any dog –let the dog know when you are approaching.
- Avoid hugging, kissing or any activity that puts your face in close proximity to the dog’s face.
- Supervise all interactions between dogs and children and be sure that both adult and child know the body signs that indicate fear or anxiety.
- When signs of fear or anxiety are observed, stop interactions between child and dog.
- Provide dogs with a child-free zone in which to retreat—such as a baby-gated room or a kennel or crate.
- Don’t allow children to mistreat the family dog, teach them to interact appropriately.
- Don’t approach strange dogs without the owners’ permission.
- Don’t approach loose dogs or ones tied out on long lines.
- Don’t reach through a fence to pet a dog.
- Don’t reach into a car window to pet a dog.
- Do train your pet to obey basic commands such as sit, lie down and come when called by having clear expectations and rewarding the good behaviors with something the dog enjoys
- For dog households with children, teach the dog good things happen when children are close by.
As one who has suffered with allergies all my life, I know how miserable they can make a person. If you have allergies like me, DogFancy magazine offers tips for us:
Always consult with an allergist first to understand the severity of the reaction and to learn methods to manage it. Then consider how to minimize the symptoms.
Bathing dogs with special shampoos, giving them oral agents, or using vacuum filters can help, but don't always work for every allergy sufferer, says American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. When vacuuming and grooming your dog aren't enough, ACAAI suggests taking these steps to further reduce the irritants in the household:
- Avoid carpeting: Hardwood or polished floors are less likely to harbor allergens.
- Banish fabrics: Avoid fabric or upholstered furniture; use blinds or shades instead of fabric curtains.
- Launder properly: ACAAI states that the best way to remove dog dander from fabric is to wash at 140 degrees with one rinse; at any temperature with two rinses; or use a steam washing machine.
- Cover pillows and mattresses: Studies show that using tightly woven fabric with openings less than 4 microns wide can reduce allergens.
* Above information taken from DogFancy Magazine - March, 2011 issue.
We haven't hit summer yet, but already much of the nation has hit record high temperatures. Unfortunately, there have already been numerous reports of dog deaths due to being left in hot cars.
The Animal Protection Institute did a study on hot cars not too long ago. The study showed how even moderately warm temperatures outside can lead to deadly temperatures inside a car - even with the windows partially open. In fact, cracking the windows did very little to slow the rise of temperature in the vehicle. Below are their findings:
* Information taken from www.mydogiscool.com/x_car_study.php
Last month was Dog Bite Prevention Awareness Month. Every year in the U.S., nearly one million people are bitten bad enough by a dog to require a hospital visit. To many people, those bites may seem to be out-of-the-blue. However, those of us in the "know", know better.
Positively.com reports: Says Dianne Fabretti, a registered veterinary technician for the Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation, “We read [bite reports] and it tends to be people don’t know body language of animals [and] they don’t exhibit proper behavior to the animals so the animal behaves as an animal.”
She emphasizes further, “People don’t educate their children as to how to handle and act around animals. I know that. I have one son and two stepsons and I was always amazed what kids do and how much more training kids need in terms of how to act around the animals.”
It’s all in the education according to Fabretti and the worst part, is that when children are not taught what to do and what to avoid around dogs, dogs get into situations where they need to defend themselves and the results are not only bad for the kids but can be much worse for the dog. Says Fabretti, “When animals do bite, people get emotional. The [dogs] end up here and most are euthanized.”
It is the ALWAYS the responsibility of the parent to teach their children appropriate dog interaction, and to monitor those children around the family dog. It is my hope that this blog series will help educate parents on this subject.
* The above italicized information taken from Why Dogs Bite Children-