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Junior – 1 1/2 year old Great Dane

Junior is a big boy, so he pretty much went where he wanted, when he wanted, on or off leash. He also had selective hearing when it came to commands, and he was very leery of strangers and would bark. After his two week board and train, he walks nicely on and off leash, he’s learned to calm himself and not run over the two young girls in the household, and he’s much more comfortable around strangers.

 

Natural Remedies for Dog Diarrhea

Let’s face it: as a pet parent you are going to have to deal with more than a few messes in your time. When it comes to diarrhea nobody wants it smeared over their carpet or even in their kennel. It’s one mess that we would all rather live without! Fortunately for those of us who’s pets hate the V-E-T there are a few natural remedies for doggy diarrhea available that can help soothe the distress.

Finding out the cause:

The first step in any diarrhea cure is to find out what is causing it and avoid that thing at all costs. If you can prevent the problem happening then you won’t need a natural remedy at all! Obviously if your dog has a severe bout of diarrhea at any time in its life you should visit the vet. It will make them lose vital enzymes, salts and waters from their body that can leave them severely dehydrated if you don’t act.

Steps:

1. Remove all food for 12 hours.

2. Make sure the dog has access to plenty of clean water. If needed, add chicken/beef broth or Pedialyte in addition to the water to help motivate them to drink.

3. Offer the dog a small portion of boiled white meat chicken (no bones or skin) and white rice. This can be the dog’s food until their stool consistency returns to normal.

4. If the diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours or your dog’s condition worsens at any time, call your vet immediately.

Natural Yogurt:

Giving your dog a little dose of the natural probiotics found in plain yogurt will help to replace some of the vital stomach bacteria they have lost. Probiotics should be used in harmony for best results.

Boiled Eggs:

Eggs can give your dog a natural protein boost that makes sure they are getting the nutrients they need in spite of the diarrhea. Be warned that this one is a hit or a miss. Sometimes an egg will just run straight through them. 

Pumpkin:

Plain canned pumpkin is a great choice to sometimes help with diarrhea! It contains fiber, prebiotics, and vitamins/minerals! You can 1-to-4 tablespoons of pumpkin to your dog’s food. Start out with smaller quantities to avoid adding too much fiber to your dog’s diet, if you are unsure, consult your veterinarian. 

Reminder:

Remember that if the symptoms persist you need to go to the vet. Also, if your dog has a pre-existing medical condition that causes the diarrhea then consult your vet about the best dietary changes to make. This problem is sometimes caused by a food allergy, so the solution should usually focus on diet first… it just never hurts to get a check up and make sure there is nothing else going wrong.

Tiller – 8 month old Bernese Mountain Dog

Tiller is a gorgeous, young Bernese Mountain Dog who loves life!  He also loves jumping on people (how better to express his enthusiasm!), pulling on his leash, and not listening to commands.  After completing his 2 week board & train program, his owners are thrilled that he respects their space, walks nicely on a leash, and can lay nicely instead of jumping or climbing into people’s laps.  Great job Tiller!

https://youtu.be/Gz2XXZkMsBI

Zeus – 11 month old German Shepherd

Zeus came to us because he pulled on a leash, pushed through the door and was food aggressive. His owners proud that he heels off leash, his respect door ways and eat calmly around people. So proud of you Zeus!

Below is the link to his video.

What Dogs Really Need

Top 5 things dogs need.

We all know that dogs need food, water & shelter but there also 5 other elements that help a dog to be health & balanced.

1.  Companionship

Dogs are social just like humans and need to spend the majority of their time with either humans or other dogs.  Far too many dogs spend way too much time alone.  If you need to leave your dog alone for more than 6 hours, you should hire a dog sitter, dog walker or have a neighbor/family member stop by and spend a little time with your dog during the day.

2. Rules & Leadership

Most dogs are natural born followers and need a leader to tell them what they should or shouldn’t be doing.  Yes, you are allowed to lay quietly on your dog bed chewing an elk antler or no, you may to jump on people who come in the house are great examples of rules & leadership.

3.  Physical Exercise

Many behavior problems can be decreased and even eliminated by physical exercise.  A brisk 30 – 40 minute walk will do wonders for a dog’s emotional and physical state.  My motto is a tired dog is a happy dog!

4.  Mental Stimulation

This is just as important as physical exercise.  Teaching your dog basic obedience, a new trick every few weeks, putting your dog on a treadmill & if your dog likes to play fetch, include a few basic obedience commands between throws to keep your dog focused on you and ‘earning’ his fun are a few activities that are great mental stimulation.

5.  Rest & Sleep

The average amount of daily rest (lying down relaxing, dozing and sleeping) that most dogs require is about 17 hours. It is so important to provide a dog with its own comfortable, resting place in a quiet area of the house where it can go and relax and not be disturbed, during the daytime and at night.

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