Posts by Patti Howard, BS CCS
Recipe: Something’s Fishy – Crunchy Sardine Dog Treats
The Better Than Kibble Dog Food! Ingredients: 3.75 oz. tin Sardines in water (include the water in recipe) 6 oz fresh or 4 oz. frozen (thawed and drained) spinach ¾ low sodium chicken broth 1/3 cup cottage cheese 1 egg 2 cups Gluten Free flour (I use Premium Gold brand) ½ cup quick oats 2…Read More
Recipe: “Round the World for You” Turkey Meatballs!
Turkey Meatballs Your Dog Will Love Ingredients: 1 lb ground turkey ½ cup applesauce ¾ cup cheddar 1 egg 2 Tbsp fresh (1 Tbsp dried) parsley ¾ cup powdered mashed potatoes Preparation Instructions: Mix all ingredients together, and then form into 1” balls as consistently same size as possible. (Use melon baller if available!) Bake…Read More
Recipe: Tummy Ticklers – Nutritious Food for Puppies
Wholesome Food to Help for the Health of Your Puppy Ingredients: 8 oz. meat based flavor baby food, mixed with veggie (make sure no onion powder) – I use turkey/ sweet potato ½ cup chicken broth ½ cup grated cheddar or jack cheese/ or combination of both 1 egg 1-3/4 cups Gluten Free flour (I use…Read More
Recipe: Chicken “I’ll Do Anything for You” Jerky
Irresistible Chicken Jerky for Dogs Ingredients: 4 partially frozen chicken breasts (will fit comfortably on large baking sheet) Preparation Instructions: Cut partially frozen chicken breast (width-wise for shorter jerky) into thin slices. (Cutting partially frozen will help you get them thinner, and most consistent). Place on paper towels to help soak up additional moisture, and…Read More
How Long Should I Wait to Train My Puppy?
Either your pup is training you, or you are training your pup… They’re learning the minute their paws hit the turf! I am often reminded the importance of training a puppy. When I see adolescent behavior issues, lack of socialization issues, and when I see people waiting to engage in training in the first place.…Read More
“ALL SHE WANTS IS THE TREAT” – addressing complexities of training with food
Someone out there has put a spell on us. It was, no doubt, the many years of using more traditional style training where the use of food may have been considered ‘bribery’. When I began training in the late ’80’s, I would not have considered it, though there was a man on the horizon, Dr.…Read More
LEASH-WALKING: WHO’S WALKING WHOM?
Let’s bring leash walking into the conversation! 98% of my clients either: Have a request to change leash-walking habits that are occurring with their dogs; They have accepted the fate that walking with their dog on leash is a punishing event that they simply must endure; OR They cease walking altogether. Which one are you? You…Read More
Dog Food and Attitude
Dog food and attitude – what our dogs eat and how it may be affecting their ability to change behavior. I was excited to have an appointment with Craig and his dog Jake last week. Craig’s original complaints for me to address were counter surfing, excessive whining, barking at what appeared to be ‘nothing’ and…Read More
Your Dog Can’t Do Anything Wrong
Your Dog Can’t Do Anything Wrong – just consider it a training opportunity What kind of feelings come up when you hear that your dog cannot do anything wrong? Does your primate kick in and defend its position in your relationship? If our dogs aren’t listening it must be because THEY are wrong! Right? From…Read More
A Healthy Canine Thanksgiving Feast
A Healthy Canine Thanksgiving Feast is No Feast at All Stop Begging Behavior Before It Starts Before we launch into holiday foods for our furries, a behavioral reminder: It takes a long time to reorient begging behavior if you feed from the table on this or any other day. Begging behavior results from reinforcement. In short, dogs…Read More