Feeding Your Dog’s Happiness With Exercise And Rest

This special blog post is brought to you by Tall Tails! Buy a blanket, give a blanket! For every blanket sold on the Tall Tails website thru November, they will donate a blanket to a rescue or foster dog!

As dog parents, we know that not one thing on its own can make our dog happy. It’s not just one food or treat that they love. It’s not just one toy. It’s not just one activity. It takes a variety of components to give our dogs the lives they deserve. Sure, it takes work and extra planning to make our dogs happy. But when they are happy, oh, we are so very happy.

Our main mission has always been, and will continue to be “Make Rescues The Breed Of Choice”. Yes, we are animal rescue advocates. But we don’t go about working for animals in the usual ways. Eight years ago, we decided to use our social media channels and blog to show the wonderful life you can have when you rescue a pet. Yes! You! Animals change our lives, save our lives. That’s been the case for us. Travel, outdoor activities, fun recipes and taking care of our dogs in the best way we can is what we want to show the world.

So how do we feed a dog’s happiness? Every dog is an individual, just like we are all individuals. But we have seen the happiest dogs in rescue and outside of rescue who have two things taken care of.

Exercise

A dog who is allowed to be a dog is beyond beautiful. Walking is a necessary part of your dog’s daily routine. When dogs do not have enough exercise, that energy gets released into undesirable habits like barking, destructive behavior and depression. How do we give Brickle and Digby the exercise they need?

Even though we are full time travelers, our exercise commitment to them doesn’t change, even on the days we are on the road.

We walk for at least 45 minutes in the morning and carry a snack! Exercise doesn’t have to mean being deprived! We have to fuel their bodies! We carry Brickle and Digby’s favorite snacks in their Tall Tails Treat Bag!

Great for treats on the go. It holds 2 cups of Brickle and Digby’s favorites.

Our favorite trail treat recipes?

Brickle’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup of no salt, no sugar peanut butter (do NOT use peanut butters with artificial sweeteners either!)

4 tablespoons of organic honey

1 egg

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together until well combined.  Spray a  cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Roll mixture into bite size balls and place on sheet.  Press with the back of a fork and then press the opposite direction to make a criss cross design.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving to you or your dog.

Store in an air-tight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Digby’s Pancakes

Recipe makes 20 silver dollar size pancakes.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic tapioca flour

1/2 cup organic coconut flour

2 tablespoons organic ground flaxseed

1 tsp baking powder

Directions:

Mix one cup or water or unsalted broth with all ingredients.  Stir just until lumps disappear with a wire whisk or spoon.

Lightly grease pan or skillet with non-stick cooking spray.  Heat pan or skillet over medium high heat.  Pan or skillet is ready when drops of water sizzle on the surface.  Use tablespoon or melon baller to drop batter onto pan.  Turn the pancakes when they begin to bubble and the bottoms are golden brown.

Let cool completely.  Refrigerate unused portions immediately.  May be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

And don’t forget the water. Dehydration is a real problem for dogs. Even on the roads, we use the Tall Tails Travel Bowl for road stop breaks and carry it in our backpack for a quick campsite setup.

It holds 6 cups of water or food.

And don’t forget one of the most important parts of being a responsible dog parent. Cleaning up after your dog. We like to use the Tall Tails Waste Bag Dispenser.

It attaches to most leash types, bags and belts. And it includes two rolls of bags. Super cool!

Rest

Rest is an often overlooked part of dog parenting.

We may think our dogs know when to rest. But that’s not always the case. Just like no activity can bring undesirable habits, so can lack of rest. In order for a dog to sleep peacefully, just like us, they need their own space. Even in our RV, Digby’s favorite spot is his spot. His spot is his own with his favorite Tall Tails blanket!

Brickle is also a fan of his Tall Tails blanket on cold days. And we have had many of those lately! Life in an RV can be drafty. Life in an RV can be stressful. So giving him his own blanket is important to him. Yes. He even likes his blanket outside! What’s important to your dog?

We all do our best in taking care of our dogs. But we all can do better! Why? We will never be able to repay them for what they add to our lives. When we learn about ways to improve our methods, embrace them!

Does your dog need more exercise? Start increasing slowly. Consult your veterinarian and know your dog’s health and activity level. Plan a trip somewhere new and see your dog come alive!

Can your dog’s safe place and happy place be more safe? More happy?

See all the ways Tall Tails can start your dog on the trail to happy!

Get ready for those new trails with Tall Tails accessories!

Shop Brickle and Digby’s favorite things and find your dog’s favorite!

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Don’t forget! For every blanket sold on the Tall Tails website thru November, they will donate a blanket to a rescue or foster dog!

-Rachael Johnson, Founder of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

Catch our daily dog blog every weekday at www.2travelingdogs.com

Although this post is sponsored and we received compensation, all opinions are our own.

Dog Treat Hacks-Part Two

This is part of our Saturday Editorial Series. Normally, we let the dogs do all the talking on our dog blog every weekday! Join rescue dogs Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake for their take on life and travel at www.2travelingdogs.com. And join over a million followers on social media who help us “Make Rescues The Breed Of Choice!”

Last week, we took you to a grocery store to show you that dog treats don’t have to be purchased in the dog food aisle. You don’t even have to go to a pet supply store.  Instead, we invited you with us to shop for real food to use as treats that you may not have thought of before. You can read the article here.

What was on last week’s dog treat hacks?  Matzoh crackers, dehydrated or baked lean meat, unsalted cashews and even brown rice cakes!

This week, we asked for YOUR input on your dog’s favorite treats and snacks that you can purchase right from the grocery store.  You inspired us!  So for Part Two, we bring to you some of our fan favorites!

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Organic Pumpkin Seeds (Unsalted) Herbalists have discovered that the seeds of the pumpkin work as an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs and humans. Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin, which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract. We like to sprinkle about a tablespoon on Brickle and Digby’s dinner and also give them as a stand alone energy boost during the day.

Raw Fruit and Vegetables.  There are many dog friendly fruits and vegetables.  We often reference the ASPCA’s guidance online to double check each veggie.  Brickle’s favorite veggie? Green bell pepper.  Digby’s favorite veggie?  Green beans!  Many of you told us how much your dog loves carrots or bananas! With fruit, make sure to limit quantities due to calories.

Coconut Chips.  This is a snack we fight over! Make sure the coconut chips are unsalted, with no sugar or flavorings added.  Coconut is great for their skin and coat!

Organic Greek Yogurt (No sugar or sweeteners added). Yogurt is high in calcium and protein. It also can act as a probiotic, which can be good for the digestive system. The probiotics in Greek yogurt also fight yeast infections, which can help dogs with recurring ear or skin infections.

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Not every dog will love every snack.  As you can see, Brickle hates carrots!  But with just a little creativity and a new mindset, you can save money and time by shopping for your dog’s food the same place that you shop for yours.  Don’t our dogs deserve real food?  Why let dog food and dog treat companies tell us that the only food we can give our dogs are ones that are labeled as such.

img_7349We all know that these same companies try to scare us into thinking that we can’t feed our dogs real food.  And yes, there are certain precautions we need to take such as researching which ingredients are dog safe.  But once you get the hang of it and you see the difference in your dog’s health and happiness, we can guarantee that you will never go back.  Never!

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We won’t bore you with a history of dog food and why it came to be sold.  But do your own research.  And then decide if you want others to tell you what is best for your dog.  I sure don’t.

-Rachael Johnson, Owner and Founder of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

DISCLAIMER: AS WITH ALL TREATS, LIMIT QUANTITIES FOR YOUR DOG AND BASE ON ACTIVITY LEVEL.  NO ALL TREATS ARE SUITABLE FOR ALL DOGS. CONSULT A VET BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR DOG’S DIET

Find these treats on our Amazon store if that’s how you do your shopping! Shop Now! 

We receive compensation for items sold from our Amazon storefront.

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