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!

img_7342

 

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.

img_7346

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!

img_7250

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.

img_7249

Don’t Let Others Make You Feel Bad If You Choose Natural Alternatives To Care For Your Dog

I made a huge mistake this week.  I should have known better.

My job is social media.  And dogs.  Social media and dogs.  So I feel like I have to keep up with everything “dog” online. I love dogs, so it isn’t that rough.  I mean ruff.  I forgot where I was for a moment.  But for an instant this week, I did what I knew that I should not.  I voiced a clear, concise opinion on a social media group that I belonged to.  And I knew as soon as I hit “post”, well, that was a mistake.  But I couldn’t help myself.

IMG_2479

I have never claimed to be a professional “anything”.  The truth is, I have simply spent years of my life researching anything related to my dogs.  Health, food, vaccinations, vet care, pet industry news…I could go on and on.  I take pride in the fact that although I certainly don’t know everything about dogs, I know enough.  I have made mistakes, I have learned lessons.  But the amazing thing is, I love this journey. So my passion for what I do, raising awareness for animal rescue, showing people how to make their dogs’ food and treats, and how to live a life that is worth remembering with your dog is something I enjoy.  I couldn’t, and I wouldn’t do anything else.  But.  As much passion as I have for what I believe in when it comes to caring for my dog, people think differently than me.  And that’s ok.  What is not ok?  How did I make a mistake this week on social media?  Oh, let me explain.

There I was, on a typical morning, scrolling through my newsfeed.  And I saw the post in a camping and pets online group.  I camp. I have pets.  Good group to belong to, I thought.

IMG_2160

The typical “where can I camp with my dog in this location” was there.  And the “how do you deal with having no internet, how do you deal with living in a small space with a mastiff, how many dogs can you have at camp”…so many posts.  But one post stopped me.  “How do you control fleas and ticks on the road when you are camping?”.  I took a moment, reading the replies.  Reply after reply recommended one product over another.  One chemical concoction over another.  And I kept reading.  Would anyone recommend a natural approach? Would anyone give an experience of something that worked for them other than chemicals?  Not. One. Person.  And you guessed it.  I decided to post my opinion.  I decided to let them know first off that I was speaking from experience.  I let them know that I had traveled across the United States five times with my two dogs.  I let them know that we had not used chemicals in five years.  I told them to do a little research, dependent on what area that they lived in, and to think about perhaps not using chemicals if there was an option. And that was it.  I didn’t think twice about reading anyone’s reply, because I would have never expected the replies I got.

“You are judgmental. Who do you think you are?”

“These flea control companies care about our dogs. You are going to kill your dogs”.

“There are no alternatives to chemicals. We all need to douse our yards with chemicals, our cars, our houses.”

I thought to myself that I probably should just let it go.  I knew by the tone that it was a mistake to speak up again.  But I have learned in the last two years, when it comes to animals, and the quality of their lives, someone HAS to speak up.  Even if I am in the minority, and even if someone disagrees with me.  So I thanked everyone for caring for their dogs.  And I truly meant this.  Their love for their dogs must be there, because otherwise, they wouldn’t care about fleas at all.  But mistaking passion and love for judging someone else in how they care for their dog, or when they have a different opinion than ourselves is just not right.  It isn’t right for them…it isn’t right for me.  And I know this.  As passionate as I believe in what I do, I still have to thank others for doing what they can do.  What I do want is for people to simply stop.  Think for yourselves.  Don’t believe what you read from a company that is trying to turn a profit.  If there is a child warning on the label, how is it ok to put it on your dog?

IMG_2104

I am not naive to the fact that there are individual circumstances out there…millions of them. And we all have different financial circumstances as well. But all that we have tried to do for years when it comes to animal rescue, food for your dogs, treatments for your dogs, treats for your dogs, is to let you know that you have CHOICES.  Natural choices aren’t always the easy ones because often, they are time consuming.  When I chose to not use flea or tick treatments, even though we were traveling thru 48 states, I knew it was going to be hard.  I used baking soda on the carpet every day, apple cider vinegar on the dogs every time they came in and out.  I cleaned everything in the car and RV every day with vinegar.  I put garlic in their food.  But despite all of that, we have had a flea outbreak twice.  I quickly got it under control, but I was frustrated.  So yeah, it isn’t easy.  But I also remember the days when we used chemicals and still had outbreaks.

I also understand that making your dog’s food is harder than buying a bag of kibble.  Yet, I will never change my opinion that fresh food is better. I have witnessed the changes in my dogs, and that is all the evidence I need.  Do I do everything right?  No way.  I have changed courses many times over the past few years to a 100% cooked diet to including a raw diet as well.  But I won’t ever let a dog food company or a vet that gets commission from selling dog food tell me that I can’t do it.  Because I have.

IMG_E1676

But having said all of this, let me also say that I respect your opinion if you disagree.  The truth is, if we all care enough to take care of our pets in TRULY the best way that we can, we ARE doing the right thing.  For the millions of animals who are in our nation’s shelters alone, who have no one to care for them, your pet is fortunate.  And we thank you.

IMG_2091

But if you in fact choose to use alternative, natural treatments to take care of your dog, please don’t make the mistake I did this week.  I let other’s opinions of me and the harshness of their words make me rethink my choices.  I let them undo years of education and hours of research.  Just because the majority thinks something is right, does not mean that it is.  If you have chosen to use alternative or natural treatments to care for or feed your dog, or even treatments for illness, I applaud you.  Using common sense, balance and bravery is key to living a natural life with our dogs.

Whatever our choices are though, remember that others have a right to theirs.  When there is a difference of opinion, that can be a great thing.  It opens up discussion, and we all love to talk about our dogs.  So let’s respect each other and do what we do best…take care of our dogs!

Some of our favorite, natural companies are below. Enjoy some special offers.

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

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

itunes

The world’s first organic dog shampoo, 4-Legger (get 20% off your first order)

Organic and natural dog treats from 4 Legz (use coupon code WOOF at checkout)

Natural pain relief from New Zealand’s Best For Pets and People (use coupon code 2DOGS at checkout)

Find your pet’s environmental and allergy sensitivities with an easy, at home saliva scan from Pet Medella (use coupon code 2TD at checkout)

Find YOUR balance and check your sensitivities with an easy, at home saliva scan from Balanced Health (use coupon code 2TD at checkout)

youtube