Please feel free to contact me with suggestions for links or comments on any listed below:
- Boredom -- being alone too long, crating -- is your best friend chronically bored? : http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/08/10/542438808/dogs-and-pigs-get-bored-too
- Manuka honey! http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2015/07/23/manuka-honey.aspx Our boy, Sebastian, an American Alsatian puppy (almost 2 years old) had a leg wound that was not healing. I took him to a nearby vet who prescribed a steroidal anti-inflammatory ointment and a repellent so Sebastian wouldn't lick his wound. Two and a half weeks later, no healing progress. So I took him to our amazing holistic vet - Manuka honey ointment (made for vets - but health food store should be OK, will ask) and Arnica drops. Will keep you posted!!
- Dog Tails - now that the swimming season is starting: My lab Frida suffered from limp tail after swimming in the waves and really using her tail. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2016/03/27/pet-tail-injuries.aspx
- Exercise tools - flirt stick! http://notesfromadogwalker.com/2012/04/24/flirt-pole/
- New puppy introductions: http://puppies.about.com/od/Training/a/Puppy-Introductions.htm
- Clarifying positive reinforcement for better training: http://denisefenzi.com/2016/02/29/is-avoiding-correctionwithholding-half-of-the-information/
- It's not too early to think about fleas and ticks! This is what I may use this year: http://www.entirelypets.com/vetsbest-ftsham.html
- Dog toys for the smart canine: http://www.ihelppets.com/DogToys.html
- How to choose a puppy, worth reading: http://www.volhard.com/pages/pat.php
- Psychiatric Service Dogs, Canadian Service Dog Foundation. I will be posting related links on this important topic.
- https://plus.google.com/105307340707091117938/photos?gl=ca&hl=en - where to get raw food in Toronto: Big Paws! Run by dedicated, knowledgeable, personable staff/owners. Our puppy Sebastian and our Frida (lab) get all their food here! Recommended.
- https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002877351826 - this is the link to my facebook page where you can view videos of our hikes and related photos. Also see videos/photos of the journey of our puppy, Sebastian, future service dog as he recovers from a freak accident. We thought we might lose him, but the community has gathered round in the most generous way. Our baby will walk again!
- Best harness: http://www.2houndsdesign.com/Freedom-No-Pull-Harness/
- Using aloe vera to help heal wounds (ask your vet first!) http://www.aloe-vera-use.com/pet-health.html- our Sadie (who is our new long-term boarder and whom we adore) was recently spayed. The stitches are out, but the site is still red.
- October 16 - 19, 2014: Don't miss this on-line symposium! http://nchs.dogsnaturallymagazine.com
Important for your pet's health and longevity!
- Understanding what your dog is telling you: http://www.wikihow.com/Communicate-With-Your-Dog
- No alpha rolls, screaming, chain jerking - how to train/guide your pup! http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/new_study_finds_popular_alpha_dog_training_techniques_can_cause_more_harm_t
- Types of halters; which is better; why you should avoid attaching a leash to your dog's collar:http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/which-types-of-collars-and-harnesses-are-safe-for-your-dog
- Hot spots - natural treatment of: http://veterinary.answers.com/dogs/natural-remedies-for-hot-spots-on-dogs; http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/04/21/treating-dog-hot-spots.aspx
- The case against dog parks!
- This page has links to top canine research websites: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/library/publicsvcs/freeresources.cfm#hints
- Ten Commandments from your dog's point of view: http://www.wearethecure.org/blog/the-10-commandments-from-a-dogs-point-of-view/
- Understanding your dog:
- 11 things humans do that dogs hate: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/11-things-humans-do-that-dogs-hate
I am going to do this one - great for hiking! The only problem - the powder has to be reapplied after your pet swims (easily solved if you bring a spice-type bottle with you).
- Beware of hot sidewalks when walking your pup in the city. I went outside barefoot today and was surprised at the heat on my feet. I thought of Uisce the Rottie who lives in our community - there are those days he refuses to go on his daily walk. I would recommend these protective shoes for hot days. http://www.ultrapaws.com/Ultra-Paws--Cool-Boots/productinfo/303C/
- Raw feeding - I have had a few fellow dog lovers ask me about raw feeding. The next series of links will relate to feeding your pup the best diet - raw! Here is an article on myths concerning raw feeding. http://rawfed.com/myths/switch.html
- Summer pests and your dog! Natural alternatives (more links to come)!
- So you are going to have your dog shaved for summer? Perhaps you should rethink! http://albertnorthvetclinic.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/shaving-your-dogs-coat-should-you-or-shouldnt-you/
- The training lead - a great tool! Also see proofing your dog (so that your training carries over when there are more challenges/distractions).
- Your dog's body expressions translated into English: http://thedo.gs/2012/05/training/30-dog-body-expressions-translated-into-english-85032/5986/
- Beware the crate! http://bukarella.hubpages.com/hub/Can-you-raise-a-puppy-without-a-crate - I agree with this article EXCEPT for the use of the crate as a "time out."
- Long leash training - I like this technique. The dog feels free, is in an off leash mode and still is available for successful training!
- Some good puppy training tips - video. Watch the video and then click on one of the squares to watch another segment.
- This is a link to some excellent dog training and dog-related books (undertsandingf your canine): http://www.intodogs.org/#!books/cagr
- https://www.facebook.com/collarsbyriley A Facebook friend posted this link on her page. I want to get one of these collars for Frida. I think they're about $35, all custom made and there is a waiting list! One of a kind, hand carved and painted collars.
- Before you get your puppy; after you get your puppy; and excellent articles on training by Dr. Ian Dunbar! http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads
- Forget the old-school dominance/alpha theory when relating to your dog!
- Read this on http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/fleas.html
"So first let's talk about a couple of ways in which we can prevent flea problems for our pets altogether. The addition of Garlic to every one of our dog's meals will help to keep them free of fleas, as will the addition of Sulphur to their diet on a once a week basis. You can also try giving your pet Black Walnut Hulls that come in a capsule form at many health food stores which will repel not only fleas but also, ticks and mosquitoes. Also check out our page on the apple cider vinegar flea treatment for dogs! Keep in mind that none of these solutions will work overnight and may take about four to six weeks before they are effective."
Note: There are some cautions regarding garlic and small dogs. Please do some research on this one before trying. I shall do the same and post!
- Dr. Ian Bunbar - when your puppy arrives: socialization, house training, feeding. Get rid of the dog bowl - a new idea!http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/open-paw%E2%80%99s-guide-first-two-weeks-your-new-dog
- http://www.mydoghasclass.com/ - really worthwhile! Train your pup toward the CLASS certificate. I am so impressed! And you can locate Toronto training schools offering this program.
- Instead of Revolution and other possibly toxic flea prevention methods -- I shall be posting a series of alternative preventative measures. And I shall report on what our vet (East York Animal Hospital -- holistic/conventional) advises. For now -
- American Alsatian - The other day I googled "large, mellow, intelligent service dogs" and came upon this new, evolving breed. I am absolutely enthralled!
- A Canadian clothing company, Chilly Dogs - I have seen firsthand a custom-made winter coat that fits perfectly on a good friend, a whippet named Merlin who boards with us. The service is dependable and personal. Good prices.
- latest research - how our dogs perceive us - never mind that "alpha" nonsense!
- If we give them more credit, maybe we'll treat them better! http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/21/280640267/how-dogs-read-our-moods-emotion-detector-found-in-fidos-brain. We should be gentle with our best friends!
- How we humans bore and sometimes annoy our canine friends: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/201009/10-ways-tell-if-your-dog-is-annoyed-you
- On occasion, I enjoy listing new start-up businesses: http://www.nextgenerationbusiness.ca. This is a relatively new accounting firm - I was really impressed with their attentiveness, expertise and attention to detail (and their fee is most reasonable!).
- http://www.dogstardaily.com/ - I just joined this site (no fee) allowing me access to excellent articles!
- The issue of whether to vaccinate/ which vaccinations seems to be incredibly important and misunderstood: http://www.thepetwhisperer.com/health-tips/vaccinations/
- The vaccination controversy - a new approach : it is a good idea to research the holistic (not a bad word!) approach to vaccinations.
- Excellent, readable book on training your pup (and yourself!) - "Behave So Your Dog Behaves" by Sophia Yin
- Ian Dunbar - please watch this video on how to behave with your dog!
- Pet tutor - smart technology for positive training! Click on the link to watch the video (product coming soon).
- The neutering debate continues! http://news.ucdavis.edu/se tarch/news_detail.lasso?id=10498
- http://abrionline.org/article.php?id=254 - a noteworthy article on dealing with aggressive dogs.
- What emotions do our dogs feel? Do they have an overall positive or negative attitude? How can knowing this help us create better lives for our dogs?http://www.onekind.org/be_inspired/animal_sentience/emotions/emotions_in_dogs/
- When to neuter your dog: such a complicated question! I do think vets should discuss the issue with families, so an informed decision might be made.
- Custodio's Meats and Eats - My lab Frida is on a raw diet, which is great, and I am always in search of butchers where I can buy the meat portion of her diet. A new butcher shop just opened in Ronesvalles, south of Galley Avenue. The butcher tells me the meat is antibiotic- and hormone-free. He personally knows the farmers and so can attest to the humane raising of the animals. Call a few days ahead of time to order. We order chicken backs and beef neck bones. The number is 647-350-6328
- Protect your dog's paws this winter! http://musherssecret.net/ This is a non-toxic cream/wax you can put on your dog's paws. Allows perspiration through.
- Use a harness, NOT a collar on your dog! Please read and consider!
- http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/opinion/sunday/dogs-are-people-too.html - dogs are people too!
- http://rufflyspeaking.net/puppy-buyer-ettiquette/ - for those looking for a specific breed/breeder
- The Benefits of apple cider vinegar - my lab Frida takes apple cider vinegar mixed in her food every day. I know I should do the same (add to my salad, perhaps). I am impressed by its various uses. All best,Janice
- Neos - these are supposed to be incredibly warm and waterproof! http://www.overshoesonline.com/ There are Neos with built in cleats, insulated etc. Neos actually fit over your shoes! I think I have finally found a waterproof boot that will keep my feet toasty! Great reviews!
- http://wooftown.com/ - this friendly store is located off Yonge, south of Summerhill, on Birch Avenue. I love shopping there for my pups - and they have free delivery! Also, they keep tabs on what you purchase, so if it's time for a refill (I get my Frida's fruit/veggie mix by Sojo), they will either phone or simply drop it off at your door (upon your request).
- Keep your vehicle clean! I am so thrilled to be listing this link!http://www.trunk-liners.com I just purchased a Honda CRV for my dogs to travel more comfortably and I have been searching for proper car coverage/protection. For the past two weeks, I have bee looking in stores and online and I have found numerous items that look acceptable. None offer the coverage of these liners. Sides of the cargo area (even with the back seat down), floor, up the back seat - double layers, the works!! And the service is amazing. Such fine folks. Really well worth it!
- Before you hug your dog, read this: http://www.pgaa.com/canine/general/DTMdoghugs.html
Dog Training and the Myth of Alpha-Male Dominance
This is a must-read article! I have disliked the notion of alpha and dominance in relation to dog training and here is an excellent article on the subject!
- Common feeding mistakes that can harm your pet - a good article for those transitioning to a raw food diet; those who make the mistake of combining raw food and kibble, as well as other valuable information.
- http://www.petmountain.com/ - Looking to buy discount Chuckit balls online, I came across this online shop. Toys are often 44% off. Worth checking out.
- Shelties, upon my reading, seem like wonderful friends - so aware of their people's moods and so eager to learn and please. Tomorrow I shall meeting a Sheltie and her family. We have never had the pleasure of including a Sheltie in our hiking family!
- Myths about Raw Feeding Our Frida is our first dog we have fed a raw diet. Actually we give her a combination of raw meat (including raw meaty bones - beef neck bones, chicken backs, turkey neck bones etc) and a fruit/veggie mix (Preference made by Honest Kitchen or Sojo's Grainless fruit and veggie mix). I do give her supplements: omega 3, a trace mineral supplement I buy at our local health food store (Evergreen), probiotics, apple cider vinegar, and now coconut oil. What a healthy pup! More details soon. Feel free to email me!
- The following link refers to an article "Moving Guide for Pets" written by an animal advocate who contacted me.
- Behavior adjustment training (B.A.T.) This appears to be a new approach to training - particularly to those responses you wish to alter. It uses clicker training (positive reinforcement) and varying levels of implosion therapy. My lab Frida barks at skateboarders. I didn;t realize I have been rewarding her behavior!
- Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier I am wanting to deepen my understanding and relationships with my lab and all my fine dog friends. This is a must read!
- On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas: another on my must-have list of dog books. I am wanting to truly communicate with my lab Frida, and even more so, to understand what she is trying to say to me!
- http://followtheleaderinc.com/ This is a positive reinforcement doggie obedience school with several locations. I recently met a wonderful rescue pup and was fortunate to share time on the trail with him and his human - which is where and how I learned about Follow The Leader!
- A big shout-out to these wonderful Girl Guides from Tennessee who are working on obtaining their pet care badges. As a thank-you for links suggested on this page, they are offering another link: Cleaning Basics for Pets and Humans in the Home"
- http://www.precious-pets.org/apple-cider-vinegar-and-its-many-benefits/ My lab Frida gets 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar every day!
- Sojo homemade-style pet food, natural, freeze dried - my lab Frida eats raw (BARF diet) and I really like this product. It is necessary to add water to this veg/fruit all natural mix. Add water at least 15 minutes before serving or keep a batch in your fridge. Then just add meat and regular supplements (probiotics, apple cider vinegar, ground pumpkin seed, omega 3's, trace mineral supplement . . .).
- http://wpdev.brianbento.ca/ - Ryan's Raw: raw food in Mississauga; excellent service and selection for those looking for "prepared" raw.
Natural approach approach to flea control - I will be posting more links about current flea control methods and alternative approaches.
- http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/arthritis.html - Link for helping dogs with arthritis - natural remedies. Worth a try (with vet's permission of course). Vitamin C among other remedies suggested.
This post was emailed to me and it is helpful for anyone who is moving with an other-species family member. The pointers are good ones although there is an initial mention of tranquilizers and I do not endorse this. A useful site would be Earth Clinic (pet section); a holistic approach to a variety of issues. There are fine vets who share this approach.
natural tick repellents (you can make at home) and tick removal - important before hiking
- Apple Cider Vinegar
So many uses - really worth reading!
- Vitamin C and arthritis in dogs. Recommend this link.
- East York Animal Hospital - What a wonderful clinic! At this holistic animal clinic (with their integrative approach - convention and holistic), my sweet Frida was successfully treated for her recurring bouts of Giardia and a chronic ear infection. I am so grateful to Dr. Yushenko! All the doctors at this clinic are superb - experienced in all modalities and wonderful in their humane approach to their patients.
"Sophia’s dedication to helping people communicate with pets in a positive, scientifically sound way has led her to create a variety of exceptional books and products for pet owners and pet-care professionals who also aspire to bond with their pets on a whole new level."
- Earth Clinic is full of natural remedies for dogs as well as their humans. Over these past few years, I have consulted this site and found its remedies helpful and generally valid. My lab Frida's clinic is a holistic one; her vet, Dr. Kneebone, is widely known and well-respected. There have been times when I inquired about solutions proposed on Earth Clinic and I have been pleased with the response. http://earthclinic.com/pets.html
- The myth about dominance and "alpha"!
When Hounds Fly - positive reinforcement puppy and dog training school. HIGHLY recommended!
- Causes, symptoms, and prevention of bloat in dogs - more breeds are at risk than you may imagine!
Be careful what and when you feed your pet!
- Move Over Dog Whisperer: Alana Stevenson’s “Training Your Dog the Humane Way”
"With a growing industry of products, services, and even TV shows, dog training is big business in the United States and Canada. But some of the most popular practices in the dog training world are abusive and rely on dominance and intimidation to control behavior. Alana Stevenson, author of Training Your Dog the Humane Way: Simple Teaching Tips for Resolving Problem Behaviors & Raising a Happy Dog, joins us to talk about how to teach and learn with our animal companions by using positive, kind and compassionate methods. Stevenson’s work is a welcomed alternative to an industry awash with harmful training methods that don’t put the dogs interests first."
Download an mp3 of the show.
I will include more information on feeding your dog "raw." I like this page with some exceptions: no wings; chicken backs are fine as well; no fasting; green tripe is excellent; beef neck bones are much better for your dogs than knuckle bones which can be hard on the jaw.
http://www.dogstardaily.com/ - It's worth becoming a member of this site (no fee attached). Articles/advice/expertise is excellent. Dr. Ian Dunbar is a well-known/highly respected animal behaviorist.
Demystifying dominance, multi-use nose touch
Excellent advice for dogs who show aggressive behavior toward dogs/humans!