|As pet parents, we know that our companion animals depend solely upon us for their nutritional intake.
And since good nutrition is important for our pets to live a long and healthy life, it is important to
choose a nutrient-rich treat that can be a part of your pet’s overall diet. To fill this need, we’ve created
numerous treats for your dog.
Unfortunately, the majority of treats on the market today depend solely upon clever packaging and
advertising campaigns to attract consumers’ attention, diverting it from the actual ingredients. Many
treats contain leftover cereals and other ingredients that are good for profits, rather than the health of
your dog. Often, artificial coloring and chemical preservatives are included to maintain freshness, as
these mass-produced treats typically spend months stored in warehouses before finally being stocked in
your local grocery. And many treats contain wheat flour, soy flour, dextrose, BHA, propylene Glycol,
high fructose corn syrup, and garlic. These products are known to be hard to digest and some can have
potentially harmful effects.
Thankfully, there are healthy and delicious options for rewarding your furry companions.
Life's Abundance strives to provide treats that provide crucial nutrients, without adding any chemical
preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, nutritionally empty fillers or “leftovers”. Our baked treats are
made in a bakery in small batches, so your dog will always enjoy the freshest snacks possible.
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If you change to another food or choose not to use NuVet Plus, we suggest adding a few other
supplements to your dogs diet. Even if you only feed the fish oil supplements, try to use daily
supplements to aid in training. You can use the opportunity of giving your dog the pill as a
means of training your dog to take what is in your hand and eat it without question. All of our
dogs are so used to the sound of the vitamins being shaken in the bottle, that they think
anything in a bottle that rattles around is a treat and therefore will eat even the bitterest of
antibiotics right out of our hands instead of having to force feed it or sneak it in to their food.
- Fish Oil with Omega-3 fatty acids totaling 600mg for the day with 360mg coming from EPA
and 240mg coming from DHA. This supplement can be found at your local drug store and is
usually on sale
buy one get one free or 50% off. Because fish oil is stinky and icky smelling, dogs will think it’
s a treat and I have never seen a dog at any age not chew up a pill to get to the liquid.
-Vitamin C is another wonderful additive if you opt to feed something other than Life's
Abundance and not use the NuVet. Vitamin C is something that dogs produce naturally, and
unlike other vitamins, you can not give
too much of it and do damage, any amount extra that the body doesn’t need is passed directly
through the dogs urine.
|Care and Health:
Dental hygiene is very important with any animal. We suggest
brushing your dogs teeth at least once a month. If you start out
with this when they are young, they will be used to it and
actually like having their teeth brushed especially when teething.
Our dogs actually get excited when they see the tooth brush
come out as they know it is time for the yummy tooth paste
that tastes like liver!
|Treats and Toys:
With young puppies, you will want to stay away from rich things
that you can give as treats to your older puppy. Stick with things
like puppy biscuits until your puppy is at least 12 weeks old.
When your puppy gets into his chewing phase, Nylabones and
puppy Kong’s are wonderful for teething puppies. When your
puppy is older, say 16 weeks you can give other things as
treats. We always stick with natural treats as opposed to
rawhide which can cause diarrhea. We suggest things like pig
ears, sterilized bones, knee cap bones, cow hooves, and bully
sticks. Some of these items aren’t exactly what you want up on
the couch and so quiet time in the crate is a great time to give
these. Our favorite item for treats is the Hungry Dog Super
Value Pack. This has a sampling of bones and natural treats
that are a great source of protein! Please be careful and
remember to always monitor your dog when giving a new treat.
Toys are a wonderful thing for you and your puppy, especially
during teething! For your puppy they offer hours of
entertainment and relief for those swollen gums and for you they
are a safe alternative to your shoes, couch, table, baseboards,
drywall, speaker wire, phone cords, socks, flowers, cell phones,
remote controls and most importantly; you! The list above are
things that we have seen destroyed by teething or bored
puppies! So toys, and lots of them, even though sometimes a
little pricey, are a much smaller investment in the long run!
Here’s our favorites broken into ages:
New puppies: Booda Soft Bite Terry Cloth Toys, Dr. Noy’s
Toys (without stuffing) and small tennis balls. New puppies are
babies, and will sleep a lot of the time. The above toys are
wonderful for them and they can grow with them. One of the
best package deals is the Puppy Kong Combo and it comes
with 3 items that all our puppies have loved.
Puppy kongs, Chilly Bone, small Air Kongs, rope bones and
Nylabone Galileo. The Booda Soft Bites mentioned above can
be frozen to help soothe gums.
Adolecense on: Our absolute favorite toy that we’ve never seen
destroyed is by Doggy Hoot’s and they have some crazy toys!
Tennis balls, big rope bones, and any regular fleece toy is great.
We try to stay away from latex or plastic toys, as they never last
5 minutes in our house and the small pieces can be ingested.
|Snuggle-Safe or Snuggle Puppies:
Snuggle Safe is what we prefer since it can be utilized
throughout the life of the dog without any worry about being
tossed about as a toy! This disc is placed in the microwave
for a few minutes and the heat lasts up to 12 hours. Disc is
made of non-toxic materials and the special material it is
made of keeps the heat to a safe temperature. The Snuggle
Safe can be put under a blanket or inserted into a bed.
Snuggle Puppies are wonderful for your new puppy. They
have microwavable inserts to keep puppy warm and a battery
operated heart that beats like moms. This is a wonderful
item, but we have seen them destroyed by puppies when in
the chewing phase!
Crate training and Crates:
If you have never read up on crate training, then you might
think it cruel or mean to crate train a puppy. In fact it is just the
opposite. Crate training your puppy gives your dog a place to
call their own, a safe place where they can sleep and eat.
Crate training your puppy helps you by aiding in potty training
as most puppies won’t mess where they sleep and allows your
puppies to be somewhere safe when you have to leave them
alone. When you bring your puppy home, even though we have
crate trained, you might find it helpful to create a den-like
atmosphere for him or her to help them sleep. Cover the crate
with a blanket to help dampen any noises that are new to the
puppy and it will also keep the heat in to help your puppy sleep.
We also suggest feeding your puppy in their crate so they
know that it is their space.
We highly recommend the GoGo crate from www.DigItPet.com.
This crate can be found by following this link:
This crate is wonderful as it has a divider panel that allows you to
buy just one crate for the life of your dog. You can change the
amount of space that your dog has access to, starting off with
a smaller space as they are puppies and then
graduating to larger then to the entire crate.
We recommend a 42” or 48” crate.
We at Hidden Meadow Goldens have started bell training with our adult dogs and have seen
them pick up on it immediately. We have even seen it with puppies that we have kept after 8
weeks for Puppy Camp pick up on it so quickly that we have become serious believers in
bell training. The concept is simple, hang a bell from the door you will use to go out of at
potty time. Then, ring the bell for your dog and after a few weeks your pup will know to ring
the bell when they have to go out. Before we discovered Poochie Bells we were hanging a
silver desk bell from a string on the door knob, but Poochie Bells are so cute and look so
much nicer! Poochie Bells has step by step instructions available on their site along with a
video demonstration. If interested in purchasing a set of Poochie Bells click the link below to
view their huge assortment of colors and options that will be sure to look great in your home
along with being such a help in potty training!