Tuesday, January 2

Teaching your Bulldog the Quiet Command

How to Teach your Bulldog the Quiet Word

BHD: How To Teach Your Dog the “Quiet” Command

Ever find yourself getting irritated by your pup’s persistent barking? The ding-dong of the doorbell, a deliveryman stopping by or somebody walking past Fido’s window-front perch are all triggers capable of setting him off. Don’t despair! There is actually something you can do to help alleviate some of your four-legged friend’s barking. It’s called the “quiet” command and it is simple to teach.  In an effort to help you restore some peace and reduce the amount of barking in your home, Better Health for Dogs has put together some step-by-step instructions.
Why do dogs bark?
Dogs bark for many reasons. It’s how they communicate. If your dog is getting what he wants when he barks then he is going to continue to do it. Anything from an afternoon snack to a fun game of chase with his favorite human can get Fido barking. Social barking with other dogs, barking to say hello to humans, attention-getting, alarm, and compulsive barking are all types of barking that you may experience with your pup.  Once you have figured out the trigger then you can move onto teaching your dog how to be quiet with a simple command.
What you will need:
  • Your dog’s favorite treats – something he loves but doesn’t always get like cheese or hot dogs, for example.
  • A little bit of Patience
  • A human volunteer (optional)
There are a couple ways you can proceed; either wait for the next time your dog encounters a barking trigger or employ the help of a friend to walk past your house and get your dog to bark.
Step 1: Allow your pooch to bark a few times then say “quiet.” Don’t yell. Stay calm. Your dog can sense when you are upset. This is where you can ask your friend to help by walking past your dog’s field of vision, by pretending to be a mailman for example and getting Fido to bark.
Step 2: Gently hold your dog’s muzzle closed. Say, “quiet” again. Note: If this seems to upset or make your dog uncomfortable then do not hold his muzzle ( For an English Bulldog you may want to just put pressure on the muzzle without holding it )  -- apply 2 fingers as pressure~ 
Step 3: Remove your hands from your dog’s muzzle. ( your fingers ) 
Step 4: Walk away from the barking trigger and call your dog to follow.
Step 5: Give him treats and praise.
Step 6: Repeat. Work on this over several days with your pup. You will know that your training has begun to pay off when your dog is quiet when you give the “quiet” command.
Alternate plan – Make some noise!
If you find that your attempts at getting your dog to understand the “quiet” command are not working then you can try to surprise your dog by making a loud or unpleasant sound. A noisemaker, a musical instrument such as a maraca or even an aluminum can filled with coins will work to make a sound your dog will not like.
Step 1: Allow your pooch to bark a few times then say “quiet.” Don’t yell. Stay calm. Your dog can sense when you are upset. This is where you can ask your friend to help by walking past your dog’s field of vision by pretending to be a mailman, for example, and getting Fido to bark.
Step 2: make the unpleasant noise. Your dog should stop barking.
Step 3: Walk away from the barking trigger and call your dog to follow.
Step 4: Give him treats and praise.
Step 5: Repeat. Work on this over several days with your pup. You will know that your training has begun to pay off when your dog is quiet when you give the “quiet” command.
If your pooch persists in barking despite your best and most consistent training efforts, it may be time to seek out the help of a professional dog trainer.

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Sunday, November 5

Changes you can make now to extend your English Bulldog's life.

5 changes to make this month… for your dog's sake…  Helping the English Bulldog from pup to adulthood. 

Thanks to  Dr. Justine Lee 

( order her books here  https://drjustinelee.com/books/  )


You may have seen the bumper sticker “Help me be the type of person my dog thinks that I am…” After all, pets love us unconditionally and seem to ignore all our faults, stress-attacks, and bad moods. As a result, it’s our responsibility as pet owners to afford our dogs and cats (aka, family members) the emotional, financial and physical attention that they need – to make sure we’re providing an environment that is healthy, safe, and mentally stimulating to them. As a small token of appreciation to our loyal four-legged friends, let’s dedicate this month to following these 5 simple, veterinary-recommended tips on how to treat your pet right.

1. Cut out 20 - 30% of the food
Loving your pet doesn’t mean feeding it more… in fact, your actions may reflect otherwise. I generally consider obese pets poorly cared for, as the pet owner isn’t looking out for the best health of their pet and may not be exercising them as much as they should be. Studies have proven it – the skinnier your dog, the longer he lives. On average, you can extend your dog’s life by almost 2 years by just cutting out the calories. The same is likely true for humans (and cats!) too. Being that 40-70% of pets are overweight or obese, I can tell almost all of you to cut back on 30% of the pet food right now. First, use a measuring cup when scooping out your pet’s dinner, so you know just how many calories you’re serving, and when in doubt, cut back on the snacks and table scraps.
Learn more about Healthy TREATS for your dog
SEE article  http://bulldogvitamins.blogspot.com/2016/10/top-veggies-for-dogs_27.html

Find low-fat, high-fiber snacks to make your pet feel more full. Canned pumpkin, green beans, carrots, and low-salt, low-butter popcorn are great places to start! Finally, switch to a senior pet food – even if your pet technically isn’t “senior” yet. It’ll contain more fiber and bulk so yes, he’ll poop more, but he’ll shed more weight in the process!--  

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2. Take an extra walk around the block-  ( if your dog is elderly, try to just increase play time in your yard)  YOU can also do some play inside the house in the winter.  Just get them moving a little bit more. 
The more you exercise with your dog, the more weight your dog loses, and the more weight you lose too. After a long stressful day, the last thing you may want to do is take your dog on a time-sucking walk or run, but it’s important for your pet’s health and important for your mental health. Take the extra 10 minutes out of your day to take another loop around the block. For you cat owners, time yourself with a clock and laser pointer and dedicate a whopping 5 minutes of exercise time a day with your cat. When you exercise with your pet, you release natural endorphins while burning calories, and it’s a great way for both of you to feel better.

3. Start a pet savings account
If you can’t afford – or haven’t had time to research – pet insurance, do the next best thing. Start a savings account just for your pet, and don’t dip into it unless it’s for a pet emergency. Simply saving a dollar a day will help for those middle-of-the-night emergencies which are costly… and as your pet ages, the more you need to potentially save! My tip is for each year that your pet is over 10 years of age, save that much for each week of his life (i.e., $11/week for an 11-year-old dog!). Or consider pet insurance instead.

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4. Skip the vaccines this year
Never thought you’d hear a veterinarian say this, right? As your pet ages, the fewer vaccines he or she needs – typically only those that are required by law.

 Instead, save the money for blood work which evaluates your pet’s kidney, liver and thyroid function, and white and red blood cells. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can detect metabolic problems (like kidney failure or diabetes), and the sooner you can treat them. Talk to your vet about making this switch.
LEARN about Blood titer testing 

5. Splurge on a good toy

If you can’t afford doggy daycare or a dog walker, splurge on a good toy for your pet instead. 
Environmental enrichment (i.e., how to prevent your pet from getting bored at home) is important for all species. For dogs, a treat-stuffed Kong toy may provide hours of entertainment (just make sure to cut back on the dog food since you’re providing more calories this way!), while for cats, a sisal scratching post, feather on a string, or a laser point (human required) is a must. I also love cat window rests so your cat can enjoy the great outdoors from the safety of inside.

  For English Bulldogs, I love a Black KONG or an Elk's bone for toys 

My View-
Marie of Ask the Pet Nurse on Vaccinations:

I do believe in Vaccines.. don't get me wrong.. Just in moderation

I really do feel the over-vaccination of our pets kills them off sooner and may cause Cancer, Immune problems, Serious Allergies, Kidney failure and Liver failure.
 Many pets suffer at the hands of our Over- vaccination schedule. The vaccine yearly program was made to KEEP the people in the doors of the VET office.  ( research this and you will see what I mean ) 
If you get them in for vaccines then you can do a good health check. VETS feel otherwise people would not come in often. It's kind of true.. if people were not told to get your BOOSTER shots yearly they may skip a year before seeing the VET..

MONEY LOSS for VET offices

Learn more about Vaccines and how to cut back on some of them

Sunday, October 8

Sensitive Stomach dog food

Easy Recipe for Dog Meatloaf

  ( for sensitive stomachs ) 


        Gluten-free options 

Try this Easy meatloaf recipe for dogs with allergies or a sensitive belly.  

If you want to use 1/4 - 1/3  cup of Dry kibble, as a snack that is fine ~~ ( use it in the afternoon I really like the following Brands - Fromm's, Merrick, Zignature, Castor & Pollux ( Buy Grain free if possible).  I have had good luck with the Victor  Grain-Free Brand too. 


CHOOSE meat: 
5 lbs fairly lean meat *****( YOU will do Ground Turkey ) or LEAN Ground Beef ( 90 % or leaner) - ( if you can afford ground lamb that is an occasional option ) 

6 cups of breadcrumbs - plain See Wheat free link if you need it 

 ( gluten free / wheat free option)  ( Allergy dogs or dogs with Skin problems need the gluten-free options ) SEE below for links to oats or breadcrumbs. 
1 cup of  2 % low-fat milk
8 med size eggs 
4 teaspoon s of CRUSHED eggShell -- - Smash it ( it's for Calcium) - Must be crushed and then cooked into the meat loafs --
1 1/2  cups ( green beans or green sweet peas)( grated and mush) *** ( TRY GREEN BEANS but cut them up or Smash them )

Your dog will need 1 NuVET Plus Wafer supplement per day ( Info below ) NuVET is amazing for the body and it BALANCES home cooking.  
( do not put the NuVET into the Recipe ) - ( Give 1 NuVET Plus Daily as your Doggie Supplement) -- ( Do NOT Home cook without NuVET or a good supplement ) 

INFO to order is below - MOST dogs love it and take NuVET as a treat 
(YOU cannot balance this Recipe without a Quality Supplement)
Most of my clients use the NuVET Plus ( We have Wafer or Powder )

ALSO  ADD: to the meatloaf mix 
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 or  2  teaspoons  LOW SALT tamari soy sauce, 

* press the mixture into a casserole dishes so it’s 2 inches thick and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until set and lightly browned.

MOST dogs will get 2 -5 slices per day of the Dog meatloaf.  IT Depends on your dog's weight. 

 E-mail me if you need help figuring out the portion size for your dog.  ( MY e-mail is mpmaltese@gmail.com 
Use meatloaf or loaf pans .. This makes enough for 5 -6 days for your dogs.
Freeze or use in 4 days .. YOU can cut and freeze up what you want and then take out portions for daily feeding.
Use good wrap to avoid freezer burn 

The Meatloaf will last 4 days in the refrigerator 
YOU can use 90% lean ground beef as your meat choices for this meatloaf -- try the turkey first as your meat of choice .. NEVER do more than one Meat in your loaf at one time .
YOU will choose only one veggie to add to the meat load - Green beans or greens peas seem to do well 

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Marie Peppers LPN/MA 
Ask the Pet Nurse    mpmaltese@gmail.com

YOU can get these Oats in place of the breadcrumbs if you wish : 

Gluten-free - ( Need grain free? This is NOT a grain free recipe; Here is an option, You can try this 



OATS or Bread Crumbs are fine.  FOR allergy dogs you need Gluten free

YOU can do gluten free Bread Crumbs 
If you need Wheat FREE breadcrumbs - here is a link: to Gillian's Foods 

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Monday, September 18

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Her shedding has lessened and she is just a calmer and happier dog overall. I can only imagine the results just improving over time.
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Sunday, September 17

Chronic smelly ears and infections in your dog?

Natural help for your dog's ears-- yeasty smelly ears?  No more with NuVET Plus and Apple Cider Vinegar.  

Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse

Vinegar is a good cleaner. Mix 2 teaspoons raw organic apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup distilled or spring water. Put a dropper-full (ten drops for a small dog) into the ear and rub at the base of the ear to work it all around. Stand back and let your dog shake it out.
I use Braggs raw organic apple cider vinegar. 
Raw organic apple cider vinegar has medicinal qualities

   ~~~~~~   GREAT for CAT's ears too!  Helps with mites ~~~~~~~

Please see your Local vet if there is a large amount of drainage from the ear.  Thanks 

Most of our clients also use this Daily supplement  -

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MOST of my clients take 1 NUVET Plus Wafer per day --


Less shedding. BETTER skin, 

Fewer ear infections helps to clear up tear stains, 

HELPS pet's with allergy issues, 

Protects the bones and joints 

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