What do you think?
What do you think?
It’s all Greek…..
So, making a salad 🥗 and the boy is sniffing about for scraps.
As ever, I put too much cheese on a salad so my wife has some feta left over.
Does George like feta?
Yes. He. Do.
Dogs WILL eat anything….
George isn’t our first dog. He’s our third and, over time, we have learnt more about what our dogs ate.
With Harry, he had bad knees and so some reduced mobility. As a result, he ended up on a lower fat diet – still kibble but something a little healthier for him.
Ted was a very different kettle of fish. Behaviour issues meant he had to be on a low protein diet to reduce his energy levels. This worked but, ultimately, he still ended up being re-homed because of his aggression towards females.
Along comes George who is lovely.
A really good dog with no issues until, as it turns out, he develops a wheat allergy.
We thought he had a bug and took him to the vets but after his symptoms went away (on a special diet for a few days) he went back on his old food and within a few hours he is ill again.
Fortunately, we had already ordered some Laughing Dog Food Wheat Free kibble which has helped out after we weaned him over to it. He is now, 🤞🏻, fine and loves his food.
It’s just something to consider. You hear about humans with allergies but they are there for dogs too.
Dogs, given the chance, WILL eat anything wether it is bad for them or not but just because they can doesn’t mean they should.
How size matters more than you may have thought….
Size matters. Apparently.
I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone else but one of the biggest training problems I experience is retaining the attention of the dog.
One of the contributors to this lack of attention could be the size of the treats and treat size vs dog size.
George would probably be classed as a medium sized dog when fully grown but, at 6 months old, he is some way off his maximum.
As a result, the size of the treats being used is quite important when it comes to getting and keeping him engaged.
When he does something right he is given a treat to re-inforce the good behaviour but if the treat has been too large, he takes time to eat it. As well as that, George likes to take his time over larger items and eat them away from others. This breaks up the flow of the training.
I have taken to using the smallest treat I can find for training. It’s easier as it’s a very quick treat and it reduces the break of attention.
It’s just something to consider – your dog will want the biggest treat they can snaffle off you but it may not be the best things for the learning.
Keep on posting, keep on writing and keeping the faith.
Over the years, I’ve had a dabble at writing a blog a couple of times but never really got it to stick. It might be motivation that was the issue but the whole ‘dog’ thing is a nice hobby, a good distraction from the downsides of general life.
Third time lucky maybe as I am managing to publish posts with some regularity.
I know most of it is dog related and this probably helps with the posts as George is a fairly regular source of inspiration for content.
I do a lot of posting on social media and that does alright for contacts and it’s nice having that interaction with so many people. It would be nice to have that level of contact via this blog too.
I know that, for some people, this is their job, their life and they have made a business out of it – I certainly don’t have time for that – but that is not this blog. You see some people tailor their content to suit the current issues of the day and, again, that’s not this blog.
There will be some ‘current’ stuff being posted but, mainly, its dog related and maybe that’s why blogging is so punishing to the writer. A post on social media can garner a lot of attention and validation for the poster but, on this platform, that’s not how it works.
I am still finding my feet.
This is sometimes me just emptying my head in the guise of a pooch and now and again I’ll get some feedback which I really appreciate.
It’s just odd sometimes.
A friend of mine joined Twitter some years back. They were on Facebook and, for some reason, presumed it worked the same. They started following a few friends and celebrities and made a few posts but then complained that he wasn’t getting any interactions with anyone.
His posts were like ‘Wow, big night. BIG head this morning’. Harmless enough but he had no #hashtags and , most importantly, no followers. I explained to him this was the equivalent of sitting at home alone talking to the TV 📺 but I don’t think he understood.
But, writing these posts, I can help but think if I am doing something similar – almost. As I said, it’s nice getting comments and chatting with viewers but it can be disheartening.
I will carry on though. If anything, it’s cathartic – almost confessional at times – and good to get things out of my head rather than have them fester.
So, to those that do view my posts, to those that take time to comment and give me feedback, I thank you. 👍🏻
The importance of meeting…..
It’s important for a dog to have new experiences but chief among them is meeting new people and animals.
George starts his puppy course in 3 weeks so I am trying to have him me as many other folks and pets as possible.
When we first had George, he was nervous of most things and would react defensively to dog, cats and people.
We have walked him a lot, meeting as many folk as we can and encouraging him that all was okay. Taking him into new situations has improved his acceptance of new things and he now actively seeks out new meets.
This all bodes well for his course and hopefully he will be less distracted by other dogs and therefore able to focus better.
Food needs a solid foundation….
I don’t eat much restaurant food, I’m more of a kibble kind of guy but I have observed a few odd things.
Food. Some of it ‘looks’ great but watching it being eaten shows it’s far from being great.
Watching a burger 🍔 in a brioche bun disintegrate as it is being eaten doesn’t look like much fun or value for money.
You would not build the Empire State Building out of wood and you would not accept a poorly constructed property collapsing around you.
Keep it simple Chef!