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Dogs and Kids: Introducing a New Dog into your Home

This is the 2nd post in a series by Deborah Rosen of Good Citizen Dog Training.

Last week’s post, Dogs and Kids: What you Need to Know, addressed items to consider when thinking about getting a dog for your family.

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As promised in the last blog entry, I will now address some of the proper steps to take when introducing a new rescue dog or puppy to his or her new family. By taking these few easy steps, you will give your new fur baby a much better chance of succeeding with each new member of your household, especially with the children.

On the very first day the dog is due to arrive at your home, arrange for each person in your household to be present, even if they have all met the dog before. Ask each one to step outside the house where the dog will feel less confined and be more apt to feel less threatened.

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Have each family member stand at least 5 feet from the dog. One at a time, have each adult and child call the dog’s name without looking directly at the dog. If the name has not yet been selected, a noise or a whistle will work just as well to simply get the dog’s attention. The second the dog looks at the individual, pop a very tasty treat in his or her mouth and say “good job” or “good dog.” Do this with each person, one by one. By doing this, we are telling the dog (in a way he can really understand) that the person he just encountered is a “very good thing”. And, by doing this with each person, you are helping the dog understand he has nothing to fear.

Assuming the dog had no difficulty with step one, move to the next step by having each person come up to the dog, one at a time. As they do, tell them to approach the dog sideways without giving the dog eye contact. It’s important, especially with small children to be very clear and concise. “Don’t look at the doggy yet.” Have them present the dog with an open palm and let the dog sniff. Quickly drop a treat in the child’s hand and let the dog take the treat. Do this over and over several times, and if the dog is comfortable, proceed to the next person.

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Do this process over and over until the entire household is introduced without giving eye contact. If this process goes well without incident, start again with everyone now facing the dog squarely and looking directly at him. Once this process is complete, it’s time to go inside the house.

 

Check back next week for next steps to when introducing a new dog to your home.

 

 

Deborah Rosen_small About the Author

Deborah Rosen is President and Founder of Good CitiZEN Dog TrainingⓇ, a dog training franchise business based in Tacoma, WA. Deborah is known within the industry for her innovative ZEN dog-training methodology and her commitment to using positive and progressive techniques to teach clients the science of canine behavior. Deborah is now spreading her training philosophy of “peaceful living with your dog” from coast to coast through her Good CitiZEN Dog Training franchisees. In addition, Deborah also authors blogs, magazine articles, and is working on a book. For more information about Good CitiZEN Dog Training, see www.goodcitizendog.com.

Gluten-free Rosemary Ham and Cheddar Dog Treat Recipe

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The weather has gotten a little cooler, and with that change in temperature, we feel like cooking up something hot and tasty in the kitchen! We turned to the Doggy Dessert Chef’s Rosemary Ham and Cheddar dog treats as a cooler weather treat fit for any pooch.

If you enjoy baking for your dog, we highly suggest having brown rice and/or coconut flour on hand to make gluten-free treats for your pup!

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Ingredients 
 
1/2 cup chopped Ham
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 tablespoon dried Rosemary, crushed
1 Egg
1/4 cup Milk
1 cup Brown Rice Flour

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Halloween Dog Costume Contest 2014

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As Halloween approaches, we want to celebrate the fun, creative costumes that can be see on this holiday. From Raggedy Ann to a sushi roll, there are ready-made and homemade dog costumes to fit all shapes and personalities!

So…. what better way to showcase all of your decked out cuties than in a Halloween dog costume contest?

We are giving away tasty 6 Inch Gullet Wrapped Bully Sticks to 3 winners with the top votes.
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Dogs and Kids: What you Need to Know

This week we have the pleasure of introducing a guest blogger:

Deborah Rosen, Founder and Owner of Good CitiZEN Dog Training!

 

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Like Travis and Old Yeller, Timmy and Lassie, Rusty and Rin Tin Tin, dogs and kids have been put together for as long as we can remember. Because of how this is portrayed in the media, we often jump to making assumptions that kids and dogs are made for each other like apple pie and ice cream. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

When you see disclaimers in pet classifieds saying a particular dog is not “kid friendly” you will know these dogs were either not well socialized as puppies or became fearful of children for a variety of reasons. Certainly, these are dogs to stay away from as you look for a new furry family member. What you may not realize is that many rescues come without historical information. It is for this reason that I advocate for adopting either a well documented socialized older dog or a puppy to incorporate into a family with younger children. There are many puppies available through rescue organizations as well.
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Drool Dog Recipe: Doggie Pupcakes

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Dog birthdays are a big deal here at Best Bully Sticks.
After all, they only come once a year, and it’s such a fun way to spoil your furry loved one!

Today we are featuring a recipe by Brenda at When Pooch Comes to Shove. This Pupcake recipe only requires 6 ingredients that you probably already have on hand in your pantry and fridge.

 

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour or All-Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Egg
2 Tablespoons Honey
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9 Ways to Celebrate Fall with your Dog

The air has turned chillier, and leaves are turning color and starting to fall. Autumn is a wonderful season to enjoy time outdoors with your dog! Whether it’s going on a long walk in the park or a game of fetch in the backyard, your dog deserves some quality time in what many argue to be their favorite season.

Best Bully Sticks has put together a list of 9 Fall Fun Ideas below for you and your dog. We hope that you get to do one or all of these before winter weather sets in! (Click on the image to enlarge)

Halloween News: We have a special page just for Halloween! Check out Best Bully Sticks Halloween Sales leading up to October 31 for Spooktacular Savings on dog chews and other cold weather necessities.

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Mighty Dog Mutt Balls

Mighty Dog Mutt Balls newWho doesn’t love snacks that you can pop into your mouth? This week we bring you one such dog treat: Mighty Dog Mutt Balls from Kirby the Dorkie featuring The Canine Chef Cookbook!

These Mutt Balls have grain-free quinoa, peanut butter, and honey. If it weren’t for the beef broth, we’d say we humans would like to try them! These treats don’t require baking; simply prepare and freeze for one hour before treating Spot.

 Ingredients

1 cup quinoa
2 cups beef broth or water
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
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Weekly Drool Recipe: Cheesy Hamburger Happiness

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Allow your four-legged best friends to finally enjoy the family barbecue, too, with Cheesy Hamburger Happiness treats from the Dog Treat Kitchen! Served whole for a large dog or cut up into smaller pieces for training, these hamburgers are sure to get your dog’s undivided attention!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup lean ground beef – about 1/3 lb.
  • 2 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 Cup water
  • 1 6 Ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

Directions:

For step-by-step instructions to make these delicious hamburgers, please visit the Dog Treat Kitchen.

To see other wholesome dog treats, eats, and chews, jump over to see more of our Healthy Dog Blog! With only your pooch’s best interests in mind, we know both you and your pup won’t be disappointed!

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Won’t you Adopt me this Autumn? New Charity Photo Contest

Offerpop-BannerIt is officially fall AND National Dog Week! To celebrate both events, Best Bully Sticks has launched a NEW Charity Photo Contest for our dog charity friends nationwide. This is a great way to not only bring more national exposure to charities’ adoptable dogs but also their overall efforts in finding rescue dogs their forever homes!

What are the Prizes?

Three Best Bully Sticks Monetary Donations totaling $750!
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Weekly Drool Recipe: Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

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For all the gluten-free proponents out there, this week’s recipe is one you’ll definitely feel good about making for your pooch!

Made with one of Mother Nature’s most healthy super-foods, pumpkin, and all-natural peanut butter that every dog loves, these treats are hypoallergenic, grain-free, and incredibly tasty!

Thanks to Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen for sharing them with us!

 

Ingredients:

– 2 1/2 cups garbanzo flour

– 2 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter

– 2 large eggs

– 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

 

Directions:
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