Your Pets Rely on You to Stay Healthy

The cat’s bowl is full of nutritious Instinctive Choice. Your canine companion has had his daily Wellness Food Supplement. You know that you are forgetting something, but you just can’t seem to place it. Maybe it’s not something you’re forgetting but rather someone! As important of a role your pets play in your life, you are the main character in their lives! Without you who would they turn to?

By changing a few simple things in your daily routine, you could be around for more belly scratches and rub downs!

Get Active – Don’t just let Fido out by himself – join him. A recent survey found that more than 65% of Americans are overweight or obese. Since the health problems associated with excess weight include heart disease, diabetes and stroke, it’s important to make weight loss and fitness a priority in your life. So lace up those sneakers and take your dog for a daily walk at the local park or around your block! The fresh air will invigorate you and the companionship of your dog will make this daily activity more enjoyable and seem less like exercise. Not only will this help keep your weight under control, but it will also help make for a healthier heart.

Eat Healthy – You feed your pets the best, most nutritious foods, and you should be doing the same. Hate the word “diet”? Try the 80-20 factor. Eat healthy 80% of the time and indulge for the other 20%. This is a very simple way to improve your diet. The American Heart Association recommends eating foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. An easy way to ensure that you are getting health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids on a daily basis is to try Sealogix Omega-3 Fish Oil. Thanks in large part to its superior quality, purity and concentration of nutrients, Sealogix represents an exceptional value compared to other market brands.

Stop Smoking – Many of us grew up when smoking was cool. Well, it’s not cool anymore. The American Heart Association could not have put it any clearer. Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death! Your bad habit does not only affect you – it affects everyone in your home – pets included! There are so many cessation programs available these days that quitting may be easier than you think. Procrastination is one of the biggest hurdles, so make the decision to stop smoking today and consult your health care provider for the program that’s right for you.

Let your pets continue to enjoy the life that you have worked so hard to give them. You need to stay healthy, too!

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Puppy Bowl IX

Damn I bet and lost a fin on Juniper, the Great Pyrenees, to make a touchdown by half time. I’ve always wondered why I got stuck with this breed and, as a bull headed man, believe it’s because I deserve them.  

Everyone says Pyrs are “independent” but I’ve come to understand that’s a euphemism.  They don’t listen and they don’t mind.  Still, I’d bet on em everytime.  

And true to their nature, she was a beauty, full of playful joy and, what I think I love about Pyrenees the most, puckish impudence.  I’ll just add the $ 5 to the heaping mound of money I’ve spent on them in my lifetime but be grateful I’m still far, far on the plus side.  Damnit.  Next year, I hope they have a Dachshund.  

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ABCs Part 2: Management (AKA Controlling Antecedents)

ManagementLast week I covered this formula for problem solving:

Antecedent -> Behavior -> Consequence

"Management" is what we call manipulating the environment to prevent an undesired behavior from happening. When evaluated in the context of ABC, it is called Antecedent Arrangement.

For example:

  1. For a dog that barks and lunges at a picture window when people pass by, we could put up a heavy curtain that covers the window or just deny access to the window entirely.
  2. For the dog that jumps up on guests in part one of this series we can deny access to the entrance when people arrive.
  3. For dogs that fight over food bowls during meals we could feed them separately.

For items #1 and #2 management is obviously not a permanent solution. People that own dogs should be able to enjoy their picture windows, while denying access to the entrance every time someone visits is not a viable solution, as well as just no fun.

But for #3, management just might be the best option. Counter-conditioning for resource guarding against other dogs is very difficult to do safely, while fights over resources such as food can be deadly. The risk of a relapse is just too high in some circumstances, and unfortunately risk analysis is part of the problem solving process in serious behavior cases.

To be clear, management is an important component of a complete plan. Only rarely is it the entire solution. However, while controlling antecedents is often not a permanent solution, it is usually a very important part of any comprehensive behavior modification program.

One reason is that preventing the behavior from happening has to be part of plan. If the dog is still being rewarded for the behavior in some circumstances while we are training to prevent it in others, the training is more apt to fail or at best, take much longer than it should.

The other reason is that controlling when and which antecedents are presented, as well at what level of intensity, is often part of the training or behavior modification process. If we are working on counter-conditioning and desensitization the antecedents need to be introduced very gradually. If we are training a new behavior then we need to control distractions as much as possible and create and environment that sets the dog up to be successful.

Determining what the critical antecedent(s) are can be more difficult than it looks. Remember dogs can see (moving things at a distance), hear, and of course smell much better than we do.

With the infamous greeting-committee-dog what is the antecedent to rushing to the door? The door opening? The doorbell? People approaching the door? The sound of an elevator door opening? The sound of car in the driveway?

While training a dog to “come when called” what cue is she responding to? (The cue or “command” is the antecedent.) Is it you leaning forward to call her? Are you giving a hand signal by accident or on purpose? Is it the first syllable of her name? In the case of an emergency cue like this it’s important to be sure so that you are sure she’ll understand in an actual emergency.

When seeing a client for the first time, an experienced behavior consultant will spend a lot of time discussing the different situations in which problems arise. Much is this is about identifying antecedents. As a matter of fact, many consultants insist on having a client submit some kind of intake questionnaire” prior to seeing them to get the process started before they even get to the client’s home.

The A in ABC is a deceptively deep topic. Controlling antecedents can be a temporary or even permanent solution. It’s a critical part of the problem solving process, and can often suggest what behavior solutions make sense. We’ll start to tackle that next.

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Dog Training Tips : Keeping Dogs Out Of The Street

Learn tips on how to keep your dogs out of the street in this free video clip. Expert: Marshall Mills Bio: Marshall Mills has had his dog since she was a puppy & she’s been in two films:…

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The dogs which take their name from the island of Newfoundland appeal to all lovers of animals.There are now two established varieties, the black and the white and black. There are also bronze-coloured dogs, but they are rare. The black variety of the Newfoundland is essentially black in color; but this does not mean that there may be no other color, for most black Newfoundlands have some white marks. In fact, a white marking on the chest is said to be typical of the true breed. Any white on the head or body would place the dog in the other than black variety. The black color should preferably be of a dull jet appearance which approximates to brown. In the other than black class, there may be black and tan, bronze, and white and black. The latter predominates, and in this color, beauty of marking is very important. The head should be black with a white muzzle and blaze, and the body and legs should be white with large patches of black on the saddle and quarters, with possibly other small black spots on the body and legs.

Apart from color, the varieties should conform to the same standard. The head should be broad and massive, but in no sense heavy in appearance. The muzzle should be short, square, and clean cut, eyes rather wide apart, deep set, dark and small, not showing any haw; ears small, with close side carriage, covered with fine short hair (there should be no fringe to the ears), expression full of intelligence, dignity, and kindness.

The body should be long, square, and massive, loins strong and well filled; chest deep and broad; legs quite straight, somewhat short in proportion to the length of the body, and powerful, with round bone well covered with muscle; feet large, round, and close. The tail should be only long enough to reach just below the hocks, free from kink, and never curled over the back. The quality of the coat is very important; the coat should be very dense, with plenty of undercoat; the outer coat somewhat harsh and quite straight.

The appearance generally should indicate a dog of great strength, and very active for his build and size, moving freely with the body swung loosely between the legs, which gives a slight roll in gait. As regards size, the Newfoundland Club standard gives 140 lbs. to 120 lbs. weight for a dog, and 110 lbs. to 120 lbs. for a bitch, with an average height at the shoulder of 27 inches and 25 inches respectively; but it is doubtful whether dogs in proper condition do conform to both requirements. 

When rearing puppies give them soft food, such as well-boiled rice and milk, as soon as they will lap, and, shortly afterwards, scraped lean meat. Newfoundland puppies require plenty of meat to induce proper growth. The puppies should increase in weight at the rate of 3 lbs. a week, and this necessitates plenty of flesh, bone and muscle-forming food, plenty of meat, both raw and cooked. Milk is also good, but it requires to be strengthened with casein. The secret of growing full-sized dogs with plenty of bone and substance is to get a good start from birth, good feeding, warm, dry quarters, and freedom for the puppies to move about and exercise themselves as they wish. Forced exercise may make them go wrong on their legs. Medicine should not be required except for worms, and the puppies should be physicked for these soon after they are weaned, and again when three or four months old, or before that if they are not thriving. If free from worms, Newfoundland puppies will be found quite hardy, and, under proper conditions of food and quarters, they are easy to rear.

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Big lenders' tick box approach is forcing customers elsewhere

Big lenders' tick box approach is forcing customers elsewhere
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Premarket: Futures tick higher, Google dips
U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Monday, suggesting equities will extend their multi-year closing highs from Friday, but low volume and the absence of economic indicators on tap could make trading volatile. Upbeat U.S. and Chinese data last
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Tonight you can meet the wonderful vet, Dr. Donna Spector, whose opinions you have been reading here on the HALO blog for years! Dr. Donna will be filling in as my co-host tonight on my new Internet radio show CAT CHAT® & DOG TALK®.

My usual co-host, Dr. Shawn “The Natural Vet” is away at a veterinary conference (where he will also be demonstrating his magic skills!) and Donna is the perfect stand-in because she is knowledgeable about traditional Western medicine as well as alternative therapies and points of view, and is an active member of the Association of Holistic Veterinarians – in addition to being a board-certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist.

I actually know you’ll have a good time with us on the radio because Dr. Spector has often been my guest on my SiriusXM show CAT CHAT® (before the Martha Stewart channel was cancelled) and on my NPR show DOG TALK® – but we’ve never had the privilege of taking live calls and answering them together.

So tonight Dr. Donna will be jumping into the hot seat and we’re ready for all the Halo followers to bring it on! We’ll be answering your questions about nutrition and offering helpful insight about chronic, complicated or undiagnosed medical problems in your dogs and cats. And you’ll be doing us a favor because this will be a test run for a whole new live radio show that Dr. Spector and I will co-host together every week called THE EXPERT VET, which will premiere on my new RADIO PET LADY NETWORK that is launching in March! Give us some practice tonight with your medical challenges!

Dr. Donna Spector is ready to give her objective opinion to callers who want a second opinion about Dr. Donna is widely recognized for her role as consulting veterinarian to HALO Purely for Pets, her TV appearances with Ellen DeGeneres and her widely-quoted pet health advice in print and on radio. Tracie will co-host with Dr. Donna – as she does with Dr. Shawn “The Natural Vet” on CAT CHAT® & DOG TALK® – which will create a smooth and consistent message for all the veterinarians across the network whose advice and point of view embraces both traditional and alternative medicine.

On the air Dr. Donna will offer insight on common pet medical and nutritional issues. For pets with more complicated problems or if more extensive involvement is necessary, she will be available to work directly with a pet owner’s veterinarian if an Internal Medicine Consultation is not available locally. Dr. Donna’s web-based veterinary consulting service, functions through transference of medical records, telephone and email communication with a pet owner and the primary veterinarian.

Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible, guest blogs here on healthy, natural choices for pets.


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HealthyPetNet’s BBB rating is A+

Was just interested in this BBB report on Trilogy HealthyPetNet. They have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida. Having been associated with them for three years as an indepedent rep, I already knew they were straight-arrow, but was glad to see it in writing!
A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Finding time to read….

So when all else fails, check “Google”, but from what I have found, Abibliophobia is a genuine fear of running out of reading material. I found this particularly amusing, because on my nightstand alone, are two stacks of books. One stack are several books that I have, for reading and reviewing, while on the other stack are my…

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