Young Living Oils for Dogs?

Yes! I have been personally using Young Living Oils on myself, my children, and my dogs for several years now. I can say with confidence- they work well!

For dogs specifically I will use oils many times for behavioral cases where the dog just needs a little extra help. Here are some of my favorites:

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Peace & Calming

Peace & Calming® essential oil is a a blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy.

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Valor

Is a blend of Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Rosewood, and Frankincense.

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Lavender

How do you use it? For dog’s that need a little more calming, I like to put a drop or two on the collar on the neck between the dog’s ears. I apply twice daily. It is also effective defused into the air.

Young Living is different than other companies.  They have very high standards for the purity of their oils. They do this by monitoring the production of the oils from the seeds through the process of being sealed in the bottle. Other companies don’t promise this. In fact, some companies use many chemicals in their oil, but this is not the case with Young Living.

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Puppy Nipping Ouch!

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I recently have been training a lot of puppies in the nipping stage. First of all, my arms hurt. Second of all, you are now hearing from a trainer with recent experience that is driven by empathy with this blog!

With that being said, I can give you bits and pieces of advise today, but let me assure you that this is not a cure all. Many puppies out there will have not read this blog or other training manuals. If you are still experiencing problems, please consult an educated professional. You are more than welcome to contact me as well!

Here are a few tips for you: 

Use Toys to Redirect (Larger Toys Are Better Than Smaller Toys)
As a puppy, Morgan my Golden retriever mix needed something to chew almost constantly.  I always had something for her to chew on, no matter where we went. Every time she would try to chew on me, I would immediately redirect her to the Nylabone or her bully stick.

Avoid Getting your Puppy Overly Excited
Puppies on the developmental scale have the urge to put everything in their mouth and also don’t understand how delicate human’s skin is. Also, they don’t have the ability to calm themselves down like an older dog might. Be sure to prevent any over excitement and if he does get excited you are more than welcome to place him in a small enclosed area like a bathroom or his kennel with a fun chew toy or bone to help him calm down.

Keep Play Time Manageable
For example, you know at seven minutes of play he’ll be too excited, so only play for four minutes. I use a lot of “time out” times where puppy is in kennel 2-5 minutes with something fun to chew to help him calm himself back down again.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
One of my favorite games with puppies is the Flirt Pole (You can check out the details here), fetch and also an outdoor walk.

What to Do When Puppy Nips:
If your puppy starts to nip, quickly fold your arms in front of you and ignore him. After two seconds of no nipping, calmly start interacting again with the puppy. If the puppy starts to nip, repeat the process. If you’ve done this twice and the puppy is still nipping, get up and leave the room for a few seconds (sometimes I shut the door behind me which seems to get my point across).

What’s been your experience with puppy nipping? Enter comments below.

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No Seriously, Get Out of My Way

  

WHEN a dog is underfoot

Does your dog get underfoot? Are you constantly trying to maneuver yourself just right to avoid tripping into a mix of disaster for both you and your dog?

For my dogs I have a “send out” cue. What’s that? I tell them “go on” and point where I am sending them. Wouldn’t that be nice to say one phrase and point and you didn’t have to play a version of the game Twister in your kitchen?

A dog’s perspective

First, to understand how this cue works, you must understand how dogs interpret body language. 

If you have ever watched a dog herd, he will move in the direction that he wants the flock to go. Dogs understand movement in a completely different way than humans.  Dogs use a combination of body movement, pressure and release of pressure to get the herd to move.  

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Dogs understand movement in a completely different way than humans.  When walking him on the leash, rather than moving your arm to communicate the direction you would like him to go, you must move your entire body.

If I wanted you to move closer to me, I would take steps close to you and you would naturally take steps toward me. Dogs are the opposite. If I take two steps toward a dog, he will take two steps back. Have you ever noticed when you start to walk toward your dog, he will back up?

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To communicate in a way that your dog will understand, you must use your whole body movement in the opposite direction that you want him to go.

HOW TO TEACH A SEND OUT CUE (AKA MOVE IT!)

For formal sessions

Grab a handful of treats. Take a step toward your dog (walk into him). As soon as he takes a step back you will say “good” and deliver a treat. Continue to add more steps. Do 1-3 minute sessions for three days.

After three days start adding a cue like “go on” and point as you say it. Use a lot of praise and treats.

FOR informal SESSIONS (every day life) 

In your every day life when you need space you will walk into your dog and say your cue like “go on” and point in the direction you want him to go. Continue moving into him until you get the space you desire. Be sure to use a lot of praise. 

If you are consistent with the cue every day as you need your dog to move or backup you will see consistent success.

Does your dog get underfoot? Share your experiences in comments below.

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Give Him a Break; Puppy Training

Training puppies is not the same as older dogs because of attention span. It works the same for kids. Younger kids have a short attention span, right?

objectplayWhen working with your puppy keep training sessions around 15 minutes or less. Within that session you will train 1-3 minutes and then provide a 1-3 minute play break.

When you are ready to start a play break use a release word like, “Okay, go play.”

What are “play breaks?” A play break is a small break from training 1-3 minutes which can be playing tug, chase, fetch, etc with your puppy. You can also pet and talk sweet to your puppy during this time.

After your play break, return to your training session. justfunandplay

Puppies are a ton of fun to train, but it’s important to meet them where they are at developmentally and just like children, they have a shorter attention span with a stronger need to play.

What’s your puppy’s favorite game? Have you used that game in training? Share in comments below.

 

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Fish Oil and A Dog’s Behavior

 
Can Fish oil improve a dog’s behavior?

Do you think that adding fish oil in your dog’s diet could improve his behavior? You may be surprised with the information that I found.

Importance of Fish Oil (omega-3 fatty acids)

For those that have a diet low or lacking in omega 3 fatty acids will have altered cell membranes. Unhealthy membranes don’t have the ability to hold water, electrolytes, or vital nutrients, lack ability to communicate to other cells and regulate hormones. Bottom line, without omega-3 fatty acids cell membranes are not functioning properly. (Find more info on hormones and behavior by clicking here)

Improperly functioning cells lead to chronic disease to include cancer, arthritis, and heart disease. Not only that, but studies show that children lacking Omega 3 Fatty Acid in their diet have impaired brain function, play a huge role in ADD and depression.

“The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish and fish oil supplements are absolutely critical to optimal brain function. A new study from the prestigious Oxford University in the UK found that the levels of EPA+DHA “significantly predicted” the ability of children between the ages of seven and nine to concentrate and learn.” – Dr. Murrary

As I dove into research for you, article after article describing research done by credible sources, there is no doubt that taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids has improved children’s behavior. Even the New York Times talked about a mother with a son that started grinding his teeth and other behaviors that began. She took him to the doctor and the doctor recommended fish oil. Within a week she saw a difference.

“I saw a difference within a week,” Mrs. Jump said of her son, who now takes a teaspoon of fish oil, containing omega-3 fatty acids, daily. “He’s more chill; he can roll with things more. He asks about his blanket every once in a while, but it’s no big deal.” -New York Times

The article goes on to say, “Like many other doctors, the Jumps’ pediatrician, Dr. Sandy Newmark, who practices integrative medicine in Tucson, Ariz., acknowledges that research on fish oil therapies is limited. There isn’t even a consensus about what the optimal doses and appropriate combinations are for polyunsaturated fatty acids like the omega-3s. But many parents concerned about the side effects of conventional medications are turning to fish oil first, to treat not just mood disorders but also a variety of learning and developmental problems, including autismdyslexia and, most notably, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D.”

We can see from the limited research there are benefits of fish oil in a diet and there is no doubt in my mind that this supplement can do the same for our dogs. Not only will can it improve his behavior and focus, but will give his coat have a nice shine. I think that is an easy, no brainer win-win for everyone.

One of my favorite supplement for Omega 3’s is  Dr. Harvey’s Health and Shine. I trust this company and know that their products are made in the USA. You can check it out by clicking here.  While you are there you can save 10% by using the code MH117.

Have you experienced success using fish oil with your dog? Share in comments below.

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References:

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: Pharmaceutical Grade Marine Lipids

Fish Oils Improve Behavior Issues in Children 8-16 Years Old

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150515134827.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/15/health/healthspecial2/15fishoil.html?_r=0

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Please Note: I am not a pet nutritionist nor a veterinarian. I am however a mother, a dog mom, pet enthusiast and a professional trainer with common sense, observational skills, and a sense of humor. Please seek a holistic vet for specific dietary questions.

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Make Your Dog’s Day in 3 Minutes

Let’s talk environmental enrichment. Environmental enrichment enhances the animal’s environment with the goal to improve their social, cognitive, and psychological well-being. 

This is something that a zoo keeper has to constantly keep in mind for the animals brought into an enclosed environment from the wild, but something as pet owners we rarely consider. You can improve your dog’s life and also his behavior by offering him simple things in his everyday life. Below is a great enrichment idea for you that will take you three minutes of prep time (that’s it!).

 

I can’t be alone. I have a pile of bones at my house. My dogs love the marrow and as soon that’s all gone, so is their interest. So that leaves the question, what do we do with a pile of bones? I have the perfect solution!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Empty marrow Bone
Peanut Butter
Yogurt
Treats
Anything else you want to add

Stuff your empty bone, layering each goody. I like to top the ends with peanut butter to better hold it all in.

Freeze it if you’d like. Voila! A happy dog!

I bet you can get even more creative! Leave comments below of things you use.

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6 Ways to Enhance Your Dog’s Life


Your dog is your everything. I know because my dog is my everything. There  is nothing like coming home to the wagging tail and big loving eyes that look up at you with so much joy and admiration. Dogs give us so much.

It’s time for us to give back. We get up, go to work, and leave our four legged bestie in a box of a house, day after day. I have been home for a while day after day and I start to lose my mind. So let’s talk environmental enrichment. Big words for such a simple idea.

Environmental enrichment enhances the animal’s environment with the goal to improve their social, cognitive, and psychological well-being. 

This is something that a zoo keeper has to constantly keep in mind for the animals that have brought into an enclosed environment from the wild, but something as pet owners we rarely take a second look at. Today is the day. You can improve your dog’s life and also his behavior by offering him simple things in his everyday life.

  1. House Design. The way that your house is designed for your dog can enhance his life. If he is left outdoors (or if you have a patio) one of the things I like to do for dogs is provide a kid sandbox with hidden dog toys so he can have fun digging them out. There are many other options with enacting the environment, but really the sky is the limit.

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2. Training. Training is always a huge key in every dog’s life. Dogs enjoy this because they get to learn new things and also it improves their behavior. My website (as well as blog) has loads of free training advice.

3. The good ol’ Ol Factory. Scent Games. Yes! Many dogs, surprisingly don’t even know how to use their nose. Scent games can help with focus, behavior, and are also are fun. There are many scent game books available, clubs, and much more. One game I like to play with my dogs is Hide the Treat. Check out the details here. 

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4. Food Related. There are many food related games for dogs like puzzle feeders and DIY games that you can easily and cheaply put together for your pet.

Here is a list of a few:
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Kong Company
Buster Cube

5. Auditory. We can always utilize music. My highest recommendation is Through A Dog’s Ear. This is a CD that promotes relaxation. I know that there are dog related programs on TV as well. Again, the sky is the limit for the tools in your dog training tool box.

6. Novel Objects. This would include chew toys (raw hide, bone, bully stick), new things in the environment like a hammock, for example, or for my dog Boy his favorite is a stuffed raccoon. Toys for dogs are tools to enhance his environment.

When adding things to your dog’s environment you are being mindful of your dog’s needs and creating a better life for your beloved pet. Do you have anything that you like to use with your dog? Please share with us!

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Check out Abby Chesnut and Michelle Huntting’s Blab on Environmental Enrichment 

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