Gettin’ Tricky with Boy: Balancing and Catching a Treat


Boy and I thought we had to try out the new POWER POPS! by Dr. Harvey’s with a new trick. What better party trick than balancing and catching a treat?!

The first step is to place a treat on your dog’s nose.

Hold the treat on your dog’s snout and say “waiiiiiiiiit.”

Now, let go of his snout and tell him a “get it” cue. 

Do not expect a long duration of holding the treat when you first start this trick. You want to start with quickly releasing him and work toward a longer hold each repetition.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Some dogs might throw a treat further than others before s/he masters snatching the airborne treat!

Have fun! Let me and Boy know how it goes…

Here is a fun blooper from our training session. Boy accidentally snapped my thumb instead of the treat! I think he felt bad because for the rest of that session he didn’t try as hard 😉

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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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Michelle Huntting
Building the bridge of communication for dogs and pet guardians 


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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It All Started with a Dog

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 (thought I’d add the last for good measure). Please seek a holistic vet for specific dietary questions. This blog is sponsored by a company that I strongly believe in and highly recommend (and have for years).

It all started with a dog. True story. Don’t most perfect stories begin with a dog? It seems like the animals can connect us to the right people at the right time, push us in the right direction, and many times get us to stop and smell the roses. I owe my entire career to my dog, Morgan.

Morgan was a feisty puppy. She came into my life when I was broken and broke. I had a severe case of PTSD which made it difficult for me to even leave the house. She helped me build my confidence at the beginning of our journey together and reminded me of who I once was.

As she grew older, Morgan’s stomach continued to cause her problems (aka diarrhea), so I started researching. What I found from my research with the pet food outraged me; so much so I opened a holistic pet food shop (which launched my career in dog training as well) to share the information I learned with my corner of the world.

Morgan had horrible diarrhea. When I started looking into details, I saw that the number one allergen for dogs and cats was corn and soy. When I checked the majority of pet food labels the very first ingredients read just that. How could they do this to pets? I was feeding Morgan food that triggered an allergic response, but also sometimes her nerves got the best of her.

Besides changing her food, I added pumpkin and many other great herbs into her diet and it immediately soothed her stomach. This past week I was more than thrilled to see Dr. Harvey’s new product Runs Be Done! The ingredient list has the perfect blend of all the right natural things to stop things, literally.

It’s hard for any dog to behave and focus on a training program when their stomach is hurting. When looking at a dog’s behavior one must look at the dog as a whole. At the root of it all, health and diet drive behavior.

I have worked in the pet industry for 11 years now and this is a problem I see on a daily basis. Runs Be Done provides a perfect solution for dogs with chronic stomach problems, for a dog is recovering from sickness, as well as those sporadic incidences when needed.

Thanks, Dr. Harvey’s, for always looking after our pet’s well-being.



Blog written by Michelle Huntting
Building a bridge of communication between dog and pet guardian 

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