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Chicken Gumbo

Logan and Tayla have been on a hunger strike lately, ever since Tayla ate that plastic container. Apparently she assumed it was her biscuits that made her tummy hurt, not all of the plastic. To remedy this we’ve started making their food ourselves. First up, we have Chicken Gummmmboooo! I made this up tonight and I think it’s safe to say that they both like it (another way of saying that is that they freaking lost it they were so excited).

Before we start, a few notes;

  • When cooking for dogs, with all of the crazy good smells in the air, you’ll likely find that your dog(s) will be sitting by your feet the whole time. If this is the case you have to be extra careful not to drop anything, not trip over anyone. And also (much like when there are children present) make sure that no pot handles are facing out over the edge.
  • Allergies to wheat is quite common in dogs, so it’s best to use gluten free ingredients whenever possible. This includes pasta, flour, etc.
  • When cooking for dogs it is important to remember that dogs are unable to digest hot food. Warm is fine, hot is not. Hot food will sit in your dogs stomach until it cools enough, which damages the stomach lining. Before serving to your dog make sure it has cooled enough.

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Keeping cool, with conservation in mind

As part of this years Blog Action Day, here’s a few tips for keeping your Huskies cool this summer, while staying conscious of water conservation. It is important to keep your Husky cool in summer, but keep in mind that all it takes is a little consideration to keep wasted water to a minimum.

Firstly, and momentously important, do NOT shave your Husky’s fur. Siberian Husky fur keeps them cool in summer, warm in winter and a general defence against everything in between. Shaving or cutting your Husky’s fur can seriously demoralise a Husky, as well as be a health risk in extreme weather.

It is important that your dog is acclimatised to the heat. Don’t keep your dog inside with the airconditioning until you go out, or until you take them for a walk. You need to acclimate your Husky, so that when they are stuck in the heat it won’t be as much of a shock.

Use the following tips to keep your dog cool while they are in the heat.

Shelter

Ensure that your Husky has access to a shelter or shade during the day. If possible, let your dog inside during the hottest parts of the day.

Last summer Logan had a dog sized gazebo outside that provided plenty of shade for the little Husky.

Huskies like to dig themselves little ditches to sleep in during hot weather. This is one of their innate ways to keep themselves cool. Logan has a little ditch down the side of the house, in the shade, where he whiled away the hot days.

Ponds and Pools

Last summer we got Logan a children’s clamshell pool, one half of which we filled with water for Logan to play in. It was quite a cool spot for him in his pool, underneath his little gazebo. However there are a few issues with using little pools like this.

Water saver: If the Husky doesn’t use it for a while then the water can start to stagnate and get dirty. This means that you need to refill it regularly to keep the water clean. If you are in for the long haul, and have some spare money, a better option is to get a little pond installed. There are small ponds that can be picked up at gardening stores that come complete with pumps and filters. This will reduce the frequency that you will need to replace the water.

These pools also look much better than a kiddy pool. Just be sure not to put any fish in it, although your Husky might like that sort of thing 🙂

Freezing Fruits

Freezing fruits in water is something that pet owners have been borrowing from zoos for years. It’s a great way to keep pets cool, while giving them something to play with. This involves using an empty ice cream or butter container, filling it with water and freezing an apple in it. This does however, waste a lot of water.

Water saver: One alternative to this is to just freeze the fruit by itself. Putting the frozen fruit in the pool or pond will help to keep the water cool and give the dog something to play with in the water. We did this for Logan and he spent over half an hour pushing the apple under the water and watching it bob back up.

Beaches

Water saver: This is an obvious one. Huskies to love to wade and dig in water. Rather than setting up sprinklers and waste a lot of water, a trip to the beach is a great alternative.

Be sure to always keep your Husky on a leash when at the beach, regardless of whether it is the law or not. Huskies can generally not be trusted off-leash, especially at the beach.

Brush Regularly

While it is important not to shave or cut your Husky’s fur, be sure that you still brush it regularly. Huskies should start shedding when the hot weather hits, so make sure to regularly brush your Husky to remove any excess fur that would keep them from cooling effectively.

Huskies need a lot of special attention during the hot months but if you keep an eye on them, try to keep them cool, they’ll be fine just fine.

Was a short post, I know, but we’re getting ready to go on holidays tomorrow so life is a bit too hectic. When we get back we are picking up Tayla, and then life will be turned completely upside down. Sounds like fun 🙂

3 tips for feeding

Feeding is really something that you need to get right from the start.

I’ve seen far too many dogs that get aggressive at feeding times. When I was young our family dog would growl and snap at anyone that came within a metre of her food at tea time. This is an easy thing to avoid if behaviour is set right while they are puppies.

These tips are most effective if they are enacted from a young age. Use caution if you are going to start trying to reduce aggressive feeding behaviour for grown dogs.

And this isn’t just for huskies either, these tips are useful for most breeds of dogs.

Before giving the dog food

Before you give your dog the bowl, or at least before you allow the dog to start eating, make him sit and look at you. Sitting will start to enforce the command from a young age, and make the dog learn some patience instead of going crazy for the food.

Looking at you creates a better connection between you and the dog. This puts you into the relationship between the dog and the food. This helps to keep the dog from getting territorial around food time and helps to increase the relationship between you and the dog.

Sitting with the dog

Every time you feed the dog, sit with them while they are eating. Pat them, talk to them, play with their paws, pretty much just annoy them.

This will keep the dog from getting to focussed on their food, which will keep them from getting surprised or startled when people are nearby and helps to decrease any territorial behaviour later in life.

Play with the food

Sounds a bit gross, especially depending on what the dog eats for dinner, but this is a great tip to avoid snapping later in life. When you are sitting with the dog, put your hand over parts of their dinner, pick a bit up and hand feed it to them, take the bowl away from them briefly and give it back to them.

This will keep the dog from getting territorial with their food. Let them know that they don’t need to guard the food, that if you take the food it doesn’t mean they’ve lost it and that the you are the boss.

Anyone else have any good tips? Let me know.