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Interpreting Pet Food Ingredients

2017-10-31

On our last issue, we took a closer look at the truth behind the words used by pet food manufacturers to convince you, the consumer, that their product is the best for your pet. This month, learn more about interpreting pet food labels to determine what is best to feed your canine pal. Discover the truth behind the ingredients list, guaranteed analysis, minimum and maximum content, natural vs. organic quality and ‘human grade’ ingredients. 1. INGREDIENTS LIST The labeling rules for food ingredients require manufacturers to list ingredients in descending order by weight before processing. Some ingredients, like whole meats, are wet when added and may… Read More


The Truth Behind Pet Food Industry

2017-09-30

On our previous issue, we have discussed regulations of the pet food industry and introduced the elements of pet food packaging which includes Best Before Date and what it really means; Display Panel that faces the aisle for you to see; and the Information Panel located in not-so-obvious places on the side or back of the package. For this month’s issue, let’s take a closer look at the truth behind the words used by pet food manufacturers to convince you that their product is what’s best for your pet.  We will explore the real deal behind the ‘complete and balanced diet’… Read More


Pet Food Regulation and Labels – Can You Believe it?

2017-08-21

Commercial dog food has changed considerably over the years. When I trained my Labs for field trial competition in the 1990’s, there were only a few high performance brands available and it was easy to find the best food to match the performance requirements of my dogs. Fast-forward to 2017 and the diversity of brands and range in quality of commercial kibble available on today’s pet food market is mind-boggling. How do you choose the best kibble for your pet? Interpreting the information provided on pet food package labels can be daunting. Price is not always the best indicator of… Read More


Why Does Your Dog Do That!? – Diffusing the Explosion

2017-07-31

I receive a number of inquiries from people struggling with dog reactive behaviour towards another dog. The situation may be in a multi-dog household, or a dog reacting when on leash or social situations where fights erupt for no obvious reason. If you have one or more dogs who seem to continuously erupt at other dogs, it seems natural to reprimand the dogs who are doing the ‘erupting’. You may find yourself yelling, yanking their leash or whatever it takes to get them to stop. Without knowing it, you may be inadvertently contributing to the problem and creating a sense… Read More


Crate Training Made Easy

2017-06-19

A very important ‘first thing’ to teach your puppy or ‘new to you’ dog is to love his crate. Your pup’s crate is his sanctuary! Teaching your puppy to be comfortable in his or her crate will ensure that both you and your puppy get a good night’s sleep and will enable you to have a life away from pup without worrying about coming home to a destroyed house. So many times I meet owners who have “felt sorry” for their pup and taken it out of the crate as soon as he makes one little peep. This innocent act… Read More


How to Potty Train Your Puppy

2017-05-08

Do you have a new puppy or adult dog in your family? Are you planning on adding a new puppy or adult dog soon?  Spring brings warmer weather, green grass and sunshine – ideal conditions for a new furry companion. The most common question that I am asked by people adding a new dog to their home is “what is the first thing that I should teach my puppy?” Over the next several issues I will discuss many “first things” that are important to teach your puppy. Let’s start with what is most important to YOU. By far the number one issue that… Read More