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Your Jack Russell Puppy Care Checklist - Jack Russell Crazy Issue #19
June 22, 2011
Jack Russell Training and Healthy Feeding Tips
In this issue, we are going to cover the importance of being consistent with your Jack Russell Terrier. A new and exciting topic we are also introducing will be maximizing your JRT's health and longevity through home-made dog food....for those counting their pennies, it works out to be about 50% cheaper than commercially prepared dog food.
Consistency is Key!
If only such keys things in our life could be consistent such as our diet and exercise plan, our finances and the price of gas. We would all be skinny and rich ;-) Sticking to something can be a tiresome chore. However, in terms of a Jack Russell's life, consistency really does need to be key otherwise he or she will be wreaking havoc on your life and you will be repairing furniture and mending your garden. If you have seen some recent backsliding in behaviors such chewing, whining, barking, etc. you may need to ask yourself a few questions about consistency:
Does your Jack get two long walks everyday? Is he mentally stimulated with games and adequate toys? Am I using the same commands with him? Am I spending 5 to 10 minutes working on these commands? Am I rewarding positive behaviors? Am I giving treats for the right reasons?
Sometimes when troublesome behaviors start such as digging, urination, agression, etc., it may pay to revisit these questions. But don't worry, you are not alone in this. Come seek the advice of our community through our website forum or our new facebook page Jack Russell Terriers Club: Jack is Back.
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One warning though, by getting your Jack's behaviors in check means you will have no more excuses for not working out and balancing your checkbook :-)
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Feeding you JRTs home-cooked meals
When I first got Bella, and then her pups, Runty and Bruiser, I realized the immense responsibility of taking good care of my 3 JRTs......they are, in essence, my children! I am accountable for their grooming, training, well-being, and safety. I originally fed them commercial dog food and didn't think twice about it. I assumed brands like Purina, Iams, etc. were safe and provided all the nutrients that they needed for good health.
It wasn't until a few years ago, when I saw a tv program on how dog food is made, that I really started questioning whether I was doing the right thing by giving Bella, Runty, and Bruiser store-bought food. Store-bought dog foods have tons of unhealthy chemicals in them! I try to eat a diet that is rich in natural, unprocessed food......and so why should I do anything differently for my 3 babies? Plus, I was shelling out a lot of cash each month on large bags of dog food and wanted to find a way to provide them healthier and possibly more inexpensive meals, that didn't take too much time to put together.
I didn't know quite where to turn to find healthy and inexpensive recipes and I spent quite a few hours on the internet looking for answers. I found some recipes online but they were very time-consuming to make and I wasn't sure how knowledgeable and well-versed the sources were in dog health. After a number of failed home-cooking attempts, I did some more online research and I managed to find "Healthy Dog Food: Dr. Miller's Secret Homemade Recipes." It had a lot of good reviews and ratings so I thought I would give it a whirl.
I swear, Bella, Runty, and Bruiser are still thanking me today for the purchase :) Gone are the days, where I'd set down a dish of store-bought food and they'd take a few bites and then ignore it for hours. They now wolf down their home-made meals with enthusiasm. I have noticed that their coats seem shinier and that, in particular, Bella seems to have a lot more energy. Dr. Miller has many years of experience as a vet and provides almost 250 recipes which he has tested on his own dogs...so you know they are tried and true! They have had very limited health problems since I have owned them, and I chalk this up in part, to the healthy meals I am serving them. Each time I feed them, I feel like I am giving them love and helping to extend their lives. It definitely has been cheaper to feed them this way, so I am also saving some major bank too, which is an added plus :)
Anyway, if you want to check out Dr. Miller's website Click Here!
'Til Next Time...
Take care - and take care of your JRT!
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