Sunday, April 10, 2016

Keeping Dogs Happy and Healthy

Dogs are man’s best friend, with that said, many dog owners have developed a special affinity with their dogs, others will even treat them as more than just a pet. The truth is, most dog owners want only the best for their pets by making sure they are safe, happy and healthy.

One of the reason we love our dog is they give a lifetime of unconditional love, loyalty and friendship, but in return they count on you to provide them with the basics: food, water, regular veterinary care, exercise, shelter, safety and companionship.

treat ingredients image MushyFace Cookie Co. is not just a company selling healthy dog treats, rather they are people who love dogs and who care about what dogs are eating. Over the years, they have expanded their recipes to create new and exciting flavors without compromising quality. Their cookies are handmade, oven-baked and hand-basted.

Aside from giving them healthy foods, dogs also need to be taken cared of especially when they are sick. Did you know that your touch can help a dog feel better? In an article, Cindy shares how she has worked with thousands of dogs, helping them to feel better physically and mentally by using her fingers in a series of light, loving touch.

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Energy work is easy and it can change your life. This may seem like an “out there” statement to some but if you think of how your mood, i.e. the energy you’re emitting, affects your day and those around you, you’ll recognize the truth of this statement. Having a bad day, a storm cloud over your head? Chances are you’ll experience upset after upset: someone cuts you off, you stub your toe, spill your coffee, have heated words with a co-worker, step in dog poo. Why? The energy you’re giving off is simply creating more of the same for you. The opposite is also true: approach the day smiling and chances are you’ll be delivered up positive experiences. Now think of how your energy can and does affect your dog. Stands to reason you could harness this power, no?

Cindy Brody certainly knows this to be true. Cindy is an energy worker and an animal communicator who has been helping animals with energy balancing her whole life, having discovered her special skill for communing with animals when she was just a child. Cindy has worked with thousands of dogs, helping them to feel better physically and mentally by using her fingers in a series of light, loving touch. This may sound simple but it can be transformative. And as Cindy asserts, we all have the ability to help our dogs heal using this technique., a modality she calls CinergE.

“Just like people, dogs hold nervous tension in their bodies.” Cindy says. “Tension causes pain and feeds insecurities, and can make a nervous dog even more distrusting. When the dog’s thoughts are honoured and their bodies are relaxed, healing begins.”

Dogs can make us happy, but how do we reciprocate the favor and make them happy as well? Here are some tips to ensure that your dog stays happy with you:

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It’s the same ritual every morning. After breakfast and a few minutes of downtime the games begin. Mimi and Matisse 

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begin AM Playtime. First the approach, each one letting the other one know what games are about to begin and what toys should be included. Then, it happens.

The play growling, chasing and toy theft goes into full swing. As we sip our morning joe on the lanai and attempt to count the ibis, ducks and sea gulls on the bright green golf course we hear their joyous raunt below as they run from the couch to master bed room bed and back again as fast as their paws will carry them on the carpet. It’s a joy to us to hear and makes us think they are happy.

But besides having and good appetite and playing, how can you know if your dog is really happy?

First thing you do is look deeply into their eyes. A dog that is happy will show his emotion throughout his entire body, from the brightness of his eyes, all the way to the rapid wagging of his tail. A happy dog often looks like he is wiggling his entire body in eager anticipation at seeing you walk in the door after a long day at work.A happy dog often looks like he is wiggling his entire body in eager anticipation at seeing you walk in the door after a long day at work. A dog may playfully jump up just to be close to you in his excitement. Which in my case, despite proper obedience training, they still do.

Next, show him who’s the boss. A happy dog will roll on his back and expose his belly to you, a sign that he is happy and is trusting of you. Rewarding your pup with a nice belly scratch in this instance will increase the happiness exponentially. In fact, a dog that initiates physical contact, such as bumping up against you, putting his muzzle in your hand or pawing at you is expressing his happiness and desire to be with you. Mimi is infamous for sitting on the couch next to me and slapping her paw down to get my attention and my hand to cradle her head. Then she sits on me. All 40 pounds of her.

Finally, A happy and content dog may show you how he feels just by sitting quietly beside you with his head on your lap or with his body nestled against yours. This is his way of showing a relaxed happiness that demonstrates his enjoyment at simply being in your presence. I always joke that whatever room I go to Mimi is already there. Waiting for me… does she do that?

Medicine and science has continually evolved to better the lives of both humans and animals alike. Dog lovers would be happy with this new drug which can add up to five years of a dog’s life. Read more on this article here:

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There is a drug trial being conducted that is aiming to add up to five years to your dog’s life. It is being performed at the University of Washington’s Dog Aging Project, and involves 32 dog’s between six and nine years old.

“We believe that improving healthy lifespan in pet dogs is a worthy goal in and of itself. To be clear, our goal is to extend the period of life in which dogs are healthy, not prolong the already difficult older years,” said the researchers on their website.

“Imagine what you could do with an additional two to five years with your beloved pet in the prime of his or her life. This is within our reach today.”

A drug known as rapamycin (generic name sirolimus) is commonly given to recipients of donor organs. It’s to combat the body rejecting the new organ, and can also be used in fighting cancer. Administering the drug seems to also have an effect on the aging process, according to the researchers. Other recent studies being conducted on the drug have shown to increase the lifespan of mice and other organisms.

The abovementioned drug is relatively new and a lot of tests will still have to be made. To ensure your dog’s health, give her healthy dog treats which uses only the finest quality ingredients without preservatives, fillers or by-products. Check-out MushyFace Cookie Co.’ s website for details.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

​How-To Get The Most Out Of Your Dog Treats

Like humans, dogs respond well to positive reinforcement while in training. Petting and praise are great ways to signal your puppy on what a great job they did listing to you. But all that affection is second to best tool used in rewarding good behavior, a health delicious gourmet treat!

Treating a dog

If you like treating your dog there are ways you can get the most out each treat which will benefit your back account and your pooch in the long run. Effective treating will teach for dog new commands and will be in a way which is healthy for your dog, at least this is the goal.

Below are a few tips about getting the most out of your treats by none other than the master dog trainer himself, Cesar Millan.

In this piece Cesar talks about getting the most out of your treating and a few other helpful tips.

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Use treats to reinforce a calm, submissive state. Never use dog treats to reward an excited, over-stimulated state of mind. Always let the dog smell the treat first, but hold it up away from her and wait. Remember dogs can smell from over 25 feet away so you don’t have to put the treat under her nose. Once the dog has the scent, she may jump around at first, and will probably jump on you. If so, indicate your disapproval with your attitude and body language and slowly move yourself back or to one side…and then wait. Remember, your moment of patience as an owner will pay off in a well-behaved dog for a lifetime.

After a while, your dog will probably begin to try to figure out what she needs to do to get the treat. She will lower her butt to the floor and wait while looking at you in quiet anticipation. At that precise moment of calm, give her the treat. Don’t use treats to reinforce an excited dog, but rather to command the calm, submissive state.

When to give dog treats.

In between meals is the ideal time to give treats. Choose a treat that your dog will enjoy. As a rule of thumb I save the best, most delectable treats for last, to reengage a dog if she begins to lose interest in the training session. If you are using treats as a training tool, your treat won’t work as well right after your dog has had a full meal. Make sure your treat giving occurs in between meals and not immediately before or after a meal.

Here is a good technique for giving treats. Hold the treat in your hand between the first two fingers and the thumb. Let your dog sniff so that she knows it is there, and remember my rule: nose first, then eyes, then ears! When you engage your dog’s nose, you are appealing to the most important part of her brain.

Next, as she is sniffing and getting interested, slowly lift the treat above nose height and move it gradually over her head and slightly back towards her shoulders. The aim is for your dog to lift her head up, move her shoulders back, and naturally have her butt lower to the floor.

Lift the treat slowly and easily so that your dog’s nose follows it in your hand. If she jumps at your hand, take it away. Next time, have the treat hand closer to her head. The moment she begins to follow the treat with her nose and eyes and her butt beings to move to the floor, say, “sit,” calmly and easily, and give her the treat. Use a natural voice as you don’t want to startle or distract her. Remember, one of my cardinal rules for training is “don’t overexcite your dog so that she loses the lesson in all the commotion.”

Have you heard all the buzz about our Snicker Doodles (Wheat-Free) treats? Healthy, wheat-free and made with all natural ingredients MushyFace Cookie Co. take pride in it’s product.

Chicago based dog treat company, MushyFace Cookie Co. treats are available online or at your local summer dog festivals during the summer. 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

About Mushyface Cookie Co.

Roxi was our brindle Boxer. She consistently had a sensitive digestion system and also considering that of this, we were quite interesteded in exactly what was in her food. We were a little bit consumed with reading ingredient labels as well as were typically horrified by what masqueraded "quality" in pet foods as well as treats along with the price! During the large canine food tainting and recall a number of years ago, we ended up being quite terrified for our pet dogs' health and wellness as well as started cooking deals with and also cookies at home. We utilized only human-grade active ingredients and also avoided the fillers and chemicals. We rolled them out by hand, baked as well as basted them. It didn't take lengthy to recognize that we weren't the only ones concerned regarding the wellness of our pets as well as so we shared our developments with our loved ones. After obtaining an extremely favorable feedback, Mushyface Cookie Co. was born.

Not much has transformed considering that then. Sure, our recipes have increased a bit and also we're always striving to produce fresh new and exciting tastes. However, we will certainly never ever endanger high quality. Our cookies are still handcrafted, oven-baked as well as hand-basted. We are still committed to using only the finest quality components as well as decline to add preservatives, fillers or by-products. You will locate no extra sugar in any cookie with the Mushyface logo design. With a range of flavors and also sizes readily available (including wheat as well as grain complimentary varieties!) you're certain to discover the perfect cookie for your four-legged buddy!

At Mushyface Cookie Co., we bake from the heart to consistently produce cookies you can feel excellent concerning offering your dog.

and also the Pack: Lexi and also Laci, as well as always in our hearts, Bandit and Roxi

Mushyface Cookie Co.
332 S Michigan Ave, Suite 1032-M171 Chicago, IL 6060
773-79-MUSHY (68749)