Friday, February 12, 2016

Fit Dog Friday

Ever since teaching her "dance" and "sit pretty", it's become one of her favorite tricks to throw me. 

She loves to climb...and give a truly adorable head tilt. 

We're working on "under!" now!

And I had to share this little bit of play, because look at her face! <3

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Primal Nibs: The Ideal Training Treat! #ChewyInfluencer

Hey, everyone! sent us a free product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

It's time for our monthly review! This will be pretty quick, since I'm short on time!

Nola and I love training. It's a daily occurrence, and something that she thrives on. As you can imagine, treats are very important! 

Enter Primal Jerky Beef Nibs treats. I'm a huge fan of Primal's freeze dried raw food (it's in our rotation diet!), and was happy to see this on February's review options.

These single ingredient treats are the ideal training treat. They're teeny tiny, not too smelly or greasy, and the smell isn't terribly unpleasant. They're USA made, and are just moist enough to be crack like to Nola. They come in a resealable bag with a good amount inside it. These will definitely be a stable in our treat cabinet! Highly recommend!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Peek Inside Our Rotation Diet!

Hey, everyone!

It should come as no surprise that I'm a complete and utter dog food nerd. I get pathetically excited when it's time to order dog food, and spend a good chunk of time exploring the different benefits of a varied diet for the pups, as well as discovering what they like best and what works the best. I've fed everything from homemade to kibble, dehydrated to freeze dried, prey model raw to canned, and pretty much anything else you can think of, and the absolute best thing I have found is a the rotation diet.

What Is A Rotation Diet? It sounds like some weight loss fad. 

I'm glad you asked! A rotation diet is where you change up what your dog eats on a periodic basis; this could mean daily, weekly, bimonthly, monthly, or any other cycle that works for the pet and owner.
Rather than feeding the same brand and flavor of dog food bag after bag, a rotation diet allows you to mix brand and flavor/protein, and even the type of food your dog eats (you can feed kibble one meal, canned the next, raw after get the idea!). Since no dog food is perfect, rotation feeding allows you to get a wide range of different nutrients and cover all your bases.

For my anecdotal evidence supporting feeding a varied diet, I've noticed that my dogs have stomachs of steal. It's very, very rare that anyone has an upset stomach around here, and it's never been from food. It helps to stave off Pike's pickiness, and keeps the dogs eager to eat. Aside from Nola, there's 0 food allergies in the group (I didn't do a varied diet with Nola until after her food allergies developed). 

I'll be honest and say that my favorite thing about this kind of feed is how it saves me money; since my dogs aren't on one single food, I can take advantage of various deals and sales on dog food. It's also really helpful to be able to have options when months may be tighter, money wise. I can't always afford a $90 bag of dog food, and it's nice to have other choices when they're needed. 

Raw turkey and some yogurt.

What Do I Feed?

Nola is the only dog of mine that has specific dietary needs, and she's a bit more limited on what I can feed her than the other ones. She's allergic to corn and soy (which I don't feed anyways), and doesn't handle pork well (the smell of pork farts....good god). Grains do not agree with her, and she needs a minimum of 30% protein to hold her weight. There's only a handful of kibble brands that work for her, unfortunately. She needs high protein, low carb food.

Here is what I feed Nola:

Kibble: Orijen, Acana Regionals, Annamaet (grain free), Canidae PURE (grain free) Wellness CORE and ZiwiPeak

Wet/Canned: Earthborn Holistics, Fromm, Go!, I and Love and You, Nature's Variety Instinct, Wellness Core, Canidae

Freeze Dried/Dehydrated Raw: Primal, Sojos Wild, Orijen, Nature's Variety Instinct, Vital Essentials

I'm going to start consistently giving real raw a few times a week soon. Little Miss had a chicken neck for breakfast yesterday! 

Wellness TruFood wet 

Everyone else is easy, thankfully! Grain free or grain inclusive, 24% protein or 38% protein, any kind of meat, ect and they're not phased. They're the ones that benefit from sales more often than not!

Kibble: Wellness, Taste of The Wild, Annamaet, Avoderm, Canidae, Earthborn Holistic, Victor (a new favorite!), Fromm, Solid Gold, Acana, I and Love and You, Holistic Select

Wet/Canned: Same as Nola

Freeze Dried/Dehydrated: The Honest Kitchen, Sojos, Grandma Lucy's 

Same with Nola on adding in "real" raw, especially things like chicken wings for Pike's teeth. 

When Do I Switch?

Sojos Wild

Kibble is their main diet, making up about 60% of what they eat. I give canned or dehydrated/freeze dried a few times a week, and will do the same once the raw is added in. This is, of course, done cold turkey. 
For kibble brand, I switch cold turkey whenever the bag is empty. For Nola, that's anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. For everyone else, it's 4-8 weeks.

I feed once a daily usually, since I do a good bit of training and they eat throughout the day from that. If someone is acting especially hungry or is looking skinny (this is almost always Nola, though Pike sometimes gets bony), they may be fed twice a day.

What about you? What's your pup's diet look like?

- Dachshund Mommy

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 200 

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