Dogs are a part of our families. We often want to make sure we are feeding them healthy options to help them live long and happy lives. With that said, should you make homemade dog treats, or are store-bought options okay?
Store-Bought Dog Treats
We all love rewarding our pups with treats for good behavior. However, those treats may be doing more damage than you think.
Store-bought dog treats tend to be very high in calories, which leads to obesity or other weight-related issues. Not to mention many dogs have allergic reactions to them that can present themselves as skin irritations.
Avoid Soft Chew Dog Treats
As dogs age, soft chews may be their only option. However, young and adult dogs should never have soft chews because they can do a number on their teeth. The sticky, chewy pieces get stuck in between their teeth, leading to things like tooth decay and gingivitis.
Choose Trusted Providers for Your Dog Treats
If you decide to use store-bought treats, make sure they are from a trusted provider. Even a popular provider may have defective batches. Thus, you should always check your treats for signs of mold.
You should also never trust a treat just because the business selling them is well-known. Many name brands use extra supplements in place of real food. As a result, their ingredients list becomes very long.
If an ingredients list contains BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), do not buy those treats. BHA is a fat preservative that has been found to lead to the growth of tumors in animals. You can see the National Health Institutes Report on BHA here.
When it comes to the health of your pet, you are better off making their treats yourself. Now, some people may not have the time to do this. If this is the case, we recommend buying treats from a trusted homemade small business. Of course, you could also buy from one of the options we listed above.
Safe Ingredients for Homemade Dog Treats
There are a plethora of dog treat recipes for you to try. Most have some, if not all, of these key ingredients that are safe and healthy for your pooch.
For a complete list of human foods that are safe for dogs to consume, you can check out our other article here.
Dog Treat Ingredients to Avoid
If you come across any recipes that contain the following ingredients, you should avoid them at all costs.
Nitrates or nitrites
Xylitol or any other sugar alcohols
Making homemade dog treats is supposed to be a healthier option. Hence, why you should be very cautious to only use recipes with simple ingredients that are good for your dog.
Making Homemade Treats for Your Dog
Dogs are family. You would not want to be eating dangerous, cancer-causing goodies and neither does your pup. That is why we strongly recommended making treats at home for them or buying from trusted providers that have very small ingredients lists.
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What goes through your dog’s mind as they go throughout their day? This is another question I received from Instagram and am excited to ask Harvey about. After all, who better to ask than our favorite doggo himself?
What Does Harvey Think About?
I asked Harvey this important question last night and it went like this.
Harvey, you know the deal. Our followers have yet another very important question to ask you. This week, they want to know what is going through your brain throughout the day? Like what are some of your most common thoughts?
Hmmm well Mom, I think about a lot of things. I am a young pupper though so my thoughts may be different from other older puppers, but I’ll give it my best shot to try to accurately represent what us doggos think about.
If I Can Fit The Whole Cat In My Mouth
I know I can fit the cat’s whole head in my mouth. However, Mom always yells at me not to eat the cat when I do this so I can never find out if the whole cat could fit in there. It’s strictly for scientific purposes. I know Opal doesn’t care! Why does Mom care so much!
Why I Can’t Pee In The Bathroom
I know for a fact all of them pee in the bathroom. I have witnessed it because I must watch them all at all times. They pee in that round bowl that I sometimes drink out of.
They ruin a perfectly good watering bowl but if I hop in the tub and pee on the mat hanging off the side of it I get yelled at! At least I’m not peeing in someone’s watering bowl! Andddddd I know water comes out and will wash it away anyway!
Why I Can’t Jump On Everyone
They all get to stand on two legs but the second I jump up on mine it’s “Off Harvey” and I get pushed to the ground! Like what! That’s biased! Just because I need to lean on someone for support to be at everyone else’s height doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to do it!
When Our Next Walk Will Be
While Mom works, I lay dreaming of running through fields of green. Taking in all those wonderful scents of flowers and dead animals. Such a wonderful mix of aromas.
I just want to go play in sand and water. Maybe chase a few chipmunks. Just feel the dirt under my paws as we soak up the sunshine on a wonderful walk!
What Are Those Cows Doing?
A big thought that crosses my mind is what are those giant cows doing out there? I lay in the window and watch them eat that hay stuff and try to go through that fence.
I’ve touched those fences before. It was like a giant snapping turtle bit me in the butt. I 100% don’t recommend touching them and yet those big cows are always getting super close to them!
Sometimes I try to play with them and I will run and back and forth. Those silly cows throw their feet in the air and try to get me with their heads! Why don’t they just play nice for once!
Why Mom Allows The Vacuum To Stay
If I were Mom, I would have booted that vacuum out the door a long time ago. That thing is dangerous! Yet Mom is always holding onto it and trying to get me to get close to it! Like no! That thing could swallow me whole.
I sit and wonder about when it will come out to strike again. Mom says the vacuum and I will be friends but I don’t foresee that ever happening.
Why Mom Takes Up So Much Room In the Bed
Mom and I snuggle into our bed at night and Mom has the audacity to tell me to move over. Like no. I’m bigger than you Mom, I deserve most of the space!
Sometimes I pretend I’m dreaming and use all four paws to swiftly shove Mom off the bed. I know I shouldn’t but I would just like the bed to myself sometimes. Why doesn’t Mom go sleep on the floor?
What That Noise Is That Comes From Behind Me
Sometimes when I’m laying down after eating, this loud drawn-out noise comes from behind me followed by this wonderful aroma that fills the room!
All the humans gag and yell “Harvey that’s gross!” but I don’t know why they are blaming me! I don’t know where that weird noise came from. I also don’t know why they are upset anyway, it smells wonderful.
Why That Tail Is Always Following Me
I can see it behind me all the time. Sometimes I swing around really fast and it swings with me! I end up doing speedy circles trying to catch it and get really dizzy so I turn and chase it the other way.
I have successfully caught it multiple times but it pulls on my butt so I have to let it go. Then it just keeps following me uncaring that I just had it in my chompers! What kind of crazy thing does that!
Why Mom Weighs Me Once A Week
It was cute at first but now she can barely pick me up. All it does is let me know how fat I’m getting! I know she says it’s good I’m gaining three to four pounds a week and growing but it just makes me feel like a fatty.
Does anyone else’s Mom do this to them or is my mom just obsessed?
How Much I Love Food
Not going to lie, the majority of the time I’m thinking about food. Those delicious raw egg yolks Mom feeds me like oysters from the shell and ohh the hard boiled yolks, she throws in the air for me to catch!
Not just eggs though. The tantalizing smell of fresh off the stove-top chicken and pork chops! Oh, I can’t help myself but sit at her feet and hope she drops even the tiniest piece so that I can taste that wonderful smell.
Even when she’s not cooking and just takes one step into the kitchen I can’t help but hope Mom pulls a carrot out of the fridge to toss me or spills a drop of milk. I know Mom feeds me plenty but wow would I just love it if she were to feed me every second of the day!
Can’t Forget About Treats!
I love Mom’s food the most, but I do love the basket of treats she keeps up high where I can’t reach. Sometimes I sneak into the back room and try to jump up and help myself to those delicious treats, but it’s a little too high for me.
I know that’s why she puts up the gate to the back room all the time but I still dream of helping myself to all those treats at once! That’s why I like to follow Grandpa there because he never closes the gate heheheheheheh.
Alas though, I must only dream of tasting all those sweet treats at once instead of in broken up sections throughout the day. I feel I could reach peak happiness if I could just taste them all together.
How Much I Love My Mom
Okay, I’m going to be honest Mom. Food and my love for you are the two most prominent things on my mind. I’m not going to say I think about food more than you or you more than food. It is too close to call.
However, I think about you all the time. Whenever you walk out of the room I worry you will be walking into danger so I have to immediately follow. Sometimes I imagine a giant vacuum cleaner is around the corner and is going to suck you right up and I won’t even know it if I’m not with you.
Whenever you leave in the car without me, I think you’re going to forget about me and never come back. I get sad and feel the need to latch on to somebody else in the house in case I need to find a new human to keep me safe.
Pretty much, I spend my time worrying about you because I know I need to keep you safe. Especially from other doggos. I don’t like sharing my mommy.
A Dog’s Thoughts
These are what Harvey thinks about most. He said there are of course more thoughts but these seem to be the most prominent. He would also like to note that other doggos probably have different thoughts.
Thus leading us to our next question for you guys! What do your dogs think about? You can tell us here in the comments or message us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!
We take the comments from our followers and are working on incorporating them into Harvey’s new Podcast that you can stream on:
Just in the past couple years, scientists have finally reaffirmed what dog owners have known all along, your dog loves you. However, sometimes we need it straight from the experts ourselves.
Whose a more qualified expert on the topic to ask this important question than Harvey our boy?
Our friend Fly from Instagram actually gave us this question. So for Fly, we asked Harvey, do dogs know how much we love them? This was his response.
Do Dogs Know Humans Love Them?
Not gonna lie Mom, this seems like a silly question to me! You know I love you, we already established that last week. So of course I know you love me silly head.
In fact, I was prepared for this silly question and came up with a list of ways that I know you love me. Now don’t get too emotional about it though Mom, I’m still going to be my naughty self hehe. But here are a few ways doggos like me know their owners love them.
Ehem, it goes like this.
You Feed Me
There is nothing I love more than food. Especially when you toss me some of your special human food! And ohhhhh boy do I love the endless treatos.
How could someone who doesn’t love me give me such magnificently tasty things! I mean, of course I wear my heart in my stomach. I think that’s how that saying goes anyway. You get it though.
Enrichment Time Is My Favorite
Even though those other humans that live with us sometimes make fun of you for it, I reallllllly do love when you say “its enrichment time Harv!” Oh boy does my tail get waggy then.
I get bored when you have to work on your stupid computer, so all the enrichment games really keep me happy. Especially the one with the cups! Its like hide and seek with treatos.
These enrichment games keep me busy for a long time while you work, and they make me happy. You could just leave me to sit bored on my own, but instead you choose to give me something that makes me happy.
What’s even better than enrichment time? When you finally stop click clacking on that computer and play with me! Especially when we play fetch outside. That is the bestest.
All the Toys You Give Me
Now I know I’m a bit spoiled. I hate to admit it but I also know that it’s true. You give me loads and loads of toys for me to destroy and play with. Every month I get a BarkBox filled with new toys and treatos for us to play with together!
Mommy’s that don’t love their doggos would never buy so many awesome toys.
I may look big and scary, but we both know I’m a big baby who loves snuggles.
You always hold my paw and scratch my belly. I especially love when you let me curl up into your neck at night, even though I’m getting a little big for that. All these moment where you allow me to lean on you and simply be close, let me know that you love me too.
You Make Me Feel Safe
I know, I know, I’m supposed to be protecting you. And I do! But sometimes I get scared and I need my mommy to protect me and you always do.
Like at night when its dark and spooky out. I swear Mom, there is something scary living in our yard. I really appreciate you walking out with me so that I feel safe to pee.
However, I do not appreciate that you try to get me to go near that darn vacuum cleaner. I don’t care if you are holding me, I hate that thing. It’s evil Mom. I’m telling you we should both stay far away from it!
The Eye Contact
Many humans don’t realize how important this is to us doggos. We use facial expressions, such as raising our eyebrows, and eye contact to communicate how we feel. The more often you stare into our eyes, the more we know you love us back.
Luckily, my Momma does this often with me.
If you have never been on a car ride, lemme tell you, you is missing out. I love car rides with my mom. She cracks the window for me and I get to smell all the wonderful scents of our farm town.
Not going to lie, most of the time I get sleepy and pass out on one of my toys in the back, but I still appreciate being brought along for the ride!
The best part about car rides; they lead to adventures! I know you say I need to work on my people skills, and you may be right. That just means we have to go on more adventures though!
In fact, Mom just took me to the park for the first time ever the other day and I had sooooo much fun. I scared a little doggo with my big bark, but I promised Mom I’d do better next time, hehe.
You Call Me Your Angel
I know I’m not an angel, but you always call me one anyway. Your constant praises and positive affirmations let me know that I have your heart. Even when I’ve been bad, you still love me.
Fly’s Second Question
This leads us into Fly’s other question for Harv which was “are you really understanding our language?” We thought we could slip this answer into this article as well because it kind of goes with dog’s understanding how much we love them.
I’m a special doggo that is able to talk to you Mom, but most doggos don’t actually understand human language. They understand sounds and associate them with actions.
So, whenever you tell me to sit and I sit, it’s not because I know your language, just that I know what that sound means.
However, in case you haven’t seen this yet, there are some dogs that are beginning to be able to communicate more effectively with their humans.
Bunny the dog is an example of this. Bunny is able to push buttons to communicate with humans. This is beginning to change how humans understand dogs and could revolutionize human and dog relationships.
How Does This Relate?
How does me understanding you relate to me knowing you love me? Simple. I know what it means when you say “good boy.” I know that all your positive affirmations are good things. This lets me know that you love me. Although I probably don’t understand the exact words “I love you,” I understand that you telling me I’m a good dog means that.
Dog’s Know We Love Them
Scientists have proven it, and now so has Harv. Your dog knows you love them. This comforting knowledge only increases our bond with our four legged friends.
If you have any questions you would like Harv to answer, let us know! You can leave a comment or message him on one of his social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter).
If you would like to meet one of Harvey’s good friends, you can follow Fly on Instagram too!
Before there was Harvey, there was Mudge. He was the fattest most lovable chocolate lab you could ever imagine. It has been a year since he passed and I still find myself missing him everyday.
People often told me they could see the love in his sweet brown eyes for me. Every time I looked at his smile and titled eyebrows, I could see it too. I couldn’t help but wonder though, does my dog actually love me?
There have been doubts that dogs are capable of love and instead what they feel for their owners is just loyalty. However, scientists have begun to take more interest in the subject in recent years and have made some remarkable discoveries that any dog owner probably already knew.
Yes, your dog does love you.
Did you know that both you and your dog’s oxytocin levels rise whenever you look each other in the eyes? If you’re not familiar with oxytocin, it’s considered the “love hormone,” because levels of it increase when we do things such as hug a loved one. Every time your dog looks into your eyes, they are exploding with love for you.
That’s part of the reason scientists were able to determine your dogs emotions, but how do you know it to be true?
Well, for most dog owners this is a simple question. To answer, I’m going to refer to moments with Mudge where I knew he truly loved me.
The Way He Looked At Me
We’ve already touched on this above, but I think its something to take note on. A dog that loves you will hold eye contact forever because they just can’t get enough of you.
Mudge would always tilt his eyebrows back and forth as he smiled and stared at me. No matter how much of a mess I looked like, his chocolate eyes held nothing but love for me.
He Was Always By My Side
It didn’t matter what time of day it was or who was with me, Mudge was always by my side. I could be lying sick on the couch for the entire day while other dogs were running through the house playing and he would just sit guard by my side.
How He Always Rested His Head on Me
They say big dogs lean on you to show affection and love. Mudge always burrowed his head into me instead.
I would be sitting next to him and his head would always be burrowed into my neck or arms.
He Trusted Me
Mudge absolutely hated having his nails trimmed. My mother and brother would have to hold all 90 pounds of him down as he panicked and fought them the entire time.
One day I decided to do it myself and he simply laid there and didn’t flinch at all. Something that terrified him so much didn’t bother him a bit because I was the one doing it.
He trusted me with his life, and I trusted him with mine.
He Kept Me Safe
Mudge was the type of dog anyone could love. With his fluffy tail and laid back demeanor, anyone could pet him.
He was always great in public and never had a bad moment with any other dog. Rarely would you ever hear him do his “big boy bark” we called it. He always barked in a softer tone when asking to go out, but whenever something was wrong his deep bark would arise.
We live on a back road and don’t have very many people go by often. When they did, Mudge never bothered them a bit. I always knew when someone going by wasn’t to be trusted though because his “big boy bark” would come out and he would stand between me and them.
I always trusted him to keep me safe, even with his laid back demeanor. I knew he would be there for me if it ever truly mattered.
Does Your Dog Know You Love Them?
It was obvious that I knew Mudge loved me, but as I held him while he took his last breaths, I couldn’t help but wonder if he knew how much I loved him.
This seems to be a common question from other dog owners too. We will dive deeper into in our next article when we ask Harvey about it.
However, until then I had to do some research myself.
Yes, Your Dog Knows You Love Them
Every time you look into your dog’s eyes, they know you love them. Those long stares filled with oxytocin prove your love to them.
Every time you feed and cuddle them, they are reassured of your love. Play time and snuggle time are great bonding moments for the two of you.
After I lost Mudge, my heart was torn to pieces. There’s a poem by Patrick Hart that has always stuck with me because I feel it describes the emotion well. It goes like this.
“This is not a poem.
Today I was approached by a complete stranger while walking my dog. She said that hers had passed away a season ago. She’s woken up at the same time every morning since and walked the same path they walked together for 14 years. She said that she misses him, but finds comfort in their routine.
This is not a poem. The love in her sadness was.”
Months passed and I did not find comfort in our routine. Driving to catch the sunset without him only brought me tears. I would catch myself reaching my hand out expecting him to be there, but he was gone.
Finally I realized I needed a new companion. Although they could never replace what Mudge and I had, they could help me get through life without him.
Bringing Home Harvey
At first I planned on buying another chocolate lab. After many mishaps and high prices, I was left feeling hopeless.
My best friend had this huge brown dog that I absolutely adored. I always told him I wanted one just like it. Then quite by mistake, that dog became a father.
At first I didn’t claim a puppy because I still had my heart set on a chocolate lab. A few days after yet another let down on the chocolate lab puppy pursuit, I went to visit my best friend.
There were only two puppies left and I fell instantly in love with my Harvey Boy. Since then, it has been nothing but love and cuddles between me and my handsome boy.
My heart still aches when I think about Mudge, but Harvey does a good job filling the hole in my heart. I know Harvey loves me, just as Mudge did.
All the moments we spend looking into each others eyes, I know Harvey knows I love him too.
There is something special about a dog’s love that can not be described. The best I can do is leave you with this.
Although our shadows fall at different lengths, you walk beside me as an equal.
Many wouldn’t agree, but how could I dare to ever treat you differently than how you treat me.
Our hands are not the same, but we still hold each other's hearts.
You fill my life with light and adventure and I only hope I fill yours with just as much.
If I could guarantee we would walk the same path forever, I would.
I just hope the set of prints left behind go on for years as we journey side by side.
Why Your Dog Chews The Remote From Harvey’s Perspective
The remote? Is that the little black thing you always lose under the chair Mom? If so, I’m not sure why anyone would want to chew that! It doesn’t smell very good and it comes apart too easily. I like a challenge!
Unless she is trying to turn the T.V. on or change the channel, then I might understand. I’ve noticed that the T.V. always changes whenever you hold that remote, so maybe Gina is just trying to change it herself?
I can understand why. I love watching doggy YouTube that’s meant for me! Maybe that’s all she is trying to do!
Or maybe she’s upset because her owners watch too much T.V. and don’t give her enough attention so this is her way of lashing out. I doubt it though, I see all the love Gina gets!
Separation Anxiety Causes Dogs To Chew
My mom always says I’m a Velcro dog but that I don’t have separation anxiety. Maybe Gina does though? A lot of the time when doggos have separation anxiety they tend to chew things up when left all alone.
Not gonna lie, I’ve considered chewing Mom’s shoes more than once when she has left me. Shh don’t tell her though.
Anyways, the ASPCA has a great article on how to figure out if this is the problem or not, as well as how to help if it is.
Lack of Mental Stimulation
Maybe she is just bored? Sometimes I get bored just laying at Mom’s feet while she works. That’s why she always gives me what she calls “enrichment time.”
I don’t really know what that means but it results in her giving me different puzzles and games every day! Some days there are treats hidden in knotted towels and other days they are hidden under cups!
Other ways to keep your dog’s mind stimulated is with:
Feeding meals in puzzle toys
Playtime with other dogs
Teething Results In Chewing
If I know anything, it’s that growing my adult teeth was not fun. Wowza those hurt when they were coming in! Not to mention I kept losing my baby teeth and having to eat them. I didn’t want my brother Bussy knowing my teefers were falling out.
I stopped teething around 6 months old though, so this is probably not the case for Gina. However, many puppers do chew on anything and everything to help with the teething process; including remotes.
If they are anything like me, they know that wooden drawers and foamy bathroom mats are great for teething! Don’t tell my Mom I said that though. She was insistent I only chew on my special teething toys she bought me. They were great but something about that foam mat just hit the spot.
Dogs Just Love to Chew
Another reason may just be that she loves to chew! Most doggos do actually. Including me!
If I didn’t have my plethora of toys and bones, I would probably succumb to chewing the remote as well.
However, even with a bunch of toys I still sometimes chew things I’m not supposed to. A few ways to prevent this though is to:
Put items out of your dog’s reach (Mom always picks up the toddler’s fake fish when she showers because I just can’t help myself and feel the need to lick them.)
Spray items with chewing deterrents (My mom has never done this but apparently it can be helpful!)
Don’t confuse your dog by giving them some shoes to chew but not others (aka, just because something is old doesn’t mean us doggos can chew it because we don’t know the difference between old and new.)
Replace inappropriate materials with appropriate ones (Every time I’m chewing one of the toddler’s toys, my Mom takes it away and places one of my toys in my mouth. This is supposed to help me associate what is okay to chew and what isn’t.)
Offer both inedible and edible options for your dog to chew (I loveeeeeeeeee my Himalayan Chews and highly recommend them.)
Preventing Chewing While You Are Away
I absolutely hate when Mom leaves me. I stand at the window and cry until I realize she isn’t coming back right away. Maybe I do have a bit of separation anxiety…. Anyways! If Gina’s pawrents don’t want her chewing things, like the remote, while they are gone there are a few things they can do.
For starters, they can begin by confining Gina to a specific area that only contains safe to chew objects. However, she should not be contained in a small area like a crate for more than six hours at a time.
My mommy contains me to the kitchen with a baby gate. I don’t mind though because she always leaves lots of my toys to play with while she is gone. But never my bone, unfortunately. She says I could choke on it but I think she just wants to keep it for herself!
What Not To Do If Your Dog Chews
You should never muzzle your dog to prevent them from chewing, this is a big no no. Mom tells me horror stories of owners who duct tape their doggos mouth shut around objects they chew! This is a no no because it won’t teach us anything.
Despite how upset you get, you should also not show us the damage we did and spank us. Most of the time, we cannot connect the action that we did before with the punishment now. The only time you can scold us for chewing is when you catch us in the act.
Mom normally just yells “Harvey, no!” and I get sad and stop. I’m getting much better at not chewing things I’m not supposed to as I age! I guess I am a good boy. Not like a wrote a whole article about being a good boy or anything… hehehe 🙂
Dogs Love to Chew
As Harvey said above, dogs just love to chew. Identifying why they are chewing the things they shouldn’t be will help you to end the behavior.
If your pup only tears things apart while you are gone, they are likely just bored or have separation anxiety.
No matter what the reason behind the chewing is though, it can be stopped.
If you enjoyed this article, please consider following Harvey on Facebook or Instagram! Feel free to ask him a question of your own as well!
Also feel free to go follow Gina and her wonderful adventures!
As a dog owner, I’ve noticed that my giant baby always loves to be touching me. No matter where I go, he is always sitting right against my leg.
Why does my dog lean on me though? I did a little research on the topic at first and then I decided to ask my dog, Harvey, myself and see what he had to say about it.
What The Experts Say About Dogs Leaning on You
Dogs lean on their humans for one of these three reasons.
They are afraid
They have separation anxiety
They want affection
The main reason dogs will lean on you is because they crave your affection. However, you should look for signs of fear or separation anxiety in case it is not just affection causing them to behave this way.
Signs Your Dog Is Afraid
If your dog is leaning on you and displaying any of the following signs, they likely are afraid of something nearby.
Tail between their legs
If you can identify what is causing your dog fear, and it is not something dangerous to either of you, try to slowly introduce them to it.
By coddling your dog, you are encouraging the fear. It is best to help them overcome their fears so that they can live less stressful lives.
Every time I vacuum I let Harvey sniff the vacuum first while I’m holding him and then I turn it on. He is slowly starting to realize the vacuum is not going to hurt him but it is taking some time, which is expected. After all, we don’t overcome our fears in one day either.
Signs Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety
Some dogs are considered Velcro dogs because they love to by your side. However, when this behavior becomes detrimental to their well-being, it is considered separation anxiety.
If your dog begins to panic whenever you leave them alone or they think you are about to leave them, this is a sign of separation anxiety.
If this is the case, you will need to start discouraging this behavior by:
Changing your morning routine to prevent your dog from having anxiety just by knowing you’re going to leave
Gradually leave your pet alone for longer hours
Make leaving and arriving home an uneventful occurrence
If you would like a more in-depth understanding of how you can help your dog be less anxious while you are apart, the Humane Society can help.
Your Dog Just Loves You
Most of the time, the reason your furry friend leans on you is because they love you.
Your dog is a social animal that craves affection, especially from their favorite people. If every time your dog leans on you they are given affection, they will continue to do it.
If they are not exhibiting any fear or signs of separation anxiety, this behavior is nothing to worry about.
Most of the time big dogs lean on their owners more often than small dogs because they can not be picked up and held as often. Leaning is the only way they are able to feel close to their human while they are standing.
Asking Harvey Why Dogs Lean on Their Owners
Now that I know what the experts have to say about it, I’d thought I would ask someone with personal experience doing it. Harvey was of course happy to answer the question as always.
Why do I lean on you? Well that’s easy, you provide an excellent backrest. It gets tiring having to sit next to you all the time, sometimes I just need to rest a bit!
Also, I have to watch your back but how am I supposed to watch you and your surroundings at the same time! Especially when you’re distracted cooking dinner, I have to make sure no one sneaks up behind you. You never know, anything could happen Mom!
That’s why I must be touching you. That way I can protect you from all the dangerous things in our house like that evil vacuum or the scary smoke alarm. I feel you behind me safe while I keep an eye out for threats.
Honestly, Mom, I don’t know what you would do without me constantly leaning on you to make sure you’re near. You could wander off and get lost!
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What does it mean to be a good dog? As dog owners, we often tell our pups they are good boys and girls. What do they think this means though?
To answer this question, we asked our boy Harvey; “what does being a good boy mean to you?” Here is how he answered.
What It Means To Be A Good Dog From A Dogs Perspective
Hi, my name is Harvey. Some people call me Scoob but I’m not quite sure why.
My mom asked me recently what it means to be a good boy. I thought about it for a long time and came up with a list of things that I think make’s me a good boy. I’m assuming this applies to good girls too, but I’m not quite sure.
Guarding My Humans Is Important
Being a good boy means constantly keeping a close eye on my Mommy and her human friends. They are always getting themselves in dangerous situations!
For example, I have to closely watch the water that comes from the tub to ensure no sea monsters escape in to get anybody. I will occasionally taste test the water to make sure it doesn’t taste like a sea monster. They laugh at me but they won’t be when I save them from what I know is definitely living in the pipes!
I also must protect Mommy from every little dog I see because I know they are the most ferocious ones! The big ones, however, mom has to protect me but that still makes me a good boy. Don’t ask me how, but it does.
The main point of this is that I must always follow Mom wherever she goes. She says this makes me a Velcro dog but that it’s okay as long as I’m okay when she has to go. I hate when she goes but I just play extra with my brother Bussy and I do just fine. Mom says this also makes me a good boy because I don’t have separation anxiety when she leaves, but I don’t really understand what that means.
Being A Helpful Pup
Being a good boy means always helping out the best I can. Those darn humans would be lost without me!
I always bring Aunt Bridey’s socks down the stairs for her each morning. She’s always leaving them upstairs in the laundry bin! So silly!
With that being said, my Mommy’s feet are always so cold. She is always wearing her socks though, so I lay on her toes. I like it when she scratches my belly with them, so it’s a win-win.
The main part of being helpful is my willingness to always clean up the food scraps. I sit patiently while Mommy eats and tend to her mess afterward. What would she do without me? This house would be filled with excess food and crumbs!
I also never actually drink the last sip of water. Instead, I let it drool out the sides of my mouth to help mommy keep the floor clean. Who needs to mop when you can just drool!
Helping With The Other Animals
Being a good boy means helping Mommy care for the other animals that live with us. This is something I’m great at!
I always sit guard at the window to keep an eye on those pesky cows outside. Occasionally I’ll give them a growl or two to make sure they know I’m watching. Mom hates when they get out, so I do my best to keep an eye on them.
Sometimes sister Lucy likes to sit guard with me too!
Perhaps the most helpful thing I do is untangle brother Bussy. I get to run free but brother Bussy has to be hooked up because Mom says he has an obsession with rabbits. I don’t really know what those are but Bussy goes crazy over them.
Anyways, Bussy gets stuck on things occasionally and Mom has to go pull the leash to free him. When she asks though, I will go out and pull the leash n lead Bussy to the door. Sometimes I can’t unstuck the leash, but most of the time I succeed!
I don’t know if this makes me Bussy’s owner because I hold his leash? I’m still not quite sure how that works. But anyways…
Never Harming The Humans
Being a good boy means never causing harm to any of the humans. Although I must admit, sometimes I accidentally step on their toes and they say it hurts. However, I think they are lying because I’m just a tiny pup!
Mommy says it’s important I don’t hurt the little humans. This means sitting still while the little baby taunts me with her toys and giggles. I want so badly to take them but I know I should not, so I just sit there and take it.
I also never climb up the tug rope and never lunge after it if I lose the battle. Whenever Mommy wins, I always step back. Mommy says this is important to prevent accidents from happening. I don’t care as long as we get to play!
Mommy’s big thing is no growling over treats and food. So being a good boy means letting Mommy play with me while I chew on my bone and eat.
I wasn’t great at first with this but Mommy said good boys share so now I let her give me kisses while I chew my bone. I also share with brother Bussy my food. I didn’t want to but I guess he’s an okay guy. He doesn’t eat that much anyway so it’s not a big deal.
Always Listening To What I’m Told
Being a good boy means listening to Mommy. This actually gives me more freedom, so I tend to do it. Brother Bussy never listens and he doesn’t get to do half the things I do! Its honestly smart on my part, just saying.
I always sit and stay when I’m told, even though I mostly do this for the treats. Mom doesn’t need to know that though.
A big advantage of listening is that I get to run around with Mommy without a leash. This is no problem since I love to be near Mom. Whenever we walk through the fields and stuff I’ve never had to have a leash because I don’t like leaving Mom’s side anyway!
I also always come when she calls. Not so much when the other humans that live with us call me, but Mommy says as long as I always come to her I’m still considered a good boy.
Always Showing Mommy Love
Being a good boy means always letting Mommy know I love her. I guess if you have a Daddy, you should let them know too. I just have Mommy and Meagy though!
A big part of this is giving Mommy kisses at all points of the day to remind her I love her. Also to taste that yummy lotion and salt, but that’s just a bonus.
I always let Mommy hold my paw when she needs to. I don’t really understand why but sometimes she likes to just grab my paw so I let her. We stay like that forever it feels like but I know it makes mommy happy so I do it.
In the mornings, I always lay flat out across Mom to keep her warm. I know she secretly doesn’t want to get up, so technically I’m helping.
A big part of showing Mommy love is keeping Meagy company. Whenever Mommy gets up I always rush over to cuddle in. Someones gotta keep track of Meagy for Mom. Might as well be me!
What It Truly Means To Be A Good Boy
Being a good boy means always being there for my Mommy, especially when she wants to take a selfie. It means never harming the little humans even when they are a little rough.
It means doing big yawns and great stretchies. It means letting Mommy pet my head even though I don’t really like it.
At least, this is what I think being a good boy means since Mom always tells me I am one after I do all these things.
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If your dog is anything like my Harvey, they don’t leave your side. Harv will follow me around the house wherever I go and stare at me as if he adores me. While I find this behavior very lovable, why does my dog follow me everywhere?
My dog never leaves my side because he is a “velcro dog.” Since dogs are pack animals, they view their owners as part of their pack and therefore like to be close to them. Velcro dogs, however, take this to a whole new level.
There are multiple reasons as to why your dog is a velcro dog. Let’s dive into them.
Your Puppy Has Imprinted
Puppies up to six months can imprint on their owners, meaning they view their owners as they would a mother. Puppies naturally want to follow around their mother, which is why they may be following around you.
However, imprinting is probably not the case if you adopted your puppy later in their life.
Another main reason your dog might be glued to your side is because you give them constant positive reinforcement.
I must admit, I am very guilty of this. I constantly tell Harv what a good boy he is and give him small treats throughout the day. I never go an hour without giving him lots of pets and kisses.
If you do the same with your dog, that might be the reason they are so clingy. Why wouldn’t they want to follow the person around who gives them a bunch of treats and attention?
Looking at how you treat your dog helps to understand their behavior. Do you overly award them and allow them to sleep in your bed? This is fine, but make sure their clingy behavior isn’t having a negative effect on their mental health.
Is My Dog A Velcro Dog Or Does He/She Have Separation Anxiety?
While we might enjoy having our pup follow us around everywhere, is it a healthy or unhealthy attachment?
A velcro dog will be attached to you while your there, but be able to function fine when you are not.
A dog with separation anxiety will panic and become anxious whenever they are without their person. As a result, the fear of being away from their favorite person can result in not only negative effects on their mental health, but also their physical health as well.
Therefore, it is perfectly fine for your dog to be a velcro dog, but just make sure it doesn’t develop into separation anxiety.
How To Prevent Your Dog From Developing Social Anxiety
If your dog never leaves your side, it is important that you do not let this develop into separation anxiety. A few ways to avoid this are:
Social interactions with other dogs
Social interactions with other humans
Spending time away from your dog
Making sure your pup interacts with other dogs and humans is important. They need friends besides you.
Another important thing to do is spend some time away from your pup. Most of us don’t want to do that, but it is important so that they learn you are going to come back and that they will be fine until then.
Spending Time Apart From Your Pup
During a pandemic, we are not spending much time away from our dogs. Especially puppies born during the pandemic are not getting the proper social interactions they require to prevent separation anxiety.
Typically, we spend time away from our dogs when we go to work. However, with many people working from home, this is not the case any longer.
Harvey was born in the middle of the pandemic. As a result, I have been able to spend almost my whole day with him every day. There came a point though when I started to realize he was no longer just a velcro dog, but that he might be developing separation anxiety.
To attempt to fix this, I stopped taking Harvey on every car ride I went on. Before, I’d take him with me every time to run errands, but now I only take him occasionally.
I also started forcing Harvey to spend time with the other dogs in our home without me by blocking them in the kitchen while I worked in the living room. At first, he wined at the gate, but eventually, he accepted that it was okay and he could play with the other pups.
It Is Okay For Your Dog To Be Clingy To You
We oftentimes love that our dogs follow us around but don’t pay much attention to the why aspect. As long as your dog is fine when they are apart from you, having them follow you around constantly isn’t anything to be concerned about.
If your dog is anything like mine, they will sit and beg for a scrap of whatever food you have. Sometimes we can’t help but give in and give them a small taste. However, you might be wondering like me, which human foods can dogs eat as treats?
Surprisingly enough, most of the food that is healthy for us, is also healthy for our dogs. However, there are a few major exceptions to this. I’ve put together a list of human foods you can give your dogs as a treat, as well as a few you shouldn’t.
Vegetables To Feed Your Dogs
Although vegetables should not comprise the majority of your dog’s diet, they can make up some of it. This is because contrary to popular belief, dogs are not carnivores. Dogs are actually omnivores that require plants in their diet along with meat.
Due to this, it is perfectly safe to feed them vegetables such as:
Cooked Sweet Potatoes
Broccoli should be given in very small amounts because it can cause gastric irritation in your dogs. Cooked broccoli is easier for them to digest though. So, if you want to give broccoli as a treat, consider cooking it first.
The only other thing to be careful about is that you do not season the vegetables. Seasonings can be harsh on your dog’s stomach and may upset it.
Vegetables You Should Never Feed Your Dog
Although most vegetables are safe and can be quite healthy due to the vitamins in them, some are very dangerous for your dog to consume. Here are a few you should never give to your dog.
Onions are very toxic to dogs because they contain a compound known as N-propyl disulfide that can damage their red blood cells. As a result, your dog will develop anemia and may even need a blood transfusion.
Mushrooms are not necessarily a vegetable but can still be a toxic substance for your canine friend. Some store-bought mushrooms are safe unless they have been combined with other ingredients like onions or garlic.
However, some mushrooms can be very toxic for your dog to consume. As a general rule of thumb, it’s safest just to avoid letting them eat mushrooms.
Fruits To Feed Your Dog
Just like with vegetables, some fruits can actually be quite beneficial to your dog in moderation.
Here are a few safe fruits you can feed your dog.
You may be wondering why I placed corn, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini in the list of fruits. Well, I recently learned that these are actually fruits and not vegetables because they grow flowers on the plant and contain seeds. Mind-blowing right?
Anyways, fruits contain many different nutrients that your dog can benefit from. As long as you make sure there are no seasonings on them and that you do not feed too much, these fruits can be perfectly safe to toss to your dog.
Fruits You Should Never Feed Your Dog
There are also fruits you should avoid feeding your canine friend.
Here are a few to avoid.
*Tomatoes are okay to feed on occasion if they are ripe, however, too much consumption can cause:
Abnormal heart rate
Therefore, it’s best to just avoid this as a treat.
Other Common Kitchen Foods You Can Feed Your Dog
Not everything is a fruit or a vegetable. So here are some other natural foods that you can find in your kitchen that are safe to feed your dogs.
Almonds (limited amount)
Cashews (limited amount)
Cottage Cheese (limited amount)
Honey (limited amount)
Peanuts (limited amount)
Anything with the words “limited amount” next to it should be severely limited because they are only good in moderation.
For example, if you feed your dog too many almonds, it can result in vomiting and diarrhea. Whereas too much honey can result in weight gain.
Other Common Kitchen Foods You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog
Some other natural foods you should avoid feeding your dogs includes:
Macadamia nuts can cause adverse effects even in small amounts such as:
Nutmeg can also cause adverse health effects such as:
High blood pressure
Increased heart rate
It’s Okay To Share Some of Your Food With Your Dog
We all cave to those puppy dog eyes now and then. Just make sure that when you do, it’s with food that is safe for them to consume.
Being aware of your dog’s dietary restrictions is important if you want your dog to live the healthiest lifestyle possible.
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Financial technology has changed the way we operate from day to day. With the number of people and businesses using Fintech growing, comes the ability to utilize Big Data to optimize the technology. But how?
Since the 1990’s we’ve been using the term Big Data to describe all the data collected from our electronic devices. The utilization of this data has helped a multitude of industries, including the financial world. Here’s a list of just 5 ways Big Data can be used to progress financial technology.
Adaptable to regulations
One of the biggest concerns for most consumers and businesses is protecting their money. Fintech allows the better management of financial services, but comes with the risk of online predators. However, Big Data allows for a better understanding of consumer spending habits and therefore allows for a quicker detection of unusual behavior.
In the financial industry, as in most industries, it is important to segment your consumers. Big Data allows for this to be more easily done because it paints a vivid picture of who the consumer is. You have information on age, gender, race, spending habits, as well as a multitude of other factors.
An easier segmentation of consumers leads to personalized offers. Each consumer has their own set of demands from their fintech, and Big Data allows for a better understanding of each demand. Personalized services derived from Big Data result in happier customers and more money.
Nobody wants to make a bad investment. Big Data can’t completely prevent all bad decisions, but it can help mitigate your chances of going down a risky path. By being able to identify risky investments at early stages and understand risky payers habits, Big Data mitigates your chances of losing money.
Adaptable to Regulations
Regulations in the financial industry are strict. Keeping up with consumer expectations and demands is challenging. Big Data allows for a more adaptable approach that detects changing consumer preferences and future risks. This way a company can adjust their tactics to comply with changing regulations and mitigate future losses.
Utilizing Big Data
Fintech is constantly evolving to meet consumer and businesses’ needs. Big Data plays a key role in this evolution as we continue to find new ways to optimize and utilize it. A better, more personalized service is always being pursued with the help of Big Data.