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A Unique Way To Train A Service Dog

Friday, April 15, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

inmatetrainingThere are a variety of ways to become involved in training a service dog. One unique way that benefits the dog and the training is through inmates. When given the opportunity to train future service dogs, inmates gain confidence, learn how to handle responsibility and develop a valuable emotional bond with the animal. They also gain training and grooming expertise. Abilities that may help them find jobs when they leave prison. It’s an idea that seems to be working. Released inmates that have trained dogs have high employment and low rates of returning to a life of crime. The dog’s benefit to. Most are rescue dogs that need attention and obediance training. Many go on to become valuable service or therapy dogs. So if your ever visiting anyone in prison, don’t be surprised if you see some prisoners with dog leashes and dogs training.

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Healthy Dog Treat Alternatives

Friday, April 15, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGCARROTMost people give their dog treats, three or more at a time. Store bought dog treats contain lots of sugar and calories.

Try Veggies and Fruit

You can try giving your pooch a carrot, or maybe some broccoli or green beans. These snacks have virtually no calories. Dogs don’t care if their snack is meaty and fatty or a healthy vegetable. They just want you to give them something. Dogs are open to all foods so vegetables are a great alternative to traditional dog treats bought in the store. ¬†You can also try fruits like banana slices, berries, apple slices and even watermelon.

Steer clear of grapes, raisins, onions, chocolate and anything with caffeine. These can be toxic to dogs. Skip anything that is hard like bones, antlers or hooves. Dog treats should always be easy on your dog’s teeth.

Exercise is also key. Buy your best friend some dog toys, take him outside and toss them around on a regular basis.

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