Many of us, who already own a dog, have probably thought about getting another dog as an addition to the family. Before rushing to the local shelter and bringing home your new furry friend, there are a few things to consider. Introducing your new dog to your dog at home is an important process and will form the foundation of friendship between your two dogs. The process of introducing your new dog will take time, but follow the tips below and your dogs will be best buddies before you know it.
The Day You Get Your New Dog
Before you bring home your new pup, leave your other dog with a friend. You do not want to mix two dogs who are meeting for the first time in a car. You will also need some help from another person so that there will be one person to handle each dog. When introducing the two dogs to each other:
- Have a loose leash on both dogs
- Let both dogs meet in a neutral territory, such as your friends backyard or a park
- While having each dog on a secured leash, let them sniff each other for a while
- Once sniffing ends, lead each dog away from each other to sit and reward with a treat- this releases tension build up
- Observe both dogs body language and behavior at all times
- Once both dogs feel comfortable around each other, walk both dogs around the area they will be living- such as your house or apartment
Inside Your Home and the Next Couple Weeks
Dogs recognize things and people by their sense of smell. A tip when introducing a new dog to a previous dog is before letting them visually meet let them smell each other’s toys. Continue doing this while letting each dog smell the area of the other dog, before visually meeting. This will make introducing them easier since the sense of smell will be recognizable.
- Before your dogs enter your home, pick up all toys and bones. Possessiveness and aggressiveness can occur over a toy
- Let each dog have their own food bowls and beds, and feed them separately to avoid confrontation
- Keep playtime brief and consider age differences in each dog- an older dog may need more quiet time
- Praise both dogs when they are playing nicely
- Spend time with each dog individually
- Give the new dog his own confined space and let your old dog visit the new dog as he pleases
Following these tips will make the transition of bringing a new family member home easy for everyone. Sooner than later, your two pups will be best friends.
At last! Some sunshine and maybe even a few blossoms! Spring is one of our favorite times of year to get outside with our dogs and enjoy the new colors and warmth on our faces. The weather can still be unpredictable in many regions this time of year, but if you’re blessed with a beautiful day, here are some fun activities you and your pet can do to welcome spring.
Of course there are the obvious favorites like fetch at the park, walks, and hikes, but if you’re looking for something new this season consider these:
- Movies in the park. You most likely know if your town does this type of thing, but check the events calendar and make sure it’s dog-friendly before grabbing a blanket and heading to the park. Quick tip: take your dog for a walk or run prior to eliminate excessive energy and keep your party to the outskirts to be mindful of families. Don’t forget his Stewart® Pro-Treats®!
- Host a puppy wash. Wrangling dogs into the bathtub can be a hassle, but with warmer weather all you need is a hose and some Miracle Care Shampoo. Have some friends come over with their pups and enjoy sunshine and clean companions! Quick tip: if you have some real water lovers on your hands, consider a fun sprinkler for them to run through or kiddy pool to splash in.
- Camping/Boating. If you have the means, plan a short trip somewhere close and enjoy some new scenery. Make sure the campground is dog-friendly and be sure to pack everything your dog will need for safety (flea/tick collar, life vest, sunscreen for their noses, first aid kit, etc.). Also, be sure to check the weather forecast so you know how to pack, as the nights might still be cool.
Remember, you don’t need to go all out – your dog simply enjoys spending time with you and any activity you do together strengthens your connection. Enjoy the sunshine!
Many of you love the Stewart® brand for what we provide for your beloved canines, but we’ve extended our nutritious, delicious Pro-Treat® line to small animals, too! That’s right, ferrets can enjoy delicious 100% chicken liver treats in perfectly portioned pieces and you can feel good knowing you’re treating them the best.
Here are a few fun things you can actually teach your ferret with the help of our Stewart® Pro-Treat® Freeze Dried Ferret Treat!
Put your hand out, palm up, and place a Pro-Treat® Freeze Dried Ferret Treat on your wrist about an inch above your hand. Once your ferret steps on your hand with one paw, give him the treat. Repeat these steps and integrate a command if you’d like your ferret to recognize and perform “Shake” regularly.
Much like with dogs, hold Pro-Treat® Freeze Dried Ferret Treats a little above their head so they have to lean back a bit to see it – be sure it’s not too high or your ferret may jump to retrieve it. Once your ferret sits, say “Sit!” and immediately treat and praise him.
If you can, get your ferret to lie down (a command that can also be learned.) Move the Pro-Treat® around his mouth until he rolls onto his back, belly up. Give him the treat. Practice this until he gets the hang of it, then you can start circling the treat around his mouth until he does a full roll.
It’s time to put on some Irish music, drink some green beer, and celebrate! Including your pets in the celebration will increase your bond and make the day even more memorable.
While you are enjoying your traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, feed your pup our Stewart® Raw Naturals™ Beef Recipe. This all-natural raw dog food is made in the USA and is grain and gluten free, packed with nutrients and vitamins, so you won’t feel bad not sharing your holiday meal.
A huge tradition of St. Patties Day is pinching someone who is not wearing green, well don’t let your dog be the one without green and let him fashion the Hamilton™ Nylon Dog Collars in, of course, green! Other dogs will be jealous of the comfortable material and striking color.
Have fun with your pet this happy holiday and remember to always be safe. To prepare your pet, even more for visitors, check out our Miracle Care™ website that provides superior grooming tools and useful techniques. Have a happy Irish celebration!
You might be aware that we use high-pressure pasteurization – but what does that mean exactly? In our previous post we talked about how the FDA requires that questionable food undergo heat processing– but heat destroys useful enzymes and lessens the ingredient’s nutritional value. Since we don’t allow any uncertain components in our food and treats, we’re able to use cold pressure – which maintains all the nutritional value of food but still eliminates any potentially harmful bacteria, just to be sure.
Science has shown that damaging bacteria can’t survive under pressure associated with deep sea levels – so that’s exactly what we do. We use cold water under incredibly high pressure to destroy micro-organisms that cause spoiling while maintaining the nutritional integrity of the food.
How, you ask? Well, harmful bacteria are single-cell organisms, and HPP ruptures the cell wall, destroying the bacteria without the damaging effects of heat. The best part is that this type of processing has zero effect on the molecular structure of food (think: vitamins, minerals, nutrients, proteins, and enzymes.) Furthermore, it’s a 100 percent natural way to eliminate harmful bacteria, which is why we choose it for your pets. For more information, head here!
Just as us humans prevent health issues, such as skin cancer, our pets need to have preventative care as well. As responsible pet owners, make sure your pet is able to block any parasites or diseases that could potentially be harmful.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks spread fast and many are produced at one time. Animals can catch fleas from other dogs, outdoor environments, and areas where fleas live- which could be anywhere. Both fleas and ticks:
- can cause allergic reactions
- easily spread diseases
- can affect human skin and irritate it
Mosquitos can transmit diseases from animal to animal which can develop heartworm. Heartworm is a very serious and fatal disease if not taken seriously. Just as us humans would spray bug spray on ourselves to repel insects; our furry friends need that same care so they are not exposed to any harmful parasites.
To keep you and your pet healthy and safe from any harmful diseases, here are some useful tips:
- Avoid standing water near your living environment- mosquitos are attracted to standing water
- Wash bedding and vacuum regularly- then dispose dirt outside of the house
- Keep lawn trimmed short
- Apply vaccinations recommended by your vet that covers fleas, ticks, and heartworm all year round- this is the most important prevention
- Take into consideration your pet’s lifestyle- swims a lot, hikes a lot, social with other dogs, etc. since this will affect any topical medications
It seems like we’re frequently hearing of major pet food brands being recalled, and we can understand what a scary feeling that must be for pet owners. While we can proudly say we’ve never experienced a recall on any of our products, we want to take a minute to let you know that food recalls happen for a variety of different reasons but, here at Stewart®, we go above and beyond to provide your pet with the best nutrition and you with the peace of mind that it’s safe. All of our food and treats are made in the USA with responsibly resourced meats (no mysteries here!) in a USDA-approved human-grade facility – meaning, we could [technically] make YOUR food here if we wanted, but we’ll stick to pets.
If you have any questions about our products, their processing, or providing quality nutrition to your pet, head to our Learning Center or feel free to Contact Us!
Chubby cats and dogs are the cutest, but underneath all that extra fluff could be a health issue waiting to emerge. Pet obesity has become more aware in the United States, given that over half of cats and dogs are overweight or obese. Overweight pets can develop arthritis, diabetes, and many other life risking issues if not taken care of. Some reasons our pets may become overweight is because of lack of exercise, which is why just 30 minutes of walking a day can do wonders for your loving pet.
Obesity can occur in our pets when we are:
- Feeding them more food than they should be fed
- Providing them with high calorie dog food
- Rewarding with fatty treats
- Feeding table food and scraps
All of these factors, combined with not enough exercise, is the perfect mixture for an overweight pup. Some useful tips to lessen the inches and increase the heartrate for your dog are:
- Frequent walks- even if they are short 15 minute walks twice a day
- Playing fetch
- Running around at the dog park
- Having a play date with another dog
All of these activities can increase not only yours, but your dog’s overall health. Exercising your dog is a very important part of good health, but don’t forget the diet. Stewart® Raw Naturals™ comes in freeze dried and frozen raw dog food packed with nutrients and vitamins to increase your dog’s health. Along with our raw dog food, Stewart® Pro-Treat™ Liver Treats only contain 6 calories per treat, perfect for a good dog who deserves a reward.
As always, talk to your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet and be aware of how much exercise your dog can handle.
February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, a nod to the humans that give so many animals the best love and care their furry hearts could hope for. From daily feedings, to walks, grooming, and plain ol’ TLC, being a responsible pet owner is exactly that – a responsibility. But responsible pet ownership extends beyond a doggy door and two feedings a day. Your pet is part of the family and caring for a loved one means a lot of different things – below is a checklist of things to ensure you’re being a conscious, caring pet owner:
- Spay and neuter – not only is this healthier for your pet, but it combats pet overpopulation, which we can all agree is beneficial to our communities.
- Keep up with appointments – Your vet should send you reminder postcards for vaccinations; be sure to call and schedule as soon as you get it so it’s on the calendar. It’s important that your pet sees a health care professional at least once a year.
- Proper identification – While this is pretty basic, it’s recommended to go beyond the usual tag with your name and phone number on it. Microchip your pet – it’s a built-in ID tag and the success rate is considerably more than just a collar (which can fall off) or no tags at all.
- Be prepared – Consider a pet first aid kit. It’s a huge relief to know that if anything went wrong on a hike or at home that you can help your pet.
- Travel safety – If your pet frequently accompanies you in the car, consider a safety harness designed for travel like our Seat Leash™ Car Restraint. You’d never let your son or daughter ride without a seatbelt – pets are no different!
From the pawttom of our hearts, thank you for being a responsible, doting pet owner!
We are getting closer to the end of winter, which most of us- including our pets- are thrilled about, yet we are noticing mood changes not only in ourselves but in our pets too. Winter can be a beautiful, majestic experience, but too much of that brown slush and scraping the car windshield one more time is going to drive you insane.
Since both humans and animals respond to light, various studies have shown that catching the winter blues is an effect of limited sunlight exposure.
- Melatonin, a hormone that helps
relaxation and sleepiness, is light sensitive, so the less light it receives results in more melatonin produced which is why we have that sluggish feeling more in the winter.
- Another hormone, serotonin, affects appetite, mood, and sleep, but needs light to produce these “feel good” sensations. Less light means less serotonin production in you and your pet.
Ways for your pet to beat the winter blues:
- Open blinds and curtains to let as much light in as possible
- Play inside games with your pets such as tug-of-war, wrestling, or hide and go seek
- Hide treats and scented toys around the house to boost their senses
- Venture outdoors for a roll in the snow or a brisk walk
During these lazy months, make sure you do not over feed your pets. They do not need as much food when their fitness levels are not high. Even though winter may feel like it is never ending, enjoying the simple pleasures of everyday life will cure you and your pup’s winter blues in no time.