Not TRICKS for the dog silly...for the humans! So move over, Martha.
Here are some hard-earned tips that we animal lovers can try out using
simple household items.
If you live with a career chewer, you probably know how expensive it can be to dole
out rawhides or other chew treats, day in and day out. Once cheap option is carrots:
They satisfy most dogs' yearnings for a chewie with a little give, and they won't
stain your carpet.
Don't feel too virtuous though: Since dogs lack the digestive enzymes to break down
cellulose, vegetables must be pulverized in order to provide nutritional value. You'd
be better off asking your local health-food store for their leftover veggie pulp.
Also carrots in excess tend to give a dog's coat an orangy tint.
If your animals relive themselves in your backyard, no amount of scooping or hosing
can get rid of that lingering smell. That's when you need to mix up a batch of this
nontoxic spray, which includes more or less equal parts of Listerine (buy the original
battery-acid-yellow formula), dish-washing liquid (some people swear by Dawn, but
any brand will do) and water. Pour it into a spray bottle or hose-powered feeder and
go to town!
The listerine kills the naughty bacteria responsible for the odor and the dishwashing
liquid helps it cling to surfaces. You can use this on plants without fear of damaging
them; repeat as many times as necessary.
...full of water. This tip came from a seminar by former professional handler and
American Kennel Club judge Pat Hastings, who swears by it. If you have a problem
with flies congregating around your home, kennel or barn - fill a gallon size zippered
plastic bag with water, seal and hang on the fence or over the doorway. The theory
has something to do with light refraction, or the flies seeing horror-flick-sized
reflections of themselves.
You can invest big bucks in those brand-name carpet cleaners that promise to remove
urine stains from your rug. Or you can just go to your favorite grocery store and buy
an industrial vat of white vinegar. Cut the vinegar with water, and bingo - a simple
concoction that will neutralize urine smells.
Don't make the mistake many people do and use ammonia to clean up the "whoopses".
Animals are actually attracted to the smell!
When your animal has an upset stomach, white rice and boiled chicken is what most
people recommend to get the tummy back on track. Instead, consider canned
pumpkin, not pie mix. With it's high fiber content, pumpkin speedily resolves bouts
of diarrhea, and conversely, relieves constipation too.
As with any change in your dog's health, consult your veterinarian if the diarrhea is
serious or persists, or involves a very young or elderly dog.
Even though vets warn about the dire consequences of obesity, most owners wimp
out because they can't stand the pleading eyes or the incessant whines.
Try substituting canned green beans, which are low in calories but high in bulk, to the
newly reduced portions.
Parmesan cheese...fussy eaters can be infuriating. This simple trick is a favorite of
stud-dog owners. When the dogs go on a hunger strike, sprinkle the potent grated
cheese atop the regular food, and cross your fingers!
WOOD STOVE PELLETS.
And last but not least....to house train those puppies! Try using wood-burning stove
pellets. Preservative free, these capsule-sized pellets disintegrate into sawdust
when wet, and can be easily scooped and replaced.
If you have a Tip or Trick that you would like to share - please email it to
me and I'll post it on the website for other humans to enjoy! :)