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You run to the grocery store, walk in the door, and discover that your pooch has unrolled the toilet paper roll all over the house or gotten into the trash and strewn it all over your freshly mopped kitchen floor. If your dog has started to act out, it could simply be because he is bored. Fortunately, there are some simple enrichment activities for dogs to keep them engaged and bust the boredom.
Hunting for Food
Dogs are natural hunters, but are often relegated to the couch with the rest of us couch potatoes, because their first instinct is to hang beside their pack – us humans. However, you can satisfy that need to hunt by purchasing some of the dog puzzles on the marketplace and hiding food and treats in the puzzles and around the house.
• Fill a dog toy puzzle with favorite treats. Smart dogs may figure out a puzzle pretty quickly, but most of these toys come with a way to make getting into the puzzle more difficult, such as removing string handles.
• Take the amount of food you would normally feed your dog and divide it into four or five portions. Place in small bowls and tuck in different places around the room or the house. For example, place one behind the chair, one in the corner of the kitchen and another under a table (just make sure your dog can easily fit under it).
• If you own a sporting breed or herding breed, try setting up agility courses in your backyard and running your dog through the course. It will be good exercise for both you and the dog and will keep his mind sharp.
• Organize play dates for your dog. Like people, many dogs are social. If your dog is well behaved and gets along well with a neighbor dog or another family member’s dog, make an appointment to get them together. Always introduce animals that are new to one another slowly, carefully and on a leash to avoid any injuries.
• Take your dog with you on errands. If you just need to run through a drive-through or drop off some mail in the drop box, take your dog along for the ride. Dogs like to get out of the house, too, and most dogs love to ride in cars. Just be cautious about leaving your dog in the car. If it is hot or cold, it would be better to leave him at home than in a car where he might get ill. Cars can get especially hot on warm days and the temperature can reach a level in minutes that can fatally harm a dog or baby.
Look for opportunities to include your dog in your own activities. If you’re meeting a friend for lunch, choose a café with an outdoor area where you can bring your dog. If you’re going on vacation, choose a canine friendly hotel and take him along. Dogs are a part of our families. They grieve when we aren’t with them and are lonely. Make your dog a part of your life, and you’ll keep your dog happy and engaged.
Ancient Greek physician and father of western medicine, Hippocrates, once shared his simple but yet life-saving philosophy “let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.” Sadly, this minimalistic concept has now become so obstructed by the prescription drug and chemical-dominated world we live in today, many are not aware of the organic alternatives that do not carry the negative side-effects as other “convenience” products may. Looking for natural remedies in a world full of artificial treatments may be a bit daunting, but once you realize there are organic solutions to your everyday problems, you will not think twice about how to cure your throbbing headache, repel fleas and other biting bugs, or remove stains from your rug (note: elbow grease may also be required). Knowing the countless benefits of living organically and taking the natural route to healing by using simple, pure ingredients Mother Nature has to offer us is extremely achievable and affordable. Over the next several months, Max & Ruffy’s is excited to share some of our favorite natural alternatives with you and your dog! Stay tuned……
Okay, so it has been quite some time since our last post, so we decided that what better way to get back into posting than to write a little something in honor of March Pet Nutrition Month. It is perfect timing too since an article was posted yesterday on CNN in the living section on a vegan diet for dogs. We were especially excited to see this article because it shows that dogs can indeed live a happy, and most importantly, healthy life on a vegan diet. While it is great to see this topic making mainstream news, we of course know this to be true as our three dogs are living examples of a healthy dogs on a vegan diet! Now, while I am on the subject of my three dogs, I would like to share a little something about my oldest dog Edith. Edith is going to celebrate her 17th birthday this June! She is an excellent example of a vegan dog who is thriving. She currently is disease free and medication free. She, along with my other two dogs, eats a varied diet that consists of some commercial organic vegan pet food, as well as a varied diet of home-cooked dog food. Yes, she gets plenty of complete protein, healthy fats, and oils to keep her shiny and full of energy! Oh, she also gets plenty of Max & Ruffy’s organic dog treats!!!
Okay, back to pet nutrition month. We feel that every month should keep your dogs’ nutrition at the forefront, but in honor of the dedicated month, we would like to offer some suggestions that we feel may help you in your quest to a healthy and thriving dog. Below are some of the things that we do for our three dogs that we believe keep them at optimal health:
1: Supplementation of a daily multivitamin
2: Addition of coconut oil to food to help maintain healthy skin and coat – also good for the joints and metabolism : it is recommended to give 1tsp per 10lbs of body weight daily
3: Addition of Omega 3,6,9 with DHA : recommended 1tsp per 10lbs of body weight daily
4: Regular check-ups from your DVM
5: Varied diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables
6: Regular oral care
**** we are not veterinarians and recommend that you consult your vet to aid you in achieving an optimal nutrition plan for your companion***
Oh, Edith would like to remind you that healthy dog treats are an important part of the equation. Max & Ruffy’s dog treats are a great way to help you offer a healthy nutritious snack for your favorite friend!
We hate to waste here at Max & Ruffy’s. So instead of wasting product that has been a tad bit overbaked or is left-over from our baking run we donate it! We recently just shipped out several pounds of our so called “reject” treats to Pigs Peace Sancturary , a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe home for unwanted, abused or neglected animals in need and is committed to spreading the message of compassion and respect for all animals in Seattle, Island Dog, Inc, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to building animal friendly communities in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, Vieques and Culebra, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary , a 400 acre non-profit refuge for farm animals and wildlife located in Poolesville, Maryland and The Washignton Animal Rescue League (WARL), the oldest animal shelter in the District of Columbia.
Please check out this short video of some of the pigs at Poplar Spring enjoying their Max & Ruffy’s snacks!
Hey All! What’s more satisfying than eating a vegan meal? How about eating a vegan meal to show support of a restaurant expanding their vegan options?
Toscana Grill, located in Arlington, VA is doing just that thanks to the work of local animal rights group Compassion Over Killing (COK). COK has been working hard with Toscana to make a conscious shift. It paid off and Toscana Grill is adding even more vegan options to it’s menu—and it’s celebrating by going 100% VEGAN every weekend in April! Please show your support of their efforts by coming out to some, or even better all, of the weekends during the month of April. To top the whole month off, the last Sunday will feature a “Bring Your Dog to Brunch” day on Sunday, April 25th! Us folks from Max & Ruffy’s will be there sampling out treats to all the doggie brunchers – we will also have product on hand to purchase. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington will also be there to show support of compassionate efforts and to showcase of few of their incredible dogs that need loving homes…who knows you might go home with a full belly, a potential new friend to adopt, and awesome dog treats! Click here to learn more details about each weekend. Hope to see you there!
Finding local ingredients is not always easy or possible. Let’s face it, coconuts are just not locally sourced in Virginia! Luckily, we are able to buy all of our organic flours from Frankferd Farms Foods, an OICA certified organic farm and flour mill located in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. Like our own small company, Frankferd Farms Foods is local and family owned and we are proud to support their sustainable farming methods which lend to the nutritious, natural flours we use to bake our popular dog treats.
If you are in the Atlanta area and would like to support a worthy cause – check out Spotlight Humane: Atlanta! Spotlight Humane: Atlanta is a gala organized by the Humane Society of the United States’ program to End Dogfighting in the Atlanta area. This will be an elegant evening of gourmet food, cocktails and entertainment. Not to mention the goodie bags will contain Max & Ruffy’s samples!!! So, clean yourself up, put on your nicest, and head out for an evening to support the End Dogfighting in Atlanta campaign.
Ever find yourself searching for a new way to meet dog lovers like yourself? Check out LoveMeLoveMyDog! Here is what they have to say about themselves…LoveMeLoveMyDog is a site dedicated and designed specifically for Dog Lovers to meet online, form friendships either local or online, find park partners, set up doggy sitter exchanges, arrange adoptions, or quite possibly find love and romance with another Dog Lover. We, as Dog Lovers, are a special breed ourselves, and we need a specific Community to gather and interact.
Roots Market invited Max & Ruffy’s to participate in the Vegetarian Flavor Fest this Saturday and we wouldn’t miss it! We’ll be enjoying the tasty vegan treats and giving out samples of tasty Max & Ruffy’s vegan dog treats! Come to the Roots Market in Olney, MD and taste the many flavors of vegetarian and vegan foods that will tantalize your palate. Learn the health and environmental benefits of vegetarian and vegan options. We’d love to see your smiling faces.
For a map & more info visit NBC Washington Around Town.
In addition to meeting lots of great people & their companions, we also met the kind folks, and their friendly farm animals, from Star Gazing Farm. Star Gazing Farm is a small farm animal sanctuary that provides safe haven to abused, stray, and neglected farm animals. We appreciate the great work you’re doing Star Gazing Farm!
Hope you enjoy these pictures of some of the visitors at the Max & Ruffy’s table today.