Sunday, March 28, 2010

Free sample pack of Probios Digestion Support Dog Treats

The Probiotic Smart website is offering a free sample pack of their Probios Digestion Support Dog Treats.

Probiotics are good bacteria that help in supporting a healthy digestive system. All animals, including humans, need beneficial bacteria to improve intestinal balance, health, and performance.

Probios Dog Treat Digestion provides beneficial bacteria (probiotics) to help support proper digestion, sustain bowel health, and maintain a healthy microbial balance in the G-I tract. Peanut-butter flavoring turns this nutritional supplement into an appealing treat.


The Free sample pack of Probios Digestion Support Dog Treats giveaway offer is only valid within the continental United States. As with all free sample offers posted here on All About Labradors, these will go very quickly so don't delay.

If anyone has used Probios Digestion Support Dog Treats, please don't hesitate to share your feedback.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

FREE Loving Pets Gourmet Wrap Dog Treats Sample

For a limited time you can request a free sample of Gourmet Wraps treats from Loving Pets.

Information about the Loving Pets Gourmet Wrap Dog Treats Sample offer:

"Receive 1 each of the following treats, all with glucosamine and chondroitin added for joint health:

• Banana wrapped with 100% pure chicken
• Apple wrapped with 100% pure chicken
• Sweet Potato wrapped with 100% pure chicken
• Carrot wrapped with 100% pure chicken
• Sweet potato biscuit wrapped with 100% pure chicken

Visit the Loving Pates website to learn more about their treats and to make your request to get your 5 FREE sample packs.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Labrador Retriever Training - "Leave It" Command

An important command to teach your Labrador Retriever is the "Leave It" command. By having your Labrador Retriever learn this command, you can use it in a variety of situations, some which may even may be life-threatening to your Lab.

People use different methods for teaching the "Leave It" command, what works for some doesn't work for others. This is the method we use and feel is the easiest when training your Labrador Retriever.

We use "Leave It" as our command but I know many other people that use other key words for the command such as "No Touch" or "Ignore It." Use the command you feel comfortable with but be consistent with the same command (don't start training with one word and then change the word half-way through the training).

Before you get started, you are going to need some dog treats. We like to use what I call a High Value treat, something that your Labrador Retriever absolutely loves or a special treat that you know you Labrador Retrievers goes crazy for but they rarely get it!


1. Start by taking your Labrador Retriever to a place free from distractions and kneel down in front of your Labrador Retriever.

2. Have your Labrador Retriever sit, place the dog treat in your open hand and extend your hand out towards your Labrador. When your Lab reaches to get the treat, quickly close your hand. You will probably get some weird look from your Labrador Retriever, along with some sniffing and licking of your hand. Wait until your Labrador Retriever withdraws their interest, praise them and give them the treat. If your Labrador is really persistent and determined to get at the treat in your closed fist (some will be very persistent), just hold it out of their reach and ignore him.

3. Continue practicing step 2 multiple times, praising and rewarding them when they lose interest. We are now ready to add our "Leave It" command.

4. Show your Labrador Retriever the treat and then close your hand. State the "Leave It" command and wait for your Lab to stop showing interest. When they do, praise and reward them. Keep using the "Leave It" command to help build the association in your Labrador's mind between you stating "Leave It" and the act of them leaving the treat alone.

5. Repetition, consistency and praise are keys here!

6. When your Labrador Retriever understands the behavior and it's on your command, it will be time to add other variables to the training. Add some or all of these variables to the training slowly:

* Put your dog treat on the ground a few feet in front of your Labrador Retriever and state the "Leave It" command. If your Lab goes after the treat, cover it with your foot. If your Lab doesn't go for the treat, pick it up and reward them for waiting. Repeat until your Labrador Retriever fully understands.

* Practice the "Leave It" command moving your hand to different positions (higher in the air, lower to the ground).

* Practice in a more distracting environment (with other dogs, people, noices).

* Practice with different objects.

Things to remember:

* Start in a distraction free environment.

* State your command in a nice firm voice. There is NO need to get louder and louder with your commands if your Labrador Retriever does not perform the task. This just won't work.

* Make sure your training sessions are short and sweet.

* As I consistently preach with all training, Repetition, Consistency and Praise are keys.

Happy Training!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Free Sample of TJ’s Health Bites Dog Vitamin and Mineral Supplement

A free sample of TJ’s Health Bites Dog Vitamin and Mineral Supplement from I Love Dogs, Inc.

"TJ'S Health Bites Daily Doggie & Mineral Health Supplements are fortified with decaffeinated green tea.

A tasty blend of essential nutrients, herbs, enzymes, and amino acids to promote optimum health. This dog-friendly formula is food-based for easy absorption and digestion!

Free Sample of TJ’s Health Bites Dog Vitamin and Mineral Supplement

* NO artificial colorings or preservatives
* Peanut butter flavor
* Delivers antioxidant support through decaffeinated green tea
* Made in USA"

Samples posted on All About Labradors go quickly, so don't delay or you'll miss out!

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Free Sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Food

Walmart is offering a free sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food. We have had free samples of Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food posted on All About Labradors before and they go very quickly.

If you missed out on previous offers or would like to try a new food for your Labrador Retriever, here is your chance to request a fee sample.

Information about Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Food:

Rachael Ray Nutrish™ has:

• Real meat — like chicken or beef — as the first ingredient
• No meat by-products, fillers, artificial flavors or preservatives
• Simple, natural ingredients for overall health and wellness
• 100% complete and balanced nutrition

Be advised that the free samples are available while supplies last and are limited to one (1) sample per household. Samples are only available to consumers in the United States. These will go very fast!!

** A box might appear to "Enter username and password," just click cancel a couple of times and then request your sample. **

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Labrador Retriever Puppy Training - "Come and Fetch"

For the safety of your Labrador Retriever puppy, the "Come" command (sometimes called recall) is the most important command to teach.

Our ultimate goal when teaching your Labrador Retriever the "Come" command is to receive an immediate response from your Labrador upon hearing your command. You want to have a well disciplined Labrador Retriever that can always be brought to your side regardless of the situation.

Tips for teaching the "Come" command:

Remember to offer plenty of praise to your Labrador Retriever as soon as he comes to you.

Remember to never pursue your Labrador Retriever when teaching the "Come" command.

Never give punishment if your Labrador doesn't come, for it will only associate the command to something negative.


Training sessions should also be short as well as enjoyable.

The below video shows "Drake," and 11 week old Labrador Retriever puppy at the Colorado Cottonwood Ranch and Kennel, learning the "Come" and "Fetch" command.



Teaching your Labrador Retriever how to retrieve can be a fun game for both you and your Labrador. It's fun to go outside and play fetch with your Labrador Retriever, providing a little bonding time with your Labrador and it's a great way for your Lab to use his energy in a productive way.

Have your Labrador Retriever puppy gain interest in the object you are using to "Retrieve" before starting. Practice in an area that will be free of distractions (I love the using of the hallway with closed doors from the video).

Use the "Fetch" command as you throw the object and offer plenty of praise on your Labrador Retrievers way back.

Always remember, patience and plenty of praise!

Feel free to share any tips you may have in regards to "Come" and Retrieve".

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Doggie Travel Food Station Giveaway

I came across a neat contest where you can win a cool doggie travel food station from injaynesworld review blog.

The Dog Trucker Traveler Food Station is perfect for hiking and traveling with your Labrador Retriever and features:

* Red quick-dry fabric
* Water-resistant, rip-stop liner
* Elastic restraining straps for storage
* Holds up to 15 lbs
* Includes water and food bowls
* Dimensions: 32" W x 48" D

The Doggie Travel Food Station Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada, with the lucky winner being announced on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Good luck!!

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

How to Select a Labrador Retriever

When selecting a Labrador Retriever, consider the amount of energy required to maintain the breed, as labs are generally quite active sporting dogs who are great around children. Discover the Labrador's wonderful and playful temperament with helpful information from an experienced dog trainer in this free video on dog breeds.



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Monday, March 08, 2010

Free Angels in Disguise eBook

From our friends at Happy Tail Books comes a free eBook download of Angels in Disguise by Brandy D.

Information from Happy Tail Books: Losing our furry friends is a tragic, yet inevitable, part of sharing our lives with them. When author Brandy D. lost her two beloved Boston Terriers within three months of each other, she became desperate for answers to the questions, "Why?" and "What am I supposed to learn from this?"

Angels in Disguise, which is appropriate for children and adults of all ages, celebrates the joy pets bring to our lives and describes loss in a way that Brandy hopes helps others to find healing, just it did for her.


Feel free to download and share this free eBook with anyone who may be grieving the loss of a furry loved one.

Thank you to Happy Tail Books and Brandy D.

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Friday, March 05, 2010

Dog Food Allergies - How to Treat the Problem

Dog food allergies are rather difficult to distinguish from other allergies like atopy, etc., because the symptoms of food allergies tend to be similar to the symptoms of the other allergies. Despite there not being one outstanding symptom that would point us in the direction of food allergy, which makes diagnosis very difficult, there are some symptoms that have been identified as being related to a dog's food allergy.

Dog food allergies are rather difficult to distinguish from other allergies like atopy, etc., because the symptoms of food allergies tend to be similar to the symptoms of the other allergies.

SYMPTOMS

Despite there not being one outstanding symptom that would point us in the direction of food allergy, which makes diagnosis very difficult, there are some symptoms that have been identified as being related to a dog's food allergy.

Symptoms tend to vary from case to case but I have listed some that have been identified as symptoms displayed by a dog with a food allergy:

o Dry, flaky skin
o Hair loss
o Itchy skin, feet and paws
o Persistent skin infections/ hot spots
o Persistent ear infections especially yeast infections
o Constant vomiting
o Frequent bowel movements
o Skin rashes and hives


Other symptoms like flatulence, sneezing, changes in behavior patterns and asthma can also indicate food allergies.

CAUSES

Research has shown that some dog food ingredients could be the cause of a dog's food allergies, such as corn, dairy products, beef, eggs, wheat, chicken and soy; all common dog food ingredients by themselves.

Dog allergies are most often caused by the consumption of the same food for several years. These allergies tend to manifest themselves quite suddenly, irrespective of the fact that the dog has been eating the same thing for years. Detecting the actual cause of the dog's food allergy can be both a frustrating and time consuming exercise, but here's what you can do...

SOLUTION

Exclusion diet: this is probably the most effective way to find out the cause of a food allergy.

One source of protein is used for up to 12 weeks to see if the dog's condition improves. After that, new ingredients are added (every seven days) one at a time until the problem returns so you can identify the ingredient that was causing the food allergy. This is a very slow and painstaking method but it is effective.

Make sure that you use a protein source that your dog has not been previously been given, such as tofu, venison, fish, lamb or rabbit, making sure that the digestibility percentage is at least 85%. Try to avoid additives as much as possible. Combine the protein source with a carbohydrate; one example would be lamb and rice.

A vet can give medication to help cope with the allergy and can administer a blood test to try and figure out the ingredient causing the allergy. However, such tests are not very accurate as a diagnostic tool and an exclusion diet is usually the best way to go about it.

To help relieve exterior symptoms, I suggest you consider using an all-natural product.

Tip: using distilled water or boiled tap water that has been refrigerated will help to avoid the chlorine content in the water, which is a possible factor.

PREVENTION

There is no quick fix for dog food allergies. It is up to you to find out the ingredient that is causing the allergy and eliminate it from your dog's food. Once you have identified the food ingredient(s) to which your dog is allergic and removed them from your dog's diet, the allergy should clear up quickly enough. Don't forget to keep a diary to record the elimination process - this is crucial to helping your dog get rid of its food allergy.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Free sample of Beneful IncrediBites

New Beneful IncrediBites. Right now Walmart is offering a free sample of Beneful IncrediBites to consumers in the United States.

Information from Beneful:

"Made with great-tasting, protein-rich ingredients, including real beef. Every piece is small-sized, easy-to-chew and fun-to-eat. Beneful IncrediBites is another way you can help your dog have it all- taste, nutrition, health and happiness.

- Easy serve, stay fresh 6 ounce pouch.

- A variety of crunchy and tender pieces, small-sized and easy to chew.

- Calcium-rich ingredients, including yogurt, to help support strong bones and a healthy smile."

Walmart is offering free samples of Beneful IncrediBites while supplies last and are limited to (1) sample per household. Walmart sample go quickly so don't delay.

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