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By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

Massaging your dog can be therapeutic for both owner and dog. Bailey loves a good massage and most times, Mama will be the one massaging him. Here are the benefits of a good doggy massage:

Rehabilitative Healing

Massage can help to rehabilitate dogs who are recovering from an injury or surgery. It speeds up recovery time as well as heal scar tissues. Besides strengthening the body by stimulating the muscles, it also supplies nutrients and oxygen to the body. Increased blood flow will help to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation, at the same time, remove toxins.

Dogs who suffer from arthritis and joint problems can get relief from muscle stiffness and joint discomfort with massage. I also notice that Bailey is visibly more relaxed and calm whenever he get a massage, and often ends up falling asleep. Massage promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being for your furkid and at the same time, heightens bonding with you.

Emotional Healing

Dogs who suffer from psychological stress will benefit from massage as it helps to provide an emotional calming while simultaneously enhancing bonding with the owner. This also works with newly adopted dogs who need assurance and a calming introduction to their new environment. I am pretty sure massage will go a long way in improving trust and the overall mood of the dog. This would probably be an effective measure at dog shelters as well – massaging a dog helps ease their stress and they may be more likely to be adopted. It will certainly help with abused and emotionally traumatised dogs.

Basic Massage Techniques

Rub your hands to warm them up, then place them on your dog’s body and leave them at a specific spot like his tummy or his arm or rib area for about 20 seconds. This is to help warm up the tissues, get the blood circulating and to put them in a state of calmness. If your dog becomes uncomfortable or fidgety, start providing gentle strokes across his body to calm him down. Next, slowly glide your entire palm with hands closed with a continuous repetitive motion across his body starting from the back to his neck area. This helps the circulation and lymph fluids to warm up the tissues and help him stay calm and relaxed. Do this at the start and end of massage.

When you are done with the warming of tissues, you can start massaging your furkid. We usually use our thumbs and two fingers and in a rhythmic pace and start squeezing the tissue up and releasing it from bone and muscle. This helps to boost circulation by operating muscle fibres and draining toxins. It’s important to massage very slowly and with even pressure to avoid causing nerve irritation.

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

After much consideration to have a puppy in your life, it’s time to reorganise your life around this little bundle of joy. Dogs can provide us with plenty of love and companionship but they need lots of attention, exercise and care, just like a child. New dog owners will face a whole new set of challenges like a mouthing puppy, a peeing and pooping machine and an overly energetic little furkid. Puppies will need a lot of attention, care and particularly patience.

So here are some tips on what to do when you leave for work and have to leave your lovely furkid all alone at home.

Time off

When you first bring your puppy home, if possible, take some time off to spend time with the little one. Help him get used to his new surroundings and provide the assurance that you are going to be part of his life from hereon. You will be able to communicate with him that he is safe, he will be taken care of and that this will be his new home.

Setting boundaries for your puppy

Dogs can be trained by conditioning. When a new puppy is brought home and allowed to wander all over the house, you, as the owner, will have to take the blame when they create chaos in your home. Before bringing the puppy home, decide on a good enough space for them for them to use as a play pen, like the kitchen space or sheltered backyard. Make sure you leave some chew toys for them to play with and prepare the newspaper/pee pad for them to do relieve themselves when they need to. Soon, your pet will associate that space as theirs to sleep and have their meals. Make sure you clear their waste daily and quickly whenever you can as they do not like to soil their place of rest.

Technology

With new technology available out there, we could make use of a two-way security camera to communicate with your new puppy.  At the same time, you can monitor what’s going on at home with the little one. Some new cameras come with functions such as auto feed, play and even a video feed of you so that your puppy can see you while you’re at work!

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

Apple

Full of fibre and natural sweetness, it’s a great snack and after-meal treat for your dogs. Serve it with the skin and it also helps to clean your dog’s breath and teeth. Bailey gets one apple after his dinner every night.

Bananas

Bailey’s new-found love. The natural sugars, potassium, electrolytes and amino acids all come into play as an excellent power food for your dogs.

Blueberries

Blueberries come with a ton of antioxidants and vitamins that are good for our furkids. We use them as treats for Bailey and sometimes we serve them frozen, which is always nice for a hot day.

Carrots

The beta-carotene in carrots will help to boost your dog’s vision and protect them from cataracts. Give it as a crunchy treat as its good for their teeth

Eggs

Eggs are an excellent choice for your dog. A good source of digestible proteins plus vitamins that are great for their eyes and brain. We usually feed Bailey a hard-boiled egg when we are having some for breakfast.

Kale

We started feeding Bailey our home-grown Kale. This wonderful vegetable contains vitamins A & K, magnesium and calcium, all of which are great for your dog’s diet. It will also help with liver and cardiovascular health.

Kelp

Loaded with vitamins and nutrients like sodium, calcium, vitamin A and folic acid. Kelp is an energy booster as well.

Pumpkin

This is one of the base ingredients in Bailey’s daily meal. Pumpkin has fibre, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids that help with your furkid’s digestion. Cooking this with minced pork and celery makes a delicious super meal and is Bailey’s favourite.

Salmon

Salmon has a high omega-3 fatty acid content and therefore wonderful for boosting the immune system, great for the skin and coat, and supporting excellent heart health. We usually feed Bailey salmon once or twice a month, so he gets them as special meals.

Sweet Potato

Rich in dietary fibre and loaded with antioxidants, this can also be added to your dog’s meal. They will surely love the sweetness of this root vegetable.

Quinoa

Quinoa is an excellent grain and easily digestible for dogs.  A good source of fibre and protein. Be sure to feed small amounts to see if it sits well with their digestive system.

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

APPLE

Bailey loves his apples and he gets one whole apple after dinner. A great source of vitamins A & C and fibre. Apple seeds contain cyanide so be sure not to feed the whole fruit without slicing it first.

BRUSSEL SPROUTS

Packed with vitamins and nutrients, Brussel sprouts are both safe and healthy. However, give small servings as it can cause flatulence. We cooked with it together with Bailey’s meat portions.

CHEESE

Dogs can eat cheese as long as your dog is not lactose intolerant (lactose intolerance among dogs is rare). It’s a secret treat that they absolutely love and cannot resist!  Having said that, many kinds of cheese can be high in fat so be watchful of the portions you give your furkid.

COCONUT OIL

One of nature’s best gifts for us humans and our furkids. Great for the skin and coat, boosts immunity and the digestive system. Bailey loves the taste of it, especially when we use it to sear meats for him or simply add a spoonful to his food.

CUCUMBER

Just like zucchinis, cucumbers are low in calorie and make great crunchy snacks.  Best served cold from the fridge ‘cos they love a good, cold treat!

GREEN BEANS

Good source of plant fibre, manganese, vitamins C and K.  A good low calorie replacement for overweight dogs. Delicious even when served frozen.

OATMEAL

A good source of soluble fibre. Great for older dogs with bowel issues. Always feed it cooked with no sugar.

Good and balanced nutrition can help extend your dog’s life, reduce and prevent skin issues and, of course, provide for a healthier life. Our aim is to give our furkids the best diet possible.

PEAS

They love it either frozen or fresh. Add it to their meals or use as treats.

PUMPKIN

A good source of fibre and beta-carotene. With pumpkin, it keeps the gastrointestinal tract moving and that makes a healthy gut.

SALMON

Fatty fish with loads of Omega-3 fatty acids. Great for skin and coat.  We usually buy the whole salmon fish and get it deboned before portioning out to serving sizes. Make sure the salmon is served cooked. An alternative is to feed salmon oil.

YOGHURT

A good source of calcium protein. The ones with live active bacteria and no sugars are preferred. We usually freeze it with blueberries or strawberries as they make excellent treats on hot days.

ZUCCHINI

One of Bailey’s favourites, served raw or cooked. Contains lots of vitamins, fibre and minerals. Plus its low calorie makes it an excellent treat choice.

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

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By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

When you want to get a pet dog for your home, there are a number of things on a checklist that you probably need to go through (hyperlink to Getting a Dog: Does Reality Bite?).  Once you’ve sorted that out, the next thing to consider is whether to buy or adopt. There are pros and cons to each option, but let’s not go into that today. In this article I want to highlight the factors to consider when adopting your new friend. By using both your emotions and rationale in a systematic thought process, you will more likely to end up with a great match. Let’s take a look at the considerations:

Health condition

Questions to ask: Is the dog healthy? Any pre-existing health problems? Any special dietary needs or allergies? Are you able to physically handle them?  It’s ok to pass up on a dog with medical issues since there will be more financial and emotional commitments required of the owner and not everyone can handle it. However, if you are up for it in spite of these needs, then go for it. I have seen Bailey’s therapy dog colleague, a three-legged furkid who is a great and loving companion, make an amazing pet!

Lifestyle

Ask yourself if you want an active dog or a lap dog. Getting the right type of dog based on the right energy level will make a good match. At the shelter, take the dog for a walk. Check for his energy level. Is he all over the place, or does he walk calmly beside you, or perhaps he walks for a bit then lies down and refuses to walk further? How does the dog respond to games and play? This is the stage when you can ask yourself thought-provoking questions about the lifestyle fit between the dog and you, and also clarify some of these queries with the shelter folks.

Sociable with people

This is one of the most relevant factors you need to assess. The dog you are considering should be people-friendly, outgoing and loves your attention. Shelters are usually stressful for dogs. Try to bring the dog to a quiet corner of the shelter. Ask to be alone with the dog and watch how the dog reacts. Look out for the following: does he seek your attention and love to be pat by you, maybe he just wants to smell but also gives you some attention when you pat him, or does he ignore you and doesn’t make eye contact.  If it is the former, the dog enjoys the company of people, if it is the latter, it’s going to be a lot of work. The latter dog could be afraid of humans and this fear can lead to aggression, sometimes even cause it to bite. Having said that, getting help from a behaviourist trainer will turn it around but be prepared for it to take effort and time.

Social skills with other dogs

Does the dog get along with other dogs? Does he get along with dogs of all sizes? Ask the shelter for the answers. If he is terrified, he won’t want to make new friends. If the dog has had a bad prior experience like being attacked by another dog, it will take a lot of effort to work him to trust others again.

With the above considerations, you should be able to make some good decisions. If this does not work out, don’t lose hope. Don’t let your heart rule your head. Be patient, and you will eventually find the right match.

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

Diarrhoea is a common problem that our dogs will experience from time to time. When traces of blood or mucus are found in the stool, it means the intestinal balance is not at its optimal state and though alarming, it may not be as serious as you think. Be a responsible owner and bring your furkid to the vet, but just know that diarrhoea and vomitting are nature’s way of allowing the body to detox and cleanse itself.

Probiotics

One of my treatment methods for Bailey when he has an upset system is to double-dose him with probiotics. Don’t be afraid to double-dose probiotics because what we are doing is to send in good bacteria to repopulate the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics help to maintain the health and cellular repair of the intestinal walls.

I usually give him a pre/probiotics mix. Prebiotics are indigestible food components that travel to the colon where they ferment and convert into short chain fatty acids (SCFA). SCFA help inhibit growth of harmful bacteria which in turn helps the intestine to function. It also nourishes the probiotic bacteria and keeps them active.

Fasting

Dogs are quite smart in that when they have digestive issues, they know to fast, that is, they are less inclined to want to eat. So if your dog has a tummy issue, best to stop feeding him with any food or water for about 6 to 12 hour. After the fast, if the condition has stopped or slowed down, you can start to give him some water, preferably filtered water. If his body responds positively, you can try giving him porridge or broth in small amounts. When his condition stabilises and returns to normal, you can resume normal feeding.

Bland food

When your dog starts to show positive signs of recovery, a bland diet will help to gently get his digestive system back on track. Some will let their furkid consume a soup based diet to start, nothing too oily so a vegetable soup will be great (mix of carrots and celery). Bailey’s favourite food for convalescing is porridge. Somehow porridge gruel is soothing to the body and helps them calm down and relax as well.

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

 

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

Dogs do have feelings and more often than not, we unknowingly do things that may annoy our furkids.

Here are some of the classics:

HUGS

Typically, dogs get annoyed when being hugged tightly, especially by strangers or children. Unless your dog enjoys being hugged, it’s best to tell friends and family to stick to gentle patting instead.

TEASING

Dogs are like humans and don’t like to be teased. Pulling their tails or ears, moving their food dish while he eats, making a dog chase after a laser pointer can drive a dog crazy. So stay away from such activities.

TOO MUCH ALONE TIME

Dogs are social animals and once they come into the lives of your family, they become part of the pack. Leaving a dog on its own for long hours can create behavioural issues like separation anxiety, excessive barking or destructive behaviour. We always make sure Bailey gets his walks daily regardless of how busy we are. We must treasure the time we spend together and the bond our dog has with us. After all, they will only be with us for less than a quarter of our lifetime.

STARING

Dogs, like us humans, hate to be stared at. To a dog, a stare is seen as a challenge. So never stare into the eyes of an edgy or aggressive dog if you do not want to aggravate a tense situation.

YELLING

When you yell, it is interpreted as angry barking to your dog. Ever notice that when your dog barks, and you shout for him to quieten down from a distance, he just keeps on barking? Always use a deep tone to command your dog to stop his bad or unwanted behaviour. Adjusting your tone works better than volume.

OVERLY ENTHUSIASTIC GREETING

We often encounter people do not know how to properly greet a dog. At times, these folks want to pat Bailey and are overly enthusiastic in their approach, which causes Bailey to react by barking at them.  Some will stare or move their hands unexpectedly towards him to touch him. This usually threatens a dog since they are unfamiliar with you and are not sure what you want to do.

The best way to greet a dog is to greet the owner first instead. During this time, the dog will sniff you and will feel more comfortable after. If the dog seems at ease, ask the owner for permission before patting the dog.

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

Dogs of all sizes need exercise daily.  Exercise is based on a dog’s age, breed, size and their health conditions.  On average you should exercise your dog a total of half hour minimally daily.  Brisk walks, jogging, swimming or incorporate with play games like fetch etc.  Breeds like labradors, retrievers and collies require more exercise as they are hunting dogs by nature.

Weather conditions are important consideration for all dogs’ activity.  Dogs can get heat stroke as well.  In our weather, making sure your dog has ample amount of water during and after exercise.

Mental exercise is good to stimulate and keep your dog alert.  Food toys like Kong is excellent for your dog to figure out how to get to his food.  If your hunting dogs are scent driven, you can hide treats around the house and let him hunt for them.  Just sit back and watch the fun!

Dogs, like their humans, enjoy both familiarity and a little variety in their exercise routines.  Most dogs get the chance to become familiar with their neighbourhood during walks and even the humans.  Dog parks are a good space to go off leash for your dog to play and explore freely.  At such spaces is where your dogs get to mingle and be socially friendly with other dogs.  However, there are always exception to other reactive dogs at the playground, so always keep an eye on your dog when he is off leash.   Day care for dogs is another place where they get to exercise and play with fellow canines.  Looking for a reliable one will be the key consideration.

Inactive dogs usually end up overweight, and getting into health problems as they age.  Being overweight brings the risk of health issues like diabetes, joint problems and heart diseases.  Bigger dogs run the risk of hip dysplasia, arthritis and other joint problems.  Being overweight add stress to the joints and ligaments.

So remember to give your dog the exercise they need. A healthy and happy dog makes them a great companion.

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

Closely related to your dog’s diet are the types and amounts of supplements he is getting: these aid in proper bodily functions such as a well-regulated digestive system and optimal muscle growth. Vitamin deficiencies can sometimes cause serious health problems and adverse long-term effects.

A growing puppy requires a special diet to complement its physical development – research and advice from the vet or knowledgeable friends will point you to reputable pet foods that provide high quality ingredients necessary for your dog’s well-balanced meals. Bailey was on kibbles during his puppyhood as we were not experienced in a dog’s nutrition then. We started to prepare home-cooked food for Bailey so that we’d have a better control of his diet, with the assurance that it is preservative-free. We also learnt to pair it with the necessary supplements for his wellbeing.

Most pet owners only start giving vitamins or supplements when their pets are diagnosed with a deficiency, or as part of a treatment requirement. Bailey’s case came about as we recognised he would need a good multivitamin to supplement the nutrients that his home-cooked meals might not adequately meet. Our research on the digestive system also alerted us to the weakening of a dog’s stomach walls and lining whenever it is put on a course of antibiotics or steroids, which in turn affects the dog’s absorption of nutrients. Hence, the search for an effective pre- and probiotic was one of our priorities for Bailey. Probiotics are not only great for a dog’s digestive system but also handy when he has an upset tummy. We’d double-dose the probiotics and the good bacteria sorts the problem out every time.

The next supplement we added to Bailey’s daily diet is Rose-Hip powder. Rose-Hip is an all-natural, plant-based anti-inflammatory and immune system support for treating inflammation, maintaining healthy joints, supplementing nutrition and improving performance. Bailey is an active dog and a supplement like Rose-Hip helps him maintain healthy joints!

The last stop for our research is an antioxidant for Bailey, one that would counter the effects of damaging free radicals in the body. Free radicals, a natural by-product of metabolism and produced in greater amounts when one is sick, elderly, exposed to toxins, or suffer from poor nutrition, attack and take electrons from cell membranes, proteins and DNA. The molecule that loses an electron to a free radical often becomes a free radical itself, continuing the cycle. Here’s where antioxidants come in: they donate electrons to free radicals without becoming free radicals themselves, thus breaking the cycle of molecular and cellular damage. Hence with sufficient antioxidants, our furkids can maintain a strong immune system throughout its life and age in a healthy manner. That’s when we found Astamate, a premium supplement that contains the super antioxidant, Astaxanthin. Within several weeks of consuming Astamate, Bailey’s coat has improved tremendously and those who know him immediately see the difference.

So, when you start looking for supplements for your furkid, look out for what is missing and what is needed. Bailey is a healthy dog and we wanted the right supplements as a preventive measure to maintain his wellbeing. A healthy dog is a happy dog!

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

The relationship between you and your dog is a special one.  One that takes time to build, foster and strengthen.  The journey of bonding, relationship and chemistry is one that is intangible and takes time to develop just like any human relationships.

Here are the following factors that will enhance the relationship between you and your dog:

Keep your dog healthy and happy.

Give them the best healthcare possible-yearly medical checkups and feed the right supplements.  Try to feed raw or home cooked meals instead of kibbles.  Put a little love in their food instead of kibbles.  Daily exercise is good for the dog’s social being, health and activity bonding.

Daily interactions

Daily interactions with your dog have a positive effect in the bonding and chemistry between you and your dog.  Which brings up a key factor, if you have no time for a pet then don’t have one.  Your dog needs attention from you-companionship and activities are things they look forward to.  A dog crave for touch, care and attention just like us humans so it’s not difficult to comprehend this factors.

Communicate clearly and consistently

Be consistent with your dog.  They learn visual signals faster then verbal ones.  Keep everyone in the family in sync with the right verbal or visual commands.  This way the dog won’t be confused and will know exactly what to do when the command is given.

Train your dog

A well trained dog is a pleasure in company.  Training reduces frustration and social inadequacies with your dog.  A minimal basic obedience training is required to put you and your dog thru to a start in the bonding process.  It’s rare to find a dog knowing how to behave and respond in our daily lives if it is not taught to do so.  Be positive and consistent during training.  Commands, drills and rewards for consistency makes a dog respond to a command quickly.  The formation years of a puppy is a great time to inculcate these elements of obedience and positive respond to your communication.

Know your dog’s likes and dislikes

Most times a dog react a certain way is due to what they like or dislike.  For example a dog might not like a stranger to pat him straight away or take food away from him while he is eating.  Some of this is very relevant to how you can make it better for them.  Like telling a stranger to let the dog sniff them and be comfortable before touching them or for that matter to not disturb a dog when they are eating.  Having said that its about understanding the nature and comfort level of your dog to not put them in situations that will bring out the reactive behaviour.

So if you can, start building that great relationship with your dog coz they are fiercely loyal pets worth working on.

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

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