Dogs Can Be Natures Medicine For Us

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Nature has shown us how beautiful she can be and with the varying seasons, gives us a chance to enjoy her beauty. But as we are more and more disconnected from it, we need to find ways to reconnect with nature. One way is by getting a dog.

Dogs have been shown to have significant effects on human health, improving mental health and reducing stress levels. We tend to feel unconditional love and support which can be a huge help for those who are struggling with emotional, mental or physical issues. (Many places now allow owners to take their dog along and there is call in the UK for emotional support animals to be legal. Click here to view petition.)

Dogs can be nature’s medicine for us. The different seasons that come with the changing of the year and the beautiful scenery that nature offers us, is a great way to get our minds off of any worries and just enjoy life.

For us humans, Spring tends to bring along with it also, the age old saying of “Spring Cleaning” or “out with the Old and in with the New..” and many of our families have handed down to us and instilled in us, that we really should “Spring clean” our houses from Top to Bottom..”  as soon as Spring arrives! Welcoming in the lighter, brighter mornings and evenings and the fresh air drifting through our homes, now that sounds great..

I’m all for Spring Cleaning, however, my Dog’s have other ideas of what clean is …. and I’m sure clean doesn’t have a muddy colour, texture or wet Dog smell!

I love to be out with my Dog’s, especially around this time of the year, Spring.  The weather may still be a tad unpredictable, however, it’s not too hot, not too wet, (unless we go to the Loch or the Sea) it’s just nice, good old Dog walking weather.

Dog wearing a Drying Towel with Hood

And for those of you who are as passionate about their canine pals as we are, early morning strolls and late evening chuckit sessions are a god send in this technology driven age. As daft and wappy as our Dogs may be, they too can be natures Medicine for us – they give us reason to get up and exercise, they are a great companion for us, especially if we live alone or are on our own for a large part of the day, and they help us more than they will ever know. There are many studies around the internet which show the research that has gone into the subject of The Health Benefits of Owning a Dog.

I personally chose my Psychology research paper on this very topic & the findings were clear, majority of owners who participated in my study said that they had health benefits due to owning a Dog. Both on a physical and mental health level.

I truly believe that the health benefits of Dog ownership are under valued. The old saying of ” Unconditional Love” goes much deeper in my opinion.

Dogs Sleeping Area – Dogs can be natures medicine for us

So, while we unwind after a late meal, and peruse the world wide web, please take a second to have a look over there… right where your Dog sleeps, does the Dogs sleeping area need a Spring Clean too?

Has the old Dog bed had a few too many washes or been chewed into a totally random shape, no longer resembling a Dog bed? Click here to take a look at these fantastic raised Dog Beds ( Dog cots as they are sometimes known) ? They are so easy to keep clean and your Dog will sleep like an angel…

 Go on…spread a bit of love to your beloved walking partner and treat them to some thing special.. they’ll adore you even more for it.. #UnconditionalLove

Here is just a small selection of my favourite Dog Products

Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative.

Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner. I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links. (refer to my full disclosure throughout my website)

If you do use them I may receive a commission at no extra cost to yourself.

However, these products are a selection of those which I use with my own Dogs. I have no problem at all in recommending them to like-minded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.

Tough Dog ToyKONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much. I can put my Dogs food in them and freeze it. It becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them! (I also have used the Classic Red Kong toy with my Dog’s who have now passed)

DINGO GEAR Bite SleeveDINGO GEAR Atos Black Nylcot Bite Sleeve – My Working Line German Shepherd Dog, loves this Bite Sleeve. I’ve had it almost a year now and it’s fair to say it’s certainly taken some serious use. We use it at least twice each week but often it’s much more. I have no problem recommending this sleeve as it’s standing up to the durability that Dingo Gear are renowned for. I love the brand as it is in my own opinion, top quality.

Tough Dog Muzzle Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff. But, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.

Dog Grooming/Bathing The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. Do you experience difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dogs, due to dexterity issues with your hands? (like me, I have arthritis) This product can make it so much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.

Dog Cage Ellie – Bo Dog Cage The use of Dog cages/crates, is always a contentious one in the Dog owning world. However, I do believe it’s a personal choice. There are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. For example, if their Dog needs surgery or is recovering and is on restricted exercise. Or if you want to utilise a cage while toilet training your Dog.

All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use.

First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in. That is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage. It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. Recently I purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand.

The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic.

For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time. (in terms of foldable, portable Dog cages go) They fitted my Dogs (at that time) and my vehicles with ease.

I would tether the cage to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles. So they were secure and didn’t move. They may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view. Especially if they are going in a vehicle. (There are now many specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, right now I’m talking about foldable cages.) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you. I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some more of my recommendations, you can check out my other DogBlogs by clicking here!

Health Supplement Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet. I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet.

However regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there’s some vitamins & minerals that are a tad harder to find. That is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut. It’s recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock. It’s a natural source of B group vitamins, which are essential for growth & healthy nervous & digestive system. There are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my own Dogs condition. Especially one which is on long term steroidal medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)

Tick Remover O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease.

TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do!

So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use. It tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick. That is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.

Flea and Tick Spray – Barrier Natural Flea and Tick Spray – The main selling point for me, with this Flea and Tick spray, is the fact that is uses 100% natural ingredients.

I have used this Flea and Tick Spray for many years now. None of my Dogs who I’ve used it on have had any problems with it. (Always read instructions before using of course.)

The odour seems a tad strong at first when I apply it to my Dog. However, it calms down very quickly & it isn’t an unpleasant odour at all. The odour doesn’t appear to unduly affect my Dog in any way. I apply it before my Dog is to have off leash exercise.

It’s guaranteed, that my Dog will at the very least, brush past bracken, or be around where Deer or livestock have been.

(*Disclaimer – Please consult with your Dog’s vet or Vet nurse prior to using this product. Especially if you use prescribed Flea and Tick medication for your Dog/s. I don’t know about the ingredients compatibility with prescribed medications etc. Always better to be over-cautious.)

Dog Agility & Hoopers Callieway® – I love the Callieway Brand of products. We have never had any issues with the equipment/product quality and it is such great value for money. Great products, whether it’s to practice at home or at a Dog Training Club!

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