Dog Files Dogs, Dog News, Dog Breeds, Dog Training, Dog Video 2017-11-06T21:02:33Z http://www.thedogfiles.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Kenn Bell http://www.thedogfiles.com <![CDATA[I Fed My Dog Freshpet Dog Food For 14 Days!]]> http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=33003 2017-11-06T19:09:57Z 2017-11-06T18:59:09Z The post I Fed My Dog Freshpet Dog Food For 14 Days! appeared first on Dog Files.

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Freshpet® asked me if I wanted to try out their food for two weeks. I asked, “You’re making food for humans?”

“No dummy,” they replied, “would you like to give your dog Remy, Freshpet dog food for 14 days and report on any changes you see in him?”

Hmmm, I thought. “Okay, let’s give it a shot.”

The Freshpet dog food arrived a week later. It looked great in it’s beautiful packaging.

We started with the Chunky Chicken & Turkey Recipe Rolls. Slicing them up and giving them to Remy. Then when they were finished we moved over to the Home Cooked Chicken Recipes.

I really didn’t know what to expect over these two weeks. Of course this isn’t a scientific study and I wasn’t taking notes but I did notice two things over this time.

Remy is now 13 years & 4 months old. He’s much slower overall, even when I’m feeding him and especially in the morning. Sometimes I have to pull him out of bed to get him to eat.

With Freshet, that has stopped. When I got up in the morning he was waiting at the door to go eat. I haven’t seen that behavior in a long time. The second thing I noticed, was that he seemed to have more energy and acted, a little bit more, like a puppy when I was getting ready to take him outside.

And that is two very good things to see in your old pup. Thanks, Freshpet!

Freshpet Facts

  • You can find Freshpet at your local Pet Store, always stored in the Freshpet refrigerator.
  • Freshpet has no additives or preservatives.
  • It’s never made with pre-processed meat powders, “chicken meals,” or by-products – just real US meat as the #1 ingredient, and real veggies you can see.
  • Freshpet is made right here in the USA.
  • Freshpet is pre-cooked so it’s easier for you dinnertime.

Freshpet® brands include Freshpet® Select and Dog Joy™, available at select grocery and mass-market retailers; Deli Fresh®, Vital™ and Dognation™, available at pet specialty stores.

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Jessica Dzubak http://www.thedogfiles.com <![CDATA[Have Trouble Sleeping After A Bad Day? Your Dog Does Too!]]> http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=33064 2017-11-06T21:02:33Z 2017-11-05T20:20:35Z The post Have Trouble Sleeping After A Bad Day? Your Dog Does Too! appeared first on Dog Files.

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Ever feel like your dog is just a human with paws? Now, a Hungarian study discovered that dogs suffer with sleep issues after enduring a stressful experience, just like we do.

The study found that, like humans, dogs who experienced a negative situation, took longer to fall asleep than the group who had a positive one. The dogs were subjected to negative experiences such as being tied in one place or being ignored by their owner. The positive experiences lasted six minutes and included fun, engaging things like petting and playing.

Not only did the stressed-out dogs have trouble getting to sleep, they continued to suffer even once they entered dreamland. The pups who had a bad day had less time in true deep sleep and had more minutes in the lighter REM sleep. While REM sleep is essential for dreaming, it doesn’t provide most restful sleep that our bodies need.

This study, done by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, used EEG monitors to track the sleep activity of 16 dogs, both purebred and mixed breed. Researchers also tracked heart rate variability to confirm the negative experiences were in fact being perceived negatively by the dogs. The positive experiences, however, such as petting, ear scratches and light play, increased oxytocin levels (the anti-stress hormone) in both dogs and their humans.

It’s important to note that the occasional restless night won’t harm your dog. However, consistent sleep issues can lead to problems with aggression and behavior changes, says Dr. Anna Kis, lead researcher of the study.

More research is needed on the sleeping habits of our four-legged friends, and it is a growing area of interest. In a recent study on sleep spindles, also led by Dr. Kis, it was found that proper sleep aids in dogs learning capabilities and memory formation.

Each day we discover something else that makes dogs even more amazing, as if we needed another reason to love them.
So tonight before you go to bed, give your pup a belly rub, scratch their ears, and wish them sweet dreams. They’ll thank you for it later.

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Kenn Bell http://www.thedogfiles.com <![CDATA[Berkley Jensen Sent Remy A New Bed & Some Treats!]]> http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=33004 2017-10-31T17:30:33Z 2017-10-30T19:42:59Z The post Berkley Jensen Sent Remy A New Bed & Some Treats! appeared first on Dog Files.

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This post is sponsored by BJ’s Wholesale Club. Dog Files is being compensated for helping spread the word about BJ’s Wholesale Club Pet Food.

Today was a great day for Remy! Berkley Jensen of BJ’s Wholesale Club surprised us with a giant care package. As you can see from the photo above, Remy is in heaven about it. Okay, I maybe knew it was coming, but it was still a surprise for Remy!

Berkley Jensen contacted me a few weeks earlier and asked if they could send a package for Remy. As you can tell, since you’re reading this right now, I said “sure”.

The bed is 38″ round bed which is the perfect size for a 55 lb. doggie like Remy. It’s also reversible with warm and cool fabrics and machine washable. It’s also treated with MaxGuard to reduce odor and bacterial growth. Not that our dogs smell but, sometimes they do. 😉

One of the most important things when evaluating a dog bed is, of course, will your dog continue to choose it to lay on it. Let’s face it, it’s quite a big piece of furniture to have around if your pooch doesn’t like it.

On this account, I can happily say that this big, fluffy, round bed has become a favorite of Remy’s. He likes to sleep in it after breakfast and during the afternoon. What a life this dog has! I’m happy to have it for him! Thanks, Berkley Jensen!

As you can see from the photos, Remy took to the cushy bed right away!

The bed is called the Berkley Jensen 38″ Tufted Round Pet Bed and if there was one thing I could tell from Remy is that it is extremely comfy.

As an added surpise, (I only thought the bed was coming), Berkley Jensen added in a bunch of treats for Remy.

First up, is a giant 6.61 lbs. tub of Berkley Jensen Gravy Coated Baked Dog Biscuits. One of the best aspects of the tub is it’s resealable and that’s something that has always seemed to be  pain with most dog treats. In the tub are three flavors of dog treats, Chicken, Lamb, and Bacon flavor and they are crunchy enough to help clean teeth and reduce tartar. They are also fortified with vitamins & minerals and Remy really enjoys crunching down on them.

Secondly, we have their Pig Ears Bag and their Pork & Berry Links Bag. The Pig Ears are oven roasted and the Pork & Berry Links are grain and gluten free. Remy turns into a wild child when I throw a few of these to him! All in all, very nice treats at a good price.

The Berkley Jensen Brand is sold exclusively at BJ’s Wholesale Club. If you are a member, you can find the coupon collection flyer with some great deals (listed below) at the front of your local club. Coupons are valid till 11/8/17.

Save $4 on Berkley Jensen Seafood Lover’s Classic Variety Pack Cat Food 
Save $6 on Cosequin DS Plus MSM Joint Health Supplement for Dogs, 132 ct. 
Save $5 on Berkley Jensen Pet Bed 
Save $4 on Berkley Jensen All Natural Wet Dog Food

 

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Jessica Dzubak http://www.thedogfiles.com <![CDATA[Is Your Dog Trying To Communicate With You?]]> http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=32976 2017-10-24T16:53:53Z 2017-10-22T18:33:49Z The post Is Your Dog Trying To Communicate With You? appeared first on Dog Files.

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Puppy Eyes: More Than Just
A Pretty Face.

Much like human kids, dogs are notorious for turning on the cuteness factor at just the right moments. Whether it’s to gain an extra treat, a belly rub, or to maybe even comfort their owner, dogs excel at working those “puppy dog eyes”. Researchers have been working on the most adorable study ever, to determine if “puppy dog eyes” are a real thing. Well, good news, dog lovers. Those lovable eyes might be trying to tell us something.

We all know “the look”: dogs open their eyes wide, raise their eyebrows and stare seemingly into your soul. In a new study, researchers, using the DogFACS coding system, found that these facial expressions increased significantly when humans were actually paying attention to the dogs. Prior to this, there have been several documented studies that prove dog’s behavior is affected by human attentional state, including an increase in vocalization (as if we needed science to say our dogs really do talk to us!). This new research focuses specifically on facial expressions and eye movements, which was previously thought to be merely reflexive.

Most dog owners would agree that their furry friend has certain trademark facial expressions, reserved for different situations, just like humans. The important question is if these expressions are voluntary, therefore a sign of communication, or involuntary emotional reflexes.

This new research suggests that these expressions are active in nature, possibly reflecting a true sign of intentional communication. Dr. Juliane Kaminski, lead researcher states, “The findings appear to support evidence dogs are sensitive to humans’ attention and that expressions are potentially active attempts to communicate, not simple emotional displays.”

Interestingly, the study also found that these facial expressions were not altered by the presence or absence of exciting stimuli, like food or treats. What was important was the visibility of the human’s eyes to the dogs involved. Essentially, our eyes are used as physical cues to turn on the charm, science says.

Humans are apparently more interesting and exciting than treats, which may come as a surprise to anyone who has witnessed the sheer joy a good treat can bring to a hungry pup!  The food may excite the dog, but won’t cause its facial expression to change, says the study.  The dogs in the latest study focused solely on the humans, which reinforces the fact that dogs really are excellent listeners. Dog parents everywhere know the feeling of undivided attention and unconditional love that dogs can give, and now science is backing it up. We may never know exactly what our beloved furry friends are thinking, but we are coming to understand more about how they communicate.

Not only is this research exciting for us as dog lovers, because we are getting closer to understanding that our beloved pups might actually be communicating with us, but it’s important for the dogs, too.

Researchers found that dogs in shelters who exhibited one of the expressions, making the eyes appear bigger (aka puppy dog eyes!), actually were rehomed faster! So there it is, there’s now scientific research backing up why you couldn’t resist that dog at the shelter.

Surprisingly, a study also found that tail-wagging had a negative impact on speed of adoption. The thinking is perhaps that wide-eyed look reminds us humans of young babies or sweet innocence, but it makes us want to open our hearts to these bright-eyed canines. It is unclear as to why tail-wagging was connected to a longer adoption time, because it typically indicates a friendly demeanor.

The next time you catch your dog staring at you, pay attention to their eyes and facial expressions. Know that maybe they are trying to communicate with you after all. Give them an extra smile or a pat on the head, to show that maybe you understand them, too.​

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Kenn Bell http://www.thedogfiles.com <![CDATA[Freshpet Vital Makes Homemade Food For Your Dog!]]> http://www.thedogfiles.com/?p=32942 2017-08-31T14:57:55Z 2017-08-28T16:32:45Z The post Freshpet Vital Makes Homemade Food For Your Dog! appeared first on Dog Files.

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Freshpet® debuts an exciting new freshly prepared meal specially crafted for your dog with Freshpet® Vital® Fresh Cuts™ Chicken Recipe for Dogs.

I know that sometimes, my dog Remy just isn’t going to eat the normal dry food. It just doesn’t have an enticing smell. With can food, we have the smell, but who knows what they smushed together in that slimy mix? That’s why I love Freshpet. It has the smell that excites Remy and yes, it actually looks great. I can tell what’s in it!

Are there other reasons? Of course.

A growing number of consumers are making their own dog food. However, it may not have the right balance of protein and nutrition for their dogs. This is why Vital® hand-crafted Fresh Cuts™. It provides the goodness of a homecooked meal with a medley of shredded chicken, antioxidant-rich cranberries, and vegetables like sweet potatoes and green beans for the optimal mix of protein and nutrition.

From my view, I can just say that Remy devours Freshpet whenever I get it for him and it’s great to know I’m feeding him food that’s good for him.

Freshpet® brands include Freshpet® Select and Dog Joy™, available at select grocery and mass-market retailers; Deli Fresh®, Vital™ and Dognation™, available at pet specialty stores.

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