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Product Review: The Honest Kitchen Kindly Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen Kindly Dog Food Base MixThe Honest Kitchen recently sent us some samples of one of their new base mixes, Kindly, for the boys to try.

If you’re not familiar with The Honest Kitchen, they are one of the most innovative pet food companies. All of their products are human-grade. Not just made with human-grade ingredients, but actually human-grade - you could eat this if you wanted to. (I’ve heard their employees do just that!) Their products are also GMO-free, and no ingredients are sourced from China.

Their dog and cat food is dehydrated, so all you have to do is add water. This makes it really convenient for traveling and flying. When we flew to a couple of agility events last year, I put Strata’s food for an entire week in a ziplock baggie at the bottom of my purse. I don’t recommend trying that with a week’s worth of canned food!

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My Crew’s Favorite Dog Treats

Do you have trouble finding great training treats for your dog? In today’s post, I share which dog treats work best for my three dogs in training.

Strata’s Favorite Dog Treats

Strata Gets a Dog TreatStrata is by far the easiest dog to find treats for. He will eat almost anything with a smile on his face and song in his heart. He wasn’t always this way! As a young puppy, he was so picky and I was always offering him new things. Once he hit about 8 months old, his “sheltie stomach” kicked in and he started eating anything and everything, including fruits and veggies!

Strata has some food sensitivities, so anything with feathers (not just “conventional poultry” but also duck, ostrich, etc.) is out. Previously, we thought his sensitivities included beef, but recently we’ve reintroduced it without a problem. We generally stick to the protein sources of fish, lamb, and pork for his dog treats.

Strata’s favorite treats are…

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The Benefits of Agility for Reactive Dogs

Dog agility training is beneficial to reactive dogs for several reasons. Here is what I have learned from introducing a variety of fearful and reactive dogs to the sport of dog agility over the past several years.

Increased Confidence

Finch the English Springer Spaniel
My recovering reactive dog Finch has blossomed thanks to agility training.

Agility builds the dog’s confidence with strange objects. Most reactive behavior is based in fear, and fearful dogs are often unsure of certain inanimate objects, not just dogs or people. Reactive dog agility classes carefully expose these dogs to objects that are tall, noisy, unstable, and generally just different from what the dog typically sees at home.

My recovering reactive dog, Finch, has blossomed thanks to agility training. Specifically, he really enjoys climbing on things. Right now the table is his favorite obstacle. When we go out on walks, I watch for things that are safe for Finch to use as tables, such as large rocks, hay bales, and picnic tables. From these vantage points, he seems to be more confident, and incorporating them into our training sessions keeps him happy and relaxed.

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