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5 Ways to Save Your Lawn from Pet Urine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00

If you have pets, and sometimes even if you don’t have pets, you may find that your backyard smells more and more like a dog kennel or litter box than a freshly cut lawn or a garden of beautiful roses.

It doesn’t have to be that way... There are many ways to take care of your yard without hurting the lawn and without impacting your pets health.

Pet urine can overpower even the healthiest lawn. There are many theories on why dog urine (and cat urine) effect common lawn grasses, and why some types of lawns don't seem to have much of a problem resisting urine (fescue, perennial ryegrass are two examples). But, if you're seeing brown spots on your lawn, we have solutions for you.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:56
GMOs in Pet Food: What they are and How they Impact our Pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a hot topic right now, but maybe not for the right reasons. We hear the term GMO and immediately assume it is terrible for us and for our pets. While we totally agree that is a dangerous movement, we believe it is dangerous due to its impact on our environment and society, as well as consumption, although the truth is, no one knows know for sure as there have been no long-term studies done. The most recent studies coming out are not exactly encouraging...

But, the fact is, we and our pets have probably been consuming GMOs for years without even knowing it. So, what is so bad about GMOs and why should we avoid them? Well, here’s a “quick overview to GMOs” we put together…

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 01:32
Regaining a Friend - Weight Loss with HillsPet Metabolic Diet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 07 April 2014 06:32

We don’t always know our pets are gaining weight. Sometimes it sneaks in gradually, just as it does with humans, until one day we wake up and look in the mirror thinking, “When did this happen?”

Each animal poses unique challenges when it comes to weight gain. They are, after all, much like humans.  What my thin friend can safely eat, I cannot without paying the price in weight gain. And sometimes, it’s not overeating that causes weight gain, it’s the way your pet processes their food.

But, to help an animal, you have to reach the owner. And no one wants to hear that their pet is overweight.

Bear is one such pet.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 06:45
Interview with ONP's Boulder Store PawNatural Manager: Alyse Stark PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00

Those who love animals, generally love the great outdoors. Living an active lifestyle is part of owning a pet, because our pets need to remain as active as we do. We enjoy nutritious, natural food and seek out companies who are able to provide items that are natural, nutritious and made in the USA.

That’s one of the things we like most about Only Natural Pet Store.  Like those in Boulder, residents in our neck of the woods (Arizona) are also blessed with temperate conditions for most of the year. This allows us to spend a lot of time outdoors with our pets. This quality of life is reflected in the high quality of products they choose to carry at Only Natural Pets.

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Alyse Stark, Store Manager at Only Natural Pet in Boulder, Colorado. As an Only Natural Pet Nutrition Consultant, she is committed to helping you find the right natural pet food.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 14:51
Dog Sports: Treibball PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

Recently we were given a book to check out by Dianna L Stearns, which is entitled, Get the Ball Rolling: A Step by Step Guide to Training for Treibball (Dogwise Training Manual). If you're not familiar with Treibball, allow me to introduce you to this fun new sport for dogs that is taking Europe by storm. Treibball combines all of the benefits of herding, but rather than using sheep (or cats) to herd, it uses exercise balls. This sport was first created in Germany as a positive-training game that is about as close of a hybrid between herding and soccer as you can get.

Beyond the obvious fun of teaching your dog to herd, Treibball helps offset impulse control of our more “focused” dogs, increases off-leash reliability and builds an amazing relationship between you and your dog. Since no physical or verbal corrections are allowed in the game, you will need to have a dog that listens well. You’ll be using clicker-training, which shows the commitment to this sport as a positive-training sport.

Many of the skills your dog will learn include commands like sit, stand, down, and watch and as it’s such an easy sport to begin in (you need nothing but a yard and a few exercise balls to start), we know you’ll love building upon your relationship.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 16:21
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