Is Garlic Actually Bad for Dogs?

There is so much ‘hype’ about not feeding garlic to your dog. But, if you look at the research, you’ll find out garlic has ‘magical’ properties to help our dogs (and us!) heal! If our dogs, or we, are sick, garlic is an excellent addition to any meal.

Be sure it’s fresh garlic, though. The garlic we get in the jar from the store is processed, and it’s not good for our dogs at all. To find out more, click on Amber L. Drake’s article about garlic here.

Bone Broth for Dogs

Bone broth is an excellent additive to any dog’s food, especially if they’re ill or just not feeling well overall. Take a look at Amber L. Drake’s Bone Broth recipe here on DogCancerBlog.

It’s simple, and only requires a few ingredients. And… your dog will love it (and you might, too). Yes, humans can also eat the bone broth if they’re not feeling well to get an immune boost!

Baby Food Doggy Cookies

Have you ever wondered what you should do with those extra jars of baby food? Are any of them meat-and-veggies? If so, we have the ultimate, easy recipe for you.

Grab a few jars of the meat-and-veggies baby food from the cabinet and empty the jars out into a medium-sized bowl. Then, grab the wheat flour adding enough in until consistency feels right. You should be able to roll the dough.

After you roll the dough, cut out your desired shapes. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.

That’s it! Yum, yum, yum.

My Dog Eats Too Fast, What Do I Do?

There are many dogs who eat way too fast. You may not think there is harm in eating too quickly but, dogs who eat too fast can develop several health issues including bloat and obesity.

But, how can you get him to eat slower?

Slow Feed Bowls

My recommendation for dogs who eat too quickly is a slow feed bowl. There are so many benefits to slow feed bowls, and so many different kinds! Benefits include:

  • Lower risk of bloat and obesity
  • Mental stimulation/ problem solving
  • Improved digestion

Amber L. Drake’s Favorite Slow-Feed/Puzzle Bowls

I have chosen several of my favorite food bowls below. Please feel free to take a look!

Recipe: Delicious Doggy Biscuits

The most commonly requested dog treat… doggy biscuits. Instead of purchasing doggy biscuits which have been processed, filled with preservatives, etc., why not make your own?

All you need to do is gather the ingredients and get started on cooking.

Here’s what you need:


  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp beef or chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • Small bits of bacon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Dissolve the 1 tsp bouillon in hot water
  3. Combine flour, egg, salt and small bits of bacon
  4. Add bouillon mixture to ingredients
  5. Knead to form ‘bread-like’ texture
  6. Roll until 1/2 inch thick
  7. Cut into desired shape
  8. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until golden-brown

We hope this recipe is enjoyed by your doggy! Have fun cooking! For more recipes, visit the ‘Nutrition’ section of DogBehaviorBlog.

Recipe: Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Snacks

If you’re looking for a ‘cool’ snack, this may be the one for you. Yogurt is very good for our dogs, and including it in recipes is a wonderful idea.

This easy-to-make treat is sure to get your dog’s mouth watering.

So, what will you need?


  • 24 ounces of plain greek yogurt
  • Peanut Butter (make sure you get organic peanut butter so it doesn’t include xylitol–there are many peanut butters which are dangerous for dogs due to this artificial sweetener)


  1. Melt 1 cup of peanut butter in the microwave
  2. Mix the 24 ounces of yogurt and the melted peanut butter together
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cube maker
  4. Freeze and serve!

It’s that easy! For more treat recipes, view the other articles on dogbehaviorblog!

Understanding Her Body Language

In order to fully understand your dog, you need to understand her body language. Her body language along with her vocalizations will be your main line of communication. You can understand how your dog is feeling based on what she is telling you. The quote, “dogs talk to those who listen,” is extremely accurate.

“Dogs talk to those who listen.”

Relaxed Body Language

When your dog is relaxed, her body language will display the following:

  • Relaxed, open mouth
  • Ears up (but not straight forward)
  • Loose, relaxed stance
  • Head held high
  • Tail down and relaxed

Alert Body Language

When your dog is alert (looking at something, listening intently, etc), her body language will likely appear as follows:

  • Forward-facing ears
  • Horizontal tail
  • Large, open eyes
  • Closed mouth
  • Standing slightly forward with extra weight on the front paws
  • Tail wagging slowly

Fearful, Aggressive Body Language

If your dog is feeling scared of something, she may become aggressive. The fearful, aggressive body language will appear as follows:

  • Lowered body posture
  • Wrinkled nose
  • Dilated pupils
  • Ears back
  • Fur raised on the back
  • Mouth pulled back
  • Teeth visible

Dominant Aggressive Body Language

If your dog is acting dominant aggressive, he is likely challenging another dog, animal or person. If your dog is in a dominant aggressive state, he is likely to display the following body language:

  • Wrinkled nose
  • Wrinkled forehead
  • Ears far forward
  • Curled lips
  • Teeth visible
  • Raised tail
  • Raised fur throughout top of body and tail
  • Stiff stance

Fearful, Worried Body Language

If your dog is afraid of something… and is worried… she is likely to display the following body language:

  • Ears back
  • Smooth fur
  • Indirect eye contact
  • Raised paw
  • Lowered body
  • Tail down

Stressed Body Language

If a dog is stressed, he is likely to display the following body language:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Ears back
  • Body lowered
  • Tail down

Total Submission Body Language

If your dog is being submissive, you may notice the following:

  • Urination
  • Laying on back
  • Tail tucked
  • Partially closed eyes
  • Head turned
  • Exposing throat and abdomen

Playful Body Language

If your dog is feeling playful, you may notice the following body language:

  • Rump and tail up in the air
  • Lowered front
  • Ears up
  • Dilated pupils
  • Mouth open with tongue exposed

Fully Understand Your Dog

Understanding your dog entirely involves understanding his body language. Please click on the links in each article also to learn more!

When Does a Puppy Become an Adult Dog?

Our puppies grow up so fast. One moment we are holding them in our arms and the next minute, they’re all grown up. But, which age does a puppy become an adult?

Every Puppy is Different

Every puppy, and dog, is unique. If your puppy is not as mature as other puppies his age, don’t take this as a ‘bad’ thing. Some puppies just mature sooner than others. For the most part, you can consider your puppy an adult at around 1-2 years old.

Emotional Maturity

Emotional maturity basically means… when does the puppy start acting like an adult dog instead of a wild puppy? Well, this varies significantly based on environment, breed and other factors. German Shepherds, for example, often mature later emotionally than a Corgi puppy.

Switching Food

This is a common question Canine Nutritionists and Behaviorists are asked. When can I switch my puppy from puppy food to regular food? If you have a small breed dog, they can be switched as early as 9 months of age. Medium breeds can begin eating adult dog food at about one year of age. Large breed dogs should wait a little bit longer to transition– about 1 year and 3 months old.

Large breed dogs take longer to adjust to adult dog food because their bodies are still growing when small breed dogs are ready to transition.

I Don’t Know My Dog’s Age

If you aren’t sure of your dog’s age, you can ask your veterinarian. Your veterinarian is able to determine approximately how old your puppy is.

Doggy Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice is an excellent option for dogs who are prone to upset stomach or simply are picky in their eating habits. This is also a good, healthy meal for those who just want to cook their dogs a homemade dish.


  • Shredded, boiled chicken
  • White rice
  • One cup of hot water


  1. Boil chicken.
  2. In a separate pan, cook white rice
  3. Once the chicken is cooked, shred the chicken into the cooked white rice
  4. Add approximately ½ cup of warm water
  5. Mix thoroughly

Feed this meal to your dog in place of her usual meal.

You can also feed this in smaller quantities throughout the day which can be easier for their little bellies to handle.

In terms of how much to feed, adjust based on your dog’s size, appetite and activity level.

Dog Treat Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Doggy Cookies are a favorite among most dogs! This easy-to-make recipe is definitely worth a try!


  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (be sure to get the peanut butter without xylitol– raw, unsalted peanut butter is best)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix together your flour, eggs and peanut butter in one bowl.
  3. Once your flour, eggs and peanut butter are mixed, add in a little bit of water at a time until all of the water is added.
  4. Lay out the dough and cut cookie shapes as desired.
  5. Place your cookies on the baking sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes.