Nancy Milburn

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Want to have a happy pup? Trick training is an easy way to get your dog to be obedient, and always pay attention to you.  It is fun and even children can learn to train their dog.  In fact because children have very little control over their lives they really enjoy the empowerment of having another being do as they say.  I have found that when a child takes on

Did you Know using essential oils can harm your pet?

  Essential oils are very popular.  Most of us want a home that smells nice and an essential oil diffuser is often the way people choose. But a number of essential oils are toxic to dogs and cats and can cause severe damage and even death.   The diffuser spreads the oil through the air and a dog that is indoors has no chance to escape.  Liver and kidney damage are

Raw Food for Pets - Convenient?

By Nancy Milburn People who know me, know that not only do I feed my own pets raw food but I encourage others to do so too.  There are a great benefits to raw food, long life, health, lack of dental problems, less behaviour problems the list goes on and on.   But the one thing that stops most people from switching is that it usually comes frozen.  This take up

Dog Bite!

I have been bitten. It hurts, and can be a start of infection  Dogs that bite are a real danger to people and they can cause serious damage. The larger the dog the more sever the damage, although a small dog can can cause damage to a face or even  take an eye out NO DOG BITES WITHOUT WARNING When someone says the dog just bit with no warning, it

The "Ethical"  treatment of Animals.

I love all animals and dogs in particular,  I consider myself  a caring compassionate person.   But I have what I consider a balanced outlook.   I feel that as long as we treat our food animals  well and they have a good life and quick, painless and  free of stress death, there is nothing wrong with using them for food.  This means I do not agree with battery house chickens or

Why do Dogs bury bones?

  Why is it that the expensive bone you bought from the Pet Store is taken and instantly buried in the garden?  Is it not   something he would enjoy chewing?  So why instead of settling down for a nice long chew he immediately rushes outside to dig a hole and then bury the bone. In simple terms it is a survival instinct.   Burying food away from predators to be dug

Why are dogs noses wet

  Why are dogs noses wet?    There seems to be no one reason why dogs’ noses are wet. It is a combination of a number of different factors : A) Grooming Dogs are constantly licking their noses to clean themselves from all the trouble they’re sticking their nose into. And will lick dirt and sticky things off their nose < B) Cooling Off: Dogs dissipate body heat from their mouths

I am so Grateful

Nancy at 8yrs.   Among the thing I am grateful in my life is that I was born with a great love of animals.  My heart would be emptier and life would be so much less without them.     Click on the picture below to see comfy pet beds.

Dog food

As those close to me know I have been an advocate for feeding raw food to dogs and cats for a long time.  Over 25 years in fact.  I know that people struggle with the concept of raw, and also there are lots of communities where access to raw is non existent. It has been shown that adding even 20% raw to a traditional kibble diet significantly improves the health

Spirit and her Journey

After living her life outside for nine years Spirit found herself out of a home when her elderly owners moved into senior housing.   The Manitoulin Pet Rescue heard about her and offered to take her and re-home her. When Spirit came to me she was very overweight and severely matted. She has been with me for a couple of days.  On first trip to the vet she weighed in at

Dog Adoption

Adopting a dog – what to expect Don’t expect your new companion to form a strong relationship with your family in the beginning.  Whether you have adopted a young puppy or a more mature dog this transition is going to take some time.  Once everyone in your household gets to know each other and is comfortable in their environment the bond will grow naturally. If you have other animals, bringing

Why I Feed my Dogs Raw Food

I have fed my dogs raw food for over thirty years.  When my children were small my eldest had HADD disorder (Hyperactivity Attention Deficit)  and he was an extremely difficult  child to handle.  I found that if I cut out all artificial colouring, and restricted the sugar it made a huge difference to  his behaviour.  The dog we had a the time would eat scraps and these would be healthy

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

  Is this a good or bad premise?     The training climate today is that you should be able to do anything to a dog without a bad reaction.  Well I do not agree.   There are definitely times to ‘Let Sleeping Dogs Lie’     So many people post pictures and videos of their children doing things to dogs that are very dangerous.  Children riding, hugging and kissing dogs are all potentially dangerous. 

Hidden dangers for your pets this Christmas.

Holiday times are full of joy and laughter, having get-togethers with friends and family. Don’t spoil your Christmas with an expensive trip to the veterinarian. Note: If your pet has consumed a dangerous item, or is acting abnormally, contact your veterinarian immediately. Here are some dangers that can ruin a holiday: Most people know that the bones from your chicken and turkey are not good for pets.  The cooked bones

How to make a dog pay attention

  Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you call your dog and it just keeps walking away. Sometimes they look at you and decide that something else is worth their attention, and they ignore you.   You are calling their name shouting and screaming and still they ignore you.    Well that can all change. You don’t believe it would happen with your dog.   Well try this simple technique. Do

Does your dog hate to be groomed?

Petting a dog is usually pleasurable for both you and the dog.  In fact studies have shown that just by petting a dog a human’s blood pressure will decrease.  This is a great benefit for both you and your dog. Sometimes brushing or combing a dog is not pleasurable, because the dog has mats and knots.  This means it hurts when the comb or brush gets stuck and it pulls

First Time Every Time Come When Called

Coming when called is one of the most misunderstood ’command’ in the dog training world. First of all it should not be a command but and invite. Come over to me and good things are going to happen is how the dog should perceive the word come. Loose dogs learn early on that when they come close to you after being called they are going to be put on a

Pee and Poop...what to do about it when things go wrong!

Getting a puppy is a wonderful thing.  Teaching your pup that the correct place to relive himself is outside is relatively simple, But there is a lot of misinformation out there and this can go horribly wrong.   Dogs that go for two hour walks and without a pee or poop and then come into the house and immediately “go”.   It is so frustrating.  Then there are those that hide themselves

So you got a puppy!!

What a wonderful addition to your family. But make sure that you will not be one of those terrible people who after a few weeks give the dog away ‘to a good home’. few simple techniques will help you in the early days so that your dog becomes the best dog anyone could ever have. Ignore all unwanted behaviour as far as possible, and only reward things you want to

Keeping your pets Safe during the Holidays

Sometimes we can forget that some things in the house at this time of year can be toxic to our furry friends.   Poinsettias are toxic and can easily be left where the animals chew on leaves.  Chocolate also has a toxic effect and a small dog can become very sick, even die with ingestion of chocolate.   Other plants that are in the home at this time of year are Holly

Pets as Gifts

Pets as gifts sounds like an awfully good idea.. actually it is an awful idea most of the time.  The giver of the gitt may think that the person, especially a child, will love the new “furbaby” and initially this may be so.   But a pet is at least a 10 yr commitment, with a lot of expense to the owner.  Can the person receiving the pet afford this expense? 

Dog Guru

    People often ask me how is that dogs obey me almost instantly. It is simple. I give undivided attention and positive feedback to dogs.   What this means is that when I meet a new dog I look it in the face and say to it “What a good dog “ And then caress behind the ears and on the chest. I then hold something that they want in such a

How to stop a dog from Jumping up.

Dogs jump up at people to greet them and  as they are generally a lot smaller than us we have a tendency to bend over to pet them ( or push them away ).  This only encourages the jumping.  The best way to stop jumping up is to ignore the jumping and drop treats on the floor.   This gets the dog to put his nose down to the floor and