Transitioning to Muenster:
Switching dog foods is something that should be done carefully. Many of us have dogs that eat the same thing every day for weeks, months, and years. When we switch their diets, it can cause some digestive issues if it’s not done with precaution. However, we can take preventative steps to make the transition easy and smooth. The transition to Muenster Natural should take place over a 7-10 day time frame based on the sensitivity of your dogs stomach.
- Day 1: 75% Old dog food and 25% Muenster Natural
- Day 2: 75% Old dog food and 25% Muenster Natural
- Day 3: 50% Old dog food and 50% Muenster Natural
- Day 4: 50% Old dog food and 50% Muenster Natural
- Day 5: 25% Old dog food and 75% Muenster Natural
- Day 6: 25% Old dog food and 75% Muenster Natural
- Day 7: 100% Muenster Natural
What not to give your dog:
Avoid feeding your dog table scraps. The diets the Muenster Natural have developed to be 100% of your dogs nutrition. When giving your dogs table scraps, you have to remember that it could be a food that their body is not used to. When we give them treats and table scraps that they don’t typically eat, we are creating an opportunity for our dogs to experience digestive distress. If you’re not sure if your dog should eat something, the safe decision is to withhold the food from your dog.
Tips on House Training:
Most of us have dogs that have free reign to anywhere they want to go in our homes. However, before we let them have that free reign, we need to make sure that they can keep their outside business where it belongs, outside.
One popular method is to crate train your dog. Some people view this as being too harsh or strict, but it’s still very popular and very successful. You will find that your dog actually enjoys the crate and will end up taking naps in the crate even after they are no longer required to stay in the Crate. You see the dog will start to feel comfortable in the crate as it is “their room”. One thing your dog won’t want to do is make a mess in their room.
Prior to putting your dog in the crate, it’s a good idea to give them some anaerobic activity outside and give them a chance to go to the bathroom. Immediately after removing them from the crate, take them back outside, give them a chance to go to the bathroom and some additional exercise.
When your dog is inside, if they’re not in your eyesight, they should be in the crate until they can be trusted to hold their bladder. Dogs can typically stay in the crate without an accident for one hour per every month of age, with the maximum being 9-10 hours. If you are going to be gone longer, it’s a good idea to have someone stop in to walk your dog midway through the day. Remember to also remove any decorative collars or clothes from their neck so it can’t get caught on the crate and cause any chance of them suffocating.
When ending crate training, it’s a good idea to wean them slowly so they don’t regress.