Are you Experiencing Unwanted Dog Behaviors?!

Did you know that sometimes the easiest way to get rid of an unwanted  behavior is to ignore it?  Most of the time dogs turn to barking and jumping to get our attention.  They don’t care if it is positive or negative attention, they just know it works to get a reaction out of us. So if we learn to ignore these unwanted behaviors, they will start to go away. If we learn to reinforce the behaviors we like, the dogs will start to offer those behaviors instead of the unwanted behaviors.  When was the last time you said “good girl” or “good boy” to your dog while they were lying down and being quiet? To learn more about reinforcing the behaviors we want in our dogs, sign up for one of our classes held here at Nature’s Feed.  Please contact us for a current class schedule.

Are your pets prepared for Flea & Tick Season?

April is a great month to start your dog on garlic!! Yes, garlic for the dogs is a great flea and tick prevention. It takes a few weeks for the garlic to really start working so we suggest you begin today!! Nature’s Feed is offering this natural flea and tick alternative, in a convenient and inexpensive powder or pill for 20% OFF this month! You will SAVE money and your family and dog will be healthier too!! Garlic IS safe for dogs in appropriate amounts. We don’t suggest you feeding your dog cloves and cloves of garlic on a daily basis, but a small amount is very beneficial. Garlic is also great for digestion and works as an anti-fungal, anti-viral, and boosts the immune system. Chemical flea and tick control can cause skin irritations and can contribute to endocrine issues. We also have some wonderful natural flea and tick sprays that will come in handy on those walks through the parks and forest preserves. They are also 20% OFF this month!

Dog Training Tip by Jennalee Bee

Did you know it is better to train your dog for a couple minutes at a time versus training for a straight hour a day?

When you try to train for an hour at a time a lot dogs get frustrated or bored. When this happens you will start to get frustrated that your dog is no longer listening to you. Training should be fun for both the dog and the human. When working with your dog it is best to train for 1 to 3 minutes at a time and then take breaks in between the sessions. These short sessions are much easier to fit into your busy schedules and much more reinforcing for the dog. In our 6 week training classes, we believe it is important to take mini breaks while learning. If you are looking for more ways to build the relationship with your furry family member contact the store for a current class schedule.

Hello Animal Lovers!


What a cold winter we have had!! Looking forward to warmer temps so we can start spending more time outside!

We’d like to thank everyone who came out for our Smooch A Pooch, our Valentine’s Day Fundraiser for L.E.A.R.N. (Labrador Education and Rescue Network). Through your generous donations and one of our wonderful customers matching the donations, we raised $ 1451.00! I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing community!!!

 

L.E.A.R.N. is the organization that I foster for and where my wonderful Riley came from. L.E.A.R.N. has taken in two large groups of labs from a not so good condition,all requiring medical attention, and many needing to be spayed and neutered. Our previous foster pup, Macy, was part of the first group that was rescued. I am happy to say that Macy has been adopted. It was a difficult decision to make but I knew it was best for her and her new family is oh so perfect for her!! Thank you to all that helped with her care and provided her the love and support to become an amazing little girl!!

SMILE Animal Lovers!!

We are celebrating Pet Dental Month this month with great savings on select dental products and our most popular raw bones…Tucker’s!

We’d like to thank everyone who came out for our nail clipping event last month. Through your generous donations we raised $ 400.21 for Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock, IL. You all ROCK!!

We’ve got a lot going on this month so be sure to stay connected with us on Facebook!

January is National Train Your Dog Month by Jennalee Bee!!

It’s National Train Your Dog Month and I want to help you bring out the best in your furry friend. Did you just add a new member to your family? Or is your dog exhibiting a behavior that you just haven’t had a chance to work on? Let me help you. Make a new years resolution to help make your relationship better for you and your dog. I approach training as a partnership. You, the dog owner, and your pet are a team. You are on the same side! I act as a coach, and I will help you communicate with your dog. I will help you understand your dog’s behavior, and give you tools to modify some of the problem behaviors. We will accomplish this through positive reinforcement training. The style of training we use is all about building confidence in your dog and building trust between you and your companion. I have classes on various days at various times.

 

$10.00 OFF

Learn more about our force-free dog training and obedience classes – click here.

We are offering $10.00 off any class that is paid for in January AND savings on select dog training treats, treat pouches, interactive mind games, and more!

 

To better serve our customers, we moved out Educational and Training Center to the same location as the store, 2440 Westward Drive in Spring Grove. You can use the store’s parking lot and enter the center through the gate that is to the right of the store.

Happy New Year Animal Lovers!

Happy New Year to you and your family!! I am truly grateful to all of you who have supported Nature’s Feed: Natural Pet Products, Pet Food, and Pet Supplies and the events held throughout the past year. Through your generous support, just over $ 9,000.00 was raised for local animal shelters, food pantries and Centegra Foundation’s Breast Care Fund! I am extremely blessed to live in an incredibly caring and generous community and want to extend our sincerest appreciation to you. We couldn’t do it without our amazing staff, supportive vendors and YOU, our wonderful customers whom many we’ve developed a friendship with!! We truly cannot thank you enough!

 

Thank you also for allowing us to serve you and your fur family! We greatly appreciate the confidence and trust you have placed in us! We look forward to providing you with the best food, products, training and service in 2015 that Nature’s Feed is known for and that you deserve! Nature’s Feed has the BEST customers!!

Is Your Dog Itching A Lot Lately?

Have you noticed that your dog has been itching a lot lately? If your dog is generally healthy and normally does not scratch excessively, you may be dealing with something as minor as dry skin or an environmental allergy. By now, many of us have started up the furnace which has caused our homes to be dry and kick out some dust that has been sitting in the house vents. We recommend adding oils to your dogs diet, specifically fish or coconut oil. Our fur kids enjoy a scoop of coconut oil in the morning and fish oil in the evening. I actually needed to start spraying Riley with Zymox Conditioner cause he is so dry and scratching. We’ve found this works best for our fur kids! Come on in and we’ll be happy to help you choose an oil for your fur kid!