WHY you should try Answers pet food?

If you’ve never checked out Answers…this is the month; it’s 20% OFF!!

Answers is a small family owned company and takes pride in using the BEST ingredients and BEST manufacturing practices. They pay attention to the details, such as using chicken eggs from farmers that use organic feed and the beef they use is from grass fed cattle! These minor details make an MAJOR impact on your pet’s health! Here are just some of the benefits in Answers.

– Sustainable Practices – Local, orangic and humanely raised animals. Answers Pet Food makes every effort to avoid or minimize the use of plastics in every stage of food production and storage.
– Fermentation Process – Fermentation is a huge supporter of immune function. It increases B-vitamins, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, and lactic acid that fight off harmful bacteria. It’s also the ultimate source of probiotics; 200 strains to be exact!
– Feed Less! This is important especially for pet owners that have large dogs or multiple dogs.

Want to learn more???
Check out their upcoming webinar and you will see why we LOVE Answers! By the way, they make treats, goats milk, fish stock and NEW turkey broth! These are great toppers for picky eaters!

Class 8 – October 18th at 7pm EST
Who is Answers Pet Food?

To attend please RSVP to answersacademy@answerspetfood.com and indicate the class you’ll be attending.

Summer Calming Help for your Dog!

Summer offers us the ability to enjoy the outdoors; unfortunately may cause some problems with our pups.  Thunderstorms, motorcycles, and fireworks can be terrifying to some dogs.  It can be close to impossible to calm some dogs down when they get so worked up.  There are useful tools that you can use to take some of the edge off, such as, Thundershirts, EarthHeart Canine Calm or Bach Rescue Remedy.  It also helps to address it with some training.  A good way to desensitize a dog to these sounds is to get it on CD.  You start by playing the CD on the most quiet setting. Once your dog is calm, reinforce with treats and praise.  Slowly make the sound louder and louder till your dog will associate the “scary” noise with something good (treats and praise).  If your dog ever gets too nervous go back a step and make the CD quieter.

January is National Dog Training Month – by Robin Taylor

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.  The style of training we use is all about building confidence in your dog and building trust between you and your companion.

I also offer Nose Work classes, which are great for any and all dogs regardless of age, training, or breed. In this class your dog will learn to hunt for different odors–the same way police dogs do–and you will learn how to read and interpret your dog’s body language. This is a wonderful way for you to engage your dog’s body and mind during these cold winter months.

We are offering a $10.00 Nature’s Feed Gift Certificate for those that register for a class in January (1 offer per household). We also have savings on treat pouches, interactive mind games, and clickers! Receive a FREE 15lb of NutriLife dog food when you register for a class, excluding our Nose Work classes.

Nature’s Feed Educational and Wellness Center is in 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.

May is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

We will be hosting a seminar on canine cancer prevention. Many of the topics that will be discussed are beneficial for felines as well. The statistics for canine and feline cancer are startling. 12 million dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer each year. 1 in 3 dogs are diagnosed of cancer. Would you like to learn ways to help prevent cancer? Do you know the early warning signs? We will also review some holistic remedies should you canine succumb to cancer.

All attendees will receive a FREE copy of Dogs Naturally Magazine, and a FREE 16 oz pint of Answers Goat Milk. ($12.00 Value)

Seats are limited, so please RSVP at info@naturesfeed.net or (815) 675-2008

Is Your Pet Food Properly Stored?

Proper pet food storage is critical to prevent bugs, mites and toxic plastic leakage. We recommend that you leave your pet food in its original package and place the entire bag in a container.  If you are not washing your pet food container after every purchase of pet food, you can develop storage mites in your container and not know it. Storage mites can cause allergy type symptoms. Pet food bags contain production information that you may need if your pet gets sick from the pet food. If you do want to pour your pet food in a container, we recommend that the container be BPA free, food safe, and you wash the container after each use. Storage containers are also great for bird seed, cat litter and treats. Come check out our various containers! They will be on sale for the month of June!

ACHOOOO!!

Allergies and sensitivities can affect pets just as easily as humans. From itchy skin, hot spots to red, irritated paws, and loose stools; it can be frustrating for pet owners to determine the cause of the allergy. Allergies can come from food, shampoos, detergents, cleaning products, dust mites, grass, etc. We sometimes cannot remove the allergen so we have to support the pet’s immune system and do what we can to help minimize the pet’s symptoms. It is sometimes difficult to determine the cause of your pet’s allergy, but with some patience and diligence, many pets can find relief naturally. The following are some recommendations for pets with allergies.

Raw Goats Milk contains probiotics and enzymes needed for a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that raw milk acts as a natural antihistamine.

​Bathe your pet with a shampoo that is free of parabens, alcohol, and sodium laurel sulfates. These ingredients can cause skin irritations.

Wash your animal’s bedding and clothing regularly using a few drops of eucalyptus oil.

Vacuum often and remove dust mites naturally by spraying pillows, bedding, carpets and upholstery using 1 cup of vodka and 20-30 drops of eucalyptus oil.

Fish oil is very effective in allergy relief. Most dogs love it added to their food.

Coconut oil is another option for dogs that may not like fish oil.

Supplements, Chinese herbs and homeopathic options are available to assist in allergy relief. – These are 20% of this month!!

Raw pet food has been used successfully in relieving allergy symptoms because it is minimally processed. Answers Pet Food is 20% off this month!

Topical products are available to assist in the healing of hot spots and general skin irritations.

Digestive enzymes and probiotics are very beneficial in creating a healthy gut.

​We suggest that you use natural products to clean your house. Refrain from synthetic powdered carpet refreshers and synthetic odor eliminating products.

Do not over vaccinate your pet.

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.