Unley Publications : Unley Life Autumn 2016
UNLEYLIFE 11 Ask the Expert " Can you please advise me on the best way to introduce my dog to my son’s new 8-week-old Staffordshire puppy? My dog is an 8-year-old Jack Russell/Fox Terrier cross, and is quite excitable and active. He socialises well with our neighbours’ dogs that are smaller than him, but seems anxious and fearful when he comes across large dogs on our walk. He originally came from a dog pound and I believe has had a few owners before settling with us. He is friendly with other people. Should we just put the two dogs together on our back lawn to familiarise themselves off-lead?" Regards Julienne Puppies generally have what is known as a puppy licence up to the age of about six months so in most cases, adult dogs will tolerate a young pup. Introducing dogs is usually done on neutral territory so find a friend who is willing to let you use their home. Eight week old puppies have not yet been fully vaccinated so it is important not to use public spaces. Keep both dogs on a lead, but the leads should be loose (that way you can easily move one dog away if necessary). Grab some of your dog’s favourite treats (something he would do cart wheels for) like chicken or cheese. When you bring the pup in, feed your dog the tasty treats one at a time so he is associating something great with the arrival of a new puppy. Keep the dogs apar t that way you can gauge their reactions. If the dogs seem OK keep the pup on a shor ter lead and allow your dog to approach. If your dog does not want to engage give him the option of staying away. Animals who have choices are much happier and better balanced than dogs who are forced. Keep the interaction really short just a few seconds then put the treat on each dog’s nose and move them away. Then let them interact for a few more seconds and move them away. Gradually give them more time to sniff and explore. Remember that puppies can be very annoying to older dogs, biting their ears and jumping at their faces so ensure your protect your older dog from too much puppy exuberance. Good luck. Sharon Crichton Want to ask the expert? Please email your questions for Sharon to email@example.com Karli’s Top Tips Eating healthy all week Is it just me or does life keep getting busier every day? With hectic work schedules, social commitments and general day to day life, finding time to get in the kitchen and prepare nutritious meals can be hard. But I believe our health star ts in the kitchen and being prepared is the key. So here are my top five tips to eating healthy all week: 1 Make a meal plan. Put aside an hour or so to write a rough meal plan for the week along with a list of ingredients you need. Then hit the farmers market, green grocer and supermarket and buy for the week. 2 Slice and freeze fresh fruit. I slice ripe bananas, mango, strawberries and any other in season fruits and freeze them to use in smoothies. Smoothies are a great breakfast or snack option as they are quick and easy to make. 3 Make a batch of healthy snacks. Snacking can be one of the biggest downfalls to healthy eating so having a batch of healthy snacks on hand is key to staying on track. Make a batch of bliss balls, granola bars or hummus with cut up carrot /celery sticks and keep in the fridge at work or home for when the munchies attack. 3 Cook once, eat twice. This is one of my favourite tips and the one I use the most. Instead of making just enough for one dinner, make a bigger batch and pack the ex tras for lunch the nex t day or freeze for another day. 4 Make soup. I always make a big batch at the start of the week, which lasts throughout the week for lunches and dinners. Freezing portions and reheating also makes for a quick and healthy option on busy days. Karli Stanton Karli is a passionate holistic health coach, recipe developer, entrepreneur and wellness blogger with a big heart and creative dreams. For more from Karli, watch this space or visit karlistanton.com or find her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
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