Using Bark at the Moon Treats for Positive Reinforcement Training

Positive reinforcement has been praised in the dog training world for its harmlessness and progressive results. In a nutshell, positive reinforcement training requires owners to reward their pups for good behavior, as opposed to punishing them for bad behavior. Dogs are animals, and adjusting to the world of humans is not so easy. Positive reinforcement is a safe way to ease your dog into the rules of your home while not damaging the trust between you two with threatening actions. The main reason why positive reinforcement works so well relies on the reality that dogs live in the moment. You should react to your dog’s good behavior right away by, for example, rewarding him with Bark at the Moon Beef Liver Jerky. Your pup will associate the good behavior with a tasty Bark at the Moon Treat, and strive to repeat this good behavior in order to get more treats. This is the basis of positive reinforcement training.

This form of training is much more than just indulging your pup in all-natural treats– that’d be too easy! There are a few other things to keep in mind. The first is the most important: consistency. You’ve can’t reward your pet with love and affection when they jump on your bed one day, and then berate them when they jump up the next day. The same rules should be consistent with all household members as well; inconsistency will only confuse your poor pup as he tries to please everyone at once. The second thing to keep in mind is simplicity. Your furry friend may be smart, but not enough to know the whole English language. Keep your commands to a one-word minimum. For example, “sit” instead of “sit down”; “drop” instead of “drop the ball”; “down” instead of “no jumping”. Avoid “stop”, as you’re not giving your dog an alternative action to the one they’re currently performing. Keeping it simple will allow for better understanding between you and your pup. The last tip for effective positive reinforcement training is persistence. Raising a fur baby can be similar to raising a child. Keep a patient attitude and continue their training until you see improvement. Just like a child, your pup may take a while to learn the rules or even surprise you by catching on quickly.

The driving force of positive reinforcement is that you are not creating a barrier of fear and anxiety between you and your pet by resorting to physically hostile behavior. Instead, you are building a bridge of trust and understanding between you two by compelling your pet to associate good behavior– and you– with treats, belly rubs, and praises. The four key elements of positive reinforcement training to remember are: consistency, simplicity, persistence, and a cupboard stocked with Bark at the Moon All-Natural Treats for rewards! Want to begin now? Here’s 10% off your next order of Bark at the Moon Treats so you can start training right away: just use code BARKIN10 at checkout.

Celebrate – Be Kind To Animals Week – May 2017!

It’s the first week of May, otherwise known as Be Kind to Animals Week! The emphasis on treating animals with care and affection began after World War I, when the public became aware that 10 million horses had died fighting alongside their men across Europe. That year, the American Humane held a meeting to discuss stressing humane education and animal welfare, and Be Kind to Animals Week was born. Since then, the first or second week of May has been dedicated to showing compassion toward all living creatures.

Although it may seem obvious that animals should be treated with kindness and love, many turn a blind eye to the abuse that goes on behind food companies’ closed doors or cruelty that happens in other parts of the world. You treat your pets with love, kind-heartedness, and Bark at the Moon Treats, but what can you do for the rest of Earth’s creatures? Here are a few ways to show you care:

 

  1. Strive to buy humanely raised products. You may have to do a little research into companies to weed out the farms that don’t treat their animals with respect and gratitude. Making the choice to buy humanely farmed eggs, meat, and dairy may seem small, but showing support to humane farms makes all the difference.
  2. Educate yourself, your friends, and family. Take time to learn about Earth’s wild animals and the little things you can do to aid endangered species and prevent extinction. It could be something as trivial as choosing a Humane-Certified zoo as the family outing.
  3. Speak out against cruelty toward animal actors. Look for films that specifically mention that no animals were harmed in the making. If you come across a questionable film, something as simple as spreading the word on social media could help raise awareness for the need to be kind to animals.
  4. Adopt! There is no better way to show compassion toward animals than to welcome one into the safety of your home. Adopting from an animal shelter or rescue is the most direct way to save an animal’s life. Boycotting disreputable breeders and pet shops will assist in reducing animal abuse and puppy mills.

Besides these four options, remember to treat your own furry friend with the love he deserves. Remind yourself to care for him by feeding him safe foods, keeping up with his hygiene, and presenting him with lots of opportunities for exercise and play. The easiest way to celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week? By spoiling your dog with Bark at the Moon Treats!  Use promo code: BARKIN10 at checkout on Amazon  to receive 10% off your entire first purchase of Bark at the Moon Natural Treats.  Plus Amazon offers free shipping to its Prime Members or orders over $35.

 

 

To learn more on the origins of Be Kind to Animals Week and what you can do, visit www.kindness100.org.

Celebrate National Pet Day – April 11

April 11th is National Pet Day! Time to celebrate and cherish your pets for their constant love and affection. As you may have noticed, it doesn’t take much to make your pet happy. Toss your dog or cat their favorite Bark at the Moon treat and they’re ecstatic! But say you’re looking to take National Pet Day a little bit further… How can you celebrate?

 

Take your pet on an adventure! If the weather is right, take your pet on a walk, hike, or to visit a park. With winter coming to an end, it’s likely your pet will be itching to get out of the house, stretch their legs, and explore.

 

Pamper your pet! Did I hear ‘spa day’? Although your pet might not enjoy it at first, it may be high time that they get a bath or get their nails clipped. Owners can sometimes neglect the maintenance of their pet’s hygiene, which can be derogatory to the pet’s health. Make bath time more enjoyable by showering your pet in their favorite trea

Shopping! Even if you don’t have the time to take your pet out and gander through the collection of toys at your local pet store, stop by the store on your way home from work and grab a little something for your pet. Most likely, your pet will be excited about whatever you pick out.

 

Adopt! April 11th isn’t only a day to show love to existing pets, it’s also a time to seek out potential pets as well! If you’re looking to take a furry friend into your home, do your research to locate a reputable adoption program. Many aren’t aware that dogs aren’t the only adoptable pet– there are rescues for cats, rabbits, rodents, and reptiles as well!

 

Donate! Say you’re not ready to make room for another pet, but you’re still concerned for those without a home. Take the time to bring treats, toys, or old blankets and beds to your local shelter. Most shelters barely have enough money to maintain facilities, never mind provide the pups with these extra goodies. Show these furbabies some love by donating supplies or money to your shelter.

Bark at the Moon would like to help you celebrate National Pet Day with your furry friend by offering 10% off your next entire purchase using promo code:  PETDAY10 at checkout for a limited time.   Visit us at greenbutterflybrands.com – home of Bark at the Moon Natural Treats.

Happy National Pet Day from Bark at the Moon!

K9 Veterans Day – March 13

On March 13th, 1942, the United States K9 Corps was established, and dogs began to serve and protect beside their humans. Today, March 13 is K9 Veterans Day– a day to thank and honor our furry veterans that sacrificed their lives for our country and soldiers. Dogs have been man’s best friends for years, but becoming man’s protector and companion is even more remarkable. This day honors not only the dogs that served in the armed forces, but those working with police, customs, border patrol, service, and therapy as well. These dogs have gone above and beyond, in many circumstances putting others’ lives before theirs in acts of devotion and bravery.

 

Showing our four-legged veterans that you’re grateful for their service isn’t as easy as saying “thank you” to a human veteran or officer. For these pups, it’s more about your actions than words, but there are still many ways to show you’re thankful. Several nonprofit organizations provide supplies, such as bulletproof vests or temperature-regulating clothing, to dogs in the field. This equipment can be vital, as many dogs find themselves in the line of fire while working with the military or law enforcement. Making a donation to these organizations will promote the safety and health of working dogs by providing them with life-saving equipment. Scroll to the bottom of this article for a list of organizations.

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To go above and beyond for these dogs, as they have done for you and your country, consider adopting a K9 veteran. While most pups retire with their handlers, there are numerous veteran dogs without handlers looking for a home. You can adopt one of these dogs, and give them a forever home in which they can rest after their days of duty are over, by looking into the many organizations that work to provide these dogs a place to live out their days. It is important that these dogs find themselves in a peaceful, loving home, in reward for the devoted work they have performed for us. Scroll to the bottom of this article for a list of organizations that can match you with one of these heroic pups.

 

Lastly, as you take March 13 to thank our four-legged veterans for their courage and unbelievable dedication, reserve a few minutes of your day to sign the online petition to make K9 Veterans Day nationally recognized (at the moment, only individual states acknowledge it). Sign the petition at https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/national-k9-veterans-day.html.

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Links to organizations that provide supplies for working dogs:

http://www.kevlarfork9s.org/

http://projectpawsalive.org/

 

Links to organizations that find homes for K9 veterans:

http://missionk9rescue.org/

http://warriordogfoundation.org/

5 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day With Your Dog

Whether or not you have a special someone this Valentine’s Day, it’s a day of celebrating love- so don’t forget the undying love between you and your furry friend!  We don’t have to tell you that your dog loves you unconditionally, because you witness it every time you come home and he dances around in excitement, or every time you trip over him and he forgives you instantly. Since dogs cannot speak much English, and giving them flowers and chocolate is out of question, here are a few Valentine’s Day date ideas for you and your pup.

  1. Go on a hike. Dogs love getting out and sniffing just about everything in sight. Taking him out for a brisk winter hike will help him relieve excessive pent-up energy and will serve as a fun adventure for your furry friend. Don’t forget his coat!
  2. Go out to eat. Seek out a dog friendly restaurant by searching the Internet for a place close by. You’d be surprised- many restaurants accept four-legged customers, and even encourage them by offering pup-friendly meal options.Two chihuahua dogs at the table
  3. Have a fancy dinner at home. With the Internet and Pinterest, it’s super easy to discover recipes that dogs can enjoy. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef- your pup is sure to appreciate the final result regardless!
  4. Sledding. Find yourself buried in snow this Valentine’s Day? Grab your sled, bundle up your pup, and hit the slopes! Even if your dog finds that he does not enjoy being on the sled, he will enjoy running after you in it!
  5. It’s the little things. Don’t have a lot of time? Remember that, for your dog, every little thing matters. A belly rub, or a Bark at the Moon treat, will let them know that you appreciate the love they show you every day.

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Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, make sure to shower your furry friend with hugs, kisses, and of course, lots of treats.

 

“A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

National Train Your Dog Month 2017

January is National Train Your Dog Month!  For the New Year, think about making some resolutions for not only you, but your dog as well! This may require some work on your part; however, you’ll end up with a better-behaved pup.  January was given this title after it was noted that many dogs were being dropped off at shelters at this time, after families that had given the pet as a gift during the holiday season found that they could not control its bad behavior. In almost all these circumstances, the problem lies with the owner and not the dog! Knowing how to properly train a dog will allow for the animal to learn the rules that come with living in a home, resulting in emptier shelters and better households.

 

f38bd950-9647-46d6-8838-fb81f235e9efA key component to training your new dog is giving it a name that it will associate with both discipline and rewards. Choosing a name isn’t as easy as picking out something “cute”; it is recommended that the name be short and end in a strong consonant. Try saying the name out loud in both loving and stern tones, to deem it appropriate. Before even bringing your dog home, set rules that will be consistent throughout the whole home. For example, the new pup will not be allowed on beds and definitely not fed at the table. Discuss these rules with all household members, so the dog doesn’t get confused when one person feeds him under the table and another scolds him for begging. When your dog has done something bad, be sure to reprimand them for it immediately. If you wait until you’ve cleaned up the mess, they might’ve already forgotten about it completely, therefore not understanding your scolding. Scolding your dog should never include hitting or screaming. Instead, use a strong stern voice and even push them gently until they’re laying on the ground belly-up (a sign of submission). When your dog has done something good, be sure to praise him exceedingly for it, so that he gets the message. For instance, you drop chocolate on the floor (poisonous to dogs) and you tell your dog to “sit” and “stay” so you can pick it up. If he listens, make sure you give him instant belly rubs, kisses, loving words, and even a treat to reward him for such good behavior.

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For a reward that won’t compromise your dog’s health or all-natural diet, try Bark at the Moon treats. Offered in four meaty flavors that have all been taste-approved by our very own brand mascots, Demoiselle and Bear, all Bark at the Moon treats are grain-free, low-fat, and made of all-natural ingredients harvested here in the United States. The treats are free of harmful artificial colors, flavors, fillers, and preservatives, and are chock-full of natural proteins and nutrients. Bark at the Moon treats are great for training, as they are easy to break into small pieces for rewarding good behavior! All four treats can be found on our website and are exclusively sold on Amazon who offers free shipping to its Prime Members or on any size order over $49.  Use Promo Code:  BARKIN10 to receive 10% off your entire first order!

 

Happy New Year and Happy Training from us at Green Butterfly Brands!

5 Tips for Celebrating the Holidays with Your Dog

It’s true that the holidays are a busy time- but don’t forget about your dog! Take these 5 easy steps toward a safer environment for your pup, and you can be reassured that the both of you will enjoy a less stressful holiday season.

 

  1. “Dog-ifying” Your Tree

Just like having a baby, having a dog requires some dog-proofing around the house. During the holidays, Christmas trees can pose a threat your furry friend. The first step to “dog-ifying” your tree is keeping your ornaments off the bottom branches. It’s very easy for a dog to walk underneath, or swat one with his tail, causing the ornament to fall on the floor. Glass ornaments especially pose a threat because broken glass, unbeknownst to you, can be stepped one or even ingested by a dog.

  1. Candles

Everyone loves a good Christmas candle during the holiday season; however, they can be extremely dangerous around pets. Keep your candles high above your dog’s reach. It’s less likely that your dog will be curiously investigating the candle and more likely that an accident will occur when your dog is wagging his tail by it.

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  1. Holiday Plants

Popular plants to have around the house during the holiday season include holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia. All three of these plants are poisonous to dogs! If you do decorate your house with any of these, keep them out of reach of your dog to ensure that they stay healthy throughout the holidays.

  1. A Stress-Free Environment

The holidays are a stressful time for any person- but imagine if you are a dog! Dogs don’t know that it’s the holiday season; all they know is that the house is suddenly bustling with more people than normal, the strange FedEx man keeps showing up, and their familiar surroundings have abruptly changed to include Christmas decorations, visiting relatives, and a giant tree. To reduce stress for your furry friend, try to not stray from their normal schedule, which includes feeding times, walks, and playtime. Most importantly, do not forget your dog outside for long periods of time! Stress, along with bitterly cold weather, could be treacherous to your pup.

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  1. Safe Gifts for Furry Friends

Whilst holiday shopping, of course the first to shop for on your list is the most deserving: your dog! To ensure that your pup has a safe and enjoyable Christmas morning, avoid buying toys with small parts that could pose a choking hazard. It’s easy for dogs to choke on bones as well. The safest way for your furry friend to celebrate the holidays with you is to surprise them with Bark at the Moon treats. All Bark at the Moon treats are grain-free and great for dogs of all ages and diets; they can also be broken into smaller pieces for smaller pets.

 

Visit our website greenbutterflybrands.com to purchase your dog’s Bark at the Moon gift.  Treat your pal & support the troops!  We donate to train service dogs for wounded Veterans, Our Military Heroes.  Wishing All a Happy and Safe Holiday season from us at Green Butterfly Brands!

Top 5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Dog

If your dog is around you all the time, it’s easy to forget all the little things about him to be thankful for. Here are five things your dog does to make you happy every day.

 

  1. Unconditional love

No matter what, your dog always loves you. It doesn’t matter if you lost your job, lost your house, gave up on your diet, or are simply an outcast in society, your pup will continue to be by your side. He doesn’t see your material flaws and loves you day in and day out just because you love him the same.

 

  1. Knows when something’s up

Your pup always seems to know when something’s wrong. Whether it’s something big or just a bad day at the workplace, nothing beats sitting on the couch and having your pup come over and put his head in your lap. Not to mention that petting your dog has been linked to lowered stress levels!

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  1. Always happy

With all the constant negativity in the world, it’s quite a relief to come home to a dog that gets sent into a joyful tail-wagging frenzy at just the sight of you. Not to mention that, no matter what you say, if you say it in an excited tone, your pup will be over-the-moon happy for you!

 

  1. Forgives easily

You know all those fateful times you’ve accidentally stepped on your dog’s tail, making you feel as if you’ve just wounded a poor innocent soul? Well, your dog has forgotten all those times. In fact, he probably forgave you right after it happened, and accepted your apologetic hugs and kisses right away.

 

  1. Cuddles

What would life be without a warm pup in your lap? Or a snuggly furry friend in your bed (regardless of whether or not they’re supposed to be there in the first place)? And, like petting your dog, cuddling him can reduce blood pressure, risk of stroke, anxiety, stress, pain, and depression.

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Since you don’t always speak the same language, it can be difficult to let your pup know that you’re thankful for all they do. Fortunately, a tasty Bark at the Moon treat will do. So maybe you won’t let your pup eat at the dinner table this Thanksgiving, but you can still allow them in enjoy a human-grade snack with Bark at the Moon treatsSave 10% off your entire first order with promo code:  BARKIN10 !!!

Honoring Veterans Day 2016

 

At Bark at the Moon, Veteran’s Day holds a special place in our hearts.  All too often over-looked, Veteran’s Day should be a time to remember and thank the vets that have fought for our country and freedom. Without the men and women that risked their lives for our freedom, we wouldn’t be here today.

 

Veteran’s Day, November 11, is a day to acknowledge the men and women, both living and dead, who braved combat for their country. Around the United States, parades and celebrations are held to honor our veterans, while an annual wreath-laying ceremony occurs at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery, a tribute to the fallen soldiers who could not be identified. Veteran’s Day is commonly confused with Memorial Day- a day for honoring soldiers who gave their lives in war. Veteran’s Day is a day to revere all veterans for their sacrifice and loyalty to our country.

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Not many people take the time to recognize Veteran’s Day, so make this year your year! A great way to honor our vets is to participate in the Green Light A Vet program. As a participant of this program, you’ll change a light in your home or office to a green bulb and keep the light on in remembrance and thanks to veterans everywhere. You can then post the location of your light on an online map; this allows veterans to see your support from anywhere in the U.S. Why green? Green is known as the color of renewal and hope, and the term “green light” indicates moving forward. This is a symbol to our veterans that they have our appreciation and support to continue on with their lives back here in the United States.

 

One of the ways you can directly show our vets that you care is to purchase some of our natural dog treats from Bark at the Moon! We always donate a portion of our proceeds to train service dogs for disabled veterans, our military heroes– the program trains rescue dogs to become service dogs, then matches them with a veteran for whom they’ll be a lifelong companion. Service Dogs help veterans return to their lives in an independent and dignified fashion, after the traumatic experiences they have endured.

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How ever you show your appreciation, make sure you take a moment on November 11th to be silent and remember the men and women who have done so much so that you can enjoy freedom everyday.

5 Top Dog Tips for Halloween

With Halloween around the corner, while you’re preoccupied with the kids running door to door in search of candy, us at Bark at the Moon urge you to not forget about your fur-babies! Celebrate Halloween with your pup this year with these tips for a safe and spooky night.

 

  1. Strangers = Stress

Although many dogs are people-pups, many are not comfortable around humans outside of their family. With strangers constantly showing up at your house, make sure your dog is put away somewhere comfortable, distancing him/her from the front door. Also consider your dog as a potential risk to trick-or-treaters that may not be used to a crazy pup jumping all over them in a frenzy of love.

  1. Costumes

Admittedly, pet costumes are super cute. Who doesn’t love seeing a dachshund in a hot dog costume? However, most dogs are not accustomed to wearing outfits, resulting in itching, stress, and anxiety. If your dog does not seem comfortable in his/her outfit, it may be too small or possibly just distressing to him/her. Also consider that your pup might exhibit an allergy to the material, in which case you should remove the outfit right away.

  1. Candy

Dogs should never ingest any chocolate, no matter the amount. Chocolate contains theobromine, something that is easily metabolized by humans, but is processed too slowly in dogs, allowing it to build up in their system to dangerous levels. This goes for other animals like cats and even horses too. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol are also toxic to your pup (this includes most hard candies, gum, and lollipops). Overall, it’s smart to keep the candy out of your dog’s reach, and instead let him/her snack on a Bark at the Moon treat!

  1. Opening the door to trick or treaters

This is one of the most important tips! On Halloween night, especially if you find yourself opening the door to oodles of trick-or-treaters every year, be aware of your dog’s whereabouts. With the door constantly opening every few minutes, the chances of your dog running off into the night are heightened tremendously. Even if your dog isn’t normally so curious about the outdoors, people milling around up and down your street might give him/her the incentive to go check it out. It might be best to set up gates to confine your dog to an area away from the front door, or shut your pup in a room with a water and a toy to keep him/her busy.

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  1. Provide distractions

With all the chaos that comes with Halloween night, you can make it easier on yourself and your pup by providing a distraction from all the hubbub. Give your furry friend a Bark at the Moon treat to snack on- this will prevent them from curiously sneaking into the kids’ candy and getting into trouble. Save 10% off your first entire order using code:  BARKIN10 on Bark at the Moon treats on Amazon.  It’s also a safe and tasty way for your pup to join in on the Halloween festivities!

 

Happy Halloween from us at Bark at the Moon!