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Figuring Out Your Pet’s Tummy Troubles and What Can Help

From vomiting and diarrhea to flatulence and abdominal bloating, digestive issues are one of the most common reasons pets are brought to the vet. So what can you do if you notice your pet is showing signs of gastroenteritis? First things first, make an appointment with your vet so they can get to the bottom of why the issue is occurring and come up with a plan for how to treat it. But more often than not, your pet’s tummy troubles are caused by one of these five main culprits.  


Dietary Indiscretion

One of the most common reasons for an upset stomach is because your pet has eaten something they weren’t supposed to. Spoiled food, grass from the yard, or stuffing from their favorite toy, there are a number of things that can cause severe irritation of the gut and an imbalance in the normal gastrointestinal (GI) flora. It can be difficult to prevent these types of tummy issues, but if your pet commonly gets into things that they shouldn’t, talk to your vet about tips for protecting them from their indiscretions.  



Maldigestion and Malabsorption

Whether your pet’s GI flora is out of balance or an anatomical condition is preventing the absorption of nutrients from food, maldigestion and malabsorption can cause serious nutritional deficiencies. If your vet suspects that these are the cause of ongoing tummy troubles, they will suggest a few different tests. Fecal cultures, blood work, an abdominal ultrasound, and possibly biopsies of the gut may all be required to make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan.  





Food allergies account for only about 10% of total pet allergies, but they can have a significant impact on the life of your pet. The difficult thing about this type of allergy is that in addition to gastroenteritis, they can also cause serious dermatological issues. To determine what specific allergen is causing the problem, your vet will conduct a series of blood tests, skin tests, and elimination diets. Once the allergen has been identified, your pet will be prescribed a limited ingredient or hydrolyzed protein diet, as well as medications to help clear up any lingering skin or gastrointestinal issues.






When it comes to parasitic gastroenteritis, fleas, ticks, and heartworms are often at the root of the problem. Fortunately, these types of tummy issues are easily avoided simply by ensuring your pet takes their monthly parasite preventatives. Today, there are many medications available protect your pet from not just one parasite, but several. If your vet suspects that parasites are the cause of your pet’s issues, they will conduct a fecal examination and prescribe antibiotics and deworming agents to treat the problem.  


Viruses and Bacteria

While infectious diseases are most likely to cause acute gastrointestinal distress, this can become a chronic issue if left untreated. To determine whether it’s a virus or bacteria that’s wreaking havoc on your pet’s GI system, your vet will do a fecal culture, blood work, and imaging. If the issue is bacterial, your pet will be prescribed antibiotics and probiotics, while viruses will be treated with supportive care and possibly antibiotics if secondary bacterial infections appear. However, the best way to keep your pet free of the most common viruses is to ensure that their vaccinations are up to date.  

  To keep your pet’s gut happy and healthy, the best thing you can do is to provide them with plenty of water and a healthy diet of fresh foods, like Freshpet’s line of refrigerated meals. For a little extra help, you can also talk to your veterinarian about supplementing your pet’s food with a daily probiotic to keep GI flora in check.  

The Best Dog-Friendly National Parks in America

Is there any better way to spend a day than exploring some of the country’s most beautiful national parks with your four-legged sidekick? From beaches to mountains, these dog-friendly national parks have something for everyone.


Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado

This national park is best known for their towering sand dunes, but the Great Sand Dunes National Park boasts a diverse landscape. From aspen forests and alpine lakes to grasslands and tundra, there’s no shortage of scenery for you and your pup to explore. Pets are permitted in the ‘Preserve’ as well as the main areas of the park, such as the Dunes Overlook Trail, as long as they are leashed. And if you’re hot from your hike, Medano Creek is the perfect place for you both to cool down.



Shenandoah National Park in Virginia

With 200,000 acres of protected land, there’s no shortage of space in Shenandoah National Park. What makes this park special is the fact that pets are allowed on nearly all of the 500 miles of trails. In fact, there’s only 20 miles where pets are not allowed and that is only because these areas require rock climbing and other difficult passages. The only requirement is that dogs must be leashed while on any of the trails, ensuring both the local wildlife and your pup stay safe.


Padre Island National Seashore in Texas

Spanning 70 miles of coastline, you will find pristine beaches, dunes, and tidal pools at Padre Island National Seashore. This park acts as a barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre, one of the world’s only hypersaline (salt rich) lagoons. In this lagoon and along the coastline you can see a variety of wildlife including Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and more than 380 species of birds; due to this, a strict leash policy is enforced. If you and your pup love some time in the ocean, you will be pleased to know that the park’s 60 miles of beaches are completely dog friendly.



Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

Best known for the colorful petrified wood that gave the park its name, the Petrified Forest National Park is a great option for owners looking to hike with their dog. Two of the parks highlights are the Rainbow Forest and badlands, both of which display a kaleidoscope of color that you won’t want to miss. Unlike many other parks, dogs are even allowed in the backcountry areas meaning you don’t have to stick to the main paths.


Acadia National Park in Maine

Expansive woodland, rocky beaches, and skyscraping mountain peaks are just some of the wonders you’ll find at Acadia National Park. You and your pup will be able to see a great sample of these different landscapes, as dogs have access to 100 miles of maintained hiking trails as well as an additional 45 miles of carriages roads. If neither of you are afraid of heights, don’t miss your chance to climb to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Reaching a staggering 1,530 feet at its peak, it offers some of the best views the park has to offer.



Whether this is your first hike or you and your pup are seasoned experts, be sure to review our list of must-bring hiking items. Being well prepared will ensure that your park adventure is nothing but a memorable experience.

Top 5 Benefits (and Considerations) of Adopting a Pet

When you add a new dog or cat into the equation, it can bring about change to your current dynamic. If you’re on the fence about adopting a pet, understanding the benefits and considerations might make the decision easier.

Top 5 Benefits

  1. Significant Health Boosts: Research indicates pet owners experience a number of significant health benefits. The act of petting or cuddling a dog or cat instantly brings down the heart rate. Interestingly, research also shows that the responsibilities associated with pet ownership are beneficial to people suffering from depression.
  2. Heart-Melting Affection: There’s nothing quite like the feeling of love, acceptance and companionship that washes over you when your dog or cat snuggles into your lap or rests his head on your shoulder with a contented sigh. Bonding with an animal is an incredible experience, and their affection comes with no strings attached.
  3. Instant Mood Lifter: Having a bad day? You’ve got a furry ray of sunshine who is ready to make it all better — or at least make you forget about it for a while. Even just looking at a photo of your pets can trigger the warm, fuzzy feelings you need to make it through the day.
  4. Judgement-Free Companionship: Your pet is in it for the long haul, and as long as you love and care for him, his loyalty is guaranteed. Your cat isn’t going to judge you if you nurse your cold in bed with a red, stuffy nose, and your dog won’t be mad if you had a stressful day at work and go to bed early without playing fetch.
  5. Social Supercharge: People with pets always have something to talk about, and your four-legged family members give you a good excuse to strike up a conversation with an interesting fellow dog or cat parent. And you’ll have a whole new arsenal of fun stories to tell at parties, thanks to the new pet in your life.



Top 5 Considerations

  1. Lifestyle Changes: Dogs and cats are cute, but it’s important to consider how having a pet may shift your daily routine. Potty breaks and feeding times are just some of the new responsibilities you will take on when caring for a new pet. But even with these minor lifestyle changes, the benefits of welcoming a new pet into your family far outweighs any changes that you may have to make.
  2. Behavior Quirks: As living beings with complex brains, pets can develop unique personality quirks. Some of the quirks may be endearing—like a cat who always begs you to scratch her tummy—but others may require some extra attention. Thankfully, trainers and veterinarians are a great resource to reach out to when professional assistance is needed.
  3. Unsolicited Advice: Once you add a pet to your family, people may be quick to offer their unsolicited advice. Whether it’s comments on the way you brush your cat or the hand signal you use to tell your dog to sit, the overly helpful advice may make you question your pet parenting methods at times. However, you know your pet better than anyone else, so it’s important to trust your own instincts.
  4. Teachable Moments: It’s easy to assume dogs and cats understand behaviors you take for granted, but human rules don’t apply to them. Until they have been trained properly, dogs and cats may not understand things like outdoor potty breaks and indoor cat potties right away. But while your pet may require extra care and attention to learn the rules initially, over time they will quickly learn the ropes.
  5. Unexpected Expenses: Vet visits, dog sitters, and obedience classes will start to make their way to your expense list, but this isn’t anything out of the ordinary for a pet parent. Routine checkups at the vet, and sometimes even unexpected ones, are a fact of life.



Thankfully, the love and happiness that a pet provides far outweighs any expense. Your pet is an irreplaceable part of your family, and that’s something that you can’t put a price on.

Best Dogs for City Apartments: Why the Size of Your Pet Doesn’t Matter

When it comes to choosing the right dog for your city apartment lifestyle, many people are surprised to find out that size isn’t the most important thing to consider. There are breeds of all sizes that are perfectly comfortable with apartment living.

In fact, they may even prefer it – more opportunity to be close to you!



Nicknamed the “40-mph couch potato”, greyhounds are right at home in an apartment. These speedy sight hounds do need daily walks and some time to safely run around in an enclosed area, but once they’re done they love nothing more than curling up on the couch. In fact, some say that having a greyhound is like living with a giant cat – they spend the majority of their time sleeping and you’d be surprised by some of the small spaces they can tuck themselves into.





Just because a dog is small it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re right for apartment living, but that is not the case with the Maltese. Lacking an undercoat, these little white balls of fluff are surprisingly low shedders, which is great when living in close quarters. Plus, their relatively low energy levels means that they don’t need a large yard to run around in – a few indoor play sessions and outdoor walks are just fine. Maltese are also known for their propensity to get along with other non-canine animals, so you don’t have to worry about these pups needing their own space away from any other pets.





Unsurprisingly, the world’s smallest breed of dog is perfectly happy living in an apartment, because even small spaces feel large when you’re less than 10 inches tall! Chihuahuas also need less exercise than their larger counterparts, much of which can be done inside. With a little creativity, you can create a great compact play space for your pup that will keep them entertained and stay fit.




English Bulldog

Thanks to their compact size and laid back attitudes, English Bulldogs make for great apartment pups. Anyone who has met a bulldog knows that they are the definition of a couch potato, perfectly happy to relax with you while you watch TV. While they still need regular walks, you don’t have to worry about having too much room in your apartment for them to burn off some energy – they’ll do that during their outside time. Another reason English Bulldogs are great for apartments is that they rarely bark.




Great Dane

Some prospective owners are worried that because of their size, they don’t have space for a dog as large as a Great Dane, but this is rarely the case. As long as your apartment is big enough for them to wander around comfortably, you’re set. The average Great Dane may weigh in at between 100 and 130 pounds, but they have a naturally laid back and quiet disposition. These gentle giants have a slower metabolism, which means that they have lower energy levels and exercise requirements. While they do enjoy their time outside, they’re even happier when they can lounge around with you.




When it comes to choosing the right dog for your city apartment, the first step is to do your research. These five breeds are known for their ability to live in an apartment, but there are a number of others who don’t care about the square footage of their living quarters. Whichever breed you choose, we guarantee that they’ll settle right into your apartment in no time.

Meat vs. Meal: What’s Really In Your Pet Food?

When it comes to pet food packaging, we’re used to seeing a certain type of image. More often than not, it’s waving fields of grain and happy cows roaming in green pastures, or sizzling plates of steak or chicken. But the pictures may not actually reflect the true ingredients.
Just like humans, dogs and cats need nutritious and wholesome food to survive and thrive.
“The healthier you feed your pet, the longer and happier life they’ll have,” says Dr. Katy Nelson, associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Alexandria, VA. After examining Freshpet’s ingredients and steam-cooking process, she also agreed to become our resident veterinarian.

“Freshpet is what I feed my pets and recommend to all my pet parents,” Dr. Katy said. So we asked her to break down the key ingredients that go into most pet food, and help explain why Freshpet stood out to her as the best choice.
Spoiler: The photos on the package don’t tell the full story.

What is “meal”?

Unfortunately, many pet foods on the market are made from things not clearly identified on the list of ingredients. The most common unrecognizable ingredient on the list is “meal” – but what is “meal” exactly? Meal is a mixture of the non-muscle meat portions of the animals rendered for food sources that can include internal organs, skin, hooves, feathers, and other parts. Not very appetizing.

Read your labels carefully

Just like the food we put on our own table, all pet food has an ingredients label included on its packaging, and just like when we choose our own food, it’s important to read these labels. If you see “meat and bone meal,” chemical preservatives, and unnatural fillers on this list, it might be time to consider looking at other options.


Opt for real ingredients

Fortunately, there are a number of companies that avoid using “meal” as an ingredient in their recipes. They offer a high-quality diet, which is made from real foods and grains and never include any “meat and bone meal” – including Freshpet.

Freshpet is always made with fresh meat, veggies, and fruits and the only preservative is the refrigerator. In fact, it can be found in the pet food aisle inside a refrigerated case.

How to Decide on the Best Dog Food for Your Pup

Just like we care about maintaining our balanced diet, we want to ensure our pups are eating the food they need to live long, healthy lives. To do this, it’s important to understand what makes a great dog food. Our Freshpet veterinarian, Dr. Katy Nelson, shares her tips for choosing the best food for your dog.


Talk to your Veterinarian

The first thing you should do when choosing a food for your dog is talk to your veterinarian. Your vet will be knowledgeable about your pup’s target caloric intake and how it is affected by factors such as body condition, lifestyle, life stage, or medical issues that should be taken into consideration. This discussion with your vet will give you a full picture of your dog’s health and help you find the right food for their needs.


Look for “Complete and Balanced”

When looking at dog food packaging, check to make sure that phrase “complete and balanced” is present. This means that the food provides all of the necessary nutrients in the right amounts for the dog’s stage of life. This is also why it’s important to choose life-stage specific food – puppies, dogs, and seniors all have different nutritional requirements.

Avoid Preservatives

The use of chemical preservatives in food, even those labeled as “natural”, has a long and controversial history in the pet food industry. There have been numerous claims that high levels of preservatives may lead to a health issues in dogs, ranging from behavior issues and skin disorders to even cancer. The best way to avoid these potential side effects is to choose a fresh food that uses the refrigerator as a “preservative”.

Choose Real Animal Protein, Not Product Meal

At Freshpet, we believe dog food should be made with real animal protein instead of product meal. High-protein, meat-based foods are rich in amino acids and other nutrients that help your dog build lean muscle, burn fat, and promote healthy organ function. Dog foods made without these real, high-quality proteins need additional supplements in order to fill the gaps they leave in nutrition.

Fortunately, all of our Freshpet recipes hit all of these points. Free from preservatives, complete and balanced recipe, and made only of the freshest ingredients are just some of the standards that we incorporate into our recipes to help your pup live a long and healthy life.

The Best Podcasts for Dog and Cat People

Want to learn more about your pets and how to be the best dog or cat parent you can be? These pet podcasts will keep you entertained and informed.

The Purrrcast, hosted by Sara Iyer and Steven Ray Morris

With a cute logo featuring a dignified, bowtie-wearing cat at a retro microphone, The Purrrcast is an instant draw for cat lovers looking for new podcasts on iTunes. This show takes a casual, gently humorous approach to the topic of cats. Whether they’re interviewing cat owners, chatting about their own cat stories or dishing about important moments in cat history, hosts Sara and Steven make The Purrrcast an easy listen. Episodes are typically about an hour long, meaning there’s nearly 100 hours of The Purrcast to enjoy while you’re at home with your cat or on the go wondering what your kitty is getting up to in your absence.

(Source: The Purrrcast!)


Can I Pet Your Dog?, hosted by Allegra Ringo and Renee Colvert

If you can relate to the feeling of excitement that comes with meeting an awesome new dog while you’re out running errands or otherwise going about your day, Can I Pet Your Dog? may be the ideal podcast for you. In addition to discussing the various dogs they’ve met, hosts Allegra and Renee discuss specific breeds, recent dog news and give reviews of dog-focused events. Can I Pet Your Dog? also features interviews with dog-owning celebrity humans like Andrew WK and celebrity dogs like Marnie the Dog, adding an extra element of fun to this often irreverent dog podcast.

       (Source: Can I Pet Your Dog?)


Positively Dog Training, hosted by Victoria Stilwell and Holly Firfer

Celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell was one of the first prominent positive reinforcement trainers to make a splash on the pop culture scene, and she’s still at it with books, TV shows and her Positively Dog Training podcast. Victoria and her co-host, Holly, bounce between discussing dog training and talking about canine science and health topics, making this an informative choice for dog parents looking to deepen their knowledge of veterinary science and get better at training.


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Advice for Introducing Your Dog to New People

First impressions are crucial, and not all dogs possess the same social graces when meeting new people. Problems in this area are sometimes difficult to address, but a few simple tips can help your dog achieve better people-greeting manners.


Start Introducing People Early and Often

In order to develop socially acceptable responses, dogs must be properly exposed to stimuli and experiences in a positive way. They need practice meeting people to learn that jumping, barking and other rude behaviors aren’t an acceptable way to say hello. Ideally, they start practicing these social skills in puppyhood.

According to renowned veterinarian and dog training expert Dr. Ian Dunbar, puppies should meet 100 different people by the time they’re 12 weeks old, and the people should be as diverse as possible, consisting of different ages, races, sizes and physical abilities. Adult dogs may be frightened by unfamiliar things, so early exposure to human diversity is the first step in developing positive behavioral and social skills.

If you have a puppy, try to introduce her to new people daily. Maybe you could shop with her in stores that allow dogs, take her for walks in a busy neighborhood or take her with you when you go visit friends and family. Tell her to sit before you allow strangers to pet her, and give her tasty treats from Freshpet if she stays seated during petting. This teaches her that “four on the floor” (four paws on the ground at all times) is the rule when meeting new people.



Understanding Your Dog’s Reaction to New People

If you’re training an adult dog with bad people-greeting manners, start by observing the way your dog acts around people. Does he act overly friendly by jumping and wagging his tail at light speed, or is he likely to growl, bare his teeth or even lunge? If it’s the latter, this is actually defensive dog behavior in action. It looks aggressive, but it actually comes from fear. Defensive dogs need specific training and exposure practice to learn proper people-greeting etiquette. It’s best to work with a trainer and be patient.

Although overly friendly dogs aren’t scary to most people, it’s still important to exercise caution and introduce good training protocols. An excited, jumpy dog can easily knock down a child or scare a dog-phobic adult, making this behavior potentially problematic in addition to being annoying.



Dealing with the Jumper

If your dog jumps on new people, temporarily limit his interactions with strangers to a handful of chosen friends who understand dog training. Greet them one at a time with your dog on a leash. If your dog jumps on your friend, have your friend completely ignore your dog and walk away while you stay in place holding the leash. They should not yell “off” or push your dog to the ground, as both actions can seem rewarding to your attention-seeking, friendly dog. For a dog who wants attention, being ignored is much more of a “punishment” than being scolded or shoved.

If your dog keeps all four paws on the floor, your friend should reward him with lavish attention and petting. If those front paws leave the ground again, your friend should immediately stand up and walk away in silence. This teaches your dog that jumping doesn’t get him what he wants. Further reinforce the idea that jumping isn’t a good choice by having your friend give him some treats when he has all four paws on the ground.


If you practice consistently, your dog will soon make the connection between keeping four on the floor and getting the attention he craves. After he masters this training, introducing your dog to new people will be something you look forward to.

How to Improve Your Relationship with Your Dog

You love your furry family member, and you refuse to settle for anything less than a fabulous friendship. So what do you do when you just can’t seem to create the ideal relationship you always envisioned? Consider these steps to getting closer to your dog.


Set Boundaries and Provide Leadership

According to Dr. Nicholas Dodman, an animal behaviorist and Professor Emeritus at Tufts University School for Veterinary Medicine, leadership plays an important role in the human-dog bond. Obedience is a good indicator of a strong bond, and dog parents often feel slighted when their pups don’t listen. It’s your responsibility to provide clear leadership and a strong routine that discourages disobedience.


Establishing clear leadership doesn’t mean forcing your dog into submission. If your goal is to improve your relationship, use leadership as a way of showing love. Contrary to some false assumptions, dogs “don’t care about being at the top of the hierarchy,” Dodman says. Instead, they want to “clearly know” where they fit in. If you show your pup that you’re the top dog, they’ll feel more secure, and that will improve your relationship.


However, as Dodman notes, “It’s important to provide clear leadership in a non-confrontational way.” You’re not going to strengthen your bond by making your dog afraid of you. Instead, you want to set boundaries and enforce them in an emotionally neutral way. That may require some patience on your part at first. Simple acts like requiring your dog to sit before receiving meals sets a clear hierarchical structure. If your dog doesn’t want to listen, don’t yell or lose your patience. Wait until they sit, and then praise him or her exuberantly while handing over their food. Loving rewards for good behavior make your dog even happier to be in your company.


Treat-based positive reward training is a challenge for dogs who aren’t food motivated, but sometimes the quality of the reward is the issue. All-natural and fresh dog food options from Freshpet can be a very effective motivator, especially if your pup has previously only eaten a bland diet. Being high in protein with fresh fruits and veggies, Freshpet might be just the thing for your pup. When it comes to food, understanding dogs isn’t hard. If they like it, they want more of it. Once you show your dog that good behavior is rewarded with something delicious and praise, your relationship will improve.


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Spend Quality Time Together

Spending quality time with your dog is an important step in improving your bond. As with your human friends and family, sharing fun experiences with your dog enhances your relationship. The idea that your presence is enough to make your dog happy is a common misconception, but just as some people aren’t happy without a lot of interaction, some dogs need you to put more work into making life together interesting.


There are many ways to treat your dog as an active companion in your life. Take him on hiking and camping adventures or simply have fun by playing fetch, tug of war or hide-and-seek every day. Sharing hobbies is also a good idea. Activities that enhance agility and herding skills are increasingly popular ways to reinforce leadership and strengthen bonds through teamwork. These types of activities are equally fun for you and can also make communicating with your dog easier.


Invest in Cutting-Edge Training

Modern dog parenting that forges strong bonds is all about treating dogs like individuals with hearts and souls. A strong bond leads to a dog that listens and obeys, keeps an eye on family members and wants to be part of the pack. If your pup seems indifferent, the latest dog training approaches could help turn your relationship around. Check with local vets and pet stores to find the best training sources in your area.


Every dog is different, and it may take some trial and error to find the best ways to really create the ideal leadership bond with your pup. The process of discovery will help you get to know your dog better and understand her unique likes and dislikes. Strong relationships are always a two-way street, and when you put in the effort, you can expect to be rewarded with an outpouring of canine love in return.

Why Dogs Eat Grass (And What You Can Do About It)

A lot of popular theories exist to explain the seemingly strange tendency of some dogs to chow down on grass, but not all theories have any basis in fact. If you’re wondering why your pup treats himself to a buffet of grassy roughage and how to prevent it from happening, you may be surprised to learn the explanation isn’t simple.


Debunking Grass-Eating Myths

At some point, you’ve probably heard someone claim dogs eat grass when they feel nauseous or have an upset tummy. According to this theory, dogs somehow know that grass induces vomiting and that vomiting relieves digestive discomfort. Many experts don’t completely support this point of view. According to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, there isn’t enough evidence to determine a single reason dogs eat grass.



The answer is probably both simple and complex. Dogs aren’t exactly known for their eating restraint, and their penchant for pasture picnics may be nothing more than a matter of curiosity. Your pup may simply want to have a taste of whatever wild animal smells happen to be on that particular patch of grass. It’s a puppy mystery that may occur for a variety of reasons on a case by case basis. From a problematic compulsive behavior to the gourmet passion of a veggie-loving pup, the reasons dogs develop a taste for grass are diverse.


What to Do About It

If you’re concerned that your dog’s grass eating behavior is part of a larger pattern of dietary and digestive issues, it’s a good idea to discuss the issue with your veterinarian. If the behavior is only occasional and seems completely benign, you can take some independent steps to break the cycle.


In some cases, your dog may crave the additional fiber found in veggies. Switching to a fresh, tasty food like Freshpet, which contains fresh vegetables in addition to the protein and vitamins your dog needs, shows your pup that there are better — and tastier — ways to add veggies to his diet.



Training also helps solve the problem of dogs eating grass. Teaching your pup to respond quickly and consistently to the “leave it” command makes it much easier to avoid the issue in the first place. Try using the command followed by a round of fetch or something else fun to show him other outdoor pursuits are far more interesting. With a little effort, grass stains on white fur and impromptu al fresco dining sessions will swiftly become a thing of the past.