Stella the Therapy Dog

Friday, August 24, 2018

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So it's been a little over a month since Stella became a therapy dog with KPETS just like her sister Pixie. She
has been to several places now and seems to be getting right into the swing of things.  I think she's a natural.   However I wanted to highlight some important things especially when it comes to little dogs like Stella.

Doing therapy work basically means Stella gets lots of attention and interaction with people which seems easy enough but it can be exhausting for any dog and it seems to wipe smaller breeds out even more quickly.  I always look for any calming signals from Stella to show me that she is starting to get bored or overwhelmed and is ready to leave.  Sometimes she'll do that by licking her lips a lot or yawning a few times in a row.   I make sure to reassure her that she's a good girl and then I start to withdraw from what we are doing so I can exit with Stella.

If you ever get into pet therapy make sure you always listen to your dog and their needs.  Even if we can only do a 15 minute visit that's fine because it's all Stella can handle.  The dog is always the boss.  There's no point in forcing them to keep going when they are done with it and in fact that can cause issues because they can be a little less friendly with people.

Since Stella is a hard working gal I mad sure to get her on a great food.  Nutro Ultra Grain Free Dog Food from Chewy is great for Stella since she gets itchy very easily and I really do believe it has to do with grains in her food.  Stella LOVES the Beef Potato and Spinach Recipe and I love that the first ingredient is ALWAYS real beef.  She has a really shiny coat and her digestion seems a bit more on track with this food.  And since Stella had issues with an ACL injury before, it's important that I give her a food that has vitamins and nutrients to help build up strong bones and joints.  
moment with Nutro Ultra Dog Food.

I'm also glad there's no by-product meal, corn, wheat, soy, or artificial flavors and preservatives.  Sometimes I even mix a little wet food in with her dry kibble.  And of course this food gives me great peace of mind because it's made in the USA and is sourced from trusted farmers and suppliers when it comes to ingredients.

I'll continue to post updates on how Stella does as a therapy dog!    


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