This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tender & True Pet Nutrition. All opinions are 100% mine.
Let’s be honest, we all treat our dogs like people from time to time. I know that when it comes to training, we have to remember that our dogs are not humans. It’s like the biggest rule, right? The rest of the time, though, I think we all have our own little ways of humanizing our pups! Some of us do it a lot more than others! Yes, I’m totally pointing a finger at myself right now! Read on to find out how I treat my dogs like people, including how I choose their food and why I’m loving Tender & True Pet Nutrition!
5 Ways We Treat Our Dogs Like People
If you missed our first post about the ways we show our dogs we love them, let me remind you about my pups! I have two dogs. Freya is a Pharaoh Hound and Mocha is a lab/greyhound/mystery mix. Here are a few of the biggest ways that I treat them like people that I bet you can relate to!
1- Dressing Them Up
Okay, so this one is all my mom. She has a crazy fascination with putting clothes on our dogs. I’m pretty sure she’s been doing it since she was a kid. I don’t have any pictures of Freya and Mocha all decked out yet, mostly because they won’t leave clothes on for long, but my sweet Maia was a real trooper. We lost her last 4th of July; she was almost 15 years old.
2- Making the homemade treats and toys
Raise your hand if you’ve spent more time whipping up special treats for your dog than you have for the humans in your house. Yep, my hand is up! I’m not the best cook when it comes to making people food, BUT I’ve kind of got this dog treat down pretty well. My secret? No-bake treats! Freya and Mocha go nuts for pumpkin peanut butter oat treats!
I just mix a whole can of pumpkin with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of peanut butter, then toss in enough oats to really thicken them up. Usually about two cups. Roll them by hand (it’s the easiest way, but you can use a cookie dough scoop if you don’t want to get messy), then give them a quick roll through some more oats. Stick in the fridge! Makes about 40 and lasts a week in the fridge as long as you keep them in an airtight container. Freya can barely wait for them to chill, so she always has one or two “mushy” ones as I’m making them.
3- Having deep conversations with them
I’ve had some of the best conversations of my life with my dogs. They may not talk back to me in words I can understand, but there is definitely a feeling of communication. Plus, they make amazing sounding boards! During training, we teach them basic commands like sit, stay, and down. I think, though, that it’s through conversations with them that they really begin to understand our zany personalities, and we theirs.
After a while, they really do learn what some phrases mean. Freya knows that “dot” means laser pointer fun time! Unfortunately, her grasp on English isn’t strong enough to know that words that rhyme with dot do NOT mean laser pointer time. Now, we have to be careful not to say not, got or hot! Try it for a day and see how hard it is!
4- Love them unconditionally
I think one of the biggest ways we treat our dogs like people is by loving them unconditionally. If we didn’t feel such a deep emotional connection to them, we wouldn’t be able to deal with the less pleasant parts of being a pet parent. Today alone, I’ve cleaned up one potty training accident, picked up lint scattered across the house after Mocha raided the laundry garbage, and retrieved a container of the remnants of chicken salad from Freya’s mouth about three times. After the third time, I finally put it in the dishwasher. She’s so tall when she stands up, she can reach right inside the sink. Right now, I’m working to the sound of Mocha’s very high-pitched puppy bark on a loop because she’s mad that we put a gate up in the laundry room!
5- Feeding them the way we would want to be fed
We work very hard to make sure our dogs are getting the best nutrition, just like the humans in the house! Since my dogs are superstars, I feed them a superfood like Tender & True! I love that the people behind the food understand just how much I love animals. Not only do Freya and Mocha get high-quality kibble free of fillers, corn, soy, antibiotics and anything artificial, but they’re getting it from humane sources. Yep, every recipe of Tender & True pet food comes from sustainable, USDA organic sources that were GAP-certified humanely raised.
Tender & True offers balanced nutrition for every stage of your dog’s life, from puppy to adulthood, in ONE formula. No need to buy separate food for different stages. My pups tried out the Chicken & Liver Recipe, but I’m betting they’d also love the Organic Turkey & Liver or the Ocean Whitefish & Potato! Tender & True makes fantastic food for your kitties, too! Let’s not forget them (my cats would be very angry if they thought I didn’t at least give them a little shout-out).
Ready to try it out? Find Tender & True near you and treat your pups to the same quality of food that you would feed your family!