By Kathy Santo | Updated: May 13 2019
We know that you want to do more training sessions at home, get to class every week, and you’d even like to enroll in the Fast Track Program. What’s holding you back is the concern that your dog may have an upset tummy (loose stool, etc.) from all the treats that you’re giving him while you’re training.
The first step to remedying the issue is to consider the top causes of loose stools in dogs:
Once you’ve ruled out any medical issues, there are a few simple solutions that have proved themselves helpful to many of our students. I’ve found that even with young puppies that seem to have problems after eating lots of high-value treats, these tips help them build a stronger digestive system, and the episodes become less severe or disappear entirely.
During the many years I traveled to dog events, these were the supplements that kept my dogs in great shape, even when other dogs were sick, stress levels were high, or I needed to train with high value treats. (Of course, I’m not a vet, so I need to mention that you should always check with your dog’s veterinarian before adding or changing anything in his/her diet.)
Check out next month’s newsletter for the best treats to keep your dog focused (even those with a low food drive, a sensitive stomach, or a “picky ” eater!)
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Kathy Santo has spent her entire career as a dog trainer and handler, training dogs and winning over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. Working with her own dogs, she has achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club (AKC) has offered and earned the prestigious AKC “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh) multiple times.
In Waldwick, Kathy teaches classes, private lessons, and oversees the training of her student’s dogs using her extensive knowledge, experience and intuition to handle problems from the benign to the serious. Her engaging personality has won her the respect and friendship of her many students, who now consider themselves part of her extended family.