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Burns Mini Bites for Puppies

Burns Mini Bites for Puppies

Burns Mini Bites for Puppies

If you want to give your puppy a balanced nutrition, you can combine raw and prepared dog food. But not all the brands that the supermarket offers are good. Literally, stay away from Cesar’s for reasons we will explain in detail, so the people at Cesar’s don’t think we just like to rant. It is all about the food inside the pellets. Think about it this way: there is MacDonalds and there is Whole Foods, and it is all about educated choice.

So I choose Burns and will explain why. What’s in this bag of Burns Puppy food?

Brown Rice, Chicken, White Rice, Oats, Peas, Chicken Oil, Sunflower Oil,Ocean Fish, Seaweed, Minerals & Vitamins. Oh, and the chickens are NO BATTERY CHICKENS.
Typical Analysis/100g: Protein 21.0%, Oil 11.0%, Fibre 2.0%, Ash 7.0%, Vit A 10000 iu/kg, Vit D 1500 iu/kg, Vit E 80 iu/kg, Moisture 9%, Copper 15mg/kg, Sodium 0.48%, Calcium 1.6%, Phosphorus 1.0%, Magnesium 0.1%, EFA 3.33%, Carbohydrates 51%

Who is Burns? John Burns BVMS MRCVS is a Veterinary Surgeon that has developed nutritional recipes for dog, cats and rabbit based on his veterinary experience of pets with diet related health problems, and concerned about the ingredients used in many commercial pet foods.

How to put Burns to the test? If you feed your dog raw, that is, bone with a bit of meat and a bit of fat, and your dog chews at it for hours, you will notice that his poo is in less quantity than with prepared pet food and harder. This means that his body has absorbed most of what he ate, and hence less waste was disposed of. This is why raw is a good thing to add to a dog’s diet every now and then.

When your dog eats Burns, you will notice how his waste is also much less than with other brands. This is the logic, this is the proof – if rudimentary, but basically faultless.

I do not get paid by Burns or have perceived any free samples from them. But I just love passing around good tips and this is one of the best ones.

Jumping and Barking

Jumping up and barking are both attention seeking behaviours, e.g. when they bark or jump up they get rewarded with attention either by touching or speaking to them.

Puppies are cute and small so people tend to bend down and pat their legs which encourages the puppy to jump up. Teach your puppy that the only way of getting attention is by sitting. This is very important when your puppy meets children. Ask people in the street to ask your puppy to sit before they stroke them.

Remember ignore the bad behaviour and reward the good behaviour.


Playing is fun and exhausting... Downtime is a blessing

Playing is fun and exhausting... Downtime... a blessing

One thing that became obvious from minute one is that little Puppy knows which stuffed animal toys are for cuddling and sleeping with – Blue Teddy Bear, which ones to play with – Australian Kookaburra, and which to shred to pieces and destroy – the semi-real country Rat, the Sniffany’s cushion that Alicia bought him which is a stuffed toy replica of the New York jewellery firm. Kookaburra is a mix of love-play. He either sleeps with it or shreds it and shakes it. The curious thing is that Blue Teddy lives inside the Puppy house. Always. Little pup takes it out sometimes, gives it a spin around the house, and in it goes back to the little house. Blue Teddy was his first cuddly toy and it must smell full of memories.

A puppy is a little child that has feelings for his toys. Don’t you be mistaken that he treats the chewing sticks in the same way that he plays and invents some theatrical antics that resemble hunting scenes when he gets a hold of a “shake and shred” toy. His imagination runs wild and he can spend hours playing, tossing a toy in the air as if it was trying to escape, et cetera.

No wonder he is so exhausted when the evening comes and he just collapses anywhere in the lounge… Kookaburra also knackered next to him…