This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.
Every morning it’s a race to who gets to feed the dogs first. Of course the dogs do not hesitate to eat. I think it has taught the kids responsibility with an added fun factor. Teaching the kids responsibility and hard work with little things like feeding the pups, encourages other good behavior with the harder work. (Like making the bed!) They have no problem helping clean up the yard when daylight is ending as long as there is music playing and a reward at the end. Our dogs are no different.
As a family with two big dogs, sharing is caring. Sharing our time, our walks, our workouts and especially our food with them has taught the kids about unconditional love. I think the kids are more willing to share their table scraps with the dogs than mom and dad. This is why we love the mouth-watering beef treats from Pup-Peroni. They are available at Walmart in the pet aisle. Pup-Peroni recently asked us to create some unique tips for using their Pup-Peroni Dog Treats and I wanted to share some with our readers.
Since we became a dog family nearly 10 years ago, I have come to enjoy an early morning walk with the pups. They give me a purpose to move. By forcing me to have this moving meditation in the morning drives me to be a better mom and wife. Showing up in the morning recharged, when the kids come down for breakfast allows me to refocus my energy on what is important.
Part of our routine has become a treat after a walk. I remember watching a Dog Whisper episode where he recommended feeding the dogs after a walk. “They’re working for their food like a survivor skill.” This seems to work for our dogs. I like that these treats are easily broken to be handed out to each pup. They don’t take up a lot of room in our treat jars either. At Walmart, they have plenty of product flavors in various sizes depending on dog’s personal preference.
Charlie the oldest and bigger of the two, was a rescue from Columbus, Georgia in 2008. We had no backstory on him when we adopted him. He was a bigger size puppy and one that really seemed gentle. I remember when they added the microchip to his skin, he didn’t even flinch. Taking him to his temporary home at my husband’s uncle’s house gave him a chance to really show his colors. He loved open acre backyard so much he refused to come back inside. It only took some yummy dog treats to convince him the dry indoors was better than the pouring rain. Not much has changed about Charlie’s demeanor since then. He will work for food!
Pup-Peroni Dog Treats
Lucy on the other hand can be a bit more timid and anxious about life. Surprisingly, she does well with our kids’ excited energy and really enjoys to seeing them when they come down the stairs in the morning. Her tail never stops wagging and she happily follows them to her dog bowl.
Having a special place in the pantry for dog items creates a separate space for the dogs. This way, they know where their food and treats are located. I can ask one of the big kids to go in the pantry for the dog bag or treat jar. The rattling of the glass, the metal scoop cup touching the food are all welcome sounds for the dogs. It’s also a big help to have the kids share the responsibility in the morning; especially if I get to sip a little bit of warm coffee.
Our pups are a big part of our family and today happens to be Lucy’s 7th birthday! Happy Birthday pretty lady!
Remember to head to Walmart for Pup-Peroni Dog Treats for your pups! Woof Yeah!