You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: Our Experience with Purina ProPlan BrightMind
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I know people think I'm a bit kooky when I say this but my dogs are my children, bringing them both home as little itty, bitty puppies and raising them into the rambunctious, feisty dogs they are today has been a joy! While I realize they aren't exactly the same as having kids, I like to call them my furbabies.
They have taught me so much through out the years, from learning to have patience with my needy poodle, Gnarly; to how easy it is to love something unconditionally like I do with my little mix, Pow. My bond with my dogs is pretty special and if you have dogs, I'm sure you know what I mean.They seem to understand me when I need them to and they definitely love me no matter what, exactly what a dog should do!
My dogs and I have had so many great years together already, but the reality is that none of us are getting any younger... Gnarly is 7, Miley is 8, and they are technically considered "adult" or maybe even "senior" dogs now. Now this may be true, but we all can do things to keep our minds & our bodies young! While I'm doing everything I can to keep my body and mind in tip-top shape, I've also decided to make some adjustments in my dogs lives to help them live a more balanced, healthy lifestyle!
We still have more changes we plan to implement, but the first adjustment we made for their over-all lifestyle change was changing their food to something that powers their minds as well as their bodies. We chose to switch their foods to BrightMind after learning that the food is supposed to help increase cognitive awareness!
During their transition to BrightMind, we noticed a switch in their behavior. Pow picked up new tricks that she's not been able to master before... who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? She's now staying, speaking, and waiting patiently for her treats with the command "steady". She's proud of her new accomplishments and we're pretty proud of her as well.
With Gnarly, he's always been our little prodigy so we haven't taught him any new tricks simply because he knew them all already. We are working on mastering not destroying toys though and since he's been on the new food, he's only destroyed one toy and is keeping his new puppy toy damage free. He's also been less inclined to whine lately and has been more expressive with showing us what he needs, it's been a tremendous change and so incredibly stress reliving.
We still have a little bit of the bag left so I'm not going to share their "final" results while eating the food yet, but I'm super happy to report that they seem to like the food and they definitely are showing signs that the food works! I hope to see Pow learn even more tricks and can't wait to share how Gnarly's behavior has changed thanks to their new favorite food, BrightMind! Want to let your dogs try out this awesome food? You can grab a bag at Petsmart!
I'd love to hear all about your little fuzzy friend in the comments below! Don't forget to tell me what kind of food you currently feed your pooch and why you think you might make the adjustment to BrightMind as well!