Up to 33% off on selected beef treats

From September 30th through October 6th, you can save up to 33% on selected beef treats

*** September 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

Elk Liver Andes Biscuits

Order over $70* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $70) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   4 oz Elk liver Andes biscuits

Please note that from October 8th Saturday, we will no longer offer snack Saturday program.This week is going to be the last chance for this free treats program.

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**Grass-fed Moo! Angus Beef Twisted Taffy Sticks 5″-6″ (2-pk)

Grass-fed Moo! Angus Beef Twisted Taffy Sticks 5″-6″ (2 sticks-pack) made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed Angus beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Since gullet is great natural source of Glucosamine,it is especially great for Arthritis dogs.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.
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**Grass-fed Angus beef Moo!Taffy sticks 8 oz 10″-12″

Grass-fed Angus Beef Moo Taffy Sticks 8 oz 10″-12″ made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

This Taffy stick is made from weasand (gullet),and they are about 10″-12″ length stick. One bag contains roughly 10-14 sticks to make it to 8 oz weight. These are great alternative chew in place of bully sticks.

Since gullet is great natural source of Glucosamine,it is especially great for Arthritis dogs.

th Grass-fed Angus Beef Moo! Taffy sticks 8 oz 10 inch - 12 inch

Due to natural treats,width of the each Taffy can vary.

** Grass-fed Moo! Odor free beef bully sticks “Beyond Monster” 11″- 12″ 10 pieces 40% OFF

These are made from grass-fed Angus beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

**Due to natural treats,thickness of the bully roll can vary. **

th Grass-fed Moo Odor free bully sticks Beyond Monster 11 inch - 12 inch

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** Grass-Fed Moo!Odor Free bully stick 5″-6″ variety set B Free shipping $122.77

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.26

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $35.67

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

** Starting from October 10th Saturday, we will no longer offer snack Saturday program.

*** Shipping schedule ***

Please note that we will be closing shipping from October 28th through November 10th. You can still place an order online but your order would not be shipped until we open up the shipping.

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is fixed flat fee.

$0 to $99.99 (after all discount applied) is at $7.99

$100.00 and over is Free shippingItems will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Sep 30, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Dog breeds you would probably never heard of

There are so many dog breeds in the world. If you see the pictures of dogs, do you think you can guess the breed?

I am pretty confident that I can point at Pembroke/Cardigan Corgis, Poodle, Chihuahua, Golden Retriever, Labrador, Dalmatian etc… The ones that are commonly seen on the street and the one that has big recognizable characteristic in the look.

Even if commonly known in the public, pit bull is hard one to identify. I am not saying that I cannot guess the dog is pit bull but, there are other breed that are similar look to pit bulls like staffordshire bull terrier. So, I am not confident to be able to guess the correct breed name in the pit bull category.

Can you guess the pit bull in this picture sheet at pit bull on the web site here?

The website says people have different stereo type image of pit bull; for some, pit bulls are the dog that got big head, or a dog with cropped ears. For some people, it’s a brindle dog, a big, stocky dog, or one with an eye patch. 

It also mentioned that when news break out on dog attack and mentioned it was pit bull that attacked human but often times, it is NOT the pit bull..There are 20+ breeds that are commonly incorrectly identified as pit bulls. 

When I took the Find the pit bull test, I could not identify the pit bull at first try. How about you?

Recently, I came across the article from UK about the breed names that we probably not have heard of.

I was interested in reading about it and found that there are so many more breeds that I had never heard of in the world.

For example, have you heard of New Guinea Singing Dog? 

The breed has been around for thousands of years and seems to be one of the earliest recorded breeds known to man.

The article written by Ryan O’Meara says dog breeds like the Labrador Retriever or the German Shepherd have only existed for a short period of time in comparison to some breeds; with a record dating back to only the past few hundred years.

How about.. Beauceron Dog?

The breed came from France, and the first possible written word of this breed dates to at least 1578, and looked like they wer used for bear hunting.

How about Erdelyi Kopo (Transylvanian Hound)?

This breed has been around for what many consider a time dating as far back as the Middle Ages and is believed to have originated between Romania and Hungary.

How about Owczarek Podhalanski, more commonly known as the Polish Tatra Sheepdog?

Most will speculate that this breed was first introduced into the world during the 14th century.

I find it interesting to read about other breed that I had never heard of. There are more breed that were introduced in the article.

If you are interested in reading the full article written by Ryan O’Meara at dognews uk website, please click here.

Sep 27, 2016 | 0 | Miscellaneous (dogs)

Up to 11% off on selected lamb treats

From September 23rd through 29th, you can save up to 11% on selected lamb treats

*** September 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

Elk Liver Andes Biscuits

Order over $70* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $70) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   4 oz Elk liver Andes biscuits

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**Lamb Dogitos 2oz (dehydrated 100% grass-fed lamb lung)

Dehydrated 100%Lamb lung from  grass-fed lamb.

LM Dogito

** Puffed USA Lamb ear

Puffed USA Lamb ears made in USA.

This American Lamb ear is soft texture, and it has been one of our k9 executive chef “Palette’s favorite chew since when she was a puppy. She still get this old time favorite chew as jackpot treat sometimes.

puffed USA lamb ear

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** Grass-Fed Moo!Odor Free bully stick 5″-6″ variety set B Free shipping $122.77

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.26

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $35.67

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is fixed flat fee.

$0 to $99.99 (after all discount applied) is at $7.99

$100.00 and over is Free shippingItems will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Sep 23, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

German potato salad

I love potato salad.

My grandfather was a head cook when we get together for cerebration and I liked helping him making dishes,and I enjoyed watching him cooking as well.

Potato salad was one of those side dishes he made now and then and I liked it very much.

Coming to the states, I tried different kinds of potato salad such as American potato salad, German potato salad for the first time.

Those were different from what I have had in Japan; Japanese potato salad often times have steamed carrot, steamed or raw onion, raw cucumber, strips of cooked ham and potatoes are mashed and seasoned with vinegar and mayo.

My grandfather loved including fruits such as slice of Apple or canned fruits like mandarin orange from a can.I loved his potato salad very much.

Our potato salad is a bit different, especially my grandfather’s.

I did not care for American potato salad as much when I tried it. Celery pieces in it was a little too much for me. I was also not so much fun of American mayo.

Japanese mayo and American mayo is different in taste and ingredients is also different a bit. I personally prefer Japanese mayo better.

American mayo ingredients go; Soybean Oil, Water, Whole Eggs and Egg Yolks, Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Calcium Disodium EDTA (Used to Protect Quality), Natural Flavors.

Japanese kewpie mayo ingredients go; Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil), Egg Yolk, Vinegar, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice, Natural Flavor.  

After trying American potato salad, I tried German potato salad. It was more of vinegar base salad and I really liked it very much.

I later learned that the ones that I tried making is more likely Americanized version of German potato salad and not authentic German potato salad,which will be made with broth vinegar base, but still, it was tasty.

In this entry, I thought I would like to share the German potato salad that I made, and liked very much. This recipe is Not the authentic one, but Americanized version one.

Then, next time, I would like to share my grandfather’s Japanese potato salad. Our 2 year old son loves my grandfather’s potato salad and, he likes to hunt for fruits in the salad:-)

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German potato salad..

Ingredients for German potato salad;

2-3 red potato
3 tbs white vinegar
2 tbs sugar
1/2 tbs Dijon mustard
7 stalks chives
pinch of kosher salt
pinch of black pepper

Extra virgin olive oil

2 strips of bacon chopped

<German potato salad>

1. In the skillet, lay the 2 strips of bacon and cook to crisp, and drain the fat over paper towel on the plate

2. In the small bowl, mix 3 tbs white vinegar,2 tbs sugar, 1/2 tbs Dijon mustard, 7 stalks chives, pinch of kosher salt,pinch of black pepper, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

3. wash the potato and when it is still wet, wrap it with paper towel and wrap it over with plastic wrap and microwave about 6-8 minutes or so until tender but not too mushy ( one potato usually require about 3-4 minutes to mushy tender, so microwave a bit shy of that)

4. While potato is still hot, cut it into smaller cube, or simply slice thin and pour the vinegar mixture over and gently stir and let it soak in the juice

5. When it is time to serve, plate the salad, and sprinkle crispy bacon bits on top and serve

** I sometime like to use dill instead of chives.It is very good with dill as well.

6. Enjoy!

Makes:2-3 serving

Sep 20, 2016 | 0 | Miscellaneous (Cooking)

Up to 44% off on selected beef treats

From September 16th through 22nd, you can save up to 44% on selected beef treats

*** September 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

Elk Liver Andes Biscuits

Order over $70* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $70) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   4 oz Elk liver Andes biscuits

======================================

** Grass-fed Australian beef bully sticks 18″ 9 pieces

Grass-fed Australian beef bully sticks 18″ made in Australia.

These are not stinky bully sticks.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.
Grass fed Australian beef bully sticks 18 inch

** Dehydrated beef lung 4 oz

This is dehydrated beef lung made in USA, previously known as “Beef dogitos” in larger package. This treat is sold by 4 oz resealable bag.

Great as training treats as well.

Dehydrated Beef Lung

**Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free beef bully sticks “Monster” 11″-12″

11″-12″ Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free bully sticks Monster, made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural dog treats,thickness of each treats can vary.

th Grass-fed Moo Odor free bully sticks Monster 11 inch - 12 inch

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** Grass-Fed Moo!Odor Free bully stick 5″-6″ variety set B Free shipping $122.77

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.26

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $35.67

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is fixed flat fee.

$0 to $99.99 (after all discount applied) is at $7.99

$100.00 and over is Free shippingItems will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Sep 16, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Samurai armor and weapon

For many people, when they hear the word “Japan”, they would imagine Samurai, sushi, mount fuji, kimono etc…

In fact, I happened to come across the name of sushi restaurant called “samurai sushi” while browsing through the internet.

The word “Samurai” for sure seem to be well known by people in the states.

However, one thing that I would like to caution Japanese sushi restaurant owners is that, they should look into the meaning very well or they get funky name for restaurant.

Like.. there is one sushi restaurant,which we have been to but not really been impressed by them. Well, this restaurant name is “Umi”.

When I saw the sign, I had to laugh because if you say “U-mi,putting accent on U sound, it means ocean”, but if you say u-MI, putting accent on Mi sound, it means pus (yuck).

Some Japanese words have 2 meanings depending on how you put the accent on.It changes the meaning to totally different thing.

Anyway, can you explain what samurai is?

Samurai is government official title/ a member of a powerful military caste in feudal Japan, especially a member of the class of military retainers of the daimyos,who are the great lords who were vassals of the shogun.

Shogun is a hereditary commander-in-chief in feudal Japan.

In this entry, I would like to introduce armor and weapon by Samurai.

Samurai armory..

Armor, helmet, swords worn by Samurai were not only used during the battle but also were time honored hand crafts,to be appreciated  for their workmanship and the dedication of their makers.

Ka-cchu-u (armor and helmet) is known as o-yo-ro-i.

It came into use in around 9th century.And it was the armor for Samurai.

Iron helmet Samurai wear is called Ka-bu-to Ba-chi

The golden large flat metal pieces on the helmet is called Ku-wa-ga-ta.

The side of the helmet is called fu-ki-ga-e-shi (helmet flap). This flaps help them protect from arrows to the face

The armor they wear is called o-yo-ro-i.

Yo-ro-i got o-so-de (arm guard), se-n-da-n no-i-ta; right chest protector, Kyu-bi-no-i-ta ;left chest protector, tsu-ru-ba-shi-ri; smooth leather covering, Ku-sa-zu-ri; segmented leather and they are hip and thigh guard.

You can read the history of Yoroi here at wikipedia website.

Samurai weaponry..

Samurai primarily used arrows and sword.

The Japanese sword is made distinctly for cutting.Therefore, it is single edged and curved. Generally, hilt is long and made to be held with both hands.

I came across History channel’s documentary show on Samurai history on youtube.Nice piece to learn more about our country.

If you are a blog subscriber, please click here to watch the video at youtube website.

History of Samurai..

By the way, my ancestor’s father had a castle in Gifu prefecture which is in main island of Japan. He was going to give the right to take over the castle to my ancestor, but he gave the right to take over the castle to his younger brother.

I only know the story just that and I wonder what happened to our ancestor after passing the right to take over the castle.

I heard about the story from my father but, I have no idea how much more he knows.

I found it interesting. I wonder what my ancestor ended up doing for life.

I also found that Tokyo has Samurai museum if you are interested;near Shinjyuku station.

Here is the official website.

Sep 14, 2016 | 0 | Japan

Save up to 15% on buffalo treats-shipping fee updated on September 13th,2016

From September 9th through 15th, you can save up to 15% on Buffalo treats

*** September 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

Elk Liver Andes Biscuits

Order over $70* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $70) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   4 oz Elk liver Andes biscuits

 

** Buffalo liver Baguette biscuits;Grass-fed Buffalo liver biscuits<4 oz>

baguette biscuits
This is our buffalo liver biscuits with a little exotic twist using fully grass-fed buffalo liver.

Biscuits will be made to order,freshly baked before shipping time. All will be vacuum-packed to seal-in the freshness.

Let’s watch our K9 executive chef “Palette” in action with taste testing Baguette biscuits.

If you are a blog subscriber, please click here to watch the video.

Palette and Baguette biscuits..

You can read/watch more on Baguette biscuits in the entry titled “Palette’s note: Baguette biscuits”. Please click here to read the entry.

**Surf Turf Jerky 1 oz

Surf Turf Jerky is made with American fully grass-fed buffalo meat with wild-caught salmon with skin on. We do not use the grass-fed buffalo meat with grain finished.

th_Surf turf jerky

You can read more on Surf Turf Jerky in the taste testing entry titled “Palette’s note:Surf Turf Jerky”. Please click here to read the entry.

Surf Turf Jerky will be made to order approx. 16 hrs before shipping time,and we offer freshest Jerky on the market.

Please store this Jerky in freezer for longer shelf life in your air-tight zip bag after receiving your order.

Surf Turf Jerky is lab tested,and registered with department of agriculture.

** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** Grass-Fed Moo!Odor Free bully stick 5″-6″ variety set B Free shipping $122.77

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.26

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Dine & Play Bag $40.65

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $35.67

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is fixed flat fee.

$0 to $99.99 (after all discount applied) is at $7.99

$100.00 and over is Free shippingItems will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

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Sep 09, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year Day 40- Day 43

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

Liam gets vaccination; Hepatitis B

When Liam passed 1 month old, he received his second Hepatitis B shot on Day 38.

On that day, his temperature went up a bit (normally 98.1F and he was 99.1F or so after the shot. And he was not that as active as he was normally would be.

One feeding time, he did not drink milk as much (He happily drink 75ml milk but that particular one time feeding time, he only took 60ml.

Not bad but it was unusual for him.

However, he was back to himself after a couple of days.

Talking of vaccination, I find that US doctors give kids more shots than kids in Japan gets.

In Japan, there are type of shots your kids/babies must get it but there are also shots decision is up to their parents.

Number of shots Japanese kids/babies receives less than American kids/babies.

I am not sure if it is because country size is different and, Japan is not like America where many people from all over the world are coming in and living in here.

I wonder that is why the disease doctors feel like they need to protect kids from are more than Japan in here in USA.

In case of Hepatitis B, in USA, babies gets at birth as first shot and then booster in between first and second months.

In Japan, it is called B gata kanen, and it was a shot that parents  could decide if they want it for their babies or not, but starting from October 2016, the Hepatitis B shot will become the shot that they must give to the babies;it will become non optional shot for kids.

The optional shots would not be covered by insurance or government (city) would not pay for it and parents must pay about $30 to up to $120 depending on the kind of shots they would give to the babies.

When the parents have their kids non optional shots, government (city) would pay for it.

On Day 38, I measured him and, he weigh 7lb 4 oz.

He was getting big!

Liam Day 41

Early morning (2:30am),Liam spitted out the milk big time..and ended up body wiping with wet washcloth, changing outfit,and for me,it meant that changing jacket and washing breastfeeding pillow cover..

Liam did not like it at all and I got so worried because I could tell that he was still interested in milk but he just could not have it because more drinking caused his tongue sticking out to spit out..

I had prepared 75ml milk and he took most of it ,but he ended up spitting up probably half of it or 3rd of it.

He calmed down so, I prepared 75 ml of milk at 5:30 milk time but again, he could not take as much as he wanted and stopped at 50 ml point.

His tummy was a bit balloon-like and I tried to encourage him to burp but he cried loud (maybe hurts when he sits up to burp?) and I could not make him burp to sit up.

We were careful of burping him but apparently it was not enough for him.

Therefore, my husband gave him belly massage on him after that and let him fart and sleep,no more milk at that time.

After that, he was looking better and drink well and when my mother in law was giving him milk,I heard him burp.

Since doctor wanted him to drink as much milk as he can to grow; up the amount of milk more than 60ml which we were doing before, we up the amount to 75ml.

With that amount of milk he needed,I could not pump that much at one time so, we ended up getting a jag of liquid formula (good for 48 hours after opening) and while he was on formula,I store my pumped breast milk to give him breast milk full day.

With that method, it seemed like 2 days formula, 2 days breast milk pattern.

I generally do not like to give formula to Liam but I had to depend on it because my breast did not produce enough milk he needed..

That big early morning spit up was with formula, and one last time he spit out was also formula.

I wondered if it might not be easy for him to digest it compared to breast milk.He has never spit out the breast milk like this. Also, I wonder if formula makes him gassier as I read in the book before??

Giving him the formula was not my preferred choice. I wished I could give him that much of milk via pumped milk so he would not be on formula…

Plus formula milk has distinct odor that I did not care for much…

One even after another…. Liam Day 42

It was about 9 pm.We had dinner and we were happy but then,when my husband opened up Liam’s diaper, because Liam suddenly started crying like no other, the groin area /lower abdomen area (only one side) was bulged and hard and we went to emergency center to have him look at it.

Turned out it was “hernia”,and intestine got popped out making the area bulged..They said it was common in preemie.

The discharge paper said crying,struggling often makes the area popped out and we had been trying to minimize crying and stuff ,which was a little difficult but was trying.. after coming back from the hospital).

After coming back home, next feeding time came and, the area got popped up again and since we were told to be back there if it lasted longer than 60 minutes, and it did not back down on its own,we drove to the hospital once again..

We ended up being recommended to call pediatric surgeon to have him look at and schedule the possible surgery…

Since we have switched jag of formula and let him drink till gone and then switch to breast milk till supply lasts, he might had more gas in his tummy than the time we used to feed;base is breast milk and when we did not have enough breast milk, then we used formula to cover.

So, trying to fart/poop might not have been helping this hernia thing..

After the discharge from hospital second time, he was on breast milk all time.

My heart was broken because I knew he has got plenty on his plate to deal with already, and another hurdle was added.

I hoped he would overcome all the difficulties coming to his way and be better..

After the incident, every time I changed his diaper, he started crying, I tried to calm him down but made me very nervous…

We all were stressed out and we were all sleep deprived.

Liam Day 43;Visiting pediatric Surgeon..

Next day,we went to pediatric surgeon clinic and have Liam look at.

The doctor decided to operate surgery next week. Since he was so small, we were told that he would be staying at the hospital for a day for them to monitor the recovery and we will be there with him too.

He was tiny and I worry about general anesthesia for the surgery but under the skillful surgeon, it would be ok.

After the doctor appointment, he was so hungry and we fed him at the office waiting room.

He drank milk so fast and he looked very satisfied.

It was good that he had a good appetite.

More Liam’s story continue.

Stay tuned.

Sep 05, 2016 | 0 | parenting

Labor day sale;All natural dog treats and chews

Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen specializes in all natural dog treats made with simple ingredients. Most of the treats we carry are single ingredient treats and, all taste tested by our k9 executive chef Palette the Corgi.

From September 2nd through 5th, you can save up to 50% on selected items (Doorbusters) and take extra 15% off on order over $40* (shipping fee, sales tax excluded).

Enter 15% off coupon code; LABORDAY

** The coupon code box will appear on the payment page after typing in the shipping information.

** You cannot combine the codes.

AND, FREE SHIPPING with order over $40 (shipping fee, sales tax excluded.Sub total after discount applied must be over $40. No coupon code required)

** This special will end at 11:59pm Est September 5th,2016.

Palette with supreme bully sticks chewing picture

Our K9 executive chef Palette enjoying Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks “Supreme

Supreme is one of the Doorbuster items.

Can you believe this bully sticks is now $1.72? AND, you can take extra 15% off on those when your subtotal after coupon applied was over $40!

That means….This supreme bully stick is going to be $1.46 with single purchase and if you purchase with 10 pieces bulk, even more saving!

Don’t miss the huge saving of the year!

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*** September 2016 SnackSaturday treats***

Elk Liver Andes Biscuits

Order over $70* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount applied must be over $70) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   4 oz Elk liver Andes biscuits

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** Bulk treats of the month & K9 Foodie Mystery Bag**

Dogs love to enjoy variety of treats.

For them, we have created some variety treat bag made with wide variety of protein source.

Variety bag is the great way to explore variety of treats doggie buffet style.

For those who loves bully sticks, we have created Odor free bully sticks variety set so your dog can enjoy variety of odor free bully sticks

For those who loves to stock up your dog’s favorite single treat budget friendly way, we have created smaller bulk with free shipping deal.

For those who would love to have fun with mystery treat bag, we have Palette’s K9 Foodie mystery bag deal.

Your dog will love you even more for the new yummy treats!

And yes, we have one mystery gift bag for dog lovers too. They are great as gift.

We have variety of treat set/gift set for everyone.Enjoy treat hunt!

Here are some example menu.

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set A free shipping $87.82

** Grass-Fed Moo!Odor Free bully stick 5″-6″ variety set B Free shipping $122.77

**Odor free bully sticks 6″ variety set C Free Shipping $26.78

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag  ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef Deluxe $39.26

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Dine & Play Bag $40.65

** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery variety gift bag $35.67

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required.)

If you use coupon code for other promotion such as 10% off coupon code, the subtotal after coupon was applied must be over $100. Shipping fee, sales tax excluded.

** Starting Jan 2014,all Free shipping orders has been shipped by Retail Ground (Formally known as standard post) or lowest cost shipping method unless your order include Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits or Jerky.

*** Shipping schedule ***

If your order contains our brand of biscuits and Jerky, it will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday to make sure our products would arrive at your door fresh.This applies to all postal zones.

All orders (Free shipping or paid shipping) without our brand of biscuits and jerky to postal code 5-9 (IL to west, AK,HI,FL) from our zip code 22501,will be shipped via first class parcel or retail ground method unless it contains our brand of our biscuits or Jerky and orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday.

Paid shipping order weighing more than 12 oz without our brand of biscuits and Jerky to postal zone 1-4 from our zip code 22501, and free shipping order weighing more than 12 oz to postal zone 1-4 without our brand of biscuits and Jerky will be shipped Monday through Friday.

Orders to postal zone 1-4 and those weight of order including shipping envelope or box less than 12 oz will be shipped via first class parcel and which case, order will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.If orders is weighing more than 12 oz or if orders contain our brand of biscuits or Jerky will be shipped by priority mail from Monday through Friday.

Orders will be shipped via USPS. For customer in zone 1-4 from us in VA, orders will be shipped by either first class parcel (less than 12 oz including shipping envelop or box) or priority mail (more than 12 oz weight). For customers living in zone 5 to west (Chicago to west coast,FL,HI,AK), order will be shipped by first class parcel or retail ground unless orders contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky.

When orders going to zone 5 – 8 had made to order biscuits /Jerky in them, order will be shipped via first class parcel or priority mail.And those will be shipped from Monday through Wednesday.

We prefer priority mail or first class parcel method if your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky since they are made with fresh ingredients without preservatives, and not like other pre made biscuits or Jerky treats.

USPS does not offer retail ground service to the area zone 1 to 4 from us.

*** Flat rate shipping rate***

You will see the flat rate shipping charge during the checkout

Charge is based on the order total.

$0 to $20 shipping fee is at $5.55

$20.01 to $50.00 shipping fee is at $7.55

$50.01 to $100 shipping fee is at $9.77

$100.01 and over is Free shipping

Items will be shipped via USPS.

Zone 1-zone 4 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or priority mail

Zone 5-zone 8 from zip code 22501 will be shipped via either first class mail or retail ground. However, when the order weigh more than 13 oz and your order contains our brand of biscuits or Jerky which requires faster shipping method, it will be shipped via priority mail.

You can check the postal zone for your area by visiting USPS site here.

Click on Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair tab and then enter our zip code 22501 on Origin ZIP Code, enter your zip code for Destination ZIP Code and hit the “Get zone” button to see the zone number for your area.

** Starting Jan 20th,2016, We no longer offer the complementary treats with order

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.

Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

** Sign up for our e-newsletter to save on your pet treats. When you first sign up for our e-newsletter, you will receive 12% off coupon code in your welcome e-mail to use for your next order.

Sign up form can be found here

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

Sep 02, 2016 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Understanding the dog language

Have you ever wish you could understand your dog’s language and understand what your dog is trying to tell you?

You would be able to understand how people are feeling just by judging their facial expressions, tone of voice, and of course the words coming out from the mouth.

How would you be able to understand your 4 legged friends?

The dog definitely does have a way to tell how they feel about everything around them.

What would they use to send their message to others?

Sound (barking, whining, growling etc..), signals (tail position and its movement), facial expression, and posture and more: body language.

If you could understand how they are feeling at the very moment, it would be very useful in terms of building stronger bond between you and your dog, training, and being able to predict what would happen next such as snapping at someone and more.

If you could predict/sense what would happen next and if the prediction was negative ones such as snapping at someone, then, you could stop that from happening by removing from the trigger.

When it comes to dog’s language, you must look at the whole pictures,not just facial expression, but everything and read their body language, judge and act accordingly.

Sometimes, dog body language are very subtle.

However, especially if you have a little ones, being able to read your dog’s language is a lot of help in terms of managing the little one and a dog together.

This can ultimately becomes something that could use for bite prevention for little kid’s safety as well.

Little one cannot read the dog’s language so you must be the one who could read the dog body language and when you think the dog is under stressed or something, you should act right away before something happens.

Many dog bites involving little kids could be prevented if parents and children were aware of the subtle signs that dogs send when they are anxious or under stressed.

Recently, I came across well known positive dog trainer Victoria Stilwell’s blog entry on body language and I found it interesting to read.

In it, she writes that often, gestures or actions that we assume mean one thing are actually the dog telling us the exact opposite, and determining what that wagging tail or exposed tummy really means can sometimes be the difference between a belly rub and a bite.

According to her blog entry, here are several useful body language characteristics associated with specific emotion.

Appeasement & Displacement

  • muzzle and/or ear licking
  • jumping up
  • lowering and curving the body
  • blinking
  • clacking or exposing the teeth “(“smiling”)
  • lip licking
  • lowering the head and ears
  • play bowing

She also write that passive submission such as cowering and body freezing seems to be done in response to escalating fear in the presence of a perceived threat.

In addition to appeasement, dogs also commonly use displacement signals to avoid confrontation. These body signals are used to provide a distraction – a way of covering up what the dog is actually feeling. Yawning, sniffing, scratching, sneezing, and licking are all active behaviors that keep the dog calm and provide a distraction to refocus the attention of others away from him.

Victoria writes similar signals have different meanings in different situations, so read the position of the body and understand other vocal signals so you can understand a dog’s intent and emotional state.

Stress/Discomfort/Nervousness

When dogs are stressed and nervous they exhibit behavior that either help relieve the stress they are feeling or appease a perceived threat.

  • Yawning can be a sign that a dog is tired, but it also signals stress
  • Lip licking or tongue flicking. Dogs lick their lips when nervous
  • Brief body freezing – the dog is still for a few seconds before reacting
  • Body freezing – the dog freezes until the threat goes away or he decides to use fight or flight
  • ‘Whale Eye’ – the dog turns his head away but keeps looking at the perceived threat, showing the whites of his eyes
  • Head turn – the dog will turn his head away from a fear source as a gesture of appeasement
  • Furrowed brow, curved eyebrows – caused by facial tension
  • Tense jaw – the mouth is closed, and the dog is preparing for action
  • Hugging – a dog will gain comfort by holding onto his owner
  • Low tail carriage – indicates discomfort and uncertainty
  • Curved tongue – the tongue is curved at the edges from tension
  • Raspy, dry-sounding panting –   nervousness reduces saliva production
  • Twitching whiskers – caused by facial tension
  • Shaking – caused by adrenaline release
  • Drooling – stress can also cause excessive salivation
  • Lack of focus – an anxious dog finds learning difficult
  • Sweaty paws – dogs sweat through their foot pads
  • Piloerection – the hair on a dog’s neck and spine stands on end (like human goose bumps), making the dog appear bigger while releasing odor from the glands contained in the dog’s hair follicles

Appeasement/Deference

Deference language is designed to appease a perceived threat, avoid injury and is crucial for survival.

  • Head bobbing or lowering
  • Head turning
  • Averting eyes
  • Lip licking
  • Low tail carriage
  • Tail tucked between the legs
  • Curved and lowered body
  • Stomach flip – the dog flips over quickly, exposing his stomach; he is not asking for a belly rub, but signaling that he is withdrawing from interaction

Curious/Anticipatory

  • Head cocked to one side or the other
  • Front paw lifted – anticipating what will happen and what the dog should do next
  • Mouth closed – sizing up the situation in preparation for action

Displacement

Displacement language helps the dog to self-calm and refocus attention away from them and onto something else.

  • Sneezing
  • Shaking
  • Sniffing
  • Nose licking
  • Yawning
  • Spinning
  • Pacing
  • Chattering teeth
  • Shake off – dog will release stress and tension by shaking their bodies as if trying to get water off their backs.

Defensive and Offensive

When a dog has to defend herself from an actual or perceived threat she will demonstrate defensive or offensive language in order to keep herself safe.

If the threat does not back away and the dog has nowhere to go, defensive behavior will turn offensive and the dog will bite.  

  • Body leaning forward
  • Tense mouth
  • Lips pushed forward and vibrating as the dog growls
  • Air snapping – the dog snaps in the air to warn something to back away
  • Snapping with skin contact – also a warning to back away
  • Fast nip – an immediate bite and release with bruising or slight wound, telling a threat to back off
  • Deeper bite – a dog that bites with more intensity is intending to harm
  • Bite and hold – intent to harm
  • Bite, hold, and shake – intent to harm and potentially to kill. Some dogs will bite, hold, shake, and disembowel stuffed toys, simulating the killing of prey; while this is prevalent among dogs with high prey drive, even dogs with low drive can indulge in behavior of this type. If your dog likes to disembowel stuffed toys, this doesn’t mean he wants to do the same with people or other animals. Sadie loves to disembowel toys, but she is incredibly gentle with people, especially children.
  • Wagging tail – again, a wagging tail does not always mean a happy dog
  • Hard, staring eyes

Relaxed

The body is fluid and relaxed, the mouth is slightly open with tongue hanging to the side and all the signals a dog gives off communicate joy, confidence and a desire to invite play and attention.

  • Mouth slightly open, tongue relaxed and lolling to one side.
  • Small body freezes during play.
  • Play bow – this signal invites play and tells others that whatever action comes next is still just play.
  • Turning over, inviting belly rub – showing trust and enjoying social contact.
  • Relaxed facial expression.
  • Squinty or blinking eyes.
  • Tail wagging fast, either side to side or in a round motion like a helicopter.
  • Wiggling backside.

One of the body language I find it interesting to read is tail wagging.

If you see the dog wagging tail, you would most likely think the dog is happy seeing you.

However, Victoria writes that those interpretation are wrong and this tail wagging gesture is often misunderstood by human.

Victoria write that some dogs also wag their tails when aroused, overstimulated and frustrated.

One other thing about tail wagging, I found interesting to know that the dog has preference in more to which side they would wag depending on who they see.

She writes we can usually tell the difference between being happy and being aroused,overstimulated, frustrated by looking at what the rest of the body is doing:

  • A confident or aroused dog will hold his tail in the air, allowing scent from the anal glands to circulate more freely and advertise his presence.
  • A dog that is wagging his tail but barking with a defensive body posture, tense face, and hard staring eyes is overly aroused and frustrated, which means that he should not be approached.
  • A tail that is held low or between the legs signals a lack of confidence, nervousness, or fear
  • A tail that is held high but wagged more slowly means that the dog is assessing a situation.
  • A tail that is extended and curved means that the dog is tense and ready to take offensive or defensive action.
  • A tail that wags around and around like a helicopter and is accompanied by relaxed fluid body movement and a wiggling bottom signals friendliness and a willingness to engage.
  • Research has shown that when a dog sees someone they like, his tail wags more to the right. When he sees an unfamiliar person, his tail wags more to the left. Subtle body language like this is easy to miss.

Our dog is Corgi and her tail is nub.

If tail got so much meaning in body language, I am guessing that some dogs might/could misinterpret our dog Palette’s body language.

Victoria says that the tail is a prime indicator of mood, and dogs with docked tails are unable to communicate properly using that part of their body, which means that other dogs and people miss vital signals.

To read the full article by Victoria Stilwell on her blog positively, please click here

You can also look at this cute dog body language chart at barkpost website here.

Aug 29, 2016 | 0 | Miscellaneous (dogs)