Dandelion snack 😁🌿🌼
I often hear from potential or first time customers and also friends and other dog caretakers that their animal won’t eat herbs so it won’t work with any kind of herbal supplements or remedies, unless it is in a pill (capsule) or drops they could masquerade in a piece of cheese, meat or other treat.
I wholeheartedly disagree, because I was once a beginner in terms of #herbsfordogs
and I used to try to please my customers by searching for and finding all kinds of solutions to go around this.
But the truth is, one has to do the “work” of introducing herbs (or anything new for that matter) to their animals. One has to have the patience and let time do the work. Let your animals learn about the new herb or any food component, that you are about to introduce to their diet. Let them sniff it, chew it, spit it out, play with it. Let them acompany you on your herb gathering walk and watch you pick the herbs, chew some infront of them, show them it is safe, it is part of what you as a pack eat and do.
Set the intention for the herbs to provide nourishment and healing, start slow with smaller dozes, let your animal get used to the taste, then gradually build it up. Don’t force and don’t give up.
It is a natural process and your dog’s natural instincts will awaken, they will start remembering that once, as as a wild creature they used to instinctively know which herbs are good for them, which herbs to seek for help with digestion, parasite infestation, organ support, to draw poisons out of their body. This, just like with us, stayed encoded in their genes, it is still there, ad you can see so well on so many wild animals and those domesticated, who have a chance to choose and re-learn.
It is never too late to introduce your animal to the plant medicine.
Ziggi and Misa (in the video) have both been introduced to fresh nourishing herbs as mature adults.