Pet Tales: Precise Sensicare provides shiny coat for Belgian Tervuren

Here at Precise, we want to hear from our community. Our Pet Tales blog posts come directly from customers who have submitted stories about their experience with Precise products. Click here to share your own story.

Lindsay Meyers writes:

“My Belgian Tervuren male has always been a picky eater and has never been able to carry a large coat like a Belgian should. A couple months ago, he couldn’t put on weight, his coat started breaking, falling off, and he looked really unhealthy. Precise Sensicare Lamb & Rice was suggested to me as a dog food. I started  feeding it to him and within only a couple weeks he was eating and I could tell a huge difference in his coat! He has been on the food about two months now and I notice that he looks better and better nearly every week. He has never been in better condition and I know it is from his new food! I’m surprised and happy about how quickly his coat and condition improved.”

Thanks for sharing, Lindsay! We are thrilled that Precise Pet Products help keep you Belgian Tervuren happy and healthy!

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Lessons We Can Learn From Our Pets

We spend a lot of time teaching our pets. For example, you get a kitten or a puppy and then spend hours teaching him/her proper behaviors, commands or tricks. Now take a step back and let your pet be the teacher.

  • Find something you love and do it over and over. Dogs love to play fetch. They get enjoyment from running after a ball, bringing it to you, and running after it again. Take the time to do an activity that you will enjoy the first time as well as the hundredth.
  • While many of us pick on cats for constantly taking naps, we do have something to learn from them. Naps have the power to counteract the stress of the day. Who wouldn’t want to feel awake and relaxed twice in a day?
  • After you take that nice cat nap, take a moment to stretch. There are many health benefits to stretching, not just before or after exercising. Use your pet’s stretching time as a reminder for yourself to stretch a little.
  • Pets have an uncanny sense to be a friend. If you’re sad or upset, your pet will be the first one by your side without saying a word. Just be present and don’t be afraid to just sit with a friend in silence.
  • Actions speak louder than words. Although dogs can’t say a single word, they have many ways of expressing their affections. Think of ways you can show love for someone without using words.

Always keep in mind your pets may have a little more to offer us than cute looks. Our four-legged friends can teach us a little bit about life.

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Retailer Spotlight: The Pawprint Market

In our Retailer Spotlight blog posts, our team will take a closer look into some of the outstanding retailers across the country that sell Precise. We love all of our retailers and the services they bring to our customers!

Working in the pet industry is not anything new to the Pawprint Market storeowner, Jennifer Scott. With over a decade of experience, Jennifer Scott opened the Pawprint Market in Darien, Connecticut in 2003. Her vision was to open a store filled with good, healthy, preservative-free pet food along with all the supplies necessary for cats and dogs through all life stages. To simply put it- a good ole’ fashion general store for cats and dogs encompassed in a homey atmosphere that fosters nutrition, education and fun!

In addition to the vast knowledge of canine and feline nutrition shared amongst Scott and her team, the Pawprint Market provides advice on training, grooming and behavioral and health issues to their customers. “Our passion is dogs and cats and helping people create a lifetime bond with them,” says Scott. As our motto says, ‘You have questions, we have answers. There is a difference.’”

As a proud retailer and supporter of Precise Pet Products, the Pawprint Market has had testimony from customers that their commitment to customer satisfaction (both pet and human alike) paired with their dedication to provided high-quality pet food is like no other. “Precise represents everything I believe in as an independent store owner,” says Scott. “Family owned, top-quality and a company built on support and trust are the foundation of the Pawprint Market.”

The Pawprint Market recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary in September. For more information about the Pawprint Market and the products and services they provide, call 203-656-3901.

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Precise Naturals Grain Free Formulas Win Industry Recognition Award by Pet Business Magazine

Precise Pet Products Naturals Grain Free Formulas Win Industry Recognition Award by Pet Business Magazine
Naturals Grain Free recognized as one of the Industry Recognition Award winners of 2013

Nacogdoches, Texas December 3, 2013 – Precise Pet Products, a brand division of Texas Farm Products, was recently honored as one of the Industry Recognition Award winners of 2013 by Pet Business magazine. Formulated for pet owners who are seeking an alternative diet to address pet concerns such as allergies, obesity and digestibility, the Precise Naturals Grain Free formulas earned this esteemed award in the dog and cat food line category.

In the annual Industry Recognition Awards report, the editors of Pet Business magazine sought out the most groundbreaking products that are driving growth in the pet care market. Products are selected across eight categories including dog products, cat products, dog and cat products, bird products, small animal products, herptile products, aquarium products and marketing awards.

“We are honored to receive the 2013 Industry Recognition Award from Pet Business. Precise has continued to strive to stay on top of industry trends to deliver high-quality and innovative pet food formulas to our customers,” said Kirk Young, executive vice-president of Precise Pet Products. “Our Naturals Grain Free cat and dog formulas have been well-received within the pet food industry and with this recent achievement from one of the pet industry’s top publications, we are confident that they will continue to do well.”

Precise Pet Products launched the start of the Precise Naturals line in July of 2013 at Superzoo in Las Vegas with two new grain free formulas. The formulas feature the same all-natural ingredients as the original Naturals line to help promote a healthy, well-balanced diet for pets.

To learn more about Precise Pet Products and the Naturals Grain Free line, visit www.precise.com or call 1-888-4-PRECISE (1-888-477-3247). For more information on the Industry Recognition Awards, visit www.petbusiness.com or pick up the December issue of Pet Business magazine.

About Precise Pet Products
Precise Pet Products, a brand division of Texas Farm Products Company, is an American-based manufacturer and supplier of canine and feline foods made from all-natural ingredients produced mostly from U.S. sources. Located in Nacogdoches, Texas, Precise Pet Products provides pet foods that are safe and nutritious. Using the latest in technology and testing capabilities, Precise Pet Products boasts a history of responsible pet food products. For more information, please visit www.precisepet.com or call 1-888-4-PRECISE (1-888-477-3247).

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Linda Arndt, “The Great Dane Lady”

Linda Arndt, “The Great Dane Lady”
August 12, 1946- August 22, 2013

 In August of this year, we lost a very special friend, Linda Arndt. Known to us as the “The Great Dane Lady,” Linda worked for Precise Pet Products for four years. During those years, she focused her passion for large breed dogs and her knowledge and expertise in animal nutrition, to help create many of our large breed dog holistic formulas. To that end, we wanted to honor and pay tribute to Linda and share her story with all those she touched.

 Linda had a love for animals, particularly dogs, at a very early age. She acquired her first Great Dane, named Neige in 1973. Neige died from bloat before her second birthday and it was this traumatic event that inspired Linda to begin her exhaustive and all-encompassing journey into canine nutrition.

 For more than 34 years, Linda served as Professor Emeritus at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. As an educator, it was her quest for knowledge that led to a lifetime devoted to improving the lives of others – dogs and people alike. She was particularly interested in the study of nutritionally caused bone disease and the effects of high calorie diets on the growth of large and giant breeds. Linda lectured nationally and published numerous articles on growth, systemic yeast, general nutrition and how it relates to wellness and longevity for all pets. Her words can be seen in DaneWorld Magazine, The Great Dane Reporter, Whole Dog Journal, Pet Health News, Pet Product News, and Animal Wellness.

In 1973, Linda founded Blackwatch Great Dane Kennels in central Indiana with friends and respected breeders, Phil and Jane Gray of Owlwatch Kennels. There she worked as a canine nutritional consultant and bred, trained and successfully showed and finished many champion Great Danes, Pugs and Borzois. Linda worked hand-in-hand with puppy buyers, breeders, owners and veterinarians in helping to solve problems through proper diets in the hopes of promoting wellness and longevity.

From 1989-1995, Linda conducted a National Bone Disease Survey of more than 5,200 Great Dane cases of canine orthopedic diseases. Her research provided breeders with a better understanding of the causes, prevention, and management of developmental orthopedic diseases in large and giant breeds. From her research came the design and production of Eagle Natural Pack dog food and the development of Blackwatch adult and puppy feed programs.

In June 2006, Linda retired from Ball State University and founded Blackwatch Canine Nutritional Consulting, LLC to further her efforts in canine nutritional research by working with holistic companies to develop better foods and supplements for our pets. After trying Precise Pet Products in her feed trials in 2009, Linda joined the Precise team as a nutritional consultant to help develop new, innovative pet food formulas.

Perhaps Linda’s greatest influence at Precise was her leadership in developing the Precise Holistic Complete formulas.  Linda played a key role in the formulation of the Large and Giant Breed Puppy Formula, the Large and Giant Breed Adult Formula and revamped the new Senior Formula. It is through her expertise that the Precise Holistic Complete line continues to be well received by our customers.

As you can see, Linda’s passion for learning and love of large breed dogs was the foundation of her life. She dedicated herself to research, education, and to her dogs.  Linda leaves behind an unforgettable legacy.

 

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Keeping Fido Healthy

Obesity is seen as a growing problem in Americans, but surprisingly or not, it is also seen as a growing problem for our pets. A common reason your dog is over weight is because of the food portions they are being served.

Think of getting a plate at a restaurant. If you get a big plate, you are going to get large portions, and more than likely you will eat most of it. It’s the same with a dog bowl. If you have a large dog bowl, you are going to give your dog more food, and more than likely they will eat all of it. So consider getting a smaller bowl with smaller portions. Here are a few other ways of keeping your dog’s diet in check.

  • Know how many calories your dog intakes and learn how to count them to help your dog lose weight. If you are feeding with a buffet of food (a continuous feeder), then how will you control portions?
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise. It takes just as much discipline (if not more) to help your dog stay fit as it does to keep yourself fit. You can start out by walking short distances and increasing the length over time.
  • There are some dogs that are more prone to gaining weight than other dogs. Pay special attention to these breeds.
  • Just like a human diet, you need to cut out snacks and treats. No more scraps from the dinner table. If treats are used as rewards, give smaller portions or find an alternative to reward your dog.
  • Stay strong! It’s important that you stick to the diet. Dogs are experts in the “puppy dog” look. Remember results won’t be seen overnight, but they will over time.

Don’t make excuses for your dog. There are many health risks to pet obesity and it is up to you to reverse it. Talk to your vet if you have any concerns about your pet.

 

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Happy Halloween from Precise

Having a fun Halloween with Precise! We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

 

 

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Precise Pet Products Welcomes Bonnie Barnes, Scott Johnson, and Tony Gutierrez

Precise Pet Products Welcomes Bonnie Barnes, Scott Johnson, and Tony Gutierrez
Three Sales Managers Will Support Precise Sales Growth

 Nacogdoches, Texas Precise Pet Products, an American-based manufacturer and supplier of all-natural canine and feline foods, recently added three new team members to their growing sales team. Bonnie Barnes, Scott Johnson, and Tony Gutierrez have been named territory sales managers for the brand.

 In their new positions with Precise, Barnes, Johnson and Gutierrez play an essential role in initiating focused sales and education initiatives for retail associates to help grow territory pet food sales. Additionally, the three sales managers identify and implement strategies to execute promotional activities including industry trade show support and event sponsorship to continue to build brand awareness and develop customer relationships.

“Adding Bonnie, Scott and Tony to the team strengthens our ability to further develop and grow our company’s reach across the nation and in Canada,” said Kirk Young, executive vice president of Precise Pet Products. “Each professional brings unique sales and management experience that will enhance our brand. We’re excited to have these sales experts on our team.”

Before joining Precise, Barnes served as the western Canada territory manager at Tri Natural Products, a leading Canadian importer distributor of premium holistic and wellness pet products. There she established, managed and serviced accounts across western Canada. Barnes serves the western Canada territory for Precise Pet Products.

Johnson served as a key account manager at WellPet, a manufacturer and supplier to a family of premium pet food brands. In this position, Johnson managed over 25 accounts, exceeded sales goals and coordinated product launch campaigns. Johnson represents Precise in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Gutierrez brings 29 years of sales experience to Precise Pets Products. He served as a distributor for Veterinary Services, Inc., an employee owned company and leading distributor of animal health products. There Gutierrez oversaw the pet food division and managed sales and customer relationships. Gutierrez represents Precise in Southern California, Arizona and Southern Nevada.

To learn more about Precise Pet Products, visit www.precisepets.com or call 1-888-4-PRECISE (1-888-477-3247). 

About Precise Pet Products
Precise Pet Products, a brand division of Texas Farm Products Company, is an American-based manufacturer and supplier of canine and feline foods made from all-natural ingredients produced mostly from U.S. sources. Located in Nacogdoches, Texas, Precise Pet Products provides pet foods that are safe and nutritious. Using the latest in technology and testing capabilities, Precise Pet Products boasts a history of responsible pet food products. For more information, please visit www.precisepet.com or call 1-888-4-PRECISE (1-888-477-3247).

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Precise Pet Products Debuts New Grain Free Formulas

Precise Pet Products Debuts New Grain Free Formulas
American-Based Manufacturer Announces Additions to Precise Naturals Line

 Nacogdoches, Texas  Precise Pet Products, a brand division of Texas Farm Products, is proud to introduce its new Naturals Grain Free formulas to pet owners who are seeking an alternative diet to address pet concerns such as allergies, obesity and digestibility.

 The new Naturals Grain Free formulas, available for both dogs and cats, feature the same all-natural ingredients as the original Naturals line, including high-quality chicken and chicken meal, natural preservatives, balanced fatty acids, probiotics and purified chicken fat. Free of grains, potatoes, soy, dairy and by-products and enriched with chicken as the single meat protein, the Naturals Grain Free formulas help to promote a healthy, well-balanced diet for pets.

“The demand for grain free pet foods is steadily growing,” said Kirk Young, executive vice-president of Precise Pet Products. “Pet owners are becoming more aware of the benefits grain free diets can offer pets who may suffer from grain allergies or weight management issues. The Naturals Grain Free formulas offer dogs and cats a natural solution with the benefit of highly digestible protein.”

Precise Naturals Grain Free formulas are available in 5 lb., 12 lb., and 28 lb. bags for canines and 3 lb., 6 lb. and 12 lb. bags for felines.

To learn more about Precise Pet Products and the Naturals Grain Free line, visit www.precise.com or call 1-888-4-PRECISE (1-888-477-3247).

About Precise Pet Products
Precise Pet Products, a brand division of Texas Farm Products Company, is an American-based manufacturer and supplier of canine and feline foods made from all-natural ingredients produced mostly from U.S. sources. Located in Nacogdoches, Texas, Precise Pet Products provides pet foods that are safe and nutritious. Using the latest in technology and testing capabilities, Precise Pet Products boasts a history of responsible pet food products. For more information, please visit www.precisepet.com or call 1-888-4-PRECISE (1-888-477-3247).

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Making a Difference in a Pet’s Life

Many people find joy in rescuing or adopting pets, but what about pet fostering? Pet fostering gives a pet the opportunity to live in a home environment instead of in a shelter and helps transition them to their “forever” home.  Pet fostering is very rewarding, but comes with many responsibilities. Make sure you consider all points of pet fostering before making the commitment. Below are some tips if you are considering fostering a pet.

  • Treat the dog or cat as if it were your own and give the pet love and attention it wants and needs.
  • Along with regular pet parent responsibilities (feeding, exercising, grooming), foster pet parents may have to do extra basic training including house training, leash walking, commands or behavior modifications to correct jumping, barking and chewing.
  • Help socialize the dog or cat with your personal pets, with pets in the neighborhood or with other humans.
  • When a family decides they want to adopt your foster pet, provide them with as much information as you can including the pet’s personality, diet and behavior.

You never know what you will get out of an experience by helping pets in need and each foster experience has their own unique story. If you are interested in fostering a pet, contact your local shelter to find out more information.

 

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