|Barked: Thu Nov 15, '12 1:36am PST |
|Best advice for store bought may be CALIFORNIA NATURAL GRAIN FREE, which has several options, including novel meat sources. This is really helpful as you are getting rid of the grain and the more typical meats used, towards which the dogs may have allergies. It's pricey, but good, particularly with the novel meat sources. Others may have good recommendations as well, i.e., this is not the "only."
The other thing to consider is the HOMEMADE diet. As noted, it is cost effective...if you do your shopping right, even a savings. A very handy thing with this is that you yourself can shift around ingredients if you are trying to figure out possible allergens. You basically can't do that with a commercial dog food....only move from one to the next to the next, so it might be worth some thought if you feel bold enough.
As noted, it's good to do this now, in this interim period, so that by the time you go, if you want to bring up with your vet the subject of a potential immune disorder, you can. Not trying to panic you, but you seem quite level headed and mature, so I figure talk frankly. You would probably prefer that, and I can cheerlead that the breed is equally susceptible to sensitive digestive systems and skin disorders. So one step at a time.
Thumbs up on the more frequent walks....you are a smart cookie! It makes sense that seems to be doing right by him. Walking for exercise, environmental stimulation. They have a major zest for experience, and ultimately as a working breed, just the experience of going out and teaming with you means a lot to them. I cannot tell you how stereotypical it is for their worlds to get smaller, smaller, smaller and their behavior worse, worse, worse. Hot mess indeed! I think you will find, once he's better and you are working with him, that he will blossom with more obedience work. It just really suits the breed....they are very driven to please and partner, so those one-on-one experiences really make them blossom. It's funny, but it brings to mind we had a Doberman owning Schutzhunder on Dogster, whose was also living with her law enforcement husband's German Shepherd K9s. I told her a great alternate was an AB, and she initially thought "ew, I don't like them!," but then one joined her Schutzhund group and just to see him work made her go heads over heels in love. All I said was...."told ya!"
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