|Barked: Wed Apr 8, '09 11:38am PST |
|Hi! I was once new to the breed back in 1996 when Miss Cookies first came here.
Before the 'net explosion, I bought a couple of breed books that I kept referring back to as she was going thru the different stages of growing up!
Dals are prone for stone forming, and yes, low to moderate purine level foods are suggested to help avoid stone forming.
www.thedca.org is the official Dal site that I frequently recommend. The sites posted in the other reply are great too!
Dals are highly intelligent, and one needs to out-think them!! They will learn tricks and commands easily, and will become bored with repetitiveness! ( "what's in it for me?" )
Also, Dals are missing a digestive enyzme.
They are nicknamed Velco dogs as they love to be with their human. For the entire 8 years that The Bandit was here, he had to be by my side, well, except when we were at the dog park!
As far as the foods you are currently feeding, it boils down to what works for your pup.Miss Cookies was Lamb intolerant, while The Bandit did eat everything! For the dry skin, it is Omega-3, and Omega-6's that maybe the pup needs a boost to the system. It will take up to 3 months for old coat to shed and new coat to grow in. Fish oil is a great source of Omega-3. Salmon oil is a better, er, purer source. There are alternative oils as well.
And yup, Dals shed twice- Day and Night!
Good luck and post an update when you get a chance!
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