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Dog Health > Body Condition Scoring-- is he too thin?
Mulder

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Barked: Mon Apr 20, '15 9:47pm PST 
LOL!

Says the person who appears to own several obese dogs, at least one of which is morbidly so!

But here I am making assumptions from pictures, I guess.

Mulder
Licensed holder of some friggin common sense
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Behavior & Training > Multiple behaviour problems. Time for a change!
Mulder

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Barked: Mon Apr 20, '15 7:02am PST 
I'll say this... do whatever you're comfortable with first and foremost... but conditioning them to the crate isn't all that hard, even for an adult dog.

Leaving the crate out for them without being locked in is a good idea. Feeding all of their meals and offering all of their water from the crate is another, classical conditioning. You can offer "special" treats and toys only in the crate, things that will make them eager to be in there. Once they become conditioned to the crate, its easier to work on leaving them in their without a meltdown.
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Behavior & Training > Multiple behaviour problems. Time for a change!

Mulder

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Barked: Sun Apr 19, '15 4:36pm PST 
Any particular reason you're not interested in crate training?
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Food & Nutrition > Rotators!!

Mulder

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Barked: Thu Apr 16, '15 12:21pm PST 
Scooter, every dog is different. Many brands are similar enough from formula to formula that you can straight switch from one to another... I know this is something Fromm has advertised specifically for their diets, as do plenty of others.

My general feeling on the matter, is, if the food's protein/fat% and caloric density isn't varying much from formula to formula, then its usually not a big deal to switch cold turkey. If you're going from a moderate food to much richer formula, or you just know your dog is sensitive, then of course transition.

I never transition when I do raw, just straight from one protein to the next. Rarely do with kibble, only if I know I'm going to something extra heavy. Did that not too long ago with a Fromm to EVO switch... big jump, so I gave it a couple of days to transition.
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Raw Food Diet > New member

Mulder

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Barked: Mon Apr 13, '15 6:52am PST 
Here, this spreadsheet might help you out:

clicky link

Organ meat is an essential part of the diet... you haven't listed exactly how much you're giving as treats, and I'm honestly not sure how dehydrating it affects the nutrient content, but the number you're going to get quoted is around 10% of the total diet, with at least 5% of that being liver. Keep in mind that heart is a muscle, not an organ, this doesn't count towards this.

If you're getting hard, light colored poops/constipation you probably are using too much bone. Obvious solution is to deduct some bone and add back in more muscle meat, but if the mixes you are getting are pre-ground, you can try adding in more of the veggies you are feeding. You don't really need fruit as a staple, I would personally ditch the apple for more leafy greens. LIGHTLY COOKED spinach, kale, bok choy, etc.
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» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Kody, Apr 14 12:30 am

Choosing the Right Dog > What's Your Favorite Designer Dog?
Mulder

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Barked: Fri Apr 10, '15 12:49pm PST 
To be fair Heidi, Malinois and Dutchies are, in many circles, not really considered different breeds in terms of how they are bred. Lots of people in working circles interbreed them... if they come out brindle they are Dutches, fawn they are Mals. Yes, technically in the KC's eyes they are separate, but functionally as a breed they really aren't.

And on that note, I personally have no issue whatsoever with crossing breeds or breeding "mutts" IF there is a functional purpose behind it. If farmer Joe has two excellent herding dogs of no particular breed, and wants more excellent herding dogs, I doesn't bother me one bit if they breed those dogs (though I would be bothered if they didn't find the remaining puppies homes/ditched them). "Breeds" like lurcher, bandogs, eurohound, etc also do not bother me, as they too are bred for a function that they will most likely be utilized in (and again, provided the people breeding them have a plan as to where all of the resulting puppies will end up, working quality or not).
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Behavior & Training > Will this method work for training against leash reactivity?

Mulder

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Barked: Thu Apr 9, '15 5:29pm PST 
No way to make a recommendation without seeing how the dog reacts in person, but I will say this, barrier frustration is a very common thing that comes into play with many on-leash interactions.

It doesn't have to be fear based, as you've perhaps seen. Many dogs come from a place of extreme frustration with leash reactivity, and all of that over-the-top behavior is like an outgassing of said frustrations.

As a very general recommendation, I'd start cranking up the impulse control training. Do a lot of on-leash OB, start getting him used to the concept that non-compliance while on lead isn't an option, but also allow him outs so that frustration doesn't start building up and impacting his relationship with you. You can use play, other dogs, other people as a reinforcer here... IE, he has to do a calm sit-stay on lead around another dog for "x" amount of time, if he does, he's allowed off lead to go and play, etc.
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Behavior & Training > Puppy training questions!

Mulder

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Barked: Tue Apr 7, '15 6:16am PST 
Looks like there are several locations for Karama across the country, what state are you in OP?

Regardless, though, ask to sit in on a class and observe before you commit. Always a good rule to practice when going to a new trainer, just to make sure everything is kosher.
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Raw Food Diet > Are there any mods left on this website?

Mulder

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Barked: Mon Apr 6, '15 8:59pm PST 
No, please don't leave me here alone with them laugh out loud
This site needs SOME sanity!
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» There has since been 1 post. Last posting by Koby, Apr 12 3:14 pm

Choosing the Right Dog > What's Your Favorite Designer Dog?
Mulder

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Barked: Mon Apr 6, '15 6:01pm PST 
LOL!

Something here for you folks on the AR train seeking TRUE equality between pets and people!
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