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Choosing the Right Dog > Breed Match - NOT for me. Would like other input from dog savvy people for a friend.

Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"

My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
 
 
Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 10:11pm PST 
Her criteria:
- We want patient, and loyal.
- Good watch dog (not necessarily guard)
- Great with energetic kids, good with people
- 2-3 walks a day.
- Drool, hair not an issue.
- Preferably not a huge barker.
- Size anything medium and up. We do not want any 3 pound dog.

She did own a Saint Bernard mix before too. Unfortunately, she experienced something similar to Moose's owner with Mikey, and the dog was sent back to previous owners after biting her son in the face for petting him like he normally did(she's heartbroken, absolutely loved him but wasn't willing to risk her seven year old again).

So... suggestions?!
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Home Prepared Food & Recipes > Considering homecooking, supplements?



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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 9:19pm PST 
I have a 5 lb 11 oz yorkie, she's 10 months old and basically fully grown. My problem is she won't eat kibble and is very picky with her wet food.

Weruva is her favorite so far, but she gives me problems with that sometimes and at $3.60+ a can homecooking has to be cheaper long term. They also don't have many different proteins, most of their food is chicken.

I filled out the spread sheet and made a ND profile, like this thread said to http://www.dogster.com/forums/Home_Prepared_Food_Recipes/thread/6408 81/1

My main problem is I don't know what kind of supplement to give her, especially considering how small she is. If anyone could list brands it would really help.
I looked into balanceit, but the recipes are so expensive and they seem to be carb heavy.

I'm not interested in feeding her raw food, I have health problems and don't want to be exposed to the bacteria.
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Home Prepared Food & Recipes > Considering homecooking, supplements?

Maxwell

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Barked: Thu Jan 2, '14 12:05am PST 
Except for calcium and sometimes phosphorus if you choose ingredients carefully you can put together a good diet with no supplements. Use the ND tool to find ingredients that fill in gaps in the diet. Guest just posted a thread that I entered into ND that looked pretty nice. I would use human supplement quality bone meal to add in calcium and phosphorus for my dog, add a very small amount of a good human quality zinc supplement or perhaps canned oysters for zinc if you don't use mostly beef, perhaps use fresh or canned fatty fish to balance the omega 3:6 ratio and add in a little beef liver and it probably would be pretty near ideal.

And you don't have to stick to the same recipe, substitute meats and veggies and grains as you find bargains. Just change only one thing at a time and if your dog tends to have loose stool with new foods change only about 1/4 of one ingredient at a time. I did that with Sassy who was horrible about switching kibble and she never skipped a beat.

For my dogs fed a raw diet I see that a little zinc, magnesium, manganese and vitamin E are always needed and just add those in regularly no matter what meat/bone/organ is in their dishes for the day. Many raw feeders don't supplement that stuff and their dogs are just fine but I have noticed that Max is better with the additions. Too bad there is no all in one supplement, supplements generally are designed to improve an already complete diet that doesn't need supplementing. Some essential nutrients like zinc, copper and vitamin D are toxic if overdosed so those sort of supplements usually don't help much.

I also posted Nupro as a custom food in ND if you want to try that out. Here is that short thread. http://www.dogster.com/forums/Home_Prepared_Food_Recipes/thread/6390 84

Here is a simple recipe that might get you started. Add it to your recipes and you can add and subtract ingredients to make it better. It is very low in E and lower than I would like in zinc, iron and magnesium, thiamin, riboflavin but they are all present anyway. Not crazy about the calcium and phosphorus, I would likely use a combination of egg shell and bone meal to drop the phosphorus in the food. If I were cooking I would make up this for now and work on making it nicer for the next time I cooked and after I figured out what to change/add then start substituting other veggies and grains and meats a little at a time for variety and budget reasons.
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/recipe/2872233/2
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Dog Health > How much can diet help re:seizures?
Moose

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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 9:05pm PST 
I have a neighbor who has an almost 2 yr old mix breed. He says the dog is a mix of Catahula and BC. That's what the people at the shelter told him he says.

The poor dog is suffering from severe seizures and my neighbor is having no luck in finding a medicine to ease the seizures. I'm not sure if his dog is currently on phenabarbital of potassium bromide. He's definitely on one of those meds.
The dog has been having seizures for over a year now.

He's taken his dog to his vet who has been the primary vet. That vet then recommended a neurologist about 5-6 months ago and now he's being sent to another neurologist who practices holistic medicine too.
I've recommended that he take his dog to UC Davis and see what they come up with, but I'm just not sure he thinks they'll have the answer.

I was walking Moose tonight and bumped into him and his wife as they walked their dog. The poor, poor dog was just staring off into space. It was so sad. They said that's pretty much what the meds have been doing to him. His tail is no longer up and he's just a shell of his former self. I've met this dog several times and he was clearly not the dog I've seen in the past.

I asked them if they had tried a change in his diet and she said she had made homemade meals for a while and he seemed to get better for about 3 weeks and then it all started again.
They're feeding him a high quality kibble, but what else could they do, diet wise, to help with the seizure?
I feel so bad for them. And for the poor dog.
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Dog Health > How much can diet help re:seizures?

Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"

My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
 
 
Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 10:41pm PST 
Firstly - If your neighbour doesn't know of this website, it's a FANTASTIC resource: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/

With Charlie, I have to have him on a high quality kibble, or raw food that is free of chemical preservatives(BHT, BHA and Ethoxyquin), dyes and grains. When he goes on food with any of these things in it, he begins having up to three grand mals, or more, in a month. On food WITHOUT these things in it, he has MAYBE one grand mal every three-six months. I've also been putting Rescue Remedy in his food, which helps largely as a stress reliever, as Charlie is a high anxiety dog and therefore, stress can be a trigger for him. They can also give him a spoonful of honey or organic vanilla ice cream to help level out his blood sugar levels after a seizure if he'll eat it(this will help against blood sugar levels being the cause for the next seizure, or from him having another right away).

If they haven't done it, I'd also recommend keeping a log each time a seizure happens: What's going on when one comes on(anything they're doing or the dog is doing or eating - I found the strong smell of Cilantro triggers seizures with Char), how long it lasts(time from start to finish and how long it takes him to recover back to his normal self), the exact symptoms(not every seizure has the same symptoms - for example, Charlie has only lost his bladder during two of his fourteen or so seizures since he was three and began having them), the date(great for knowing how often and in between they happen), and any other information during the seizure and even behavior leading up to or directly after. This can help a neurologist too in trying to determine cause and a good regime for helping the dog get through them in his day to day life.

Grand mal seizures can take a lot out of a dog, particularly ones that last a long time(which drastically reduces oxygen levels to the brain) and can even cause brain damage over time if they're often enough and severe enough. It's absolutely heartbreaking to deal with.

My cousin had a Golden who had epilepsy, and his was quite severe. One day, a stray dog attacked her and her baby, and he attacked the dog to protect them, fell into a seizure while scaring off the other dog and it was so severe that he was never the same dog again - where he was once the safest, most patient dog with her children, he became intolerant, impatient and even dangerous. He was no longer a happy dog and she had to make the sad decision to put him to sleep. frown

I pray Charlie's never gets so bad, but it can get worse with age too.. What I'm wondering is if it's idiopathic(therefore, genetic), or if there is an underlying cause that is causing him to have these seizures. They may have to try changing over from whichever seizure med they're on and try the other, to see if it helps, or even upping the dosage. If his seizures are bad enough too, they may simply have to look at his quality of life if Vets and Neurologists aren't finding a way for his seizures to be managed so that he can live a relatively safe, decent life..

You can absolutely suggest Rescue Remedy, and the other things listed above. I totally recommend they get on the EPIL-K9 email list and talk to the other owners on there, as it's absolutely a great resource and there's a lot going through similar and even the same thing that can give fantastic advice to help them figure it out and give him a better life in the long run.

Poor pup.. frown

I totally know what they're going through.. While Charlie's aren't as severe, it's heartbreaking to watch, every single time. I cry every time, once it's over.
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Behavior & Training > Merging two methods

Terry

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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 7:35pm PST 
I want to be a dog trainer in the future,not for money,but because i just LOVE dogs to no end,they are fascinating creatures to me,and they also seem to be attracted to me.


In short,I would like to merge two techniques and ways together,because it can be done.

I love clicker training,but before you can train a dog in any way you need him to be respectful of you,and also to trust you.

here comes Cesar Millan's philosophy. Not the alpha rolling,not the "push a dog to its limit till they submit in fear". none of those. I mean the good aspects,the "setting boundaries and limitations"correcting without the need of cues,being calm and assertive. I Love his techniques,but only the foundations,to earn respect and trust from your dog by showing them what is okey,what is not and listen and stop when he is asked to.

in this vid,at 2:40 you can see i ask my pups to let go,they do,and are just there waiting for me to tell them to continue,no fear,no nothing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4j8QdIl6QY

Then,comes the other side,the Victoria stillwell side,Kikopup's Techniques,Donna Hill *you can just search those last ones on youtube*. I adore clicker training,and after you have a dog that trust and listen to you,you can go ahead and start any training.

When i say i like Cesar's ways i don't mean that i will punish a dog by hitting or any of those. I am not talking about using force or violence,just to be clear.

In short,i would love to find a way to mix the two philosophies,there is a way,there are trainers who do already and the dogs are fantastic,you have the best of two worlds,sort of.

here is an example,there is some unnecessary over correction,and you should not correct a dog for looking at another one as long as he/she is not misbehaving or pulling. looking is not a crime.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UInH8pPVbU4

Another good example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQg3YI05JY0


I just want to implement both methods on training. They both work,but there are things that just don't need weeks and weeks of training and can be corrected in mere hours. but then there are other that need possitive reinforcement.

A good example of what i would like to do,can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxwAkAVVM2F_vsR2OKM0fqg
ht tp://www.youtube.com/user/TheGoodDogTraining?feature=playlist


T hese two implement a mix of both methods. *one of them uses choke collars*prongs* which i hate and see as dangerous and really bad.*

There are things that I agree and disagree on,on both methods. but i know it can be done.


What do you guys think?.

Of course there are things for that you cannot use any type of verbal cue and just need to teach the dog to behave on its own,something service dog trainers do because the owner won't necessarily be able to speak nor see the object they want to avoid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1LB9khU0oU

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Ultimately,what do you guys think,it can be done? Is it right for me to want to use a little bit of both worlds and methods?.
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Behavior & Training > Merging two methods

Isabelle the- Great

Nothing is- greater than an- Springer!
 
 
Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 7:53pm PST 
You don't need to combine the two because they already are combined. Since you don't like Milan's dominance techniques, there really is no combining. The goal of positive reinforcement training is you teach your dog the boundaries without intimidation AND the alternative behavior you want. The good thing most trainers agree on is exercise and stimulation.

As a dog trainer you need to teach your clients how to train their dogs... they train the behavior, you teach the client how to do the training. Hopefully some others will chime in...
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Behavior & Training > Merging two methods

Terry

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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 9:26pm PST 
I do like his methods of teaching rules without the extremes of alpha rolls and forceful leash corrections.

And i didn't actually realized they where already combined lol.
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Dog Health > Osteo sarcoma (bone cancer)

Tesla-Troope- r

Overly happy,- spastic, loving- girl
 
 
Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 6:46pm PST 
Hi, my name is Tesla... as you can see... I am a 13 year old who was "recently" diagnosed with bone cancer. (about 2.5 months ago) I was given 2 months to live back then. Momma didn't want to give up, so she started researching what to do for me. I am currently taking essiac(a tea), tumeric, and algea. I was switched to a raw diet and I drink distilled water. But Mom encourages me to keep pushing to get more advice. So, does anyone else know of any good natural/home remedies for me?

People have suggested chemo/radiation and amputation. However mom thinks with my age it's not a good option for me. She thinks it'll do me more harm than good. She'd rather me live out my life happy, rather than sickly. Because right now, I am just as happy as can be and I run around with my two sisters still. Her grandpa went through chemo and it nearly killed him.

Mom always tells me I'm the best dog ever. I've never bitten, I mind my manors, and do everything a good dog should do. Including love on my mom!
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Raw Food Diet > What to buy first?!

Tala

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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 5:50pm PST 
Well, I went out and bought Tala a freezer, downloaded the raw feeding spreadsheet from dogster Tikka's post and joined a rawfood co-op. Now here I am staring at these bulk order sheets and baffled at what on earth to buy first. My freezer starter pack, I'll call it. I am planning on still doing kibble some days too, but want to have a good selection of raw, without breaking the bank.
Any guidelines on what types of things to buy first?
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Raw Food Diet > What to buy first?!
Terry

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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 6:08pm PST 
Chick-En!

Its the first thing when transitioning to raw. its easy on the stomach and has edible bones,that,or rabbit,even turkey,because they all have soft pliable bone.

You can all bulk buy the different proteins you will feed later on. First thing first is. feed whatever protein you choose to start on for a week,if your pup has solid stools and no digestive issue,go ahead and slowly add the new one with the old until you can feed it alone without problems.

If you do it gradually and your dog has no problems,by the end of the month you can start adding organ meat,also in really,itty,bitty teeny,tiny portions LOL. to avoid upsets,you can also get some Slippery Elm bark and Skullcap at any Walmart/health store and mix it to make things even easier on the digestion part.

You can start with anything really,but chicken is the best. by two months you should be done. transitioning to raw will take a week. remember introduce anything slowly.

after your dog is ok,you can come back with kibble,feeding small ammounts and not together with raw. some people have no issues at all,but I prefer not to if i ever need to.

Good luck!!
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Akita > feeding probs - choosy eater



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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 4:17pm PST 
hi there
My boyfriend was given a 3 year old male akita (Bolt) 7 months ago, hes a beautiful, wonderful, loving boy whom we adore! he responds well to commands and has accepted that my boyfriend is his pack leader. and even though I live separately from my boyfriend he accepts my commands without an issue either.
The thing is for a while now he had become very picky with his food as he seems to want what we are eating, and I know that I've probably made it worse as I keep giving in to him! I m a real softy which i think Bolt has recognised as he gives me such pleading looks!
I know for his own sake that I have to be firmer with myself and not give in.
Ive read on the internet that the best way to get him eating again is to feed him 2x daily and put his food down for 20 minutes at a time and if he hasnt eaten it to take it away until the next feed time and to stick with this, because even though it may take a few days when he eats nothing eventually he,ll be so hungry he will eat it. Obviously Im worried as he has the Akita trait of stubborness! Please can someone with more experience of Akitas give us some advice?
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Puppy Place > Swimming puppy syndrome

Maggie

Our bestest good- friend!!!
 
 
Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 3:29pm PST 
Does anyone know about a condition that some puppies can be born with called "swimming puppy syndrome"? They are born with a flat chest instead of a rounded one. Therefore, to move, they have to "swim".
I just heard that my new little brother has this. I know he will need extra care!
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Australian Shepherd > Largest Aussie?

Linus

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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 12:00pm PST 
Our 3 year old Blue Merle Aussie is the largest we have ever seen. He is 91.5 lbs and not a bit overweight. His mother was in the 60lb range as was the father. He is a beautiful, intelligent and agile dog with all the traits of a great Aussie. He has one blue split eye. The breeder can't explain why this particular dog is so big.

He is 26 inches at the Whithers.

Does anyone have an Aussie in this size range? We've encountered one of his litter mates, who was a Red Merle, and he was in the mid 80lb range, still enormous by Aussie standards.
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New to Dogster/Tips & Tricks > Fun Stuff

Ludwig- (Luddy)

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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 8:13am PST 
I need help, when i deleted my Christmas background from my page , everything on my fun stuff deleted. Now it will not let me paste anything else in the fields. I have tried the badge , backgrounds etc. and they appear to save but when I go to Luddy's page nothing. And when I go back to fun stuff it's empty. Please help.
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New to Dogster/Tips & Tricks > Fun Stuff

Ludwig- (Luddy)

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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 8:11am PST 
I need help, when i deleted my Christmas background from my page , everything on my fun stuff deleted. Now it will not let me paste anything else in the fields. I have tried the badge , backgrounds etc. and they appear to save but when I go to Luddy's page nothing. And when I go back to fun stuff it's empty. Please help.
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Behavior & Training > Sharing fences with neighbors with dogs.

Stella- "Blue"

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Barked: Wed Jan 1, '14 7:19am PST 
So, I have three dogs. I go out in the yard with them for the most part... they are alone maybe 5 minutes if I have to run in and grab or do something. My neighbors on either side let their dogs out unattended for long stretches of time. One fence line has a privacy fence, which helps to some extent, but their dogs do still try to antagonize, and have partially dog under their fence (my chain link runs along the length of his privacy fence, and keeps them from busting all the way through... plus I keep back filling. I have addressed it with him, in the vein that I worry about them catching collars... he is unconcerned... but what I have been doing helps. the other side, however is just chain link. if my dogs are out, (even if they are not - in anticipation that they are) the neighbors dogs will charge the fence and all hell breaks loose. I fetch my dogs, and bring them in, and have worked on it trying to get the dogs to ignore it with temporary and limited success, and while they do call off relatively easily now, it's a real PITA, because we tend to be on the same schedule (out of necessity) for letting out dogs out. I know a visual block would help, but finances are a factor. I can't just slap up a privacy fence... neither of us could even split it. Their solution is slapping on bark shock collars on their dogs. Doesn't really help, and when they don't put it on, well, it's made the situation worse... the Doberman is very aggressive through the fence... very (the little one they have is sweet... just noisy and scared) Anyway, point is, looking for creative solutions for creating a visual shield between the yards. I've done temporary versions (line the fence with garden weed block and tarps) and they helped while they lasted, but this is not a cost effective or aesthetically pleasing option. What, if anything, have you done... I have 2 fear reactive dogs, and their yard should be the one place they feel safe, if nowhere else... and they obviously feel invaded by these other dogs. Thing is, they would ignore them if they didn't charge the fences... things were fine when they just had the little dog... they would do some play barking and running up and down, but for the most part ignored each other.
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