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Nothing pains me more than suffering dogs. I love them with a passion, my dog, your dog, anyones dog! For me they are the animal de jour and I want the best for ALL of them the world over.
With that said, my mission is to help you to help your dog live a life of rich experience, love, fun and boundaries. If your not sure on the boundaries part, this is where a dogs world is framed by what he or she can and cannot do which helps them to understand exactly how they fit into your world…a bit like kids! This is to ensure your dog is happy in the knowledge that he or she knows where they stand and can relax in that knowledge. [Read more →]
Dog Enzymes – The Difference Between Life and Death?
Great health for your dog starts with proper digestion and good digestion relies on the right dog enzymes in the right amounts being at the right place at the right time. This may sound complex which it is and another example of just how intelligent the canine body is.
As your dog ages he or she will become more challenged by various forms of stress, environmental pollution, chemicals such as veterinary drugs and the regular use of pet meds like flea collars, drops, dog shampoo and high on the list of intoxicants, the additives in commercial dog food. All these deplete your dog’s body of its natural ability to make enough enzymes to meet the demands of daily life.
Your dog’s body needs enough enzymes to function properly. Not only does he or she need them for healthy digestion, but dogs also need them to live as without them your dog would not be able to breath, swallow, drink or digest the daily meal. [Read more →]
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What to Feed My Dog on a Raw Diet?
Generally we have a pretty good handle on what to feed our kids, we pretty much know the basics of what constitutes a relatively nutritious meal that our kids will benefit from as they grow. We think about what goes into our kid’s dinner, from an assortment of carbohydrates, vegetables and generally some form of meat. So a meal of chicken, potatoes, carrots and peas would be something we can readily identify with as generally a good meal for our kids to eat. And especially if the meal it’s prepared from fresh produce.
We also pretty much know that feeding out kids junk food is best kept to a minimum for health reasons which is why we don’t give our kids pizza or Mac Donald’s for dinner every day of the week, it’s not good for them that often is it?
What Do We Know About Our Dogs Nutritional Needs?
One thing that strikes me about people and their dogs. They love them with so much passion that the dog is essentially part of the family, loved every bit as much as other members of the family, I mean they are almost our children in furry coats aren’t they?
That first meeting with our dog when we return from a days’ work is a happy one for both of us, it reminds us of why we have a dog, so that we can be swept up in the moment of canine excitement and be happy. Our dog provides happiness, love and joy which makes our life more pleasant to live and that little bit less stressful.
So why is it then that we have not a clue about what our dog ate last night? [Read more →]
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Doggy Breath and Gum Disease-Has Your Dog Got it?
Tooth, gum and foul breath problems are probably the number one health issue I’ve seen over the years observing dogs. Beyond my observation, research indicates periodontal disease to be the leading precursor to just about all other diseases that can possibly ruin your dog’s life. The funny thing is, it’s the most obvious condition when you look for it, yet the least noticed by dog owners. People simply have not thought to regularly inspect inside their dogs mouth, and in most cases they just seem to accept that their dog’s smelly breath is “just the way it is”, without considering for a moment why, let alone how, it happened.
Commercial Dog Food Rots Teeth Sooooo Quickly!
Commercial canned food and grain based kibble do not clean teeth. Sludge from the food sticks to the enamel, causing bacterial growth and tartar. Over time gingivitis pockets form under the gum line, eventually leading to periodontal disease. These conditions are easy to see at a glance, as the gum line around the teeth will be inflamed and quite red in color with yellowing teeth, in place of salmon pink gums supporting bright white teeth as they should be. The gum – tooth interface will be lined with tartar buildup, instead of a clean smooth transition between gum and tooth.
Once your dogs gums are heavily encrusted and as a result sore and swollen, toxins from the bacteria will leach down under the gum line to the roots of the tooth and into the blood stream that feeds the jaw line. Once in the dog’s bloodstream, bacteria can then enter and infect organs such as the liver and kidneys, and very quickly the immune system becomes compromised, ultimately leading to disease. [Read more →]
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Carnivorous animals hunt and eat meat. It is the unquestioned natural staple of their diets, and has been since long before mankind set foot in their territory. By this very definition, what a wild animal eats can be nothing other than its natural diet.
Evolving through the evolutionary timeline, a carnivore’s body has been designed to derive its required nutrients from the raw food it kills, and sometimes what it finds as the remnants of natural death or the leftover scraps of other predators. These truths are unquestioned, and they have remained unchanged for literally millions of years.
Dogs Are Natural Carnivores
Dogs are natural carnivores. This, too, is an unquestioned truth. Therefore – again, by definition – if they eat anything other than what for them is a natural diet, which in the case of a carnivore means raw meat ripped directly from the bones and carcasses of a fresh kill, then they are existing in a non-natural state. I know, it’s hard to imagine that little fur ball that goes with you in your purse ripping it’s fangs into a writhing rabbit of equal cuteness, but that’s all a value system we’ve assigned, and it flies in the face of the one assigned by nature. [Read more →]
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I take one look across the swathe of on line pet food retailers and my nutritional toes curl up in monumental disbelief at the sheer scale of useless waste being peddled as dog food. One brand after another of cancer inducing morbidity the target demographic-our dogs, get to play dumb animal dutifully shlepping down this toxic grule with reinforcing belief in owners none the wiser for their hand in future health calamities.
With this in mind, the latest online dog food retailer Mr Chewy fancies I might like to review them. I did reply saying after cursery glance at their website, a slick marketing wet dream in selling commercial dog food and a few other encoutriments of little real value that my review would be decidedly brutal. But you know new enterprises, where there’s a buck to be made the financial backings behind it
Mr Chewys the name and online retail’s the game. Part of a new litter of Web-only pet-supply stores that have emerged in recent years, MrChewy.com, based in Miami and backed by top venture-capital firms launched September 2010 and is co- founded by Michael Day. Mr Chewy carries mainly higher-end, gourmet dog food as the more expensive products are higher-margin.
Now, Mr Chewys Brent Rangen contacted me with the offer of a $50 promotional code to use on their website in exchange for an honest review of their services, so I replied and this is what I said “I would have to give notice that the review may not be what you want to hear, I’m pretty strong in my views and certainly un-wavering where dogs health is concerned”.
So I could cover the usual review stuff like delivery times, costs, brands carried and all that dutiful consumer experience stuff but as you might guess I won’t be, plenty of other websites spending their $50 on some review goodies and while I might be alone in the wilderness on some points of view, when it comes to dog health I’m un-wavering in my devotion to the truth on the subject. [Read more →]
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While running my lungs out on the cross trainer at the health club this morning, one of those news segments came up on the trendy new TV screens they just fitted to the new gym machines, heck you can even play Solitaire on the damn thing… and yes it’s a touch screen, all mod cons at my health club lol.
Right, this news segment was about the fact that in the UK there are eight million dogs and they produce each year on average one thousand tons of poop! That’s a lot of crap and the story went on to describe the problem on the streets of local boroughs and how although there are laws in place to catch offenders, most councils are not bothering to meter out the on the spot fines.
In the US there are seventy million dogs, so that’s getting up around nine thousand tons of poop each and every year!
Why Commercial Dog Food Has NO Nutrition In It
Now, my point is this, I know that most of what is in a can or packet of commercial dog food is already waste food or worse and I also know that most dogs bodies cannot cope too well with this mush because they pass so much of it out of the body, being made up of mostly corn, wheat, soy and other plant based derivitives. And you know exactly what I mean; we’ve all seen those BIG disgusting piles of you know what and god forbid you tread in the stuff, that really makes my day! [Read more →]
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Dog Obedience Training
Most dog owners believe that they have the innate skills to train their dog up to a standard of behavior that is acceptable, but rarely is that the case. Each and every dog is different, the breeds react differently to all sorts of training, and you just never know what experiences your dog had before they came into your life that might alter the way they will react to dog obedience training.
Where Can You Learn Dog Obedience Training?
It seems that there has been a trend in recent years toward taking your dog to a local pet store for some sort of training. While that may help to socialize your dog by getting them plenty of experience around other dogs, rarely will you learn the tricks and techniques that you really need. After all, the people teaching those classes are usually not experts in their field and they are only teaching you things that you probably already know.
Specialized dog training schools may work if you have the time and can fit in set classes on set days in a set program of instruction which means running on someone else’s timetable which can be inconvenient and time consuming. [Read more →]
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How To Train A Dog
Everyone has their own theories as to how to train a dog, but they are usually based on their experience with only one or two dogs. If you are looking for methods that are truly going to work across the board, then you might want to go online where you can find more universally accepted methods that have been proven over time and across many different breeds.
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What Are the Keys?
In general, the main key with how to train a dog is to be patient. Dogs learn, but they often take longer than you would like. Even when you are dealing with potty training, it can be a month or two before the message finally settles in that they need to alert you when they need to go.
Another component of quality dog training is that you must always be consistent, and that goes for everyone else in the household, too. If one person insists that the dog not get up on the couch, yet the rest of the family lets him do it, then you will end up with a dog that is not only confused, but not trained. It is unfair to chastise your pet when your own family is giving him a mixed message. [Read more →]
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What Do Dogs Eat?
Ok, here’s a little brain teazer; What do dogs eat? Answer; dog food!
Ok great so far, dog food, but what kind of dog food? No wait, don’t tell me, it’s on the tip of my tongue… aaahhhhh, I know, canned and kibble dog food.
98 times out of a hundred this is the answer and that answer cost upwards of 25 billion dollars, 3 generations of serious human brainwashing and countless innocent dogs lives.
Here’s Why: Profit Trumps Nature Every Time!
You see, we’ve been brainwashed to the point of numbness for the last three generations by multi-national food giants who’s cunning plan was to use up all that western world food waste growing at a rapid clip after the second world war as population growth exploded. Mountains of food waste, literally! And they spent hard on campaign funds to make sure no laws came into being to control the animal feed industry, the conduit for all that food waste.
They were successful. Then the full throtle approach to marketing the convenience dog food dream went into overdrive and today as the dust settles on all those billions spent, the public brain fog and the souls of dogs past we get a disinfranchised, ignorant dog owning world thinking it’s normal for beloved pets to eat toxic food waste from cans and packets while all the time thinking current day dog health maladies and average life expectancy of 12/13 is normal and to be expected. [Read more →]
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