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Food & Nutrition > dog food sales reps - "what do you feed your dog?"
Abbie Lou

I licks faster- than Mom- blinks!!!!
 
 
Barked: Mon Aug 20, '07 1:01pm PST 
I'm such a good doggy, I give Mom an easy out. If the demo folks start bugging her about food (she only goes to PetSmart for cat litter - our foods are bought at a little store much further away), she just tells them that any food with any rice/egg/sweet potato in it ends up getting steam-cleaned out of the rug as VOMIT. And it's the truth. I hurl a lot, if I don't get my good Healthwise Lamb Meal and Oatmeal or my Natural Balance duck/potato.
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Food & Nutrition > Seaching for a good dog food!
Abbie Lou

I licks faster- than Mom- blinks!!!!
 
 
Barked: Thu Aug 16, '07 10:11am PST 
Canidae is a good food for a good value.
Canidae website too look up their formulas/ingredients:
http://canidae.com/#

Canidae Store Locator to see if you can get it near you:
http://canidae.com/company/storelocator.html

I'm also a big fan of Natura products, which include Innova, Innova EVO, California Natural, Karmic Organics, and Healthwise foods. (I feed Healthwise.) Innova and Healthwise are both very affordable.

Natura website to check out their brands/formulas:
http://naturapet.com/

Natura Store Locator:
http://www.naturapet.com/where-to-buy/

There are many other good foods out there, but those are the two brands that come to mind first for me as high-quality/good value.

Good luck finding something that works well for your pets!
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Food & Nutrition > Dog Food Help

Abbie Lou

I licks faster- than Mom- blinks!!!!
 
 
Barked: Thu Aug 16, '07 10:05am PST 
Wellness and Merrick are good foods. Royal Canin isn't the worst you can do, but in my opinion, it's a HORRIBLE food "value," meaning you can get a way better food for the price.

The Natura Product comparison page is a good starting place. Sometimes, though, it's worth just googling the food brand to find that brand's website. There may be other stores near you of which you're unaware that you can find through the food company's website. I didn't know I could get all the Natura products I know feed less than one-hour's drive from the house, until I went to their store locator and found an independent feed store within acceptable driving distance.
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Behavior & Training > Dog Psychology works better then training

Bradley- Shamus

Gotta watch out- for PIRATES!!!!
 
 
Barked: Wed Aug 15, '07 9:34pm PST 
Awww, lucky dogs, getting to leave pee-mail everywhere!

Mom doesn't let me go potty on walkies, except she does let me leave one pee-mail on one light pole if we do single-dog walkies through the neighborhood.

I think it's cuz it embarrasses Mom when boy dogs pee ON stuff.

We have a yard we go potty in. Mom tells us, we do it, then we go walkies. My auntie calls her the dog nazi, cuz cousin Piggy doesn't really have any rules like we have. But then, me and Lou are kinda insane, so Mom says the rules are there to try to make us sorta civilized.
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Behavior & Training > is my dog starving?!

Abbie Lou

I licks faster- than Mom- blinks!!!!
 
 
Barked: Wed Aug 15, '07 1:39pm PST 
I can destuff a stuffy in about 3.2 seconds! laugh out loudpuppy

Some dogs are chewy dogs, some aren't. I, personally, tear the heck out of anything I can get my fangs into.

Mom's solution is that we only get sturdier-type toys (ropes are about the most destructable toy we have now), and those toys are played with outside, while supervised. They are removed before I can tear them up completely.

We only get our nylabones in the house, for chewies. The yard is for playing, and the house is for chillin'.
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Behavior & Training > Pit bulls + dog parks = ???
Abbie Lou

I licks faster- than Mom- blinks!!!!
 
 
Barked: Wed Aug 15, '07 11:49am PST 
Vance said:

The Pit Bull Rescue Center probably includes all Pits in their warning because when things as mentioned above do happen, it reflects poorly on Pits and builds more stigma against them than there already is. In many cases, even if a Golden Retriever actually started the fight, it would still end up blamed on the Pit. It's not really right to say "no Pit should ever..." but in the interest of good PR, I can see why they would.
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Good post, Vance! applause

I say that Pit Bulls + Dog Park = Potential Trouble.

Please do not misunderstand me. There are doubtless MANY American Pit Bull Terriers out there who play well with other dogs and who will not have an altercation with strange dogs within their lifetimes. However, there *IS* at predisposition to dog-agressive tendencies in the breed. Just as I wouldn't take a Greyhound (even if there are some individual Greyhounds who would be just fine) into a room filled with rabbits, I wouldn't take a Pit Bull to an off-leash park.

Beyond even the issue of what an individual Pit Bull will or won't tolerate from other dogs is the looming issue of BSL ("breed specific legislation," or efforts to ban Pit Bull ownership). *IF* I took a Pit Bull to the dog park, and a beagle viciously attacked, and the Pit Bull fought back, how do you think the incident would be perceived? Because of the public opinion (most of it based on silly myths) about Pit Bulls, it's likely that the Pit would be blamed, and it would be one more strike against the breed.

ALL powerful dogs need responsible owners, and all breeds have tendencies that we may not really like. BUT, no other breed is currently in the danger or under the level of scrutiny that the Amercian Pit Bull Terrier is. It just is NOT worth it.

For what it's worth, I've learned a lot with my first two doggies, and I am no longer for EVER visiting a dog park with my dogs, regardless of their breed. Too much potential for injury/illness, and too many other wonderful ways to socialize/exercise/have fun without having to deal with a dog park.
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Behavior & Training > Poll: Who leaves their dog in a crate for 8 hours?

Abbie Lou

I licks faster- than Mom- blinks!!!!
 
 
Barked: Wed Aug 15, '07 11:33am PST 
Mine are crated through the workday, but I work about 4 miles from home, so I go home every day for lunch and let them romp around outside for a few and go potty.

They are also crated over night.

I know a lot of people would say that's too much crating. Well, it works for us. My two dogs not only go willingly to their crates...when I tell them "Go to bed for a cookie," they go *RUNNING* down the hallway and skidding into their crates. laugh out loud They're used to our routines, and even when we're home through the day, they stay pretty low-key and nap a lot until evening.

It keeps the cats safe from the dogs, the dogs safe from ingesting inappropriate matter, and the house safe from the dogs eating it.
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Food & Nutrition > What time do you pups eat at?

Bradley- Shamus

Gotta watch out- for PIRATES!!!!
 
 
Barked: Wed Aug 15, '07 11:13am PST 
We get fed at about 7:45 a.m. (after we go out for potties and some backyard rasslin' - Mom won't let us get all crazy right after we eat, so we do that first) on the weekday mornings and about 11:00 p.m. on the weekday nights (Mom used to feed us our dinner a lot earlier, but I get sick to my tummy and hurl a little if I eat dinner too early). The weekend breakfast usually comes late, about 10:00 a.m., and then dinner about the same time, somewhere between 11:00 p.m. and midnight. We get a cookie or a chicken every time we have to go in our crates, though.
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Behavior & Training > Humilating Pulling at other dogs...

Abbie Lou

I licks faster- than Mom- blinks!!!!
 
 
Barked: Tue Aug 14, '07 3:59pm PST 
One note my furbrother forgot to mention is that it's a good idea to use what Mom calls a "re-dun-dent" collar with the prong. Because of the way a prong collar is made, they *can* slip apart once in a great while. Many use a slip collar along with the prong (and attach the leash to both) to have a back up if the prong ever "lets go." Mom bought some cheap hardware to use to link our flat collar "D" rings to the prong's live ring, so we wear both collars and are safely tied to Mom, even if the prong breaks when I'm REALLY excited.
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Behavior & Training > Humilating Pulling at other dogs...
Bradley- Shamus

Gotta watch out- for PIRATES!!!!
 
 
Barked: Tue Aug 14, '07 3:56pm PST 
Good for you for getting into some training! With dogs their size, their sometimes-bad manners on leash can be a real danger. And as another pup said, even if yours are friendly...not every other dog is.

Don't be afraid of the prong collar. Mom got one for Abbie Lou before I came along (I love Abbie Lou, but Ma says she's "kinda psycho" sometimes BOL!). When I came, and she had two sixty pound dogs to walk together (and I was over a year old, with NO NO NO leash manners...no one ever bothered to teach me how to be good on leash), she got a prong for me, too.

I'm a little cringy about leash corrections, because one of my two failed adoptions from the shelter (before Mom realized she was MY mom!) was an abusive situation. But Mom was very fair and consistent with me, and I figured out what she wanted in no time! It was nice, too, because that darned old flat collar was CHOKING me, I was pulling so hard. And for over a week now, Mom's been putting the prong on still, but not using it. I've learned so much in 5 months that she mostly just attaches the leash to my flat collar now, but since I know what she wants, I'm still a gentleman.

The prong, like so many other things, is just a TOOL. It's how you use it that determines it's cruelness or humaneness.

Good luck!way to go
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