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Have you heard of the enrichment effect?

Jane Killion wrote an very interesting article about how puppies will have larger brains and be more emotionally stable if you raise them in an enriched environment. More information about this article can be found here:  https://www.puppyculture.com/new-enrichment-effect.html

To sum up the article however it was found that Animals brought up  in  an enriched environment show the following in comparison to animals raised in standard laboratory conditions:

•Larger brains

•More new brain cells and neural connections

•Better brain cell survival

 Additionally, they found that the physical changes in brain structure also resulted in the following intellectual and emotional benefits:

•Improved ability to learn and remember

•More emotional stability

•Better resiliency to stress

You can learn more or purchase the Puppy Culture protocols here: https://www.puppyculture.com/?a_aid=57ee895db898d

 

 

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My Favorite Supplements

I get asked all of the time my Favorite supplements so I thought I would share the links:

Complete Probiotics for Pets

Joint Support for Pets

Krill Oil Liquid Pump For Pets – 2 Fl Oz. 100 Mg – Rich In Omega-3-6 Fatty Acids And Astaxanthin – Supports Normal Brain And Nerve Function For Cats And Dogs

https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Mercola-Organic-Mushroom-Complex/dp/B00ONVDNRY/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=tenaci-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=e90e7203d9fb82bdaf3c5e09ec7f637e&creativeASIN=B00ONVDNRY

Digestive Enzymes

SpiruGreen for Cats and Dogs

Eye Support For Pets

Dental Gel for Pets

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Food for Thought

Breeders

The more I get involved with dogs, the more I understand the importance of finding and supporting reputable breeders. They breed to better the bred, by the follow the breed standard and provide the proper health testing, titling, and temperament among other values. The biggest thing is that they care where their puppies go. They care that it is a good fit for the home and the biggest thing is if it doesn’t work out they take them back. Imagine how much less space shelters and rescues would need, if we all supported reputable breeders? Everyone always seems to want a “cheap” family pet. However, cheap and quality and purposely bred dogs are not feasibly when you consider the costs to the breeder.    I once came upon a blog about the value in having a relationship with your breeder, I wish I could find it! It talked about how reputable breeders support you and your dog throughout it’s life time.  If you have health questions, grooming questions, questions about training or nutrition etc. they are there for you. Coming from someone, which lucked out their rescued GSD puppy passed all of her prelims, it can be challenging sometimes with not having a breeder to go to for advice.  I spend a lot of time doing research when It would have been amazing to have a mentor from the get go.21768125_1511916275540732_3900716143730305380_n

 

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SAR

I just realized I have not blogged in quite awhile.  In september I attended my first, of what will be many, HRD seminars. I went to AMPWDA and loved every minute of it. It was the perfect seminar for a novice. I got amazing advice and support even after the seminar was over.  They even had class room instruction in the evening to just train handlers in SAR. It was by far one of the most positive and encouraging groups of people. I left with great training plans, support and new friends. I can’t wait for next falls’s!

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SAR A Great Community

I have connected with a lot of SAR folks on Facebook and I am glad I have. Recently one of those people recommended this book to me How to Train A Police Bloodhound and Scent Discriminating Patrol Dog and it is beyond helpful with training and is intended for any breed of dog.  I am only a few chapters in and wish I had known about this book sooner. Some of the tips I will definitely use with Ruger and some others I will keep in my tool belt, as I do not think they will improve on what Ruger and I already have going. It is very inspiring when veterans of SAR are so willing to help us newbies be successful. Hopefully one day I can do the same for someone else. 17425032_1375083899180475_8592714991163761537_n

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How Awesome is This?

I do not usually share upcoming research in my blog, however as a Great Dane and German Shepherd owner this is awesome. Check it out:

News Release

For Immediate Release

AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces New Research to Tackle Bloat in Dogs

“RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1, 2017) Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV, or bloat) is a serious problem for many canine breeds, but little is truly known about the causes of this deadly disease. While any larger dog can be affected, targeted breed-specific research can help advance understanding of potential genetic factors that may predispose dogs to developing bloat.” For the full article Click Here

 

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Supplements

I am not an expert.But there are a few things I supplement my dogs Raw diet with and I have friends asking all the time what I use, so I thought I would just blog about it. ( as with any advice speak with your holistic veterinarian before adding anything).

For hips and joints I use this Hips & Joint

For external parasite control I use (you do sprinkle it in the food) : Natural Flea & Tick Defense I also like DE: ( can put in food and use on them as well, follow directions as to not have them or you inhale it) Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade

For great looking skin and coat: Skin & Coat

Healthy oils: Krill Oil

I also like to supplement from time to time with: The Honest Kitchen or Sojos

Freeze dried raw treats ( great for training!):

Duck

Turkey

Lamb

Beef

Chicken

I also like to use these for adding or training to make sure my dogs get some organ meat:

Beef Lung

Beef Liver

Lamb lung

Duck Liver

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Dog Training is Never a Straight Path

When I got Ruger I had plans for him before I even picked him out, before he was even born. The thing about life is we can plan all we want, then life happens. I had dreams of Ruger being a Therapy Dog, like Gracie, and to show him in Conformation, perhaps even breed him one day to have my next show dog.  Expectations and reality do not always match up, I once saw a diagram about dog training and it was a squiggly line about getting from A to B, well sometimes we never make it to B and have to switch plan C or even D.  When one door closes another opens, well this week one door will be closing for me for good. Ruger is getting snipped, he will never be able to have puppies, so although I said goodbye to Therapy Dog work for him a long time ago, and knew Conformation was not for him, for some reason I am feeling sad. The realization that none of my plans for him will come to fruition is hitting me hard this week.  A quote by Tony Gaskins sticks out and that is “if you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.” I wish it was that simple! I have to keep reminding myself why Ruger would not better the breed, for one he has allergies, two he was never shown and does not have CH in front of his name. I could go on. I have to remind myself of all the positives instead.  We did find plan D for Ruger and that oddly enough is something I never thought would be possible with a Great Dane and that is SAR work. We still have a long way to go and have so much to learn, however we are heading in the right direction. Life is funny, expectations are not always met, but the opportunities it opens you up for, if you are open to it, can surpass even my wildest dreams.  If those other doors had not closed I would not have met some amazing people and had the opportunity to become a better handler than I was a year ago. I would not have a dog, which has certified twice now in tracking and has added an article search certification in there as well.

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NAPWDA

I had the privilege of attending my second NAPWDA seminar at the end of April. I have a LOT of information to share, however two things I had never really thought about until it was brought up, at the seminar, was what the function of certain dog behaviors are. The two were Barking and whining. Whining…. Do you know what it is? I learned over that weekend that it is your dog’s plea for assistance. Once you hear it put like that, it makes total sense! In addition, that a Bark’s function is distance. It could be stay away or come closer, but nonetheless it is distance. I have had dog’s my whole life, taken numerous courses as well as help teach at our local kennel club and I can tell you I am constantly  learning something new. I suppose the moment you think you know it all you might as well quit, …… I know I will NEVER know it all.

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