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July 10th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
There are a lot of things that could threaten your dog.
A hot car, chicken bones, chocolate and so on.
But, if you were to ask me what the numero uno, biggest threat to a dog is I could answer with one word.
Or more specifically – dog food, the brand, what’s in it and how long you’ve been feeding it.
Dogs generally eat the same food every day and it could slowly be killing him. I know, sounds like I am exaggerating, but hang with me a second more because I want to show you how dogs get slowly poisoned by well meaning owners.
One of the most popular brands of dog food here in the good Ole US of A is LOADED with killer ingredients. Here are the ingredients straight from the label:
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, propylene glycol, meat and bone meal, tricalcium phosphate, phosphoric acid, salt, water, animal digest, sorbic acid (a preservative), potassium chloride, dried carrots, dried peas, calcium propionate (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine.
The main ingredient is corn and it also contains soy, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Blue 2.
Let’s just look at the dyes used in making this dog food: Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Blue 2. Many of these dyes and preservatives are banned in other countries and are linked to cancer and other devastating problems.
The sad part is that the colors are added to make the human feel good about feeding the food. The dog could care less what color the food is but the brands have cleverly used different dyes and coloring agents to make the food look like little peas and carrots which everyone knows is healthy.
Educate yourself about dog food. Become a label reader. Read what the dog food is made of. You do have choices and can feed your dog a healthy diet loaded with nutrients that improve your dog’s health and well-being.
You can also read The Ultimate Dog Nutrition Guide. It’s included with membership to The Dog Training Inner Circle and a topic you can discuss on the forum.
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June 6th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
Couple of weeks ago I woke up with a weird feeling.
My back felt like someone was pinching it.
I asked Rach to look at it and sure enough, I had a tick embedded in my back.
I live in the woods and my little dog is a tick magnet. Dog owners are constantly asking me if I use Frontline, Advantix or any other product to keep the little buggers away.
My short answer:
My longer answer:
I really have concerns using strong chemicals on my dog. I get concerned about a product that has to be applied with gloves and no one is supposed to touch the dog for 24 hours after application.
Each year thousands of health related incidents are reported to the EPA connected to spot on flea and tick treatments.
The main ingredient for most of these products is fipronil. Fipronil is a slow acting poison. Here is some more information on fipronil:
In animals and humans, fipronil poisoning is characterized by vomiting, agitation and seizures.
This concerns me greatly. I know that many dogs have it applied safely every year, but I just have to wonder what it is doing when it is applied month after month.
I have big concerns about these products so I am trying some natural Do It Yourself Bug Sprays.
The one I am trying out now includes the following ingredients:
Lemon essential oil
I put about 20 to 25 drops of the oil in water and shake it up. I spray a little on my dog before I go on walks and I spray some on her collar and let it dry. It has to be lemon essential oil NOT lemon juice.
Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes and some of the other recipes I plan on trying.
I know this email newsletter is about dog training, but having a dog is more than just behavior and I take a holistic approach to dogs.
It’s the reason I include the Ultimate Dog Nutrition Guide in the Dog Training Inner Circle which is only available to Inner Circle members.
Here is a little of what is covered in the Guide:
Here’s where to go NEXT:
May 8th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
I was doing a TV show last week with my friend and fellow dog trainer, Jim Helems, and we were discussing dog nutrition.
This is NOT my expertise but I have studied the subject quite a bit and have learned some valuable lessons along the way.
One thing I’ve learned scares the hell out of me.
There is one ingredient that can be put into your dog’s food and it does not even have to be listed on the label, this ingredient has been linked to stillborn puppies, liver failure, infertility and cancer.
If that’s not bad enough, this ingredient is no longer used in human food but is still used for making dog food.
Here’s why ethoxyquin is so scarey. Ethoxyquin is used as a preservative AND a pesticide.
When it comes to dog food, you have to be aware of what is used to preserve the food. There are natural ways to do this. Dog food can be preserved with healthier ingredients such as vitamin E, vitamin C, citric acid and rosemary.
So, one of the first steps in choosing a healthy food for your dog is to look at the ingredients and read the dog food label. Find out how the food is preserved. If it is preserved with ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT, dyes, etc, make a better choice.
What you feed your dog has a direct result on his or her health AND behavior so don’t mess around with this.
BTW – this is one of the reasons why I wrote and include the Dog Nutrition Guide with membership to The Dog Training Inner Circle. All the training in the world won’t overcome a physical problem and if your dog is feeling crappy because of his diet, it will effect training and behavior.
Get the Dog Nutrition Guide here:
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September 26th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
I love comic books.
I also love all the new movies being made with super heros.
It’s funny how popular some of the quotes from these movies become. For example, in the movie ,“Spiderman,” Uncle Ben tells young Peter Parker:
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
The problem is that Uncle Ben was not the first to come up with this quote. It was originally said by a man that had his brain removed after his death which was eventually stolen and never found.
The man was the French writer and philosopher, Voltaire.
This is also a quote for every dog owner to learn.
You see, as a dog owner, you have great power over your dog, and with it comes great responsibility.
Think about it – you control when, where and what your dog eats, where he sleeps, when he will get exercise, which words he will learn, health care is provided by you, which toys to play with, and so on.
It is a big responsibility having a dog.
I know I was overwhelmed with my first dog.
It’s one of the reasons I started The Dog Training Inner Circle.
I wanted to help as many dog owners as possible learn how to become great dog owners.
Or as I learned long ago:
“If you want a great dog, learn how to become a great dog owner.”
All the best,
September 13th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
I’ve gotten strange looks when I’ve talked about this.
Some people look at me and think I am a little weird when I talk to them about what I feed my dog.
One guy even told me outright that he was disturbed after I told him what my dog eats on a regular basis.
I guess to most people, what I feed my dog is a little disturbing, especially if you have never read up on the subject.
You see, my dog eats most of her meat raw. She also gets fermented cod liver oil and fermented dairy products like kefir on a regular basis.
The problem with a lot of dogs is that they are not getting enough nutrients from the food that they eat and this can lead to physical and behavioral problems.
I have seen a lot of dogs that have had behavior problems change once they were put on a different diet.
And you don’t have to make major changes for your dog’s health to improve.
The first step is to start reading dog food labels.
The label will tell you what your dog is eating and you may be surprised to learn that it may not be the best for your dog.
The first ingredient should always be some type of chicken, beef, fish or turkey MEAL – Meal being the important word.
What you’ll find when you look at the label is either a MEAL or a BY-PRODUCT. Stay away from the by-products. A chicken, beef, fish or turkey by-product means that any part of the animal could be used.
Meal is just the meat of the animal being used in the food.
That is just the first step when it comes to looking at labels.
I’ll share a few more tidbits in future emails.
Anyway, if you want to fast track your dog’s health and learn more about this, check out the Canine Nutrition Guide which comes with membership to The Dog Training Inner Circle.
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