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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.
Easy to follow.
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June 1st, 2012
By Eric Letendre
“Why You Should Never Give Your Dog A Bone,” by Ben Settle
I came across this book yesterday on Amazon.com
When I saw the title I had to check it out.
Then I read the “secrets” it contained and had to order it.
* Why yelling at your dog when she misbehaves actually makes her more likely to misbehave in the future. (Page 142)
* How turning off your cell phone in the summer time can help prevent your dog from getting heat exhaustion. (Page 117)
* Why one of the best times to check your dog’s hearing is when you (or someone in your house) comes down with a cold. Page 57)
And my favorite:
* How to almost completely eliminate your dog’s farting. (Page 35)
Sounds like good stuff and I’ll give you a full review after I read it.
Anyway, I agree that you should NEVER give your dog a certain type of bone.
Would you like to know what kind of bone your dog should never get?
Excellent, the type of bone your dog should never get is…
I never give my dogs cooked bones because they become brittle and can easily splinter as your dog is chomping on it.
I have given my dogs raw bones for years and believe that they are very healthy for dogs.
The best advice about dog nutrition I ever got came from an Australian vet. The vet said we need to look at the diet of the dog’s wild cousins.
Look at what they eat in the wild and it will give us the best advice on how to feed our dogs and keep them healthy.
Dog nutrition became a HUGE concern of mine years ago when I could not help my little sheltie.
Everything we tried either had no effect or backfired and she became worse.
I finally looked into her diet, changed the way I fed her and watched her health dramatically improve.
Improve to the point that she lived to 18 years old and passed away peacefully in Rachael’s arms one summer morning.
A lot of dog owners have questions about canine nutrition and it’s the reason we have a whole section on the topic and a forum devoted to canine nutrition questions on The Dog Training Inner Circle.
Check it out here:
All the best,
December 28th, 2011
By Eric Letendre
Years ago I attended a seminar in New Hampshire.
The seminar lasted all weekend and much of it has sifted out of my brain, but I still remember this seminar because of one piece of advice I got.
You see, a British dog trainer by the name of John Rogerson was doing the seminar and at one point he stated: Keep Reading…
June 8th, 2011
By Eric Letendre
What a week for your friend, The Amazing Dog Training Man.
Last Wednesday a couple of tornados touched down in the Springfield, MA area. One of them was just four miles from my house.
Amazing what Mother Nature can do when she gets angry.
I was very lucky and none of my friends or family were harmed.
Anyway, if a tornado was not enough, I was outsidelast night cooking some chicken on the grill for me and the missus when a BEAR pops out of the woods in the back yard and stands there looking at me.
This is the first and only bear I have ever seen without a large, strong fence between us.
I grew up in a crowded suburb outside of Hartford, CT and we did not have any bears, foxes, woodchucks, or even domestic animals like cows and horses.
It was pretty cool standing there about 200 feet away looking at him or her. He stood there for about two minutes and then sniffed the air and disappeared.
All of this got me thinking about our dogs. This is the time of the year when stress can effect our dogs.
Between the heat, storms, fireworks, bears, your dog can get stressed and the stress can lead to…
So I want to share a few tips to help you eliminate all the fur you may find around the house.
Shedding Tip#1: Keep a lint roller close by. We use the lint roller to keep the hair off our clothes, you can also use it on your dog. You’ll be amazed how much hair it pulls off your dog.
Shedding Tip#2: Supplement your dog’s food. A little olive oil or cod liver oil can really help your dog’s skin and coat.
Shedding Tip#3: Diet. What you feed your dog will have a direct result on how much your dog sheds. In my guide, “How To Reduce Your Dog’s Shedding In 3 To 5 Days,” I explain which foods are best for your dog and which ones to avoid.
The guide is included with The Dog Training Inner Circle. You can get all the details here: Dog Training Inner Circle