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Thanks Tinyplanets, and please everyone freely change your vote as often as you wish, if you'd want the poll to reflect a current diet you may be feeding.

 It's great to have the poll being used,  plus any extra information in the replies is really helpful for everyone to read.

Thank you all very much.

Thanks Bobby's dad and the information of the food your dogs are fed is really helpful.

The poll is currently set to allow a maximum of 1 vote per forum member and I wonder if this may warrant changing. So please say if anyone would find the poll more helpful if the amount of per member voting is increased ?

General discussion / Re: 'Fun' ways to feed your dog
« on: Feb 25, 2017, 02:23 »
Out on a lead walk is such a great excuse to have fun with your dogs!  Often we teach dogs to wait or sit at a kerb before crossing a road & children to look right, left, right before crossing a road.

So here is a 'game' to teach dogs to wait or sit and then look right, left, right.

This is also especially useful for stimulating a dog that is 'plodding' on the walk showing little interest. It's also helpful for a dog on lead walks only, perhaps recovering from an operation, or in season, and for older slower dogs that need a little mental stimulation. Or indeed works for a pup by holding their interest whilst mean feat for an active pup!

Here's how this works, and it's easier than it seems. Ask your dog(s) to Sit or Wait  - I prefer asking for a  standing Wait, as I don't like to overuse a dog's hips by asking for too many lifetime sits - and with you standing next to him/her/them on the pavement or kerb next to a road.

You make a wide sweep of your free arm ( the one not holding the lead(s)!) to the right. Then at the same time as you are saying "Look Right" you actually turn your head and look right.

Then you do the same thing, this time to the left.

Then finally to the right again.

When you try this it's quite surprising how quickly your dogs will 'learn' and look to the direction you are looking in. If you notice your dogs even glancing to where you are gesturing you praise them with "Good".
It may not happen straight away as a dog tends to look at the owner first, reacting to your speech, (which is reward in itself). Once they get the hang of it - and to start with this means they've looked at you, rather than where you are looking if that makes sense - then it's time for the reward which is a small portion of their daily food allowance and of course continuation of the walk with you! And as a bonus you build a greater and more interesting bond with your dogs.

The Food and Drug Administration have completed their investigation into the supplier of the meat that was in the cans of recalled Against the Grain Pulled Beef. Today's report is here:

Recalls and alerts / Re: Evanger's Hunk of Beef
« on: Feb 24, 2017, 18:39 »
The Food and Drug Administration have completed their investigation into the supplier of the meat that was in the cans of recalled Evanger's Hunk of Beef. Today's report is here:

You sound 'passionate' about your new snack and that's applaudable particularly as it not easy to launch something new  :)  and I hope you get further feedback and more results through your questionnaire.

When you write "more techie" I wonder do you mean someone who may already understand pet nutrition?

 I only ask because "techie" here usually means something to do with technology, like information technology , computers.  And so you may not have the feedback from the questionaire you were hoping for.

General dog chat / Re: Obesity in labradors
« on: Feb 23, 2017, 12:04 »
Yes indeed, labradors are one of mother nature's fascinating breeds of dogs. Pedigree labs are usually either from working lines or show lines, or less often  a mix of both, and  there are varying sizes, activity levels and energy requirements within the breed. At one extreme beautiful lab eyes will 'ask' for food & crave food seemingly endlessly! and at the other a lab can self regulate even if food is freely available all day.

Dottie you have found what works best for your dogs to hold their weights steady and yes unused protein will be stored as fat (or excreted through urine) but there are a great deal of processes the proteins are used for and a dog's body needs a constant supply of good quality protein to replenish it.

Hopefully you have researched and have a sustainable source   ;) -May I draw your attention to these current concerns viz. "Over a quarter of European grasshopper, cricket and bush cricket species are being driven to extinction by unsustainable agricultural practices and the growing frequency of wildfires in Europe, a new IUCN report has found."

Out of interest there is a question: "Do you work in the tech/startup scene " and I do not understand how this helps your research?

General dog chat / Re: Obesity in labradors
« on: Feb 22, 2017, 19:37 »
You are right Dottie the fat content in a dog's food would have a greater effect than protein and carbohydrates, because each gram of fat equates to 9 calories. Whereas each gram of protein is 4 calories and each gram of carbohydrate is also 4 calories. So for each gram of fat you stop feeding you are reducing the calorie intake by 9 calories overall.

If I've a dog that could do with shedding a small amount of weight; and increased exercise just isn't possible; for a dog with joint issues for example, or for an older-geriatric dog, then I've found reducing the amount of the dog's usual food by 10% is often sufficient, rather than than changing the fats, carbohydrates and proteins ratio the dog is used to.

General discussion / Re: Novel ingredients
« on: Feb 22, 2017, 00:16 »
This may give cause to a sharp intake of breath (!) as regards the overall cost (of kibble+shipping+possible customs fee) .......  just mentioning that V-dog (the American one) is available through the Amazon (.com site) and offers international shipping to the UK. Link is here: 

.......don't put your cheque book away yet though as there may be further cost for importing ( . Phew!! Still if you have deep pockets, then...... Otherwise it's a wait until it becomes available in the UK

General discussion / Re: Novel ingredients
« on: Feb 21, 2017, 23:24 »
Tinyplanets it's the same here  ::)

Seaweed not on a par with v-dog from the States, just thought I'd mention that if you're okay with feeding lamb to your dog have you considered "Lily's Kitchen Lovely lamb with peas & parsley" (great alliteration with all those "L"s and "P"s ......!) kibble.

Thanks for voting Bobby's dad and the information of the food your dogs were fed is helpful as well.

May I also ask you to please vote in another poll when you have time of course,  as it will, hopefully, be interesting, to compare and contrast what foods dogs were fed 5 years ago, with what foods our dogs are fed now.
The poll is here:

Huge thanks in advance!

Introductions / Re: Re: Hello everyone
« on: Feb 21, 2017, 22:42 »
Lovely long and no doubt happy years with your previous goldies - all praise to you both, and welcome. Somehow with new pups I always reach the "what have I done?" whilst scratching my head in bewilderment and awe of the latest addition......yet somehow that doesn't matter in the long run.   8) 

General dog chat / Re: Obesity in labradors
« on: Feb 21, 2017, 22:32 »
 There are many and varied reasons for different weights in any breed perhaps the more obvious being calories in versus exercise.  One thing is for sure the 'plodder' and the 'rocket' within the same breed will definitely be burning energy at differing rates!  8) 

The Cambridge study with labradors intends to discover more about that particular breed of dog at genetic level -a current area of science - and may help to explain why some labradors appear to be hungry for much of the time -  the 'eat-the-dustbin-as well-as-the-contents' types -  and some don't. And Yes there are some that don't!

 [The study is still enrolling, for any size of labrador]. 

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