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General dog chat / Super shoppers
« on: Feb 21, 2018, 20:53 »
I just turned on to hear this programme advise pet owners that any food that said complete on the packet was fine to feed. They were comparing Pedigree to Royal Canin so with those particular brands, probably not worth the extra money for the Royal Canin. Nevertheless very worrying that there was no mention of ingredients and differences in quality and I felt by showing other foods such as forthglade and lilly's kitchen, the implication was that the consumer may as well save their money and stick to the foods with more questionable ingredients.   :(  Very disturbing and concerning.

General discussion / Living with a reactive dog
« on: May 15, 2017, 17:44 »
I have split this from the ' what is it that bugs you' thread
Coaster see this thread for a bit of background.
I had got to the stage where she was off lead and socialising well with other dogs but she was pinned down a couple of times and got distressed and one day she went for a dog who she had always been wary of and who had been very boisterous with her. She had to be on the lead after that which does not help the anxiety. Mostly she is just vocal when worried but she can be aggressive if very frightened.
She is okay with family and friends dogs but I am able to plan meetings. We usually meet on route and keep moving. The other owner has a treat assuming their dog isn't treat possessive. After one positive meeting, there are no further problems. Once she knows a dog, she will be fine but TBH largely indifferent to it.  I am also fine with meetings if I can have a discourse with the owner  before.  If they understand that she can be reactive  and that I may just make a sharp retreat if her body language changes. I try to keep the lead loose when other dogs approach. If she starts to pull, I move away and keep her away as she is already anxious.  As she doesn't seem to gain much from being with other dogs, I am happy to keep working at good manners on passing.  I don't avoid other dogs but I don't go out of my way to be with them. Her behaviour is consistent whoever is walking her. It is difficult to know what may have led to this as she is a rescue.
ETA I always treat and praise positive encounters.

General dog chat / Chocolate toxicity calculator
« on: Dec 21, 2016, 19:45 »
Bearing in mind the season I thought this may be useful for anyone's pooch who may have helped themselves to the goodies.

Chocolate toxicity calculator

Dog foods / Natural Instinct Turkey and chicken (organic)
« on: Jul 17, 2016, 16:28 »
There has been lots of interest in the new organic range from nutriment. I was not aware of it until Seaweed pointed it out, but natural instinct do an organic Chicken and Turkey variety. seehere . At £5.45 for 2 500g packs. It may be more affordable for those interested in organic food.

I haven't fed it myself but it would be good to get any feedback from members who have.

This topic has been moved to classifieds

This topic has been moved to classifieds as it is promoting a product

General dog chat / Advice sheets for common health issues
« on: Nov 15, 2015, 21:58 »
I came across these useful information sheets about various health issues and conditions on a veterinarian website. advicesheets
I have book marked them as they may come in handy.

Having had a search of the forum for a friend, who has just had a diabetes diagnosis for her Schnauzer, I found that we don't have much information on the subject. I found this which gives some general advice and information but it would be useful if anyone has had experience feeding a dog with diabetes and could share. :)

Dog foods / Duck frozen complete
« on: Jan 23, 2015, 14:54 »
I had an e mail from berriwoods about Duck new frozen complete food . It is berriwoods own brand and is not just Duck. It seems to be meat, rice and vegetable oil so minimal ingredients. I am a bit confused over the ingredients as the one I looked at says 70 percent meat and 70 percent rice flakes,

Edited to add, It seems that only the lamb and rice variety has clear ingredients. The others state cereals and vegetable by products.

For anybody trying to decide what to feed their dog, there is a useful search tool on the  homepage of this site. While it is good to hear about the experiences others have had with their chosen food, it is also useful to see what options are available.

*Go to the home page

*On the top right hand side you will see the quick search tool

*Enter the details for your dog and available budget

*Click on go to full dog food directory and look to the left hand side of the directory to filter your options  further.

*Press go and the search should come up with suitable foods for you to look at.

I found this tool really useful. I was able to research further some of the options and therefore able to make a more informed choice for my dog.

Dog treats / Recipes for home made treats.
« on: Nov 23, 2014, 17:10 »
Please add any recipes for treats that your dogs love here. I bake these all the time for a bedtime biscuit. Hard to say if they work as my dog has always been a good sleeper anyway. We made some for next doors dog for the fireworks and they felt that they helped.

Recipe for Calming Camomile Biscuits
Camomile is reputed to have calming qualities so one of these tasty biscuits may help to calm an anxious or bouncy dog. They are also gluten free.
80gs of Brown rice flour
80gs of Oat flour (you can just use plain oats but they need to be certified gluten free if this is a requirement)
1 camomile teabag/boiling water
1 tablespoon of dried parsley
1 tablespoon of dried mint
3 tablespoons of olive oil
To prepare, preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 180 degrees Celsius .Add boiling water to the camomile teabag in a teacup. Combine the oat flour, brown rice flour,  mint and parsley  Add 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and the camomile tea a little at a time until you have a smooth dough. Roll the dough thinly (about 0.5 cms) and use a small cutter (about 5cms diameter) to cut the biscuits. Place them on a greased baking tray. Bake for about 25 minutes. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack and store them in an airtight tin for up to four weeks.

Introductions / MOVED: vitamin c
« on: Nov 16, 2014, 18:28 »
This topic has been moved to supplements

Recalls and alerts / Naturediet
« on: Oct 08, 2014, 19:15 »
I have noticed that some of the regular suppliers of the naturediet do not have any stock at the moment.

Looking at comments to their facebook page, it seems that lots of people who regularly feed this are having major issues since a change of packaging has been implemented.  Some claiming the  food looks and smells off and has made their dogs ill

I have a big order from the beginning of August which seems fine so far. I think this was the old packaging though as it is reassuringly hard to open. I have also not opened the lamb one yet which seems to be the one most commonly causing concerns. I have to say, I avoid the fish one as the smell makes me gag.

Training and behaviour / Fearful dogs
« on: Oct 06, 2014, 12:14 »
I thought it might be useful to share my experiences of having a adopted a dog who came with several  fears. Many dogs seem to have come from puppy farms or other environments where socialisation may have suffered so this seems to be a common issue. Also it seems some pups are very sensitive and one incident at a crucial time can lead to fears developing.

In the early days, Muffin, was scared of many things both in the home and outside. Some of her fears we didn't really understand such as other dogs because she would at times actually seek out a dog that worried her and bark at it instead of avoiding it. With a lot of advice and help, we started to use counter conditioning techniques around scary things so we would give her treats if she saw something which scared her. The idea being that they will start to associate the scary thing with good things happening. High value treats work best. As this became second nature, we started to see big changes. Generally speaking, she is rarely upset when in the house. She is also okay with most traffic, horses, cows and bikes.

We still work on other dogs, noisy vehicles such as motor bikes, and traffic on a wet or dark night. We found it helpful to avoid the scary things if possible but deal with them if confronted,  We cannot avoid traffic completely as we have to walk a short way along the road to get off road. Also we have learned to weigh her mood up. At times she can be a bit more anxious and we will avoid any triggers if possible. Other days she seems more relaxed and does well. Yesterday she met several dogs without a reaction.

I think we will always have some fear issues but with time and understanding they are extremely manageable and impact very little on everyday life.

Rescuing or adopting a dog / Re homing Muffin
« on: Sep 15, 2014, 20:57 »
Muffin is my first dog as a grown up and a former dogstrust resident.She was estimated to be 3 when we brought her home. It has certainly been a journey. She was a stray so had a completely unknown history. She was very nervous of lots of things and we still have some fear issues around other dogs, mostly when she is on a short lead.

We use counter condition techniques to help manage her fears and try to keep things as predictable as possible for her.  She is a small terrier mix, Cairnish in appearance and she is a massive personality. She is full of fun and attitude. We love her dearly and would not change anything about her. 

The decision to adopt was one of the best ones we made but I will be honest and say there were a few  tearful moments in the early days. I had so much support from forums like the Cairn forum who also kind of adopted her despite her questionable parentage!. They helped me through all my first time owner worries.

For anyone thinking about re homing, I would say, do your homework and be prepared but try not to be put off by any potential problems. We have gained so much and most problems can easily be managed when you understand them.

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