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Editor's Note
August 31st, 2011
Volume 2, Issue 9

Winner, winner - chicken dinner! Happy September…and National Chicken month to you and your pets. Why not celebrate with a tasty meal of the BARF Diet Juicy Chicken Recipe in patties or nuggets for your dog? Or perhaps with our new line of freeze-dried liver treats by Etta Says! in chicken, beef, or lamb?

And don’t forget to check out September’s issue of “The Intelligent Pet” e-zine. This month’s issue is chock full of goodies just for you and your canine companion – Take a look:
  • Raw Knowledge – A Truly Amazing Remedy That All Pet Parents Need to Know About!
Are you or your dog suffering from allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, stress, high cholesterol, a poor immune or digestive system, or overweight issues? Then take a lesson from Mother Nature and discover one of the most amazing remedies on the planet for a variety of health issues – plus it’s good for you AND your pup!
Despite humans domesticating dogs some 15,000 years ago, we have yet to learn all that there is to know about our canine companions. One burning question that pet parents have always been stumped on is why their dogs will sometimes eat funny things like grass, dirt, and mud. If this is something you’ve wondered about yourself and need a cure for, you HAVE to read this article!
  • Good Dog – Dog Training Methods: Which Is Best For Your Dog?
As a dog owner, you know that proper training is critical for any healthy human-canine relationship. But did you know that there are many different ways to train a dog? Learn about the pros and cons of various common training methods so you can make an informed decision on which route to take with your pet.
  • Bark Out Loud – Dog Genes May Be The Key To Treating Childhood Epilepsy
Researchers have recently uncovered a gene found in the Lagotto Romagnolo dog breed that may be able to help treat childhood epilepsy.

As you can see, there are tons of must-read articles for you and your pup to dig into. So sit back with your cup of tea or coffee and enjoy!

To Perfect Pet Health Now and Always,

The BARF World Team

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8/8/2011Merrick Pet Care Recalls Doggie Wishbone Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk.

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Important Dates to Remember

September is National Chicken Month

  • Monday, September 5th – Labor Day
  • Sunday, September 11th – Patriot Day
  • Monday, September 12th – “Lassie” television premiere
  • Wednesday, September 21st – Author, Stephen King’s birthday
  • Thursday, September 22nd – American Business Women’s Day
If Dogs Could Talk

Why Does My Dog Do That? Dogs That Eat Grass

by Evan Price

At one point or another, we have all asked this question: “Why do dogs eat grass?”  This behavior just seems so strange to us, right?  I mean…when was the last time YOU ate grass? (I guess for those of us who have a shot of wheatgrass every morning, this isn’t so unusual – but our dogs?) 

Luckily the answer to this question is quite simple - as is the remedy.

If you leave a dog to his own devices, he will eat all sorts of things that we as humans would consider to be unsanitary.  The list may include things like grass, dirt, twigs, feces, flowers, bones, and rotting flesh from fallen prey.  There is one common link between all these items though. 

Can you guess what it is?

They are all nutrient-rich substances that come from living things (or in the case of dirt, containing living things).  Dogs have a biological desire to eat food from living sources.  Living food contains active enzymes and nutrients that simply do not exist in food that has been highly processed. 

This is one of the reasons that the BARF Diet is so nutritious.  Since these active enzymes are destroyed with the application of heat, dogs that are fed commercial canned and kibble diets do not have the opportunity to utilize the essential enzymes needed for digestion.  This makes the utilization of nutrients much more difficult and puts stress on the pancreas to manufacture the enzymes necessary for digestion and can have long-term effects on the immune system.

So dogs will commonly take to eating nutrient-rich foods like grass and dirt to replace those nutrients that they are not able t extract or utilize from their bowl of kibble or wet food.

But sometimes even BARF fed dogs eat grass… 

So then there’s the question: If the BARF diet contains so many nutrients and active enzymes, why would a dog still have the urge to eat grass? 

As often the case with dogs who have recently transitioned over to a raw diet after a long history of cooked, canned, or kibble diets, the animal has developed an urge to eat grass, dirt, or mud to help aid in the transition to a raw diet.  This is almost always a temporary condition and in this case, the solution is a enzyme and probiotic supplement.

E-BARF Plus is a green powder enzyme supplement with probiotics. It’s designed to aid in digestion and boost the immune system.  It contains many healthful ingredients such as kelp, alfalfa, and wheatgrass that are designed to help your pet optimize the efficiency of the natural defense system. 

We will often recommend E-BARF Plus to any dog transitioning to raw for the first 30 to 60 days to help ensure a smooth transition.  We will also recommend this supplement to any dogs with known allergies, digestive issues like IBD, or dogs that are receiving an immune suppressant, like antibiotics, steroids or chemotherapy.

On the subject of allergies: if the challenges your dog is having are specifically related to hotspots and itching, then the answer is E-Omega Coat oil with omega 3, 6 and 9. 

This supplement is designed to promote a healthy skin and coat by delivering a good dose of fish oils and other oils that are packed with healthy fats and nutrients.  We have also found this to be effective for pups who are a bit more finicky than the rest.  The coconut oil in the supplement increases palatability and makes it so that even the pickiest dogs will generally change their tune and gobble down their food.

So…what have we learned today? 

Well for some of us, the answer is “nothing” because many of us are nutritional experts and know-it-alls when it comes to our dogs.  But we were not always that way.  For others, this information is brand new. 

So remember…if your dog is eating leaves and grass it is no big deal.  They probably eat much worse stuff when you are not looking.  They are simply trying to get some active enzymes and missing nutrients into their body.  Introduce a probiotic supplement, like E-BARF Plus in order to reduce or eliminate the issue. 

Until next time, happy BARFing!

Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.  He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.

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Good Dog

Dog Training Methods – Which Is Best For Your Dog?

by Al Skender

As we all know training a dog takes time and patience. However canines seem to figure out what the trainer wants fairly quickly. The dog takes in odors, sights, tastes, and sounds to remember things that have been thought. There are many methods to use to train a dog such as the reward method, negative reinforcement, and positive reinforcement.

Reward Method Training

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Here I will share how a reward method can get your dog on the right track. The reward method is the most popular method people use. It has been used for a very long time in obedience training and has been utilized to train dogs on movie sets and in military and police work.

In reward training the most common type of treat is a food reward. Here’s how it works:
  1. Before giving a word command to your dog, speak its name to get its attention
  2. Then speak a one-word command such as “stay”, “sit”, “come” or “heel”.
  3. Once the command has been performed by the dog, the treat can be given as a reward for performing the task.
When using the reward method, keep in mind to provide your dog with healthy snacks to promote overall good health as well as obedience. Etta Says! liver treats work very well for reward training as they are light weight, delicious and don’t contain any artificial ingredients or preservatives – just all natural liver.

Negative Reinforcement Training

Many people opt not to use the method of negative reinforcement training because it requires the right hand and the proper balance between “tough love” and tenderness. The danger with this training technique is that it maybe viewed as punishment by your dog or even worse cruelty by those who are not familiar with this particular training technique.

Some of the dog training tools used in negative reinforcement include shock training collars, choke collars, cayenne pepper, and water spray collar.

One example of negative reinforcement is when your dog urinates where he sleeps and instead of simply cleaning the mess an owner can use negative reinforcement by placing the dog into the area where he urinated to show him that his behavior is not correct.

Positive Reinforcement Training
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Positive reinforcement is in my opinion, the healthiest form of dog training.

Instead of giving your dog a treat, which after a while can add on excess weight, positive reinforcement teaches the dog to perform solely for the compliment that follows the appropriate behavior performed. For example: give him a pat or a “good dog” for lying quietly by your feet before letting him out the door (which helps prevent darting), before feeding him (which helps teach him good meal time manners). By understanding positive reinforcement, you'll see that you're not forever bound to carry a pocketful of goodies.

Your dog will soon be working for your verbal praise because he wants to please you and knows that, occasionally you will provide him with some healthy treats. 

Of course there are many other types of training methods out there and still many more being developed all the time. It’s up to you – the pet owner – to decide which method works best for your dog. And while we train our pets to perform tricks and learn proper pet etiquette, always keep in mind that they are also training us as pet owners as well. Remember those important lessons our pets teach us such as patience, loyalty and forgiveness as they are crucial when doing any training method with our animal companions.

Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He’s a self-proclaimed expert on the German Shepherd breed, owning several of them throughout his life. He enjoys being outdoors and prefers it to being stuck in front of the television, unless The Office or CSI is on.  For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.

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Raw Knowledge

A Truly Amazing Remedy That All Pet Parents Need to Know About!

by Robert Mueller

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Back in the late 1600’s Sir Isaac Newton, an acclaimed scientist, described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion - concepts that remains at the forefront of science for centuries.

Newton’s law of universal gravitation describes the gravitational attraction between bodies with mass. It is suggested that these theories were conceived as he sat under an apple tree and felt the impact of an apple falling from a tree.

In like manner (as the cartoon depicts) the latest medical discovery of using coconut oil for health could very well impact a series of medical conditions both in humans and now also our pets.

Using an organic virgin coconut oil has many benefits, including:
  1. Improved conditions of skin and coat health
  2. Promotes healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites and stings
  3. Improves nutrient absorption
  4. Can reduce or eliminate bad doggy breath.
  5. And some important new findings point to coconut oil actually increasing energy levels and aiding in arthritic conditions.
The findings and claims of the beneficial attributes of Coconut Oil puts it into the same category as Aloe Vera which as we know is used as a cure-all for many ailments.

The possible reason for the success of coconut oil is the production of ketones. Ketones are water-soluble compounds that are normally produced when body fat is broken down for energy.

Dogs on a low carbohydrate diet will produce more ketones than their grain-filled kibble counterparts. When an animal is placed on a low carbohydrate diet (like the BARF Diet), instead of searching for carbohydrates, the body will instead start burning stored fat to create energy. The importance of this is because the ketones are a powerful source of fuel for the body.

In fact, new findings for humans have found that coconut oil is responsible for REVERSING the effects of Alzheimer’s disease because of the powerful effect the ketones have on improving brain function. A ketone-producing diet will increase the blood flow to the brain, which is then responsible for improved cellular repair - thus reduced symptoms of Alzheimer’s. (Welcome back short-term memory!)

You can give your dog a teaspoon of coconut oil a day for every 50 pounds of your dog’s body weight…or better yet, include E-Omega Coat oil to your dog’s daily meals. Not only does E-Omega Coat contain the perfect blend of omega 3, 6 and 9 but it also contains delicious, nutritious coconut oil. This supplement is great for allergies, arthritis, and kidney issues.

Wouldn’t it be an easy solution for many those suffering from aggravating ailments to simply add a teaspoonful of coconut oil to their daily diet? Coconut oil can easily replace the “apple a day” health guide for you and may even be able to help you reduce your pet’s vet visits. 

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements - the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere.  He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.

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Bark Out Loud

Dog Gene Sheds New Light on Epilepsy in Children


This is a fantastic breakthrough in thgis research field and to think that the key lay hidden in "man's best friend."

Check out the amazing article - Click HERE!

Wags of Wisdom:

"To err is human, to forgive, canine."
- Unknown

"I took my dog for a walk... all the way from New York to Florida... I said to him "There now you're done."
- Steven Wright

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Monthly Pet Laugh

by Christopher Hampson

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