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August 16th, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 33 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 Editor's Note

I remember my first attempt at swimming. I was 11 - a bit older than most people usually are when they first learn to swim. My mother's good friend, Gustavo, would invite us over to his house one summer and teach my younger brother and I how to float in his outdoor pool.

I'll admit; I was terrified at first. The only thing going through my head was that I was going to drown. But Gustavo was patient and he got me to trust him enough to allow him to help me float on my back.
Once I learned that small step I was able to conquer my fear of water. By the end of the summer I was able to get from one side of the pool to the other without any assistance.
Now I really love swimming! It's one of my favorite activities and the only team sport that I actually stuck with in high school.

Thinking back to that time when I first learned how to swim, I remember that if it were not for Gustavo's patience and understanding I would never have known the joy that getting in the water brings me.
Many dogs have no fear of water and love to swim - while some dogs (like my little guy, Chewy) are not so courageous. It takes a little bit of time and lots of patience to get timid dogs in the water. . .but if you're determined, you can help get your pet to love the water just as much as you do.
This week's article (by BARF World's own, Evan Price) explains some simple, yet effective ways to get your dog in the water and having some great summer fun.
Read on - it's a splash!

Amber Keiper & the rest of the BARF World team
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Aqua Dogs: How to Teach Your Dog to Swim

By Evan Price
Doctor Balance

As the summer begins to wind down, and the heat begins to let up, many families will be getting in a few last trips to the beach or lake. And of course, their dogs will be coming too!

But did you know that not all dogs are natural swimmers? In fact, very few breeds are, so while your dog may personally excel at swimming, for most dogs, it is most likely a learned behavior.

Natural Water Dogs
While some breeds are generally more adept at swimming than others, every dog is different. Breeds that have the word “water” in the name tend to be excellent swimmers. This includes the Portuguese Water Dog and Spanish Water Dog, as well as the Irish Water Spaniel and American Water Spaniel.

Other strong swimmers include most retrievers like the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, as well as the Newfoundland.
Conversely - there are certain breeds that are simply not designed to interact well with water. Breeds with short legs, such as Dachshunds and Lowchen are not ideal candidates for swimming (although you couldn't tell my childhood dachshund, Rusty that, and I have the photos to prove it!).

Other dogs that may not fare well in water include the brachycephalic breeds (flat-faced dogs). This includes Pugs, Boxers, Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, and Shih-Tzus.

Doing the “Doggie Paddle”
Doctor Balance Evan Price's childhood daschund, Rusty

Even if your dog is bred for water or is enthusiastic about getting in the pool, it is generally a good idea to start slowly. There are several ways to get your dog started in the water. The first is to encourage your dog to enter the shallow end. Once your dog is comfortable in the shallow end, he will be more likely to be comfortable in the deep end.

If your pet is hesitant about wading into the water, show him by example. Try to coax him in by entering the water yourself. By demonstrating that the water is safe, you may be able to elicit a positive reaction from your pet. You can even use a ball, stick, or his favorite toy to help get the process started. See if he will swim out to the item and bring it back to you. Be sure to reward your dog with plenty of praise and recognition if he heeds your commands.

Another way to get your dog used to water is to bring him around other swimming dogs. It may be helpful for him to see other dogs enjoying the water and swimming successfully.

You can also use a flotation device to help keep your dog afloat. This is particularly helpful for puppies and senior dogs who are prone to fatigue.
Remember: Rome wasn't built in a day - and your dog will probably not learn to swim in a single day either. But with patience and encouragement, your dog can learn to love the water and swim safely.

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 weekly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.

 Tail Us What You Think

Got something to say? Well we'd love to hear from you! Feel free to send your comments about our articles to ezine@barfworld.com. You can also share pictures, stories, jokes or whatever dog-related content you'd like. Hey, we may even post it on the next issue of The Intelligent Pet!

Here are some responses from last week's article, “The Balancing Act of Safe and Healthy Pet Food”:

“Thank you Amber for the update. . . . .I never let my vet influence what I do with my feeding. . . .I have heard their pontificating and made my own decision. . .I hope all owners who feed raw food to their animals will continue to stand behind you fully. I have used 2 vets in the past. . .one the standard who opposes the raw and another who is holistic and supports raw. . . .guess who I listen to and go to continually ?   Keep up the fight and let us know if we can help in any way. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ”

-Mary Hollway from St. James City, FL

“I have two min pins. I have been feeding them both since I first got them. One is nine and the other ten. They have had raw food all these years. I give them chicken, beef, pork, turkey, lamb, and rabbit occasionally. Each day I rotate what they get. In all this time they have not had any serious sickness. I do not have them vaccinated. I thank God that the results are so great. I say you can't argue with success. I have had five other dogs that I raised on kibble. What a difference!! Their breath alone is a selling point for raw. At any rate I would not change. ”

-Joe Mendoza from Plainview, NY>

“Read the article regarding the AVMA passing a policy against us pet owners feeding raw. Well, my dog is a prime example. She was fed raw most of her life and she will be 11 soon. Supposedly our conventional vet diagnosed her with Lymes disease and never did a retest (which I was later told that they should). They put her on 30 days doxycycline. Two weeks after coming off of that, they gave her a prednisone shot. Several weeks after that, she was given a rabies shot. All in all, this played havoc on her immune system and she became very sick to the point we almost lost her. Her PCV was 14, she was given a transfusion, and a week later had to have her spleen removed.

For some months she was on prednisone, azathioprine, and she had developed Immune Medicated Hemolytic Anemia. She pulled through, but lacked health and energy. We were told never ever feed her raw, because if she got sick from bacteria, she would not be able to fight the illness. So like good parents, we did what was recommended. We fed her a good quality kibble and some canned food, then switched to a dehydrated raw diet (which they allowed us to do because of the pasteurization process the food went through). She did well but always had issues with biting, scratching, anal gland problems, and tarter on her teeth.
I had listened to some of your webinars and including the Dr. Peter Dobias webinar, and talked to people in my area and did a lot of research. We decided to go back to feeding raw, because she could get just as sick from the kibble and canned food.

We are very happy we made that decision. She no longer bites herself, has only an occasional scratch, has no anal gland issues, and her teeth are starting to look better. She has tons of energy, a soft shiny coat, and people can not believe that she will be 11. Her fur is so soft and shiny and people that had seen her when she was so sick are amazed at how well she is doing now.
Don't get me wrong. . .conventional vets do have their place in treating our pets, as not everyone has access to holistic vets. We did not, but conventional vets have no business telling us how to feed our pets. That is like telling us how to feed our family members.

As long as you follow safety measures, just like you would for feeding your family, it's our judgment call, not theirs. To me, feeding raw is the best thing for our beloved pets.
It has been two years since she was diagnosed and she is doing extremely well. No meds. . . only the raw food and a whole food supplement made from all organic food products.
Keep up your great work and keep us informed. ”

-Susan Conner from Boca Raton, FL

 Bark Out Loud
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The Give and Take of Political Power From Presidential Pets

A President's dog has always attracted media attention. The relationship between a politician and their pet is often considered to be an analogy for how well they will treat their responsibilities and serve the people. This can do much to further one's career or to end it.
The current focus of president hopeful Mitt Romney's treatment of his dog, Seamus, is nothing new in the political world. There are reports that date all the way back to George Washington and confirm his respect for the bond between canine and master. More Presidential Pooches HERE

Wags of Wisdom:

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. " - Roger Caras

"The dog is a yes-animal. Very popular with people who can't afford a yes man. " - Robertson Davies

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