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September 18th, 2013     Volume 4, Issue 38 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 If Dogs Could Talk

Dog Training Success Begins In The Food Dish

By Robert Mueller

When I discuss the importance of animal nutrition, I like to make comparisons relative to human nutrition because the end results are the same. In essence, the better we feel; the better we are able to stay active, exercise, focus, and learn.

This same theory holds true for training your dog. It is easy to see the difference that proper nutrition provides for your dog when going through obedience training. A nutritionally advantaged dog will have the energy, stamina, and ability to perform at a higher level than a “fast food” fed dog.

When I say “fast food”, I am referring to commercial kibble and canned food - “fast” and convenient for the owner, but not otherwise so for the animal. A fast food fed dog is one that is expected to thrive on a diet that is formulated for convenience, and utilizes inexpensive ingredients that possess minimal utilization in the digestive process. In my 35+ years in the field of animal nutrition, I’ve found that this is not feasible. In fact a dog that is fed this way will ultimately exhibit symptoms of digestive disorders, skin conditions, allergies, and this leads to degenerative disease.

The advice given to nutrition-minded humans is to eliminate processed foods from your diet - and the same advice holds true for pets.

The philosophy we profess involves feeding a dog that which is biologically appropriate for the species. That means feeding the animals what Mother Nature has designed them to eat, based on the dental structure, their ability to chew, the capability of the digestion system, and organ functions for supplying the digestive enzymes, and pH conditions necessary to consume a raw food diet.

Any diet that restricts the ability to properly digest the food being fed will result in less utilization of nutrients. Heat applied to processed diets severely reduces the nutrient value and alters the chemical structure of several of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The use of lower quality ingredients in heat-processed, commercial pet food also results in longer digestion time which allows for greater fermentation of ingredients in the digestive tract. This inevitably results in the development of toxins in the body, hence the increase of degenerative diseases in our companion animals.

Once the animal is converted to the BARF Diet (which is a much more species-appropriate diet), an automatic period of detoxification will begin. Toxins which have built up in your pet over the years are emitted mainly through the skin, which is the body’s largest organ.

A word to the wise for those that have dogs that have been on a heat-processed dry food diet for a minimum of 5 to 6 years and have experienced a development of allergies and skin conditions: this short period of detoxification can temporarily accentuate their current skin condition. This stage of rehabilitation is temporary as your dog goes through the normal detoxification process. We always give this word of caution to new clients that are trying to eliminate allergies and skin ailments, as it is very important to be patient and allow the BARF diets to do its magic.

What you will undoubtedly end up with is a changed dog in many ways. You will see a major turnaround in any skin conditions after the toxins have been eliminated from the body. This reduction of stress in your pet will also be immediately visible in the activity level and demeanor of the animal. It is no different than when we make positive changes to our own diets and begin to see and feel the difference in our overall health and energy level. When we feel good and get our bodies in tip-top condition, we are then able to function much better.

We may even feel like taking the dust off of our exercise equipment and feel more like engaging in the requirements of staying healthy. When you don’t feel well or if the symptoms of allergies, arthritis and obesity take over, our energy is zapped making it harder to find the energy and motivation to exercise or learn.

Our dogs are no different.

Often times, we hear the dog trainers that we work with tell us how the first step in their training program is to improve the nutrition of the animal and replace their nutrient-lacking diet with a natural healthy dog food… one that is biologically appropriate and offers the animal the proper nutrition necessary to stay alert and active in order to be more open to receive the training their owners are paying for.

An easy way to do that is to convert your dog over to a raw food diet such as the BARF Diet. It will result in a better candidate for training and a happier, healthier animal as a result.

ggggRobert 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 barfworld.com/ezine

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 Brighthaven's Adoptable Dog

Dear Friends,

Oh, where to begin . . . Let me just go with the information received from the shelter.

"Vickie will probably never win any canine beauty contest but a life of challenge hasn't changed her sweet and happy disposition… making her a true winner

Microchips show that she and her Pomeranian companion began their journey in Texas and from there their travels took them to California's Central Valley where the ability to track their family dead ended. Whatever the story, it was one that was clearly filled with hardship and lack. Both dogs came in covered with fleas wearing handmade coats made from old t-shirts perhaps a caring attempt to protect them from the fleas.

Our little trooper is probably about 8 or 9-years-young, she has a flea allergy that is being treated at the shelter and may well require further care. Her unusual jaw may look a bit strange but it functions perfectly. She is a happy little sprite who loves people, other animals… and life.
Sadly, her longtime companion was euthanized for attacking another shelter dog and Vickie is now alone. But, no stranger to adversity, Vickie's bright spirit survives.  She would love her own family that would give her warm hugs, comfort and an occasional outdoor adventure."

Obviously this little girl has had some hard times and truly deserves a chance at a good life.  She's a NICE little dog.  The extreme underbite is a birth defect and does not cause her any problems.  But with a face like that she is being passed over repeatedly at the shelter, no matter how beautiful her spirit.  Is there anyone who can help her?
Vickie is in northern California, in the SF/Bay Area.  If you have heart and home for this little dog, I'm sure we can work out transport.
Let me know if you can help.  Just email me at susanh@brighthaven.org 

Although this is the kind of sad story we all hate to hear,
we are determined to make it's ending a very happy one for this very special little girl.

Penny is a beautiful special needs girl. She is a doxie/spaniel mix, approximately 4 years old who has been with Green Dog Rescue since May of this year. Penny was found washed up on a river bed with severe head injuries. Green Dog rescued her from the Rohnert Park shelter and took her to a neurologist who stated she has an issue with her cerebellum for which nothing can be done. Penny is now blind and has some trouble maintaining her balance.

Penny needs a quiet and restful home filled with love as the company of all the other shelter dogs has become just too stressful for her. She is not quite yet a lap dog, needing lots of attention and patience, as abused dogs usually do, and would definitely fare best in a quiet, loving home without children.

Penny is a low maintenance, precious being who is not on any medication at all - she simply needs a loving and peaceful place to rest with a loving and peaceful family to care for her.

If you feel that she would fit into your family, please contact:



Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Jeannette Patocskai
Social Media Director

 Pet Alert!
Dogswell Recall 8/30/2013 - Joey's Jerky - voluntarily recalling Chicken Jerky due to Salmonella after 21 people identified with the same strain of the illness.
Dogswell Recall 8/30/2013 - Nestlé Purina PetCare Company - voluntarily recalling 3.5 pound bags of Purina One Beyond due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Dogswell Recall 8/14/2013 - Iams - Procter & Gamble recall a limited quantity due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Dogswell Recall 7/26/2013 - Dogswell - Recalls Dog and Cat Jerky Treats for traces of antibiotic residue.
 Bark Out Loud

Surge In Alzheimer's Disease Linked To Cleanliness

You've heard of killing with kindness, but this is killing with cleanliness. The absence of bad bacteria in our living space and foods leaves people and pets unbalanced and their immunities weakened. A new study out from Cambridge University links the relationship between cleaner environments and higher risk of diseases Like allergies, autoimmune disorders and even Alzheimer's.

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