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I hope to be working on this page for many years to come!  Enjoy these photos and videos that go along with various chapters of my book.  You may also find some helpful sources on the "Links" page.

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CHAPTER 4:  NUTRITION


DRY DOG FOOD


From my experience in raising dogs for 20+ years, I believe in GRAIN-FREE nutrition  if possible.  At the very least, dog food should contain NO GLUTENS, NO WHEAT and NO CORN.  Please keep in mind that I advise following your veterinarian's advice/instruction, as some dogs need very specific diets if they have certain health issues.  The cost of excellent nutrition is far less than the consequences of feeding the wrong ingredients.

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Our rule of thumb:  If it's not 100% meat or grain-free kibble, we don't feed it to our dogs.  That includes treats!  If you're feeding high-quality nutrition, why would you ruin that effort with the wrong type of treats?  We use chicken or beef jerkey for training purposes.   The ONLY table-food scraps we give our dogs = meat and dark greens.  No starches, no sugars, nothing with grains or glutens.

Price starts around $30 for the big bag.
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Chapters 3 & 4
Chapters 3, 4, & 9
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Found at Costco and high-end pet supply stores

"Treats" for our dogs consist of left over meat from our table and chicken or beef jerky, all 100% natural.
 
Read the ingredient list of all dog food bags AND treats, to be sure you are not putting corn, wheat, or glutens of any type into your dog's diet. Chapter 4 of my book goes into great detail about the horrible effects of glutens, corn & wheat/grains, which are associated with several health issues, including bad skin/coat, eye drainage and stinky ears

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THE BEST WOUND CARE we've found !!!
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Order straight from the manufacturer's website for best pricing!
Vetericyn products are GREAT!  Their wound spray (acts as a cleanser and healing agent) works quicker than any other product we've ever used.  Their eye and ear products are also excellent!
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Chapter 11:  Training


VOICE COMMANDS 
illustrated by our dogs,
Abby & Cindy 
 
1) "SPEAK"
Abby LOVES to "speak" and is thrilled to show off her talents.
 Cindy has several versions of "speak" but she hates my camera, so you'll only hear a few of her voices in this video.  Enjoy!
 
2) "BED"  Abby & Cindy (actually, all 4 of our dogs) learned the "bed" command before any other obedience training upon entering our home.  "Bed" is a simple, 1-syllable word that is easily taught by pointing to the dog's bed and repeating the command word until learned.  Our dogs can be anywhere in the house and when we say "bed," they immediately report to their pillow-bed at our front door.
 

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PUPPY CRATE SET-UP
Video Series
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CHAPTERS 3 & 12

BASIC SET-UP
After years of crate-training, this is the method that has worked beautifully for us.

CHEW-BONE & SAFE TOY = CONTENT PUPPY
While I normally encourage folks to purchase deer/elk antlers for chew-bones, we sometimes use natural chew-bones for young puppies, especially if they're bigger than the puppy!

MAD PUPPY
Even when the crate is perfectly "stocked" with proper toys, food/water and dry papers, puppies still crave the attention of their humans and want to be free of the crate.

STRESSED-OUT PUPPY / NEEDS FREEDOM
If you allow a pup to get this upset, you can look for trouble, including upset tummy, depression & other issues.  Read more in Chapter 12 to crate-train & house-train with ease!

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Blaze uses "Mom" as a pillow
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CHAPTERS 1 & 2
BONDING WITH FAMILIES
 
"Blaze" loving on his human sister in this video.  WARNING:  instant smiles and laughter will happen upon watching this one!
Granted, not all parents will allow kids to be "bathed" in doggie slobber, but let me just tell you - Blaze would go to his death before he'd allow harm to come to this little girl.  The tighter the bond between your family and your dogs, the more devotion and protection you will receive from the dogs.
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"LeRoy" (American Bulldog) enjoys the water
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Chapters 3, 5, & 11
FETCH TRAINING / WATER SPORTS
 
All of our dogs love the water, but we don't "force" it on them - we allow them to investigate the water's edge for as long as they need to in order to be comfortable with it.
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/RbdpfZeLnlA?rel=0 = probably my favorite video taken at our pond over the years... "Cindy" doesn't share very well.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/eqq-gdYsbyk?rel=0 = more pond fun, back in the day when I still had my bulldog program going.

FETCH TRAINING with "Ziva"
And, sometimes, HOME-MADE toys work just as well, especially for Fetch-training!
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/XUvSYQyqrBY?rel=0 = "Ziva" still enjoys fetching, anything from a tennis ball to a "homemade" toy is just fine.

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CHAPTER 4:  NUTRITION
CHAPTER 5:  CHEWING & BITING

We use and recommend ANTLERS for dog chews
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CHAPTERS 3, 4, 5, 11, 12

DOG CHEWs:  We give our dogs deer and elk ANTLERS to chew on.  Antlers are SAFE, all-natural, they do not splinter, they're full of nutrients, and THEY LAST A LONG TIME!  We order our antlers "by the pound."  I'm happy to recommend our antler supplier to my readers:
Randy Boston
Berfield's Stage Stop Market
519 W. Tomichi Avenue
Gunnison, CO  81230
Phone: 970-641-5782
Email:  rboston@q.com
 
If you obtain antlers from "the wild," be sure to remove sharp points.  Boil them in water for a few minutes, then air-dry before giving them to your dog.  Boiling them removes tiny insects, worm eggs, & bacteria.

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SAFE / APPROPRIATE TOYS
(Ref: Chapters 3, 5, & 11)

Our dogs LOVE to play with KONG toys!
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Every dog needs TOYS!  We buy and highly recommend KONG products.
KONG toys are very durable and SAFE for dogs to chew on & play with. Our dogs are ROUGH - they're always chewing on something, so we must keep plenty of chewable toys in the yard for them.  You will find KONG products in most pet supply stores, but you may also order from their website: www.kongcompany.com .
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"Fred" and "King" reunite after a year...
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still best friends!

Training your dog to love other pets - even LARGE ones like horses, can certainly be done!  Meet "Fred" (bulldog) and "King" (Fred's horse buddy).  This photo was taken over a year after King was sold to friends, and they still remembered each other.  You just don't get much better than this photo! 




Many thanks to Johnny Nobles, Fred's owner, for this sweet reminder that friendship is not limited by time.

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CAREN GITTLEMAN ("Dakota's Den") posted a review on my book.  Please take time to cruise through her site, as she is one of the top animal advocates I'm blessed to know in this world:
Caren is one of the few folks I can refer dog AND cat owners to for questions/advice!

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ANGELA T. ROBERTS, Author
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Eastern time:  843-340-5818
 
 

We promote SPAYING & NEUTERING of your pet.