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Food Discussion & Information / Doing some research
« on: November 16, 2006, 04:12:35 am »
I am repeatedly being asked how much it costs to feed my dogs the Volhard diet.. I know how much it costs me but my bigger question is how much does it cost to feed kibble?

I can't really make a comparison since I have NO idea ... would anyone care to share that info? I'm really just researching and won't try to sway you to the diet I feed.

Could you please let me know:

What breed(s) of dog:
Activity Level:
Maintanence feeding or weight loss/gain:
Age of dog:
What brand kibble you feed:
How much:
How Often:
What you spend for a bag of food:
What size bag:
How long you estimate it lasts:

Can you think of anything else I forgot? 



Food Discussion & Information / Re: Raw diet??
« on: November 16, 2006, 04:08:27 am »
What? No Volhard Diet?

Volhard can be easy if you do NDF.  It's a dry supplement mix already made up and ready to be added to raw meat.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: The Dog Whisperer
« on: October 21, 2005, 12:31:04 am »
Yeah, I don't know how he addresses dog fights in the home.. I think his idea is that if you maintain pack mentality, you wont' have them..

I would have loved to have asked him. (We had a similar situation when we introduced a new puppy).  We found out, however that our issues were medical.  Targ has low thyroid.  Since he's been on meds, no more problems.  I don't know that Cesar would address the issue of bringing dogs to the vet for a full work up.. he is only a behaviorist.

As far as the whisperer thing goes, I find it annoying.. I've had people as me if I'm a dog whisperer.  I just reply with something I heard in Tellington Touch Training.  "No, but I listen to the whispers of the dog".

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Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: The Dog Whisperer
« on: October 19, 2005, 09:08:42 pm »
I think you'd be amazed at how many people do not know this about their dogs.

ex:  I had my booth at a local fundraiser for a rescue organization.  One person had rescued a shepard/lab mix who she just did not understand.

She kept telling me that the dog was "interested" in other dogs but when they got close she would bark, lunge, snarl and she had actually bitten one dog.

I witnessed this behavior .  What the owner mistook for interest was actually fear.  The dog would lean forward sniffing, but her ears were flat back, she was on her toes, her tail was tucked and she had her hair directly behind her neck up.  If the dog got too close she would pull forward Barking Barking Barking.

The owner thought that the leaning forward and barking was "hey come here". When it was really "don't make me deal with you.. I'm afraid.. stay away".

Yes,  a lot of what I heard from Cesar is definately common sense, but my experience with new/inexperienced dog owners is that they really do anthropomorphi se their dogs, in an attempt to understand them.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: The Dog Whisperer
« on: October 18, 2005, 11:17:16 pm »
Ok, I know this is an old post but I wanted to share.. I actually got to see Cesar in person this past month.. he is definatly very impressive..

I did a review of his seminar on my blog, if anyone wants to read it.  Its on this page

My review of Cesar Millan in person at

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: The Dog Whisperer
« on: May 10, 2005, 06:03:44 am »
I have to agree that Cesar is awesome.  My only concern with him is that sometimes health issues are not ruled out. (or at least we don't see that they are).

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Bullmastiff Discussions & Pictures / Re: My dogs were fighting
« on: May 09, 2005, 11:19:28 am »
Hi there..

I'm an experienced Bullmastiff owner and in fact at one point had two intact males living happily together (honest.. no squabbles)  and I honestly didn't read EVERYTHING that was posted on this topic.  

That being said:
I'm not sure how old your fur-kids are but have you considered having a thyroid panel pulled?   I do agree that jealousy over a childs attention is very likely the cause of this issue, but at the same time, a thyroid issue can cause a critter to "suddenly lose it".  
This will sometimes occur around 2-3 years of age.  Check your dogs tails for dryness or sore spots about a hands length from the base of the tail down.  Sometimes a thyoid issue will show up in a cyst, or sore dry skin in that spot.

Good Luck

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