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  1. Getting dog to play

    If you can get her to tug, let her win when she's trying her hardest. Look away and give the tug (not necessarily let go, but take the pressure off) and be a bit 'Argh ! You got it !' They will try even harder, and become more engaged. Michael Ellis, Leerburg, Larry Krohn etc have some good youtube videos about playing tug.
  2. Not Dogs, but Falcons

    Oh. Duh.
  3. Not Dogs, but Falcons

    They're Peregrine Falcons
  4. DNA test curiosity

    I recently did an Embark test, you make an account when you activate your kit and so far the only people who have seen the results are the people I've shared the link with, as far as I know. Edit: you can make the results not public
  5. There's already a lot of good comments telling them how idiotic they are. I mean, I used mine on my back/shoulders the other day because my sister has my TENS unit. According to this one, with a study they can't produce evidence of, I should have brain damage.
  6. I just stick it down their throat, close their mouth and blow in their nose if needed. I started with Atlas when he was able to start on Milbemax and have little resistance. I recently got Sentinel and of course he won't have anything to do with the giant chews, so they have to get shoved down too. He loved his Meloxicam though.
  7. Thrifty eaters

    My GSDx is on a bout 1.25kg of raw with a higher fat content and I'm always having to adjust as he's up and down. Currently sitting at 32kg, was 30 a few weeks ago. My mum's Koolie x gets like 300g or something and is starting to get a little pudgy, and that sucker never stops moving. Mine's also still intact, the other was neutered at 5 months.
  8. I only know of Hills c/d, I don't think Purina have one.
  9. Dog Poo bags left at the Beach

    Our street is over run by feral cats, they don't belong to anyone to keep them contained and microchip them. The ones that live in the front yard of the house across the road have had at least two litters in the less than 12 months we've been here; they've gone from 6 to about 20. The rescues are bursting at the seams as it is, and there's no homes for them.
  10. Decent inexpensive dog food brands?

    Applaws or Beyond are the only supermarket brands I'd feed. Maybe Farmer's Market. Leaps and Bounds, which is a Petbarn brand, doesn't look too terrible.
  11. Raincoat

    I have this one, but in why-the-hell-are-you-so-long size.
  12. Is something like Simply Seaweed an option ? My GSD can be a lazy chewer, and his back teeth were getting a bit yellow. Since adding SS all the build up is gone and his breath is much better. I've just put one of my trainers on to it, will be interesting to see how his dog goes with it.
  13. Kibble+raw

    Raw and kibble don't digest at different rates, and freezing will not kill bacteria, only parasites, which is usually only an issue in wild game. If you're feeding a good variety, supplements shouldn't be needed. Organs contain essential vitamins and minerals, so having a good rotation will cover bases. Only secreting organs (liver, kidney, spleen, brain testicles etc) are fed as organ; heart, gizzards, tongue, lung, tripe etc are fed as muscle meat, because they are made of muscle. You could add anything really, a friend adds fish, eggs, chicken wings, chunky minces to her kibble. Any vegetation is better off being blitzed as it is hard to digest cellulose, and will go straight through. You could add things like spirulina, greens powder, mushroom powder; I mix with flaxseed oil and freeze in molds, and pop one out at meal times. I also make bone broth and kefir and freeze as well. Whilst grass fed is better, it's fine to feed whatever you can get. I would double my budget if I used grass fed, so I stick to my current supplier. I also don't balance every day, but over a fortnight. The only time I would bother balancing every day is with puppies, and even then I was a bit lax. I find it tedious and have even been doing prep daily instead of making them all on one day and defrosting during the week.