The Complete Dog Food Program

The Complete Dog Food Program

As you roam the aisle of the store in search of dog food, it can feel much like living in a foreign country. You pick up a bag, examine the label, and scrutinize the ingredients all while wondering aloud, “is this best for Chip or the other one?” You want to consider two important needs: your wallet and Chip’s health.

All Dog Foods Are Not Created Equally
In general, it is safe to assume that formulas that can be purchased at your grocery store are far less nutritious than those found in the pet store and in the health food store. There are some odd exceptions to this rule. On occasion you pick up an unknown manufacturer’s bag, can read an ingredient list and not only pronounce all the ingredients, immediately recognize the health benefits of each item. It is rare, but it happens. Some may even include organic vegetables and fruits in their formulations. By and large, however, most grocery store dog foods contain mostly filler, meat by-products (rather than real meat) and more grains than your dog needs. The rule of thumb is that the first three ingredients should be meat. Remember, Chip is a carnivore, not an herbivore. He doesn’t need corn, excess wheat and gluten.

Conversely, if you shop for Chip’s food at a pet store or a health food store, the likelihood of finding a bag of dry food with healthful ingredients just increased exponentially! Many will still contain grains, which again, aren’t part of Chip’s dietary needs naturally (his cousin the wolf doesn’t seek out wheat or other grains), but they are balanced with meat, such as lamb, chicken and beef, and these are a part of Chip’s natural diet.

It goes without say that the higher the quality of food, the more expensive the food will be. Quality, whether in human food or dogs’ costs more than fillers, preservatives and by-products.

Pay Now or Pay Later
The unfortunate truth about Chip’s nutrition is that you may think that by buying the cheapest brand of food that you are saving money. And this is true, however, cheap food for dogs works the same way that it does for humans. If you eat fast food, fried foods, lots of meat and you almost never eat vegetables, you are exposing your body to many long term illnesses, such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. It works the same way for Chip. If you give him lots of grains, don’t feed him meat, and his kibble has filler that isn’t necessary, you are, whether you mean to or not, putting him at risk for cancer, diabetes, hypertension and obesity. So while you save money on his food, you end up paying your vet to treat illnesses that are easily preventable.

What if You Can’t Afford Good Quality Food?
Not everyone can afford to buy organic formulations for their dogs. Much as we love our pets, most of us don’t have the money that celebrities or CEOs do. And so what are your options? A good way to supplement not so healthy food is that you can cook foods that you know he will like to eat that are healthy. Baked chicken without the bones (raw bones are fine for Chip, cooked ones are dangerous), spaghetti with meat sauce (chicken, turkey or beef) and meatloaf (again, the choice of meat is yours or Chip’s) are healthy and of course delicious. Just remember that if you are going to cook for Chip, make it as bland as possible. Leave out the garlic and onions, pepper and salt. Chip shouldn’t eat nightshade vegetables, pepper is considerably hotter for Chip than it is for you and dogs don’t need sodium in their diets.

It is a difficult call to make when choosing Chip’s food. If you have any concerns, do Internet searches to see how best you can balance both your wallet and Chip’s long-term health. Bring up your concerns to your vet and see what he or she says.

You brought Chip into your life because you want him to be your companion for as many years as you can have him. You owe it both of you to ensure he stays as healthy as possible.

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Pete The Amazing Skateboarding Dog

Pete The Amazing Skateboarding Dog

Pete The Amazing Skateboarding Dog

This is Pete now famous skateboarding dog ripping the ramps at the Skatelab in California.These are just a few of the tricks that he can perform. He was trained with positive reinforcement, never abused in any ways, and he loves to do everything that you see on this video.

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Cesar Millan Dog Whisperer

Cesar Millan Dog Whisperer

Cesar Millan Dog Whisperer

I am Cesar Millan, star of “Leader of the Pack,” and I have two missions. One is to confront the global issue of canine abandonment by giving “unadoptable” dogs a second chance at life. The other is to teach you how to be a pack leader, and achieve balance and harmony with your dogs.

It is my hope that “Leader of the Pack” will prevent the deaths of so many innocent dogs. My goal with this show is to awaken the world to how many dogs are killed unnecessarily every year, how we kill them, and how the world really treats what we call man’s best friend. By recognizing what is really happening around the world, we can save the lives of millions of dogs by respecting their love.

Each episode is a journey showing the difficult situation of rescued dogs and demonstrating that it’s not about the breed, age, or history of the dog — it´s about the human who handles the dog.

I began this journey in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, and grew up working with animals on my grandfather’s farm. Because of my natural way with dogs, they would follow me everywhere. Other kids would bully me and call me el perrero—”the dirty dog boy.” But I tried to not let the negativity get to me, and for my 13th birthday my wish was to become the best dog trainer in the world.

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It’s no secret that I jumped the border into the US when I was 21. Here I spoke no English and knew no one. I was homeless living on the streets for 2 months and eventually got a job as a dog groomer and dog walker. So here’s a Mexican guy walking 30 or 40 dogs off leash. I didn’t even know walking dogs off leash was illegal.

I developed a following and got a reputation for being able to work with the most aggressive dogs. In 1994, I met Jada Pinkett, then a sitcom actress (now Jada Pinkett Smith, after her marriage to Will Smith). She became one of my clients and biggest supporters. When I told her I wanted to be on TV, she told me I needed to learn English first and she even paid for my English tutor for the year.

Then after a profile of me ran in the Los Angeles Times, I was approached by several production companies to develop a TV show. I started working on a pilot for Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. It first aired in 2004 on National Geographic and would become National Geographic’s #1 show. The show is now on Nat Geo WILD and broadcast in more than 80 countries!

I got married in 1994 and had two sons, Andre in 1995 and Calvin in 2001. But in June 2010, I received news of my divorce while in London and it made my whole world come down. I felt defeated, a big sense of guilt and failure. I had my boys with me, but I wasn’t feeling good. I was at the lowest level I had ever been emotionally and psychologically. It was also my first summer without Daddy, who had passed on the previous February after being with me for nearly sixteen years. In fact, Daddy had helped Andre learn how to walk, and had helped me rehabilitate many a dog and train many a dog lover. He also helped me pick out his protégé, Junior, who joined the pack as a puppy in 2008 and has grown into another calm and mellow pit bull ambassador. He has been especially helpful in dealing with aggressive dogs. Although Junior has been attacked, he has never retaliated. He just calmly stands his ground, which defuses the situation.

Cesar Millan and Daddy

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