Dogs & Children:
Dogs are put
down in large numbers, and the reasons/ excuses can be many: Fx, my dog is roaring at the children, the dog is biting ect.
Yes, dogs can be dangerous - all breeds, and more often than we think there is is quite a good reason for this. Of course there are 'black sheeps' and some dogs are simply not trained at all - and that is not so good. If you have a dog, that is just a little bit trained to behave well, it shouldn't cause a lot of trouble. Have you ever concidered that your child doesn't know how to interact with your dog? Or other peoples dogs?
In the realtion children vs dog(s), we have a very strickt policy here in our house:
- smaller children should never be without adult supervision, when they are in the same room with a dog. The adult is the packleader (this should be the dogowner, but it is also a good idea if mom/ dad is present).
- babies on a play blanket shoul dbe left alone from the dog. The dog has NOTHING to do on a childs play blanket. It can easely and very fast go wrong, as the little baby has reflexes and will hold on to everything near it instantly - perhaos a very unforunate spot on the dog.
- a dog has to learn that it has lower rank than the child (the dog is not in charge over the child ect).
- children has to learn learn how to treat a dog as well: the child is not allowed to kick, hit, pull, punch, sit on the dog, put fingers in the eyes and so on... it is allowed to cuddle, snuggle, pet and so on. REMEMBER - if the child does thethings that are not allowed, it will do it to all dogs as well - and they might not like it!! So help your child AND your dog to respect eachother.
- when the dog is in its basket/ on its blanket ect., it has 'time out' and needs rest and to be left alone. The child has to respect this, and this is a learning scill that take a long time to learn, and needs to be practiced again and again.
- a child needs to learn the signals/ the language of the dog, and the only one who can teach that is the adult - the dogowner, as he/ she knows the dog best. Remember that this requires that YOU know how to read your dog yourself, so that you can explaine the child that when the dogs does this or that, it means this or that.
- by very young children it is important that you don't pet the dog to hard yourself, but just do it gently, because small children can not figure outto pet a dog like we do. Instead they will just hit the dog - not to be mean though, but simply because they don't know the difference yet/ they haven't figured out 'the code' just yet.
It is no use to think, that when you have explained it to a child one or two times how to do it, then the child will know and remember. NO, it is also a learning scill like to learn how to eat with a fork and a knife, and everything else.... It can be said often enough, how significant it is that there is an adult present AT ALL TIMES , when children and dogs are together - for the child's sake, but indeed for the dogs sake as well!!
Remember that the only way the dog can say NO, is to roar or bite if the first few warningsigns has not been understood!!
Would you ever forgive yourself if something happened, and it could have been prevented if YOU had been present - physicly and mentally? No, I didn't think so!!
BARF (Bone And Raw Food):
We used to feed Barf for 8 years.
We started this, because our old AB-male, Nero, got allergic to something. We had no idea where this came from, and when he got medicin from the vet it was fine, but as soon we stopped the medication it started again. This went on for some months, and since
our oyippinion is that our dogs should not be medicated for the rest of their lifes if there are other obsions, the choise was easy.
We were recommended to try BARF. We've heard quite a lot of this way of feeding, but we practicly didn't know anythig about it. We know a lot of people who have saved their dogs from being put down, just by feeding differently. We thought that it couldn't get any worse than it allredy was, so why not give it a try.
Today it is almost a religion to us, and we would never change to another dogfood unless it would be out of medical reasons. Our dogs are really in the best condition ever, and no matter where we are we get so much praise for the excellent condition our dogs are in and very smooth coat with nice deep colours they have and so on.
Both Cophee and Anni have been fed with BARF since they came into our house at the age of 8 weeks.
Below you can reed about BARF. Maybe it will give you some inspiration :)
Natures menu for your dog:
B.A.R.F. is the short version for Bones And Raw Food or Biologically Appropiate Raw Food. These concepts arose in the beginning of the 1990's and the pioneers for this way of feeding, are the australian vets Ian Billinghurst and Richard Pitcairn.
The philosophy behind BARF-feeding, is in its 'simpleness' to feed dogs as natural as possible with raw meat and bones, and to give dogs the correct nutritional enzymes, vitamins and minerals in various raw meat & bone products, without any kind of artificial additives.
Billinghurst and o lot of others, are using the wolf as guide in the way of feeding, because wolfes and dogs are 80% alike in behavior and instincts and their anatomy is nearly a 100% alike.
Like the wolf, the dog eats raw meat. It makes the dog primarily a carnivor. The dog is a hunter and will eat anything that can be caught, however this will be an insect, a mouse or a larger prey. When a dog is hungry, it will eat anything. This is why the dog is called an omnivore as well.
Some say that a wolf will not eat the stomache contents from a prey, but they will eat berries, frugt and greens that they will find on their way, and the wolf will get the nutritions from berries ect. Others say that the wolf in the wild will eat the stomache contents of the prey, and that the wolf will get the nutritions from here, and that the wolf through this will get the nutritions from berries, fruit and greens. Wether the dogs diet should contain a special prepared fruit- or vegetables imitation is for yourself to decide.
That the food is varied and balanced over time means, that the dog does not nesecciraly need to have all food items every day, but alternately ovet the weeks, raw meat and raw meatfull bones are the most important ingrediences. This could for exampel be chicken, duck, turkey, lamb, horse or beef ect with or without bones. You can give the nutritional correct enzymes, vitamins and minerals in the varied raw meat and bone products, without any kind of artificial additives.
In the wild will have their need for calcium covered by eating the bones of their prey, and that is why rwa meat and bones are a very important ingredience of the everyday diet - and to get raw meatfull bones at least once a week, wich also will clean the teeth and keep gingivitis away. Raw bones are soft and do not shatter: Do not EVER give your dog boiled or any other way proccesed bones, because they will easely shatter and can do damage inthe dogs stomache an intestines. Dogs will throw stomps of bones up if they can't digest them, and it is always better that the dog will throw things up that it can't digest rather that it will stay inside and do harm.
Basicly all sorts of meat and bone can be used - think wolf and nature like for example: Beef, veal, lamb, chicken, turkey rabbit, horse, fish, deer, all sorts of giblets, tripe ect. Giblets is to use with care. Allways mix with some other meat, because it is too hard for the dogs stomache and can cause diarria.
If you choose to feed fish, the product has be frozen by at least minus 20 degrees celcius in at least 24 hours before using. This way you will kill parasites. You also have to be carefull about pork meat/ bones - it can cause constipation or other stomache problems.
The allegation that dogs will get a protein poisoning of all this meat, is false. Meat containes only 18-20% protein, and dryfood contains 25-30% protein. Every type of meat/ bone contains different proteins, vitamins and minerals. Therfor it is important to feed something different as much as possible, so that you will cover the dogs needs for proteins, vitamins and minerals.
It is individually how much food your dog needs on a daily basis: It all depends on the activity level, combustion and much more. A golden rule, wich is ONLY A GUIDE: Dogs untill the age of 6 months need 5-10% of their body weight, after that 5% untill the age of 18 months.
Adult dogs with a normal activity level are to give 2% of their bodyweight, and very few dogs need 3% of their bodyweight. Is the dog a little to choppy, then feed 2% of the wanted weight.
It is recommended to have a weekly lentday, and there is no need to be affraid of that, because it is natural. In the liver fat is stored, and the liver makes sure that there is enough fat to live from on the lentday. The liver produces insulin i cooperation with the pancreas and makes sure that the dog won't go 'cold', because it has a lentday.
The stool will become a lot less by feeding BARF, because this food is absorbed better by the dog. The stool is more solid, darkbrown/ black and you should be able to kick it without it getting stock to your shoes. Is the stool more light in colour, it is because your dog have had bones. Dogs sleep after feeding, and especially after a bone day and digests the food in another way than by complete food. You still hear mythes and meet prejudices, that this way of feeding will make your dog aggressive and fierce, but this is rooted in ignorance.
In the past few years, a lot of private sellers, who guides and sell raw food in Denmark. It is recommended that you are careful where you get your guidance and your raw food, especially if you have a sick dog. There is so much information to find everywhere - also very different information about this way of feeding in books, on homepages, in debategroups online.
Are you having just the smallest doubt or do you have a sick dog, then do your dog a favor, and seek advise and guidance by your vet or others with knowledge or an education in BARF.
Benefits by feeding BARF:
- Does not cause allergy
- Gives clean and white teeth without any odor
- No bad breath
- No bad odor from coat/ fur or skin
- Self-cleaning cout/ fur and better quality of life
- Less infections and a better immune system
- The stool will be reduced up to 80%
- No artificial additives, chemicals or poisoning antioxidants
- A well functioning gastriontestinal system
- Gives your dog what it needs.