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A dog gets an injection to help with back problems

Jessy getting adjusted by Dr. Cleveland

Below are a selection of dog related things recommended by Nell Writes

Health:
Dr. Lance Cleveland, Equine and Canine Chiropractic. Web site: www.theanimalcracker.com
Dog Naturally Magazine
The Whole Dog Journal
Behavior Issues:
Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt. This book may look like it is geared to the agility dog but it actually contains many tools that can help a multitude of problems dogs may have that are not associated with dog sports at all. I have used many of the approaches outlined here with fearful or reactive dogs with much success. The knowledge and insight of Leslie McDevitt helps you look at your dog differently so you can help him develop confidence (and less fear, reactivity) in his environment.
General Training:
Specifically loose leash walking. This is a difficult behavior to teach because dogs are naturally geared to pull against pressure and it is a “gray” behavior (we want the dogs to be somewhere on our left side but no one specific spot). There are numerous ways out there to teach your dog to walk nicely on a loose leash and the one I have found the most success with has been from Brenda Aloff’s book, Get Connected With Your Dog, and her foundations DVD.
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Any training books or DVDs by Susan Garrett to include: Shaping Success, Ruff Love, One Jump training (DVD), 2×2 Weave Pole training DVD.    She owns Say Yes Dog Training and has a very good training blog at:  susangarrettdogagility.com.
Also encourage those of you who enjoy training your dog to check out Silvia Trkman and her web site: lolabuland.com.  She has a great love of training and has a selection of on line courses and DVDs for sale.  Her on-line classes are top notch and you get personal attention with her down to earth and sincere approach.
Denise Fenzi owns Fenzi Dog Sport Academy offering many obedience, nosework, IPO, conformation, etc. classes.  Classes are offered at three different levels to accommodate your financial situation.  Highly qualified instructors abound  here! fenzidogsportsacademy.com
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Treat recipe: For those who would like to make some training treats for their dogs here are two versions of a recipe that I have used. (recipe from Susan Garrett)
Sardine treats: ingredients include one can of sardines in oil (about 6 or 7 ounces), three eggs, two individual packages of Graham Crackers (2 of the 3 in a box).  Combine all in a blender beginning with the wet items.  Once mixed, spread on a sheet pan with parchment paper.   Spread out the thick mixture.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  You may want to check before the 20 minutes are up and poke with a fork to prevent bubbling.  Cut to desired size.  Note: this is a smelly recipe that the dogs really love, people, not so much.  Add garlic powder and parsley flakes for added flavor.
Liver treats: Follow the above recipe but substitute 6 to 7 ounces by weight of liver for the sardines.  Blend liver by itself before adding eggs and Graham Crackers.  I have used chicken liver but feel free to use calf as well.  Dogs really love these!
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Local quality dog foods:
Many times I am asked which dog foods are good for your pup.  There are so many to choose from but only a few are worth giving to your dog.  Here in Crestview, Florida, Tractor Supply provides a few of the better ones.  Pawsitively Scrumptious located on Main St in Crestview carries high quality foods as well.  They also have fresh foods for your dog and cat….check them out!  When you purchase these dog foods you will be paying more but more nutrients will get to your dog and there will be less waste in the yard.  In addition, you will be feeding less as there are fewer fillers in these brands.
Blue Buffalo: Life Protection and Blue Wilderness varieties.
Diamond brand: Taste of the Wild
At Ace Hardware in Crestview they have a selection of Solid Gold products that are also high quality.
The best food for dogs…
Is whole fresh foods.  For those who are interested in feeding food that will benefit the dog in better health and satisfaction, I encourage you to research to see if it is for you.  Sites I would recommend are: www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/   and    www.k9instinct.com/.

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