2016 The Healthy Dog Food Issue
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The Healthy Dog Food Issue


New class!  Therapy Dog Class. Details below.
Did you know?  October 28 is National Chocolate Day; not a dog related event, obviously, since chocolate is toxic for dogs, but it's one of Sue's favorites!  Also, that day is our Zuzu's birthday!   
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Tip of the Month: The causes of disease and health problems in our pets and the one major thing you can do to help prevent them
Additional Articles:  Will the Darkest Secrets of Pet Food be Revealed? (WARNING: don't read this if you are easily grossed out) | What goes into making commercial dog treats and tips on buying the healthiest ones for your dog |  The sourcing, production and packaging for Peak Power Dog Treats and how we do it differently from other dog food companies | Why choose grass fed beef for your dog
Calendar and Group Class Schedules: Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton & Castle Rock/Sedalia | Upcoming events at The Light of Dog Farm.
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Did you know?


Therapy Dog Class We added a new class to our roster -  Interested in your dog becoming a therapy dog? Think your dog would be good at it but not sure? This class might be just what you need! Starting October 6.

October 28 is National Chocolate Day; not a dog related event, obviously, since chocolate is toxic for dogs, but it's one of Sue's favorites!  

 
Also, October 28th is our Zuzu's third birthday - happy birthday, Zuzu!!


 
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What prevents you from making RAW food for your dog?
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 Not knowing how to balance the ingredients correctly for optimal nutrition
 I cannot afford it
 I do not have the time to prepare it
 My vet says it is unsafe
 It is too complicated
 I tried it & it did not work for me or my dog
 I can't stand working with raw meat

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The causes of disease and health problems in our pets and the one major thing you can do to help prevent them

Medical research tells us that heath challenges result from any or a combination of the following:

  1. Nutritional deficiencies
  2. Exposure to environmental toxins
  3. Pathogen overgrowth

While genetic makeup can play a role, research is telling us that it takes its cues from what is going on in the above three areas before expressing itself.  
 
Pathogen overgrowth also is normally not a problem. But when health is compromised due to nutritional deficiencies or exposure to toxins, then pathogens are able to get stronger footholds and become a problem.

So, the best way to maximize your dog's health (or yours for that matter) is to minimize the potential for nutritional deficiencies and keep exposure to environmental toxins at a minimum.  

For the remainder of this article, we will focus on minimizing nutritional deficiencies  because if you do that, then the body is much more able to clean out exposures to toxins and keep them in check. 

Here's how to get your dog the nutrition they need from their food:

  1. We hear all the time that humans should eat  less processed and packaged foods in favor of fresh, whole, unprocessed foods.  The same is true for our dogs.  They were not made to eat processed kibble day in and day out.  All research is absolutely clear on this.  Dogs need fresh, RAW food.
  2. Dogs also are designed to get the majority of their nutritional needs from meat-based protein. Yet so much of our dog food is made up of inferior sources of plant-based proteins and carbohydrates, because plant-based proteins and carbohydrates are cheaper than meat-based protein.  The optimal diet for a dog is one that approximates the dog ancestral diet with at least 70% comprised of meat-based protein.  

Feeding your dog a predominantly meat-based, RAW diet is a lot easier than you think and is something you can easily incorporate into your normal food shopping and preparation that you already do for your family.  

We feed RAW to our dogs and when we first started out, we had no one to guide us, so it took us some time.  We were disappointed in the information we were getting out of books written for loving and passionate dog owners like us who wanted to switch their dogs to a raw food diet. They were very general and missed so many details that it was impossible to use them reliably to provide our dogs with a nutritious and well-balanced diet. And this was book after book after article after scholarly source…we think we read them all.

But we figured it out and put together our RAW dog food video-based training so that others do not have to do the research and trial and error we did. Read more information here about our RAW Dog Food Preparation Video & Guide.

We realize that making your own raw dog food is not for everyone, so we suggest that instead of purchasing our complete training, you take advantage of the trial version we offer that gives you access to some of the content and videos so you can decide for yourself if you want to make your own RAW dog food. 

Or, there are more and more options available online and in local pet food stores to purchase pre-made RAW dog food. While commercial RAW foods are still not as healthy as your own RAW dog food, they are still a major step up from kibble. And if you do go this route, be careful to avoid RAW dog foods that use high-pressure processing (HPP) and irradiation, as they are no better than dry dog foods.  

So, for the health of your dog and to maximize their well-being and how they feel, please stop listening to what anyone says about the dangers of RAW dog foods.  Make the switch to RAW now.  It is really a lot easier than you might think.  

Additional Related Articles

Will the Darkest Secrets of Pet Food be Revealed? (WARNNG: don't read this if you are easily grossed out)

 
 Raw Dog Food Preparation Video & Guide

One of the best decisions we ever made for our dogs was switching them to a raw dog food diet. Their health has improved, they are happier, and we have lower vet bills. And we were shocked at how easy it was to do once we learned how.

We have made it easy for you to learn as well with our Raw Dog Food Preparation Video & Guide
 
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Calendar

Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton Area
  • Puppy Preschool:  open enrollment on Sundays and Wednesdays 
  • Puppy Recess:  most Sundays noon to 1 pm
  • Basic Training:  new classes start Sunday 10/23 & Wednesday 10/19
  • Juvenile Delinquents:  new classes start Sunday 10/23 & Thursday 10/6
  • Rally for Fun:  none scheduled at this time - contact us if interested!
  • Fun & Games Class:  none scheduled at this time - contact us if interested!
  • Polite Pooches in Public: none scheduled at this time
  • Canine Good Citizen Class & Test: none scheduled at this time
  • Therapy Dog Class NEW! new class starts Thursday, 10/6 
    Are you working toward your dog becoming a therapy dog but not sure what you need to work on or want help? Think your dog would be a good therapy dog but not sure? This class will help you determine whether your dog would be good at it, would actually enjoy it and if s/he is ready for it. 
Upcoming Classes in Castle Rock/Sedalia
  • Basic Training: new class will start as soon as we have enough participants 
  • Juvenile Delinquents: new class will start as soon as we have enough participants 
Upcoming Events at The Light of Dog Farm
  • No more events scheduled for 2016

Click here for our complete group class & events schedule with available spaces

 
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Sue Brown, behavior consultant, dog trainer and writer extraordinaire and Ed Soehnel, dog products and marketing.
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