The 2016 Holiday Issue
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The 2016 Holiday Issue


Changes to our online dog training course!  Details below.
You're a dog junkie if... Check out our short video!  
Raw dog food survey results...scroll down to see what you chose.
Tip of the Month: Are your dogs a part of your holiday traditions?
Additional Articles:  Training tip – teach your dog a new holiday trick! | Set your dog up for success over the holidays! | “Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal
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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Raw Dog Food Survey Results

Thank you to all who took our survey in October.  Here are the results:

Not knowing how to balance the ingredients correctly for optimal nutrition. 39% of you chose this. We can understand this challenge, which is why we developed a simple calculations tool that automatically tells you how much of what specific ingredient to use.  Now it is very easy.  
 
I cannot afford it.  18% of you chose this.  Unfortunately, there is no way around this, especially if you want to feed quality food. You can do what we do - buy in bulk direct from ranchers - which significantly reduces the cost of quality meat. There are also dog food co-ops that make it more economical.
    
I do not have the time to prepare it.  21% of you chose this. It does take some time - we spend an average of 4-hours per month when all is said and done in purchasing and assembling our mix, and that is for our household of 2 dogs (45 lbs and 70 lbs, respectively). 

My vet says it is unsafe.  11% of you chose this.  Unfortunately, there is no scientific basis in vets believing that it is unsafe. Some dogs might have temporary issues with digesting raw food, but in that case, you are far better off in making raw food and just cooking it. It might be more unsafe for humans if we do not use good cleaning practices, but most of us already work with raw meats and chicken before cooking it for ourselves, so there is nothing extra special we need to be doing with raw dog food.  
 
It is too complicated.  4% of you chose this. Maybe the popular perception is that it is too complicated, but in realty, it really is not.  Using our calculations tool, we tell you exactly how much of what ingredient to use.  

I tried it & it did not work for me or my dog. 4% of you chose this. As with anything, there are always exceptions to the rules, and there are a few dogs who are not able to handle raw diets. Typically, these are dogs who are already in poor health and their bodies can't handle the big change from highly processed to raw foods. 

I can't stand working with raw meat.  4% of you chose this. You could opt to purchase raw dog food from commercial companies. If you do go down this road, be sure to purchase raw dog food that is not processed with HPP or irradiation. 

Are your dogs a part of your holiday traditions?

Most of us have some sort of holiday traditions. We might have special traditions for birthdays, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, or any other holidays celebrated throughout the year. Though we tend to refer to that time between Thanksgiving and New Years as the "holiday season." Think about the holidays you celebrate and what traditions you have for those holidays. How many of those traditions involve your dogs?

I would venture to guess that most holidays traditions don't include your dog specifically. Though some might. If you celebrate Christmas and exchange gifts with family, does your dog get gifts too? If you make a special feast on Thanksgiving, does your dog get some of the leftovers in his dinner that evening?

Most of our holiday traditions revolve around family and friends, and as we include our dogs in more and more of our family activities, our dogs might be included in more traditions. In our household, for example, we don't focus much on gifts at Christmas, but we do take it as an opportunity to take a day off work (mostly) and spend time with our immediate family. Since we don't have children, our dogs are most certainly a part of that. An extra long walk, a hike, maybe some extra treats. Definitely lots of snuggle time.

One of our traditions around the holidays is to watch some of our favorite holiday movies and shows each year: Elf, The Santa Clause, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without a Santa Clause, and others. While the dogs don't care to watch the movies with us, it's a time to spend some extra snuggle time with them or give them an extra chew to work on. So they are incorporated into our traditions in one way or another.

What holiday traditions is your dog a part of?

Additional Articles

Training tip – teach your dog a new holiday trick!
Set your dog up for success over the holidays!
“Out” is a useful cue with your dog when preparing your holiday meal


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 Basic Dog Training Online Course

We have made significant improvements to our online course.  It now includes instruction for achieving a well-trained and well-behaved dog, our dog body language module, tricks module to help keep your dog's brain healthy, and Sue's problem solving model for issues like jumping.  Subscribers get lifetime access to the videos, handouts and worksheets

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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 1/8/17 & Wednesday 1/4/17
  • Juvenile Delinquents:  new classes start Sunday 1/15/17 & Thursday 1/8/17
  • 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: new class started 10/30
  • Canine Good Citizen Class & Test: none scheduled at this time
  • Therapy Dog Class NEW! new class starts Sundays in January. 
    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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