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By   |   06 Aug 2019

THE WHOLE DOG. What does this mean as you consider training your dog? Training is one element of creating a well-behaved, happy dog, but there are several other wellness factors that Full House Dog Training considers when working with clients and their dogs. It’s important to recognize these basics that, just as with humans, can take a toll on a dog’s performance and ability to function optimally.

NUTRITION:  If you eat fast food for every meal of your life, you most likely will not feel your best and you will not receive the right nourishment to function at your peak.

When dogs eat a nutrient-rich diet that supports normal digestion, their bodies will perform better. If you feed your dog a poor diet of low-grade kibble, you are setting him up for discomfort and inconsistent metabolism, which can lead to less-than-desirable behaviors.

High quality kibble starts with a clearly defined animal protein source that is listed as the first ingredient in your dog’s food. Other protein sources can be listed in the top five, but the number one ingredient should be a protein source. Avoid any by-product source, as this refers to slaughter house waste that is clearly undefined and could include beaks, feathers, nails, hooves, etc., and therefore it greatly lacks any quality protein.

*  Meal is a concentrate of the protein that has the moisture removed so you get the core protein nutritional value. Protein sourced from meal, such as chicken meal or beef meal will carry a higher percentage of protein in the overall makeup of the food, therefore making it a desirable ingredient for kibble.

*  Carbohydrates to avoid in kibble include corn or any derivative, including corn meal or corn gluten meal. Also, brewers rice and barley are a cereal grade grain with minimal nutritional value. These ingredients are used as fillers to bring satiety to your dog, but lack any nourishment. And, their high metabolic rate means they quickly turn into sugar in the body, therefore increasing energy spikes and emotional imbalance which most dog owners are always trying to curb.

For a complete review of your dog’s food, check out www.dogfoodadvisor.com, for an unbiased review of hundreds of dog foods. Full House encourages our clients to find a food that is at minimum four stars, with the hope that you will shoot for a five-star food! If you need help selecting a food that is right for your breed and activity level of your dog, let us know!
MEDICAL: Dogs should be seen by a veterinarian at least once a year for an annual check-up and necessary vaccinations. Vaccinations are critical to your dog’s health and help ensure the dog population as a whole in our community remains healthy. Beyond this routine check-in with your vet, we also want you to recognize that any sudden change in your dog’s behavior or temperament could be medically related and not just poor behavior selection on your dog’s part.
*  Random potty accidents in the house or crate could be related to a urinary tract infection or other infection.
*  Drastic change in eating patterns, weight gain or loss could be related to a thyroid issue.
*  Unusual reactivity to triggers in your dog’s environment could also be health related and should be ruled out prior to digging deep into training.
TRUSTING RELATIONSHIP What type of a relationship do you have with your dog? Does your dog get excited to see you when you come home? Does he cower when you raise your voice out of fear? Does your dog respond differently to your spouse or children when it comes to obedience? Dogs, just like humans, develop relationships with humans based on past experiences.
*  The memories you create with your dog—positive or negative—allow your dog to form perceptions of what they can expect during future interactions.
*  One of the most critical mistakes owners make in working with their dogs is establishing expectations of the dog’s behavior that do not match the skill level of the dog. When a dog misses the mark for our expectations, as an owner we tend to become frustrated with our lack of knowing how to help the dog.
The focus of Full House Dog Training’s programs is on helping you learn to say yes to your dog which, in turn, builds your confidence in working with your dog. You learn how to set your dog up for success, even in difficult environments where your dog typically fails. Our training program guides you to building a positive relationship with your dog that is full of enjoyable memories for your family and your furry friend!


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