BREEDERS MINUTES
IDEAS, TRAINING TECHNQUES, GENERAL INFO
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PLEASE READ: Heath Concern: MDR1: Ivermectin, found in
some heartworm meds like Heartguard and Tri-Heart, can cause seizures in
some Australian Shepherd.  
I only use  Interceptor.  Other drugs that
can cause neurological problems and even death are :
click here: MDR1
(often misdiagnosed as epilepsy)
A WORD ABOUT DOG FOOD
There are so many different kinds of dog food on the market that it is hard
to determine what to buy for your beautiful Aussie.  To keep him beautiful,
give him a quality dog food.
You will want to look for a protein in the 1st four ingredients of your dog
food.  It shouldn't be a by-product.  If the 1st 4 ingredients are grains, you
do not have a quality dog food.  Grains are carbohydrates.  Humans can
use them for energy but dogs need protein for energy.  All grains do is fill
them up and pass right through them.  You will find you have a lot of
manure to clean up and an unhealthy dog.

Signs your dog food isn't doing what it should are: loss of glossiness to
coat, constant shedding, loss of energy, weight loss or gain, no sparkle in
their eyes.  If your dog food is a good quality, you will feed your dog less as
he obsorbs more of the nutrients and has less manure cleanup.  Your dog
will glow, the shedding will stop and your dog will have a gorgeous coat.  So
moneywise, you come out the same by feeding a good quality dog food
verses a bad quality.  Their health will be better, less trips to the vets, lots
of energy and an Aussie you can be proud of because he has a beautiful
coat. Because of the recalls pertaining to dog food, I use only grain free
dog foods (Canidae). Grain is the culprit for contaminated dog food as the
grain furments and molds, causing bad affects in our pets.
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Playing and Bonding with your Aussie;  Grooming your Aussie!
Breeders Corner page 2
Training Your Aussie-Alpha dogs
I often get asked about the best way to train an Australian Shepherd.  
Every breeder and dog owner has his own method.  I have been
around and owned dogs for over 50 years.  I have seen many different
types and tried many different approaches to training up a dog.  I
have
never agreed with training any animal by force or abuse, using
fear to control him.

You have to first understand that a dog is not a human.  Trying to
force your dog to be human will cause both you and your dog to be
unhappy.   You have to train a dog by using simple techniques and
few
words
.

Look at the way a wolf behaves in a pack.  How does the Alpha wolf
control his pack?   You have to be the Alpha to your dog.  You don't
do this by yelling at them or abusing them.   You do it in the same way
the Alpha wolf does it.

If you notice your Aussie starting to jump at or nip at people when
they approach you, you have an Aussie trying to be Alpha.  This can
create many problems and really stress your dog out.  When you see
these signs, you need to reinforce your Alpha stand with him.  Here
are a few simple rules of thumb to prevent your dog from become an
Alpha and having you worry about him getting into trouble because of
it.

I often tell folks, when they feed their dog, it should be AFTER you
feed yourself.  This is a simple way to let your dog know your are the
Alpha.  My 6 Aussies all lay at my feet while I eat dinner.  When I am
done, I get up and tell them, "Time to eat".  They all walk to their
feeding room and sit and wait to be fed.  If you are feeding your dog
out of your hand while you are eating, you are telling your dog he is
equal to you.

When you are walking your dog on leash and he is pulling you this
way and that, you are telling him he is Alpha.  To stop this behavior,
simply stop and wait for him to quit pulling.  Don't say anything.  He is
getting attention when you talk to him so just stop and wait for him to
quit pulling and look at you.  When he does, start walking again.  You
will have to repeat this for awhile until your dog figures out what you
want him to do.  He needs to know you are walking him, not he
walking you.

If you would like to learn more about training your dog so both of you are
happier and your dog is well controlled, pick up a copy of  "
The Dog
Listener
" by Jan Fennell.
Scout and Sophie's thick, rich coats
BATTLING CANINE DEPRESSION
Dogs can get depressed just like humans can.  You are
the best one to be able to brighten his spirits.  Learn the
red flags for depression:
1. Lack of appetite, 2. lethargic behavior, 3. weight loss,
4. change in personality.
A depressed dog may become clingy and suffer from
separation anxiety.  He may exhibit destructive
behavior, repeaded house soiling, excessive sleeping,
whining, and/or barking.  If your dog is showing these
behaviors, you should immediately schedule an
appointment with your vet to rule out illness.

If his health checks out, your dog may very well be
suffering from depression.  Depression in canines can
easily heal with love, attention and exercise.  In extreme
cases, the dog may be treated with medication or
therapy.  What causes depression in dogs?

The loss of a friend can easily do this.  Canines are pack
animals and are greatly affected by the loss of a family
member.  If this is the case, you may want to consider
getting another pet.  (see page 2-on left)
HOW TO PREVENT CANCER IN YOUR AUSSIE.  You
really have to stop and think when it comes to pets.  
Everything from what you clean your floors with to
cigarette smoke and fertilizer for your lawn.
If you think about it, your pet spends a lot of time laying
on your floors and ground.  It is important not to use
harsh chemicals around your pets in the house and outside.
9 WAYS TO PREVENT YOUR DOG FROM GETTING
CANCER:
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
WHY IS IT NOT A GOOD THING TO TIE A DOG OUT?  AS WITH ALL
ANIMALS, DOGS HAVE A FIGHT OR FLIGHT MODE.  WHEN THEY ARE
TIED UP OUTSIDE, YOU TAKE AWAY THE FLIGHT ASPECT AND
LEAVE THEM WITH ONLY THE FIGHT MODE.  THEY BECOME MEAN
AND AGGRESSIVE AS THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO BE TOUGH ENOUGH
TO FIGHT ANYTHING THAT COMES THEIR WAY AS THEY HAVE NO
OTHER OPTIONS.  YOU HAVE TAKEN THAT AWAY FROM THEM. YOU
HAVE CREATED A MEAN AND DANGEROUS ANIMAL.
SNAKE BITE VACCINE: THERE
IS NOW A VACCINE AVAILABLE TO
PREVENT YOUR DOG FROM
HAVING SERIOUS RESULTS FROM
BEING BIT BY A POISONOUS
SNAKE.  IF YOU ARE A HIKER OR
LIVE IN A ROCKY AREA, YOU MAY
WANT TO GET THIS VACCINE. IT
ISN'T EXPENSIVE AND CAN SAVE
YOUR PETS LIFE IF BITTEN.  
CHECK WITH YOU VET. YOU WILL
NEED TO SHOTS THE FIRST YEAR
AND THEN JUST 1 BOOSTER A
YEAR.
DOGSICLES
NOW IS THE TIME OF YEAR TO
KEEP YOUR AUSSIE COOL . ONE
WAY IS WITH DOGSICLES!  BUY A
BOX OF 3 OZ DIXIE CUPS. HERE
ARE A FEW IDEAS BUT YOU CAN
USE YOUR IMAGINATION:
CHICKEN SICLES
1 QUART CHIKEN BROTH
1/2 POUND CHICKEN BREAST
1 GARLIC CLOVES, PEELED,
MINCED
PUT THE CHICKEN BROTH,
BREAST AND GARLIC IN A
SAUCEPAN. BOIL TIL CHICKEN
COOKED AND SOFT (20 MIN).
REMOVED FROM HEAT. CUT
CHICKEN VERY SMALL. RETURN
CHCKEN TO BROTH. DIVIDE INTO
DIXIE CUPS, COOL AND FREEZE.

YOU CAN MAKE BERRY-SICLES
USING YOGURT, BERRIES,
FENNEL SEED AND HONEY. USE
BANABAS, PEANUT BUTTER,
APPLE JUICE AND CREATE A
FROZEN SMOOTIE FOR THEM.
GETTING INTO THE GAME
BEING A COUCH POTATO ISN'T COOL. IT ISN'T
GOOD FOR YOU OR YOUR DOG. WHAT CAN
YOU DO?
THERE ARE TONS OF THINGS THAT YOU CAN
DO WITH YOUR BELOVED PET TO KEEP
ACTIVE, BOND AND JUST HAVE A TON OF
FUN.  HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS:
RALLY OBEDIENCE, AGILITY, LURE
COURSING, MUSICAL CANINE FREESTYLE,
FRISBEE, FLYBALL, HERDING, DOCK DIVING,
TREIBALL, SEARCH AND RESCUE, WEIGHT
PULLING, SLED PULLING, DISC DOG,
CARTING, SKIJORING, BIKEJORING, HIKING,
CAMPING, JOGGING, AND MORE.  SO DON'T
JUST SIT THERE, GO PLAY!
Aussies love to swim and fetch
sticks.
Herding is always one of their favorites.
You can put together some agility equipment for the
backyard playtime.