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Introduction to Liberty

By August 15, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Introduction to Liberty

Today we have our introduction to Liberty. Liberty is an American Foxhound mix as well. She is also one of the 4 American Dogs here at Doggonehealthychoices.com.

Running

Liberty

Breed

  • Personality: Sweet-tempered and easygoing, but also stubborn and independent
  • Energy Level: Very Active; They could be called “Springsteen hounds” because, baby, they were born to run; lots of exercise required
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 22-25 inches (male), 21-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-70 pounds (male), 60-65 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

So as Liberty meets most of these characteristics, we have decided to drop the mix as well when introducing her. She technically had no papers but hey let’s face it, ONLY PEOPLE need papers to prove something!

Our meeting

Liberty and Pam met by chance, Pam was in the area and decided to stop in and see the dogs at Kent Animal Shelter, with no thoughts of getting another dog. But when she first saw Liberty in the corner of the kennel she knew they had to be together. So Pam asked about adopting her. The next day Pam brought Scout to meet and greet Liberty. Pam ended up fostering Liberty and within in a few weeks they decided to adopt one another. You see Liberty saved Pam and vice versa.

Group Selfie!

Liberty and myself Our first Group Selfie!

 

Group Selfie

Second Group Selfie

Running with Liberty

Ever since Liberty joined Scout and Pam on our running endeavors. Both of them giving Pam a run for her money sorta speak!

Vegan Dogs and People

Running with the big dogs!

Lifestyle

Liberty happens to be a Vegan dog as well. As we all know dogs are not carnivores but omnivores and like humans can sustain themselves on a plant based diet/ lifestyle. We will discuss a vegan lifestyle further as our blogs continue both for dogs and humans as well.

Tomorrow, we will introduce Freedom, of course having to include more on Liberty, so until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

Liberty

 

 

 

 

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Introduction to Scout

By August 14, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

All About Scout

Ok, so let’s do an introduction to all of our pack members here at Doggone Healthy Choices.com.

First we have Scout, Yes, today it’s all about Scout…..

Breed

He is an American Foxhound mix! The American Foxhound is the breed of George Washington. So we tend to want to drop the mix when introducing him. He has the musical bay of the American Foxhound, the look, and the independence of them.

The American Foxhound was first brought about and bred by George Washington himself. The American Foxhound is known to have originated in the states of Maryland and Virginia, and is the state dog of Virginia.

Dog Structure

Scout would like to help by showing you the structure of a dog!

Scout

Scout as we mentioned is an American Foxhound Mix. He came to Pam aka the Dog Runner via Kent Animal Shelter. When she saw the profile on their website that said “Ready to Run” she knew it was a match from that point on! And ever since it has been.

He trained to run his first marathon (26.2 miles) with Pam in May 2015 to raise money for Kent Animal Shelter. In December 2016- He was joined by Pam as well as Liberty in their marathon- which ran from Smithtown to Calverton, Long Island.

This year in 2017, Scout will be joined by Liberty, Freedom, Justice, as well as the Dog Runner in running a months worth of 5k’s ending on October 8th in PA with an organized dog friendly race. This time raising money for Paws for War in Nesconset, NY! An organization that trains and helps veterans and shelter dogs help one another through the obstacles of life.  Providing service dogs to Veterans of the USA! A near and dear topic to the dog runner and her 4 American Dogs!

We will talk more about Scout, as well as his pack on this blog as time goes on. Scout just wants to bring information to his fellow canines and their humans on living a happy and healthy tail waggin’ life! So he wants you to subscribe to the right on this page to receive more updates and goodies in your email everyday we have new blogs added to our site.

Lifestyle

Scout happens to be a Vegan dog as well. As we all know dogs are not carnivores but omnivores and like humans can sustain themselves on a plant based diet/ lifestyle. We will discuss a vegan lifestyle further as our blogs continue both for dogs and humans as well.

Until tomorrow when we introduce another pack member, we will go out and have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day, and we hope you do the same!

Scout

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Requirements for dogs and humans food wise!

By August 2, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Nutritional Requirements for All!

NYC AMC Doggy Dash

nutritional requirements

 

We all require different things during different stages of life, and here we will try to break it down for humans as well as canines alike!

First stage of life

To start off with mother’s milk provides colostrum. This is important since puppies do not develop their own for the first 6-12 weeks. Note: if the mother is VEGAN the puppies will only want to eat vegan foods. After 3-4 weeks of age, begin to substitute mother’s milk with solid foods a more of a mushy, gruel like form! At 7 weeks their requirements are about twice as much as that of adults. A high energy food will promote faster growth, and is not recommended which is not good for their skeletal structure. Protein should between 25 to 29% of metabolbolizable energy and fat should be at about 17%.

Maintenance

Maintenance- Protein should be around 18% to 30% of metabolbolizable energy.And fat between 10-20%.

Performance

Protein should be between 25 and 35% of metabolizable energy and fat between 20- 30% for very active dogs.Performance means high levels of intense activity. Feed to maintain proper body conditions. Endurance sports should increase fat content slightly. Ensure the diet is energy dense so the dog is able to get the calories required in an amount that is reasonable to consume. Corn Oil and Soybeans, tofu, or soy protein isolate are good for increasing energy density. Dogs should be fed 1.5 to 2 hours before the dog exercises and fed a carbohydrate containing supplement immediately following endurance exercise to replenish glucose levels.

Geriatric

At about 5-7 years of age, possibly more due to the dogs activity, if active dogs may not require geriatric adjustments until they are 9 or 10. At this time geriatric dogs are energy requirements reduced by about 30-40%. And of course geriatric dogs may have medical problems requiring different nutritional needs.

Body Condition Scale

EMANCIATED

VERY THIN

THIN

UNDERWEIGHT

IDEAL

OVERWEIGHT

HEAVY

OBESE

GROSSLY OBESE

Of course both humans and canines alike have requirements for protein, fat, carbohydrates, and water.

 

Okay so you have a basic understanding of nutritional needs. One should also work with your doctors and veterinarians and have regular blood tests and test to be sure yourself and your dog are getting what they need to support the life stages.

Until tomorrow when we continue to learn about different important facts.Have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.

 

 

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Canine Touch

By August 2, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Canine Touch

Touch

Touching can be a two way means of communication.

Finally we get to touch! the last of the senses we’ll be talking about. Let’s look at how a dog reacts to being touched and how a dog uses touch to get to know their environment.

Whiskers

Let’s start talking about our dogs whiskers or vibrissae. They are long stiff and straight, and are modifications of sinus hairs. They have a blood supply and nerve endings. When agitated dogs flare their whiskers. Whisker position is a good detail to observe when trying to read to situation your dog is going through- are we happy, sad, mad, etc.

We use our whiskers in the dark, you may have heard of our whiskers being called “curb feelers”. They help us find our way around in the dark. In some cases it was thought they help us funnel scents to the nose.

Paws

Our paws are also sensitive and are used in exploring things to close for us to focus in on. Touching is a another way we dogs focus in on things in our environment.

** Being that our paws are so sensitive, they can burn easily on hot pavement, or bruised or cut easily (like shells on the beach, etc) so PLEASE I implore you to PROTECT YOUR DOGS PAWS with doggy boots or a paw wax such as Musher’s Wax or some other product!**

Skin

Our skin which resembles that of your human skin, also helps in a dogs touch. Yes, the skin is the largest organ in both canines and humans. Our hair/ fur is also considered part of our skin.

Types of Touch

We love to be touched, there is no doubt about that! Think about it, puppies sleep in a pile very close to one another. When your dog sleeps, they are either perched up against another dog butt to butt, or spoon you late at night! They keep in touch with whoever they can. If they do not sleep on the bed (we’ll discuss sleeping in bed with your dog in another blog post soon!) , they sleep at the foot of the bed or right next to to keep closely in touch as possible, and expect a pet in the morning. We use nudges, nibbles, body slams, and biting as part of their communication.

How can people use touch to benefit their training and all

You can use touch as a reward, to rev up your dog, or to calm it down. BUT you do have to know where and when to touch, which we shall cover later as well.

Touch

Some pressure points of our dogs we should all be aware of

**Keep in mind stroking a dogs fur in the direction of the fur, head to tail- is relaxing for most dogs.**

**While rubbing your dog against the direction of the fur gets them worked up!**

Ok, now that we have a basic understanding of touch go and bond with your dog today, lower your blood pressures and relax one another and have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

 

 

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Canine Taste

By August 1, 2017 The 4 American Dogs Blog

Canine Taste

Taste

Benji tastes his sweet nice cream!

In the last few days we’ve discussed our dogs senses. And we will conclude today discussing our dogs sense of taste. They have the ability to taste food of course but to a lesser degree than us.

A few points about a dogs taste

Our saliva is just a lubricant, unlike a humans saliva. It is 99% water. This is important because as you humans chew your food and it mixes with your saliva to aid in digestion. It is where the process begins for humans. Dogs are known to swallow their food in larger chunks, with no problem.

Many dogs like fruits. For both dogs and humans, to get the most energy out of the fruit it should be eaten at peak ripeness (i.e. spotted Bananas, NOT green or solid yellow bananas!).

Being omnivores and not carnivores dogs have the ability to taste the sugars. Dogs also react to the taste of salt.

Overall it is found that a sweet taste is preferred by most dogs over a bitter taste.

Social Facilitation

Being a pack animal, dogs tend to hunt and eat in packs and prefer to eat when not alone. This can be a reason for begging at the table.

If a dog is fed a vegetarian or vegan diet they may be willing to try new grains but refuse any meat of any sort.  Remember dogs are omnivores and can safely live as vegetarians or vegans!

Ok, now that we covered a little bit about canine tastes, we’ll continue tomorrow with the touch sense!

Until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!

 

 

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