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Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com Newsletter #020
How Well Trained Is Your Aussie -- Really?
All dog breeds need training, but Australian Shepherds really need strong leadership and training to be their best. A little dog psychology goes a long way. If you are experiencing behavior issues like aggression, barking, biting, pulling on the leash and a host of other problems that make our Aussies less than the wonderful, well mannered companions they are born to be then a bit more training is in order.
This time we take a look at growling specifically as well as an overview of some of the best dog training programs available to help get your Aussie back on the path of excellence.
All the Best,
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In This Issue:
- Is Your Dog Growling? Do You Know Why?
- Get Serious About Training Your Aussie
- Nutrition Shocker!
- Photo of the Month
- Specials and Coupon Codes
- Dog Quote for Today
Is Your Dog Growling? Do You Know Why?
If your Australian Shepherd is growling you need to pay attention. There are many reasons why a dog will growl and you need to know what is going on with your Aussie. Behavior issues like this should not be ignored because growling is often a prelude to biting. But not all growls are the same and your dog is trying to communicate different things.
>> Read More About Dog Growling in Our New Article Here
Get Serious About Training Your Aussie
One of our readers wrote to tell me the heartbreaking story of an Aussie whose owners never walk them or train them. They are either in the house or in a dog run. While their treatment is probably legal (sadly) it is still a shame to have an Australian Shepherd and not train it.
You are probably doing much better than that owner but you may still need some advise when it comes to training. A lot of questions I receive, either directly or the ones in the Q & A Forum are related to behavior issues that can be resolved with training and a greater understanding of dog psychology.
Like growling mentioned above, other common issues include fear and dominance aggression, food and territorial aggression, barking, biting and nipping, walking on a leash and coming when called to name a few.
There are many excellent guides to dog training and I've added an overview of some of the best ones to give you an idea of where to get started. These are all available online so you can have the information you need to get going right away. Spring is here and it's the perfect time to renew your commitment to having an well trained Aussie that makes you proud (instead of nervous and embarrassed).
>> Get Serious About Your Australian Shepherd Training Here
In the past I've mentioned the Dog Food Secrets program the provides information (distrubing information actually) about what goes into commercial dog food. I've also mentioned alternatives (ie. quality food from manufacturers like Wysong and nutritional supplements like those offered by Dr. Andrew Jones, which you can now try for 50% OFF here.)
But What About You?!
We know that many dog food manufacturers are willing to feed your dog garbage (or worse) but what about your food? I've been under a quite a bit of stress lately and I noticed that I was really craving carbs. I was eating almost nothing but carbs at one point. This is because stress releases adrenaline and cortisol (as well as a myriad of other things) into your body. Your body then wants quick energy in the form of carbohydrates. But as the saying goes, "Man cannot live on bread alone." And as the other saying goes, "You are what you eat." and I was starting to feel like a giant donut (a donut that was getting bigger and bigger).
Long story short, I started doing some research and found some very interesting information about how we have all been led down the garden path (or should I say away from the garden path). Our medical system and doctors are focused on finding more and more illnesses so the pharmaceutical companies can shovel more and more pills down our throats. So they get richer while our health gets poorer. Meanwhile, the real solution to many of the common diseases that plague us can be found in the food we eat. But between big pharma and our over-processed nutrient-depleted foods we are slowly being killed.
I watched the Food Matters documentary online and it has opened my eyes. It's a facinating documentary. I've even started to get a grip on my eating habits too.
But you can click the picture or the link below to watch the Official Trailer and see what you think. Here's a tip... You don't have to get the DVD to watch it. You can watch the whole 80 min documentary online for only $4.95. Well worth it for my money considering the value of the information and what it could mean to your health and quality of life. -- Cheers!
>> Watch Official Food Matters Trailer Here
Photo of the Month
This month's photo was sent in by Alexandra Haverdink, owner of TreeSong Aussies. I'm getting excited about the arrival of spring and the warmer months to come so I chose this picture of 6 yr. old champion Aussie, Moulder.
>> Australian Shepherd Photo of the Month
Specials and Coupon Codes - Use Our Affiliate Links Below
Have You Treated Your Aussie to Wysong Dog Food Yet? Learn more about what makes Wysong so good... Our Special Affiliate Link Here. (Don't forget to use our exclusive coupon code AUSSIE18 to Save 18% when you checkout. Ordering by phone? Mention AUSSIE18 to get the discount.
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Here's the link to Pet Nutrition Products
Dog Quote for Today
"It is a truism to say that the dog is largely what his master makes of him: he can be savage and dangerous, untrustworthy, cringing and fearful; or he can be faithful and loyal, courageous and the best of companions and allies."
- Sir Ranulph Fiennes
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Until Next Time...
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Anton and Levi
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