Hoshi’s been taking Canidae’s Pure Ancestral for two weeks now. He gobbles it up right away and has nice firm stools. The only difference I notice is the increased amount of stool. I would say it’s about 3 times as much compared to his raw chicken diet.
Hoshi has gained too much weight. He normally has 3 to 4 chicken thighs a day but I’ve been substituting one with dry food . Lately, it’s been 4 servings so I’m cutting it down to 3.
Gave Hoshi a bath
This was another bad summer for fleas. I’ve been using Frontline and a homemade flea repellent but Hoshi’s belly was still peppered with fleas. I gave him a thorough bath, trimmed his essentials. I even coaxed him with cheese into having a few nails trimmed.
Hoshi has been on a raw diet for eight years now. He does really well on it. His stools are well formed too. I prepare his food myself but it’s time consuming. I’ve decided to add a little store-bought food to his diet and save some time. I’ve been substituting a chicken thigh with ½ cup of dog food. He tolerates it well although his stools are slightly soft.
I’m using Castor & Pollux’s Organix right now but bought Merrick’s Backcountry and Canidae’s Pure Ancestral to try later. If he does okay, I might add more dry food to his diet to save even more time.
Week Three: Lessons included “come.” Hoshi sits and few feet away then comes and sits at my feet facing me. Introduced “heel” taking a few steps then Hoshi sits at my side.
Week Four: Lessons included recall using long-lead. Practiced “stay.” Hoshi would stay until I came up to him and gave him a treat. “Heel” with me abruptly walking backwards then stopping–I would call Hoshi and have him turn around and sit at my feet facing me.
I’m glad Hoshi’s class is air conditioned. I was worrying about taking class during summer. This week we practiced “come” with both of us facing each other. We also practiced “heel” taking few steps then stopping.