There are times I need them to calm down but don’t want to restrain/restrict their movements too much. It’s their attitude, not their behavior, I want to affect. And I want them to learn.
Toward this end, we’ve tried a number of
behavior modifications treats things over these last few months. The one that works the best, and is currently in favor, is Chewies. Chewies are semi-squares/rectangles of rawhide, “processed in the USA or Mexico.”
|For BIG dogs|
It’s taken a couple of weeks, but when I now say, “Chewie!” they behave appropriately. Missy jumps up on the couch– this is all taking place in the Den and it really messes them up when I give them a chewie in the living room– and Rocky assumes the seated alertly position on the floor beside her. He’s protecting her in a certain male-y sort of way.
Yes. That is a small bag of some Dollar General mid-priced puppy food. (It’s funny to think them as puppies. But they still are.) That’s not what they eat on a regular basis.
suek– this is for you!
You must have gotten her [Missy] at a critical growth point. If the food shortage lasts long enough, they don’t make it up.
One of the Mexican’s at the barn is Fernando. His son is
“Fernandito”…meaning “little Fernando”. Well…over the last two years, Fernandito has gone from being just a tad shorter than his father to being about a foot taller. With a _very_ substantial build. Not overweight, just substantial. In other words, he’s beginning to look like a football player. I told his dad that he isn’t very “dito” any more. His mom is smaller than his father. So naturally, I wonder. They’ve been in the US for a pretty long time, though I don’t know how long. Childhood nutrition?? _No_ idea – but looking at the son, I’m just guessing that there was a lack of protein in his (the father’s) early years. Son has the genetics for size, and living in the US, has gotten the nutrition to match. He’s going to be _big_! Pretty soon, we’ll be calling Dad “Fernandito” at the rate the son’s growing!
That’s exactly right.
What does it take to grow from a single fertilized cell with two sets of DNA into a very large dog who can learn to sit in the small corner of a couch and look cute while she awaits her chewie? Or a Fernando?
Well. You will need a plan (genetics), and you will need the stuff you will need to execute the plan (protein, fat, carbohydrates, and their components, + water & a few other things), and you will need an environment in which these are abundantly available because your proportional needs change over time, depending on where you are your growth trajectory.
The reason I prefer the high fat content puppy food is simple. I think the endocrine system is interesting.