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post #31 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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I have personally met the dog and he seems ok, just extremely hyper, but I think much of that probably has to do with living in the basement most of the time. And he has seen cats - they have cats and it seems to go ok when the cats sneak down there, but he is not with them 24/7. And as I said before, I am not concerned about 1 cat - she is young and fearless, but the other will probably be pissed for a while, but hopefully she'd get over it eventually. I can keep them separated when we arent home so that should give them a break and time to relax. And due to the dog's hyperness, I'm thinking he'd need to have a good run/exercise in before meeting the cats because his excitement will probably scare them.

I've also contacted someone in my area who does raw feeding and am waiting to hear back - still confused on how to go about it, if I should do the premade raw food which seems costly or prepare myself (which I'm definitely confused about). But I am looking into it and want to make sure I'm prepared to make the proper changes and not just take him on and continue with the same problems.
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post #32 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 05:48 PM
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your right the hyperness may be due to lack of exercise/attention/being in the basement. I think your on a good 'track' and going about things the right way

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the hyperactivity could also be due to poor nutrition . Have seen behavioural changes in schools that institute healthy lunch programs !! Had a friend who did exactly that on behalf of a government program . Travelled to our far north and later even to Belize . Results were guaged with better academic scores resulting . The dog will be bright and alert , but calmer .
Feeding raw is not difficult . Personally I would not buy pre-made with "stuff" in it , mainly because often times the "stuff" is filler or not appropriate for dogs (brocolli) . Go visit you local butcher -- raw feeding is so popular now that many butcher shops cater to raw feeders with bulk boxes of ground , chicken, turkey, lamb, beef - bones and meat ground and frozen. Find a local raw feeders group in your area and they will connect you .

If you don't want to do raw , then feed a high quality grain free kibble .

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I haven't heard of any updates on this issue and was wondering what decisions were being made. I'm still game.
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