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Canine Disarming: What The.... Heck??

Posted by Laura Bourhenne on Aug 13, 2014 12:57:55 PM


So I'm sure you're envisioning a program where we give dog biscuits to dogs in exchange for their AK-47s and the like. Well that's not the case here. Canine disarming is about cutting down the canine teeth of a biting dog so he can't do (as much) damage.

Topics: aggressive dogs, canine teeth removal, canine disarming, biting dog

Classical Conditioning and Its Use With Dog Aggression

Posted by Laura Bourhenne on Aug 13, 2014 12:49:00 PM


As a dog trainer I deal with many behavior problems. Aggression is one of the most common reasons I get called to someone's home, whether it is aggression directed towards a person or another animal (usually other dogs). In my 20 years experience as a dog trainer I have found that aggression is usually caused by one or more of a few things:

Topics: dog aggression, aggressive dogs, classical conditioning

Adolescent Dogs

Posted by Laura Bourhenne on Aug 13, 2014 12:45:00 PM


Topics: adolescent dogs, adolescent dog behavior

Natural Diet for Dogs With Hemangiosarcoma

Posted by Laura Bourhenne on Aug 21, 2013 9:50:00 AM


Here is Magic's basic natural diet for hemangiosarcoma. We started out with 1/3 brown rice but pretty much stopped using them after a while. I did cook the meat because I wasn't comfortable feeding him raw. The veggies were ground in a food processor to aid digestion.

Books I used as references were:
Volhard, Wendy-"The Holistic Guide to a Healthy Dog"
Pitcairn, Richard-"The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats"
Gerson, M.D., Max-"A Cancer Therapy"

The basic natural diet looked like this:
1/2 organic veggies, 1/2 good ground Chicken or beef

Supplements: (2 x/day)
1 Chlorophyll cap (60 mgs.); 2 SOD 4000; 1 Alta Sil-x (silica); Kyolic garlic (2 squeezes); 1 TBL. Oil mix - flax, safflower (Hollywood brand); 2 Co Q 10 (10 mg. ea.); 2 tsp. Mega C (Ortho Molec); 50 mg. B-complex; 3 Vital tabs (Ortho Molec.); Essiac; Prozyme
I am hearing now of something called IP-6 that is working well for many people, as well as Milk Thistle, turmeric and burdock root. A lot of the herbs and other supplements can be found for a good price at Swanson Vitamins You can find coupons here

Homeopathic Remedies:
Bioplasma 5 pills 3 x day; Autonosode 1 dropperful 3 times a day (from Holistic vet)
Multiple support 1 dropper 2 x day (from Holistic vet); Bach Remedies & Flower Essences: (3 times a day) - Rescue Remedy & Arnica

I got most of his supplements from 2 places:
KV Vet Supply: (800) 423-8211 and Ortho molecular specialties


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Topics: hemangiosarcoma diet, diet for dogs with cancer, natural diet for cancer in dogs

Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs

Posted by Laura Bourhenne on Aug 14, 2013 3:00:00 PM

Magic was my inspiration for many things. He came to me as an aggressive dog from someone who didn't want the liability anymore, but also didn't want him euthanized. He had been trained using very harsh methods and was distrusting of strangers. I could tell by looking in his eyes that he needed someone to trust; someone who didn't think that everything he did was a try for "dominance". I thought using more humane methods, and rewarding him for good behavior would be the way to get to him. After all, force obviously hadn't worked in the past.

So, Magic and I began our journey. It was a journey that would teach us more in the 4.5 years we spent together than either of us had learned in the almost 10 years previous. I learned that you needn't use force to deal with a strong dog. They are usually just as willing to work as any other dog, you just need to find what motivates them. Luckily, Magic's motivators were tennis balls and food -  anytime, anywhere, from practically anybody.

In a very short amount of time I was able to have Magic greeting strangers at the door (including his nemesis the UPS man!!), playing ball with my young nephews who could take the ball out of his mouth, and letting anyone at the vet's do anything to him without a muzzle. I learned a lot about dog training in those 4.5 years, and I have Magic to thank for it.

In addition to what I learned from Magic about dog behavior, I learned about the importance of feeding a healthy diet, and the effects the environment has on our animals' health. Unfortunately we had to find out the hard way.

In April, 1994, Magic was diagnosed with a splenic hemangiosarcoma . We removed his spleen and were told that with chemotherapy the life expectancy for hemangiosarcoma is about 6 months. Although we chose to do chemo, I also wanted to support his body from the damage the chemo would cause. This decision would change my way of thinking forever. I learned so much about the junk in processed pet food, vaccines, pesticides, flea products, chlorine, pesticides and herbicides in the water, etc.., and how they affect our animals. When Magic became ill I wanted to do all I could to help him, and hopefully prevent my other animals from getting sick, too.

Topics: Hemangiosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma in dogs, splenic hemangiosarcoma, life expectancy for dogs with hemangiosarcoma

Laura is not so much a dog trainer as a miracle worker.
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