Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Recall

John asks…

Which purnia dog food products have been recalled?

Jimmy answers:

I heard on the news that iams wet dog food was recalled

Thomas asks…

How to teach recall to a dog that isn’t food motivated?

My neighbour on the farm we live on has recently adopted a huge German shepherd and malamute mix. She has a lovely nature and is very well behaved, and the neighbour lets us – and sometimes asks us – to have her round and walk her. The problem is she’s very free-spirited and though she doesn’t run away, she quickly walks away and doesn’t respond to recall AT ALL. I’ve tried all sorts of treats, toys etc and she doesn’t come back for anything, in fact if the treat is big enough she’ll run away with it and won’t come back for a while. The most luck I’ve had with her is running away from her which gets her to chase me, but I don’t want to reward that behaviour as her owner is going to be having a baby soon. She’s a very high-energy young dog and needs to run so I won’t be keeping her on lead permanently, but I’d like to be able to take her off of the farm on more interesting walks sometime if possible. Please don’t say it’s not my responsibility, it’s just something I’d like to do in my spare time as she is a lovely dog and the owner appreciates us helping with such an energetic dog. Any suggestions?
Natalie – I don’t see how I can be nice to her if I’m using something as nasty as a pronged choker? And do you really think the owner would let me do that to her dog when the reason she got her was to give her a better life? She doesn’t pull on the lead, I’ve already said she’s good natured. I want the walk to be enjoyable, and she needs to run so keeping her permanently on lead is NOT an option.
The owner has no control in terms of recall either, and when she was at the vets she told him her problem with recall but there wasn’t any useful answers offered. She adopted the dog about five months ago now.
And I know recall can take a long time, but the problem is we’re getting no reaction whatsoever to any attempt to get her to come to us.
I like the idea someone suggested of bells on toys, but squeaky toys are out of the question as she’s roaming free on a farm with small animals such as our pet chickens and cats and we do not want to encourage any prey drive, especially with the owner’s baby on the way.

Jimmy answers:

A few things, she might have better recall with her owner rather than you, as dogs will (or should) respond more to their owner than someone who comes over to walk them. Also you don’t sate how long this has been going on, for some dogs it can take a very and I mean a very very long time to get good recall.

We adopted a male border collie aged 14 months (he is now 3 1/2 years old), who had absolutely zero recall, any sign of woods and we wouldn’t see him for at very least 20 minutes (usually more) this obviously wasn’t acceptable. It took almost a year of intensive recall training (so almost a year of on lead walks) for us to be able to allow him of his lead, and I still take the dog whistle and a ball which squeaks (he is incredibly responsive to a high pitched squeaking noise) when I take him out, as I know he still has it in him to run off (and he goes way way fast). I know you don’t want to keep her permanently on a lead, but if she can’t go off then she can’t go off, border collies really need to run and but we couldn’t let one of ours of a lead for nearly a year – it just wasn’t safe – we just had to make walks longer, and I took him running and taught him to run alongside me at my pace (I am a runner so I don’t go that slow though) so sometimes it is just better to wiat, now ours can and does go off a lead.

So it could take time to get god recall, and if they don’t have good recall then walks have to be longer. Also being stuck to you on a lead, while it isn’t ideal, means they get that when you go out they stay with you, so should in theory make them more likely to stay with you, (I think almost a year of lead walks helped my dog realise he stayed near me) You can try having her on a long lead, and calling her, if she doesn’t come that way you can pull her to you, then when she is by you praise her so she thinks it is a good idea to come back.

Also if you have an enclosed space, which she can’t get out off, then you can try having her off a lead and working on recall.

For things to get her to come to try: food, not just dog treats even simple human things which won’t harm a dog (we started taking bits of toast crust out with us as a ‘dog’ treat), toys – especially ones which make a noise like a squeaky ball, sometimes playing with her when she come back – I find my dogs sometimes come back just so you can throw a ball for them, or even just praising her and telling her she is a good dog for coming back,as a dog naturally should want to be good, so if she knows that by being good is coming back she should be more responsive.

Also is the command you are using to get her to come back, if you are just calling her name or come back, then by now she could be ‘desensitised’ to it, so it means nothing to her. You could try other commands like: come, here or this way. (I also find sometimes yelling ‘I’m going’ and beginning to walk away or ‘come on Beano, come this way to be a good boy’ (his name is Beano) works, but my dogs are quite in tune to me now)

I’d say above all else to persevere, not everyone wants to and I know most people would have tried the dog we took, then taken him back as he was quite a handful (it wasn’t just recall, everything – even the tiniest thing- on a walk caused a problem, from dogs, to people, to cats, to squirrels, to even a leaf blowing in the road) but wouldn’t have persevered as we did and if we hadn’t kept on working with him he would have probably gone back to the re-homing centre loads of times. So just keep working at it, because it could take a very very long time.

Hope this helps!

Paul asks…

Dog Food question?

Can anyone tell me what is the best kind/brand of dog food? I’m looking for a good brand that has no by products and all that yucky stuff. Thanks

Jimmy answers:

Try Canidae dry dog food..all life stages …..after all these recalls, i researched for 5-6 hrs one day, and found Canidae to be one of the best !!!….it rated 5 stars out of a possible 6 stars, on one survey, and scored 112 points out of a possible 100 points, on another survey, which is an A+ rating, and found out thats lots of breeders, and Yahoo answer people love it, and recommend it highly to others !!..the Canidae dry dog food, all life stages, can be fed to puppies, regular, senior, and overweight dogs…it is all natural, has human grade ingredients, no fillers, corn, wheat, beet pulp, salt or foreign made junk…their plant is in the USA, and they make their own food, with all USA ingredients, including vitamins and enzymes !! Check their site at CANIDAE.COM……i have switched my 2 dogs to Canidae, and my daughter-in-law has switched her 3 dogs to Canidae, and we are all very happy with this dry food !! Check it out..they have a money-back guarantee, if you are not happy, for any reason !! Their web site will tell you more, and give dealer locations near you, by Zip code !! Good luck to you !! PS..it is reasonably priced & my JRTerrier eats half as much daily, as his previous food, because its high quality, & the output on the grass, is also 50 % less !!!

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