About three weeks ago, mom decided to make a change in the food I eat. She researched on-line and on the Performance-Sheltie Yahoo group, and with a very helpful employee at Pet People. The information was rather confusing - some people feed raw diets ( mom knew she didn't want to do that), some feed no-grain food, some feed higher-protein, some feed organic, some feed wet instead of dry kibble (mom knew she wanted to feed me dry kibble), and some feed good old grocery store brands. It seems that some dogs do well on almost any food and others are sensitive or develop allergies, etc. I was doing well on my food, but when mom checked the dog-food ratings on www.dogfoodanalysis.com, she found out that my food was rated 1 star and she decided I should eat something better. So we are now trying Nature's Variety Prairie Chicken Meal and Brown Rice (rated 5 stars). Since I had been eating a food that was chicken with grains we decided to go to a better quality food but similar to my old food so the change wouldn't be too drastic. Let me just say that I don't really understand all these ratings and grain versus no grain, but I do know that I LOVE the way this new food tastes! We also found out that people rotate the type of food their dogs eat. Sounds good to me - variety is the spice of life! So after a few months of Chicken, we may try one of the other formulas of Nature Variety or we may try a different food altogether.
This evening we are going to join my favorite dog trainer Deb on her obedience class field trip to a local shopping center. We have gone on these little trips several times before and they are always fun. She puts us through our routines of heeling, sit-stays, down-stays, stand-stays - all while we are out in public. Some dogs are bothered by all the commotion of cars and people shopping, but I usually do well (even with the cars!).
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