'Primum non nocere'

A stash of various paraphernalia to satiate the fellow cynology connoisseur.
FULL PELT aims to serve as a diverse educational resource for the general tumblr community; from the average lay person seeking to learn the basics, to experienced trainers and otherwise keen parties interested in enhancing their knowledge or discussing advanced topics.
We hope to pay homage to the harmony inspired by successful, mutually-symbiotic human-animal partnerships—those founded on trust, communication and collaboration—as captured through art and the written word, in its many forms.

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Make Your Own Cheap 100% Healthy Pet Treats

These are great for owners who go through a lot of treats and need something completely natural and lean. Many processed treats these days have ingredients manufactured in China and use a high amount of toxic preservatives. There is no flour, sugar, preservatives, carbohydrates - just lean muscle meat, no cooking required. This is definitely one to try at home, your dog or cat will go crazy for these.

1) Buy raw heart from the butcher (eg beef, lamb, pork). It is dirt cheap and you will be able to make a lot of treats out of a small amount.

2) Chop into small squares, spread evenly on a plate (dont overlap) and place in fridge uncovered. Smaller pieces dry faster than large pieces. Remember basic hygiene since you are handling raw meat.

3) Leave in fridge 2-4 days until dry. Turning them daily will help them dry faster. Once dry they will look like jerky, and you can store in an airtight container in your cupboard for a few weeks.

4) Teach pet valuable new life skill and and reward pet for his/her efforts.

Ula (Podenco) and Joy (Galgo) -rescued dogs-. See in http://ulandjoy.tumblr.com their adventures from the first day of love. :)


Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?


While you look on in shock and horror as you watch your dog down a mouthful of poop, you’ll get some solace in the fact that you are not alone. Many dogs perform this tummy-turning habit, called coprophagia.

In fact, a preliminary study out of the University of California, Davis, found that up to 16 percent of dogs eat feces frequently, with 85 percent of the stool eaters consuming the feces of other dogs. Among the eaten stools, 90 percent were chomped within two days — in other words, while they were fresh.

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Anonymous said: My concern with any dental cleaning that isn't done by a vet is that if the animal's teeth have been in such poor condition that the gums have receded enough to create pockets, removing the tartar that is essentially 'holding' the tooth in place will cause more harm than good. As well, except for veterinary dental procedures, nothing addresses the plaque, etc, under the gumline. Can you comment on this? Any info that might help me understand these concerns better? 

This is why I recommend having a vet examine the dog’s condition before trying anything on your own.  I don’t know much about this, so if anybody else wants to weigh in—please do!

Anonymous said: So I've an elderly, 13 yr-old schnauzer. She's had dental problems all her life. Her teeth are nasty no matter what I try to do- brushing, cleanings, dental treats, kibble to help breath, tartar removing sprays, water additives-and has even had some extracted. I've been considering changing her to a raw diet, but is that a good idea considering how old she is? Is she TOO old to get into a raw diet now? 

I would first rule out any diseases that could cause dental problems by taking her to the vet.  If you’ve already done this, it is possible to move on to a diet change.

No dog is too old for raw.  There is a myth that older dogs need less protein because it’s too hard on their kidneys, but it is not true.

There is a plethora of information in this tag that could help you.

You also might want to shoot a message to raw-fed-pets, too.


Your choice affects your dog’s choice — a lesson I’m reminded of everyday. (Image credit goes to Lili Chin.)

Way back this winter, when Chalo started having growly reactions toward other dogs, I made the mistake of correcting him for it. Traditional wisdom and all the training books I’d read as a kid in the ’90s told me firm discipline was necessary, so I spoke sternly and used physical corrections with a choke collar. Surprise: in just 48 hours, it became so much worse. A little growliness turned into full-on explosions of snarling and lunging and raised hackles and high emotions. The changes were happening so quickly it frightened me. This was not a dog I recognized. So I backtracked, devoured every bit of reactivity literature I could find on the internet, and soon wondered if, in Chalo’s mind, the situation looked very different. To him, it seemed to be, “Every time we see a dog, my person gets worried and bad things happen. She becomes a person I do not recognize. I need to growl more to make that dog go away, and to keep bad things from happening.” My whole perspective on the issue changed — or at least, made me more receptive to alternatives, out of desperation and concern that I was singlehandedly ruining my dog.

The next day I approached it differently, with a soft, open, patient mindset and a bag full of cheese. And in one session, Chalo was sitting quietly and sweetly, twenty feet away from the golden retriever who previously sent him into a growling frenzy.

In one week, he was walking past yards of snarling, lunging, barking, frustrated dogs with the same sweet, quiet, expectant look on his face.

Today, Chalo hasn’t growled at another dog in months.

I definitely don’t propose that there is any one-size-fits-all training method for every dog, and everything I don’t know about dogs could fill several rooms several times over. But Chalo teaches me so much, all the time: how to be a better teacher, how to approach problems creatively, how to be patient, how to motivate. So many canine behavior problems are misunderstandings, rooted partly in a failure of human imagination and empathy. And that is fixable. That can change. Chalo continues to show me what I need to give more of, not just in dog training but in life in general — reflection on my own actions, and consideration for how we all can be shaped, battered, or buoyed by the world around us. Dogs can make us better, and this dog is making me better. 



Look at this amazing before and after posted on The Raw Feeding Community on facebook!

Here’s what her owner had to say:

"11wks difference on this gross mouth… I’m amazed!! This is my old lady Lily, she’s almost 14 and changing to PMR saved her life this past March! I’m just so pleased at all the positive changes I’ve seen in all of my dogs - but the most immediate and obvious benefits have shown themselves in our old lady♡♡"

Sometime this past February Lily’s long time companion, another pit bull, died suddenly. At that point Lily seemed to have given up and stopped taking any meals. She was set to be put down the last Monday of March, until the day her owner attempted to feed her a raw meal. Now Lily is much healthier, has fewer allergies and skin problems, and her blood work is much improved. What an amazing change.

Posted with permission of owner. 


WOW and I thought the improvement in Kas’s teeth was impressive! Cleaner teeth and a much nicer coat were definitely the two major improvements I saw in my dogs after switching to raw. Kas had some plaque build up on her molars that’s mostly gone now and both dogs are so shiny it’s absurd.


Dogs and porcupines

By Kim Campbell Thornton

Smart as dogs are about some things, they’re not always noted for their intellectual prowess when it comes to investigating dangerous animals.

Porcupines, for instance.

More often than not, dogs rush in where fools fear to tread, getting a face full of sharp quills for their trouble.

The North American porcupine is aptly named. His scientific name, Erethizon dorsatum, loosely translates to “animal with the irritating back.” He is the continent’s second-largest rodent, weighing as much as 40 pounds. While a porcupine’s first notion when attacked is to climb a tree, he’s fully capable of defending himself when necessary.

An angry and defensive porcupine raises his quills (which are actually modified hairs) and lashes his tail. When the tail makes contact, usually in the face of an unsuspecting dog, the loosely fastened quills become painfully embedded in the dog’s skin — most often in the tender mouth and nose. Once lodged in the skin, the barbed quills are difficult and painful to remove. (A porcupine has approximately 30,000 quills on his body, and, no, he can’t launch the spines through the air.)

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