Luna's One Year Adoption Anniversary
In honor of Luna’s one year adoption anniversary, I want to dedicate this blog post to a few of the many things I’ve learned over the course of raising the best puppy in the world.
This is singlehandedly the most controversial and most commented topic - from friends and family to Internet forums and complete strangers on the street, everyone has something to say (educated or not) about a raw diet. It took a few months of research before we made our first transition to raw, but raw/fresh food feeding is now something I stand by whole heartedly. Thanks to resources such as Raw Feeding University, Perfectly Rawsome, and Dr. Becker’s website, we’ve been able to raise a skin and bones street puppy to a healthy, shiny-coated, well-natured adult. Canine nutrition is truly a rabbit hole of knowledge - it takes a lot of research and continuous learning. For those who are curious but are not ready to dive into full on raw feeding, I would suggest looking into the 20 for 20 challenge to add an extra boost of nutrition into your pets’ diets :)
Real Dog Box:
I started off with BarkBox for Luna, but our toys got destroyed way too fast, the treats sometimes upset her stomach, and it is difficult to cancel your subscription. Real Dog Box is beyond transparent about their sourcing and their subscription rules, and customer service is the best of its kind. I love being able to give Luna a chew to brush her teeth, and then trim her nails while she’s distracted - a win-win for all of us! Their treats are also fantastic for recall training, something we are still working on continuously. We’re also looking into supplementing with Naked Beast Snacks for extra variety!
Taking the time to find a holistic vet that supported our raw-feeding was well worth it. It’s nice being able to ask and receive advice and resources for all my questions, such as brushing teeth, shampoos to use, etc. Minimal vaccination and antibody titer testing is also a nice option to have.
Every feeding was used as a training session with Luna. When we first got her, we trained six times a day, then three times a day, two times a day, and now once a day! We did attend one official obedience class that was offered to six month old puppies who were adopted from our shelter, but by that time, Luna already knew most of those tricks! However, it was still helpful for her to learn to perform those tricks in the presence of other very excited dogs. I learned most of my training techniques from Youtube, and I prefer to use Ziwi Peak as high reward training treats.