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Rusticwood



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
Rusticwood wrote:
To confuse things a bit more

Alpha worker maintenance 9.99 for 15kg


Where's that from?


Cornwall Farmers

lettucewoman



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My sister in law sells http://www.uk.husse.com/home/ ..our cat loves the cat food...its delivered too.

T.G



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
T.G wrote:
sueshells wrote:
if you mutts a working dog.

Don't make me laugh - she is a Poodle - I have to manicure her nails every Monday!


poodles I believe were once a working breed... it's zero rated for vat I don't think you have to prove you have a working breed of dog let alone that the working breed of dog actually works...

And if your dog is anything like my late mothers poodle I get your point


I'm all for a bit of tax avoidance but I gather it's is relevant if you have a working dog. Working dog foods are aimed at dogs that burn a lot of calories, if they don't they might get fat.


We've feed all our dogs a similar diet just various amounts due to size, activity etc. none have ever been overweight even the retired mutts... I guess other factors come into play... most people are sensible and can workout how to adjust a diet.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

T.G wrote:
Treacodactyl wrote:
T.G wrote:
sueshells wrote:
if you mutts a working dog.

Don't make me laugh - she is a Poodle - I have to manicure her nails every Monday!


poodles I believe were once a working breed... it's zero rated for vat I don't think you have to prove you have a working breed of dog let alone that the working breed of dog actually works...

And if your dog is anything like my late mothers poodle I get your point


I'm all for a bit of tax avoidance but I gather it's is relevant if you have a working dog. Working dog foods are aimed at dogs that burn a lot of calories, if they don't they might get fat.


We've feed all our dogs a similar diet just various amounts due to size, activity etc. none have ever been overweight even the retired mutts... I guess other factors come into play... most people are sensible and can workout how to adjust a diet.


Sorry, I was going on the advice of the actual makers of the product. Chudleys themselves don't recommend the working crunch for non-working dogs, or indeed working dogs at rest or reduced work.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Milo isn't particulaly overweight and that's what he gets. There is a cheaper non-working one too I think.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
Milo isn't particulaly overweight and that's what he gets. There is a cheaper non-working one too I think.


Yes there is and unless your dog is working that would probably be best. You could feed the high energy food and cut down the amount given but then the dog would get less than of the other recommended daily nutrients. I expect Chudleys would be only too please to tell you what is the best food, when we've contacted dog food companies they've been very helpful and even sent out free samples.

Rusticwood



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's not just what the dog does (working or none working ) it's also the breed that counts.
Ours are collie x lurcher and lab x baked bean ( pos collie and lurcher in there) neither are " working dogs " but we were advised to have worker maintanence

sueshells



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 12 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Poodles were, of course, bred to retrieve from water. The now somewhat ridiculous pom-poms are usually located on their joints and are supposed to have protected them from arthritis and other joint problems - not sure how true that is but you would definitely have needed to clip most of the coat off a working dog, both because of the weight when wet and also to avoid the velcro-cum-What-a- Mess effect. I don't think my dog would take to working - I have to practically carry her over puddles - the effort she makes to avoid getting her paws wet........

dpack



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dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 12 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

as a young athlete i need a different diet to other hounds who have different needs

im a fan of sharing my grub with my man he gets plenty of meat and enough veg even if i get most of the meaty bones and extra flesh

as dried food goes jerky and iams is popular , i like to share dried peas and flaked maize with the minipigs ,i need muscle to make muscle and bones to make bones, so that is what i make him feed me most of the time

ps cake is rather nice

love ki

lassemista



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can I suggest you look at CSJ
http://www.csjk9.com/
I have fed my dogs on it for a couple of years now, and was so impressed with it that I became a stockist (in a very small way). I am not on your patch so I have no ulterior motive.
They have essentially 3 ranges, and I feed and mainly sell the cheapest one - Champ at under 11 for 15kgs. You can buy it online, but delivery takes the edge of the price advantage if you do. The other way they sell is through a number of local stockists like me, mainly dog people who feed it themselves. They are all shown on the site.
The reason it is cheap is not that the ingredients are cheap (unlike some other budget foods) - the saving comes from not paying a series of middle men and advertising executives.
Although it is a working dog food, I don't find weight is a problem. Just adjust the amount to how active the dog is. There is a lower protein senior food, which some people buy, who have very greedy dogs (labradors mainly!).
Most people seem to find the pooh is firmer, less smelly, and less!
Coat condition is superb (I show my dogs successfully at championship level), but the more expensive ranges cater for dogs with eg allergy issues. The staff at CSJ are very helpful, and will point you to the right food if the skin problem needs it. Even the hypoallergenic range is only in the region of 30 per bag.
If you do give it a go, please let me know how you get on
Andrea.

sueshells



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 12 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for that Andrea - I have looked at the website and the food looks good plus there is a stockist just down the road and on our way to a favourite walk. As an added bonus it is a Whippet kennels and I adore whippets!

Think I might give it a try.

Nell Merionwen



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 12 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

pooch is very very lucky. We have a really lovely butcher who gives her his off cuts and scraps
We love him.....

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 12 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sueshells wrote:
if you mutts a working dog.

Don't make me laugh - she is a Poodle - I have to manicure her nails every Monday!

If she barks then you have a guard dog.
Alerting you to the presence of another is a job even a Yorkshire terrier could accomplish as long as they haven't had their voice boxes removed.

sueshells



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 12 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

"If she barks then you have a guard dog."

I shall be OK if I am at risk from:-

a) The postman
b) Kipper - the adorable rescue dog and his 83 year old owner
c) Kath's three cats
b) Any child on a skateboard

Other than that she doesn't really bother. Old dog (died last year) used to bark ferociously at everything, which was a bit of a pain - he used to bark at me if I was outside and he was inside. She got used to letting him do the talking......on the other hand I think she could be silent but deadly, which he certainly wasn't!

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