Tips for Grooming

Aussies have double coats that are pretty much self-cleaning and just require some basic grooming to keep in good condition.  The main area to regularly check for matting is behind their ears. The Aussie coats seem to come in a few different coat types.

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Our Process of Swap Over to Raw Diet - Alfoxton Changeover
We had always fed our dogs what we had been told was good quality dry food, but after attending a Training Conference and some specialists presented information about how commercial foods were made we decided to look into our diet program.  By December 2011 we commenced feeding our adult Aussie dogs with the VAN - (Vets All Natural Complete Mix, which looks very like old fashioned muesli) initially we were mixing this with a Chicken and Vegie roll - the dogs did really well, their coats in particular became thicker and very glossy however one big thing was also the improvement in the droppings, especially how the poo no longer had such a strong smell nor did it have the colour and consistance of wet dry kibble - I suppose you have to think, what goes in one end does come out the other!

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WORRIED ABOUT THE DOGS SKIN / ALLEGIES  ??

Although I am not a vet, I do have over 30 years of running a boarding kennel, training school and breeding dogs. This coupled with living on a farm that over the years we have dealth with horses, cows, chickens, cats, goats and even emus, I have built up a great regime of home remedies and first aid. Not forgetting to that I am an avid reader of science advances (particularly in dogs) of their health, welfare and behaviour. Although I am always happy to make use of a good vet practice, we always treat our animals using a hearty dose of common sense first, which seems to be a rare commodity these days....

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In the Beginning

Dogs have lived for millions of years on a raw diet without any great issues. Back in the 1960’s dogs were happily living with us humans eating raw meat, bones and leftovers. Yet we didn’t have much in the way of allergies, cancers and dental problem also many dogs were living till close to 16-20 years.

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