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Trial switch to Merrick

Dietary/feeding issues
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TimL_168
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Tell us about yourself: Hi,
Short and sweet here- I'm a father of 2 boys, a carpenter, hunter, runner. We have extensive experience with sled dogs, shepherd mixes, a wolf hybrid, and our current dog a 95# long haired Shiloh Shepherd. I'm looking for a more energetic dog that had the same intelligence and trainability. I'm interested in advice, opinions, and a place to share experiences.
Location: central MD

Trial switch to Merrick

Post by TimL_168 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:24 pm

I stopped into pet store and they had a few small bags of Merrick on sale for ten bucks each. I grabbed two bags. Endeavor is a changed dog! Her energy is much greater. We went for a three mile run Sunday morning, and she was chomping at the bit to go back out and work/play when we got home.
Tim L.
Aurora(Shiloh) Endeavor

Dutchringgirl
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Tell us about yourself: I am a mom of 6 life forces - 2 kids and 3 dogs 1 hamster. I live in Ct. I have trained Ringsport and Agility and have 2 DS, one 15 and 7 and a Basset Hound Cookie who is 2
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Re: Trial switch to Merrick

Post by Dutchringgirl » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:28 pm

really?? well, sadie doesnt need more energy lol
Lisa, Thalie CGC & Sadie, Cookie the Basset, CT
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TimL_168
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Tell us about yourself: Hi,
Short and sweet here- I'm a father of 2 boys, a carpenter, hunter, runner. We have extensive experience with sled dogs, shepherd mixes, a wolf hybrid, and our current dog a 95# long haired Shiloh Shepherd. I'm looking for a more energetic dog that had the same intelligence and trainability. I'm interested in advice, opinions, and a place to share experiences.
Location: central MD

Re: Trial switch to Merrick

Post by TimL_168 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:21 am

Dutchringgirl wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:28 pm
really?? well, sadie doesnt need more energy lol
En has been described as "low drive". I'm happy to see some added spunk :player:
it may also have something to do with her new chukkit ball. my little girl has finally developed some toy drive!
Tim L.
Aurora(Shiloh) Endeavor

karenz
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Tell us about yourself: My name is Karen and I have a dutch shepherd, Xander, born 6/14/13. He is my second dutch shepherd. My first was Rawly. Even though Xander is my second I still have a lot to learn. That is why I'm here, to learn, get advice, and meet people who love these guys as much as I do.
Location: NC

Re: Trial switch to Merrick

Post by karenz » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:12 am

Xander loved Merrick. I stopped buying it when Purina bought them out. I refuse to buy anything from Purina.
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Dutchringgirl
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Re: Trial switch to Merrick

Post by Dutchringgirl » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:34 am

karenz wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:12 am
Xander loved Merrick. I stopped buying it when Purina bought them out. I refuse to buy anything from Purina.
ohh right, forget it then, i dont like purina either, my dad swears by it :eew:
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Steve Gossmeyer
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Re: Trial switch to Merrick

Post by Steve Gossmeyer » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:10 pm

Most kibbles if not made by purina are made by diamond so really they are all shit.... I've fed proplan performance for many years... Yoda is on raw the rest of my dogs get tow

TimL_168
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Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:11 pm
Tell us about yourself: Hi,
Short and sweet here- I'm a father of 2 boys, a carpenter, hunter, runner. We have extensive experience with sled dogs, shepherd mixes, a wolf hybrid, and our current dog a 95# long haired Shiloh Shepherd. I'm looking for a more energetic dog that had the same intelligence and trainability. I'm interested in advice, opinions, and a place to share experiences.
Location: central MD

Re: Trial switch to Merrick

Post by TimL_168 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:49 pm

Steve Gossmeyer wrote:
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:10 pm
Most kibbles if not made by purina are made by diamond so really they are all shit.... I've fed proplan performance for many years... Yoda is on raw the rest of my dogs get tow
I remembered you mentioning TOW before, and I might give it a shot sometime. I'm really thinking about switching to full raw this fall if I can get a few deer put up. It'd be even better if I can start putting her to work and earning her organ meats.
Tim L.
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Dutchringgirl
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Tell us about yourself: I am a mom of 6 life forces - 2 kids and 3 dogs 1 hamster. I live in Ct. I have trained Ringsport and Agility and have 2 DS, one 15 and 7 and a Basset Hound Cookie who is 2
Location: Ct, USA
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Re: Trial switch to Merrick

Post by Dutchringgirl » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:14 am

raw is the way to go if you can, you can do both but not in the same feeding
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TimL_168
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Posts: 547
Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:11 pm
Tell us about yourself: Hi,
Short and sweet here- I'm a father of 2 boys, a carpenter, hunter, runner. We have extensive experience with sled dogs, shepherd mixes, a wolf hybrid, and our current dog a 95# long haired Shiloh Shepherd. I'm looking for a more energetic dog that had the same intelligence and trainability. I'm interested in advice, opinions, and a place to share experiences.
Location: central MD

Re: Trial switch to Merrick

Post by TimL_168 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:04 am

Dutchringgirl wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:14 am
raw is the way to go if you can, you can do both but not in the same feeding
Just gotta make sure she doesn't get the scoots.
Tim L.
Aurora(Shiloh) Endeavor

Joxgirl
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Location: Southern California

Re: Trial switch to Merrick

Post by Joxgirl » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:01 am

Way to go Endeavor!!!!
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TimL_168
Training Dog
Posts: 547
Joined: Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:11 pm
Tell us about yourself: Hi,
Short and sweet here- I'm a father of 2 boys, a carpenter, hunter, runner. We have extensive experience with sled dogs, shepherd mixes, a wolf hybrid, and our current dog a 95# long haired Shiloh Shepherd. I'm looking for a more energetic dog that had the same intelligence and trainability. I'm interested in advice, opinions, and a place to share experiences.
Location: central MD

Re: Trial switch to Merrick

Post by TimL_168 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:54 am

I think I had posted in another thread that En got the dire- rear after I put her on the chicken based Merrick food. She had had no issues with the rabbit based that I picked up at the box store. Digging through the ingredients, the only things I could find Substantially different were the inclusion of Turkey and a different set of bacteria/ fermentation aids. I went back and did a proper food change method, and she's back to firm stool now. I'm still mixing a tiny bit of her old food in, but I think I'm out of danger. We'll see...I'm refinishing the floors in a couple weeks anyway...
Tim L.
Aurora(Shiloh) Endeavor

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