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Old 11-19-2012, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

New here and hoping some experienced owners can give me some advice about my Beagle, Luigi.
Here's some basic info: male, neutered, nearly 2.5 years old now, tri-colour, been on raw meaty bones diet for about 4 months.

Problems:
1 - Hair loss: Luigi seems to lose an incredible amount of hair all year round. Its always been that way even when he was on dry food (James Wellbeloved / Burns). Vet says his skin and coat is in very good condition. But I'm hoping there is something we can do to reduce the hair loss? He currently gets fish once a week.

2 - Scavenging: Is there anyway to reduce the amount of food / poo that he scavenges when out on walks? We've tried a spray collar (plain, citronella & mustard) but doesn't work. We also have a rattle can (can with coins) that we shake when he is naughty and if that doesn't stop him, we throw it at the ground near him. He knows the leave command with toys, but with food / poo this doesn't seem to work. All the above just encourages him to gulp it down and run away.

3 - Running away: In the last week, he has run away from the dog walker 3 times. And actually crossed the road a few times running between the two parks. Actually turns out he quite often used to run away and run around the park and out of sight but would go back to the car about 1h / 1.5h later. We can't think why he doesn't this randomly and can't think of any triggers. He's never done it with me though and I've walked same route.

4 - Feeding: What else does everyone feed their Beagles if they are on Raw Meaty Bone diet? I'm using chicken as the base (all parts), lamb hearts, mackerel, lamb chops. What weight do you give per meal? What other meats do you give?

I'm sure there are more things I'll think of to ask, but this would be a good start. Appreciate all your help

Nick (& Luigi)
London, UK
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi there.
1. Have you tried breaking fish oil capsules into his food.
2. I certainly wouldn't throw anything at my dogs, even near them. Beagles are generally food driven. I would personally go back to basics with his training so its reward based. So carry lots of yummy treats on a walk like cheese chunks or sliced sausage. Get him to focus on you and treat him when he gives you good focus.
3. For his own safety I would tell your dog walker to not let him off the lead. Unless its in a very safe area away from roads.
4. I am not sure what the meaty bone diet is to be honest but I feed my 2 burns dried food with a little meat mixed through like chicken, liver or a little flaked fish just to make it more palatable. How about mixing rice through the meat, if its purely only meat he is on with no carbs that might explain why he is scavenging. He may still be feeling hungry.

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