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Raw Fed Enrichment for Primitive Dogs

When dogs are bored, they try to find their own fun. The dog’s undesirable behaviors can help you choose which type enrichment your dog needs. Many of the enrichment products and techniques are catered towards kibble fed dogs, so I will be giving tips for how to swap out kibble and processed foods and treats for more natural options.

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Defining Primitive Dogs

What is a “primitive dog”?
Both “cultured” and “uncultured” breeds that still maintain ancient genes, primitive appearance and retention of wild traits. Previous exclusive literature has not benefited primitive breeds and their enthusiasts in the past. Therefore we choose to be inclusive about who fits under this umbrella and we offer a long and exhaustive list of what dog breeds fit. However, if your dog is not included and still shows many of the traits of other primitive dogs, in our opinion you are just as welcome.

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The Future of Canine Understanding is Here!

For far too long, academia ignored our canine companions and humanity was basically encouraged to leave our relationships with animals in the stone age. But in the last 50 years there has been groundbreaking change in the way academia and the world looks at animals, including dogs. Advances in cognition, ethology, animal welfare, and so many more fields, has opened up the world of animal awareness and intelligence to all. But like all science, it is slow to become part of our everyday lives. So today we are going to look at how we can be better informed participant’s in our dogs’ world.

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Your Primitive Dog is Not a Wolf

Forget about “packs”, “alpha”, “hierarchy”, “dominant”, “wolf, wild, or ancestor” nutrition, or any of the other wolf labels we stick on our dogs. They didn’t earn that scarlet letter. They are dogs. Strong, resilient, adaptable, intelligent, and independent dogs, that we invited into our living rooms and on to our couches. Let’s introduce ourselves to them and leave the wolf outside in the forest where it belongs.

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Speaking Primitive Dog

Communication is key in any healthy relationship. The traditional model for dog ownership has been that we are a dog’s master and should tell them what to do at all times. Your primitive dog didn’t get this memo and calls “BS” on this human exceptionalist view of the relationship. They didn’t sign up for a destiny of servitude and are relieved that if you’re reading this, you probably didn’t either.

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Help Wanted - Finding a Trainer or Behaviorist for your Primitive Dog

Finding good help is hard no matter what the field. Primarily this is because we are not experts in what we need assistance with, so it can be very challenging to weed out what isn’t going to help us. The unfortunate truth is that many times we don’t find out until after we have made a financial investment and possibly done damage to the thing we are looking for help with. Help for our primitive dogs is no different. 

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