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Good Health comes from a good diet and proper exercise and regular vet care.
   A healthy dog is not fat or too thin , you can feel his ribs when you press gently on his sides and he has waist but he is not so thin that you can see all of his ribs when just looking at him.  He should have clear eyes and a shiny coat. 
   Proper exercise for a puppy is play, play and more play.  Walks are appropriate when he is fully vaccinated, until then you can work on leash walking skills in your own yard.  Strenuous or repetitive exercise such as jogging or daily trips to run on the beach before a year old can lead to joint damage and other issues and nullifies our warranty.
    Vaccines should be given at least 3 weeks apart and not doubled up.  Many vets like to give a DHPP and Rabies at the same time but we don't recommend it. We recommend giving DPv (distemper and parvo only) instead of DHPP until the boosters at a year and giving only 1 type of vaccine at a time and separating them by 3 to 4 weeks. We highly recommend titer testing to determine immunity to diseases we vaccinate for and once immunity is established to refrain from giving vaccines. Vaccines do not boost immunity, you either are or are not immune.

What to look for in a dog food:

A premium dog food will have meat or meat meal in the first 2 ingredients and preferably both in the first 3 ingredients.  It will be corn and by-product free.  It should not have preservatives like BHA or BHT but instead use natural preservatives like mixed tocopherals.  The Whole Dog Journal rates foods each Feb. At Bear River we feed Sport Dog Elite Beef , but there are many other brands that are excellent.  We also Occasionally feed raw food to our adult dogs.

Raw Feeding:
  Here at Bear River we feed 2x a day and one of those meals is sometimes a raw meal.
A raw meal includes meat, bones (raw not cooked, sometimes ground), veggies and supplements.  I use Fastrack probiotic formula .  My dogs  really look forward to their raw meals. I feed anything that is on sale ie: chicken, gr. beef, lamb etc. or I use a premade mix by Honest Kitchen, Stella and Chewy's or one of the other frozen premade mixes. On the days I make up my own mix I puree the veggies as they don't break them down very well on their own.  For each cup of meat I add about 1/4 c of veggie mix.  Veggies are whatever is on hand .  I do not give ice berg lettuce, onions. 
  For more information on Raw feeding you can find many books and websites, Raw feeding is often called the BARF diet.  There is a lot information on the web a good beginning site to look at is
Recommended reading on raw feeding:
Raw Dog Food (make it easy for you and your dog) by Corina Beth Mac Donald (a very easy read and makes raw feeding concepts very simple)
Give Your Dog a Bone by Ian Billinghurst ( a more technical book but good information)

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