This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on adding 5-10 years to your dogs life:
Are You Ignoring Your Pets Natural Drives?
In part 2 of this mini class we discussed the crucial factors of highly successful dog ageing.
Lets quickly recap what you learned in part 2:
- 5 hidden ingredients in processed dog food that you should avoid and how they are slowly poisoning your dog.
- The history of dog diets and how the creation of kibble and canned food led to the modern day dog diet and how it correlates with the increase of dog cancer.
- The Epigenix foundation and their amazing research producing results that can stop, slow, and even reverse terminal cancer in dogs.
- We showed you the specific ketogenic diet that can add 5 years to your dogs life.
In this final part 3 we put everything together to ensure your pet remains a valued member of your family for many years to come…
But before we get to that, I want to discuss something REALLY IMPORTANT.
If you dont understand what I’m about to tell you, the rest of the information you learned in this class is probably not going to be so successful.
In fact, most people who dont understand what I’m about to tell you will never be able to successfully add years to their dogs life thats why we saved the best for last…
It’s about the little known about science that makes your dog who he/she is.
I’m talking about the natural hard wired instincts that experts call dog DRIVES.
Begin at the Beginning – So What Is a Drive?
(No, it’s not a funny youtube clip of a dog driving a car – although hilarious). Evolutionary psychology experts now understand that there are several traits in dogs that provides a new and provocative way to think about dog behaviour called “Drives”.
Lets first cover the theory behind dog drives:
- Understanding dog’s instinctual drives offers a framework for understanding why dogs tend to act as they do in domestic settings and how they have evolved. Put another way, evolutionary psychology, is identifying the aspects of dog behavior that are hardwired and universal, and this can be explained by some familiar patterns.
- When professional dog trainers look to train a dog, first they look to determine which type of training approach is best by looking into a dog’s personality or more commonly known as their Drives.
- We experience our own internal drives as humans and there are obvious negative repercussions if we don’t fulfil them. That said, although people vary, evolutionary psychologists do not argue that all people are alike underneath. The discipline recognizes the individual differences caused by a person’s unique genetic inheritance, as well as by personal experiences and culture.
Indeed, the science says yes. Dogs are, in other words, hardwired. You can take the dog out of the wild, expert psychologists contend, but you can’t take the wild out of the dog…
You Can Take The Dog Out of The Wild, Not The Wild Out of The Dog.
For example, here is an amazing insight: Why Dogs Love To Chew Bones…
In nature a dog’s diet would drastically vary between hot and cold, wet and dry seasons and would affect the availability of food that meat eating animals would depend upon as their prey.
The last reserve of food for an animal going through hard times would be the fat sourced from bones.
Bone marrow is nutritionally dense and the fat is particularly rich in vitamins and minerals. The bones themselves is a good source of calcium and in addition to that the bones are made from a bone grease which although is less digestible still acts as a good source of fat.
The fat is a nutritional multiplier. This means the dogs who were able to reach the bone marrow of their kill, and had the instinctual drive to access the bone grease would mean the difference between life and death in times of food scarcity.
When it comes down to it, chewing things is an instinctual drive of survival. This type of behaviour is known at the prey drive…
Let’s get a deeper understanding of this super important dog drive.
The Prey Drive
When I had my beloved staffordshire Bear (RIP), he chewed everything…and I mean everything.
I took him to obedience classes, I spend every waking hour with him by my side, he even came to work with me most days.
But regardless of how well behaved he was, over the years he chewed mobile phones, couches, walls, even floorboards. I remember one time he even chewed up my wallet with over $500 cash inside it. That was an expensive day. Later I discovered that Bear was a dog with a high prey drive.
Let Me Elaborate On This Drive Because This Is Super Important:
The prey drive includes those behaviors that highlight hunting and foraging behaviors. Dogs that hunt for their toys (or objects of clothing, pillows, etc.), chase anything that moves, steal food, stalk the cat, and pounce on toys or other animals are high in prey drive.
Akitas, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and German Shepherds are guard breeds and are usually expected to be high in prey drive and in the wild, the more adept a hunter a dog was in the wild the greater its likelihood to survive is.
I guess that means my Bear would have been a good hunter.
I know this because Bear also shared another trait that is essential to dogs:
The Fight Drive
Although it sounds savage, it’s actually a defensive behaviour and indicates a dog’s self-confidence in stressful situations.
A dog with a strong fight-defense drive stands his ground, walks high on his toes, guards his territory and his family, may guard his toys and food, tolerates petting and grooming but does not really enjoy these activities, enjoys tug-of-war, and seems ready to fight.
This was bear all over…
On the other hand you have the Flight Drive.
This is also a defence drive but it indicates a dog’s lack of self-confidence.
Imagine you have two dogs, one dog has a strong drive who stands his ground, walks high on his toes, guards his territory and his family, guards his toys and food, tolerates petting and grooming…
And one with high flight drive who is unsure in new situations and may hide behind his person, is stressed when separated from his person, crawls on his belly or urinates when reprimanded, and may bite when cornered.
Which Would You Prefer to Have as Your Pet?
Well if you’re like most people you chose the one who is confident and instantly commands the respect of other dogs…
Knowing what I know now, I’m glad Bear came off a bit boisterous, that means he was raised to be a confident dog.
Now on the flip side: Dogs who exhibit flighty behaviour, cowering in the presence of people, crawling on their stomach and other low status behaviours are demonstrating low confidence and and could be potentially dangerous when it feels constantly threatened (We all know this type of dog)…
The Truth Is:
We often like to believe that our dogs think just like us humans. We want them to fit into our world so we give them a human name, we tell them to sit, walk, go inside, go outside, but the truth is, dogs don’t actually share the same thinking pattern as us, or have the same outlook on the world.
Sure, some dogs love to please but remember, the more your dog displays these drives the greater the chance he or she is tapping into those deep instinctual drives.
The same ones that ensure health and longevity when it’s all said and done.
Which brings me to the final instinctual drive:
The Pack drive
What is the Pack Drive?
In nature, a dog pack has an alpha, but there are also beta dogs as well as middle of the pack dogs known as alpha wannabe’s.
Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Standard Poodles, and other companion breeds are expected to be high in pack drive and moderate in prey and fight drives, but some individuals may have a high defense drive and become either aggressive or excessively fearful.
A dog with a high pack drive cannot get enough of people; he barks or cries when left alone, solicits play and petting, likes to touch, enjoys grooming, and loves the sound of his master’s voice.
In your home with your family, it’s super important that you are the pack leader. You must exhibit certain traits so that your family knows it’s place in the scheme of things. I know this is true with my Mum. She’s the boss that’s for sure…
Well your dog is no different and in your home he/she looks towards you for leadership for health, nutrition and wellbeing too…They too are a part of the family.
During human evolution, our “pack” was chosen for us based on family and geography but in modern times we can seek out a group of like minded people who share the same interests and common goals.
As the pack leader in your home, you need to be a leader or a visionary who sees things as they are – and how they could be and you should be great at motivating members of the pack to work towards a future reality where all members are fulfilled…
So if you want your dog to respect and follow you, start doing things a pack leader would do in the wild, be dominant yet kind.
Some ways you can establish yourself as the pack leader are:
- Never tolerate growling – This is a sign your dog sees you as a subordinate meant to be dominated by him.
- Do not let your dog walk through the door first. If your dog always goes ahead of you, you need to get your leash and open the door. When he rushes ahead you pull him back and tell him, “no. Wait.” You walk in first and then give him permission to come in
- Do not let a dog that is having alpha issues sleep in the same bed as the humans. This is a definite alpha position. A doggie bed on the floor beside you is your best bet for maintaining alpha position.
But most importantly, act like any good leader would and treat your dog like a valued member of the pack by giving it everything it needs to ensure its health and survival…
Here are 5 lifestyle and nutritional takeaways you can start implementing right now if you want to extend your dog’s life:
1. Feeding a Ketogenic Diet – We have shown many examples in this series that demonstrates how this type of diet can add years to your dog’s life. The ketogenic diet. The nutrient intake on this diet typically works out to about 70-75% fat, 20-25% protein, and 5-10% from carbohydrate on a daily basis.
2. Prepare Fresh Food For Your Dog Daily – By cooking fresh food for your dog each day you ensure that your dog is not exposed to any of the additives mentioned in this mini class. Read EVERY label and learn about what ingredients your putting into your dogs diet.
3. Feeding Wild/Natural Protein – In the 2 examples of dogs who lived until 30 years of age, we know they were fed high quality protein and usually fresh wild natural meat. Although more expensive than regular pet grade meat, wild meat doesn’t contain additives or hormones used in conventional meat.
4. Exceptional Dental Hygiene – Add 4-5 years to your dog’s life by cleaning his or her teeth daily. As difficult as this process can be, keeping exceptional dental hygiene is highly beneficial to your dog’s longevity.
5. Long duration exercise – As we saw with Maggie the 30 year old cattle dog, she ran upwards of 10 Km per day which was a major part of extending her life 15 years beyond the average dog. Take your dog for a long run each day to add years to his/her life.
Over the last few days I’ve given you tons of information about how to extend your dogs life…
And though it’s all been helpful and certainly tangible, I will be the first to admit some of it is a bit time consuming…
Which is why tomorrow I will show you the easy button, a done for you solution that ensures your pet remains a valued member of your family for the next 5, 10 or maybe even 15 years…
But rather than spoil the surprise for you now, here’s what I want you to do:
Keep an eye out on your message inbox for a message from us tomorrow…
Inside I will share all the details with you.
Lead the pack!