What do you feed your Australian Terriers?

February 27, 2010

Recently, I was approached by a supplier of an all natural dog food line wondering if I would consider selling their products on our website. The sales woman was quite pleasant and educated in pet food in general and of course her product line, which was produced by a Veternarian so I agreed to sample it. 

The product was all natural didn't contain corn, high in protein and it was clearly fresh.  Our dogs really liked it. 

This product isn't available in stores and shipping fees I felt were rather expensive.  The price point for a 40 pound bag was about what we pay now for a quality food, which is $40-45. However, that didn't include their shipping fees.

In addition, the marketing concept by promoting the product on our site didn't fit our style, so for now we declined this offer.

But it made me think about the many questions I do receive from people regarding dog food and what we feed our Australian Terriers.  So, I'll tell you what we feed our Aussies.

We always use an all natural pet store or Vet dog food, usually dry kibble, not canned. We give them canned more as a treat or when the puppies were first starting to eat solid food.

I like to change the brand once in a while so they don't become picky eaters.  When you switch from one dog food to another, it's recommended you transition the new food and not just switch them over. That being said, there isn't anything wrong with sticking to one brand of food if your dog does well on it.  We have tried many different brands over the years. We have tried feeding our Aussies Raw food as well and some liked it others didn't.  I'm not going to discuss Raw at this time, but it can have many benefits.

Right now we are alternating between Natural Choice and Taste of the Wild.  Check the ingredience, make sure that the number 1 product isn't corn. Choose a dog food that is grain-free. What I like about Taste of the Wild is all the natural ingredience an example of what is in their food is as follows:
They use a grain-free formula for all life stages with sweet potatoes and peas provides highly digestible energy for your active dog. Made with real roasted and smoked fowl, this formula offers a taste sensation like no other. Supplemented with fruits and vegetables, which provides natural antioxidants, supporting a healthy immune system and overall good health. 

Our dogs love it, the ingredience are great for their health and their coats are really beautiful as well.

Here is a feeding chart to follow for your Aussie's feeding schedule.  These quantities represent a daily feeding  We feed our dogs twice a day, morning and night.  Our puppies we feed several times a day.

3 - 5
6 - 11
12 - 16
17 - 28

29 - 52

3-5 lbs. Moisten & Feed
3/4 – 1-1/4 2/3 – 1 2/3–1 1/2 –3/4
5-10 lbs. Moisten & Feed
1 – 2 1 – 2 3/4 – 1-2/3 2/3 – 1-1/2
10-20 lbs. Moisten & Feed
2 – 3-1/2 1-2/3 – 3-1/4 1-1/2 – 2-3/4 1-1/4 – 2-1/2
20-30 lbs. Moisten & Feed
3-1/4 – 4-3/4 2-3/4 – 4-1/4 2-1/2 – 3-3/4 2 – 3-1/3

Use a standard 8 oz. measuring cup. Moisten the food until the puppy no longer has sore gums and has sufficient
teeth to chew the kibble.

Most Aussies at maturity weight 15 to 18 pounds.  If your Aussie is over-weight, make sure you cut back on their food, over-weight dogs can lead to many serious health problems. 

Always consult with your vet or breeder if your not sure about what to feed your Aussie, hopefully this information will help guide you.


Potty Training Your Puppy Revisited

February 5, 2010

This is the second article I have written on this topic.  Having a litter of 5 Australian Terrier puppies right now I am reminded why I receive so many inquiries about how to train a puppy.  It's a lot of work potty training a puppy!

I have potty trained numerous puppies over the past 30 years including a few litters of Australian Terrier puppies. I have tried many different techniques. Here is what has worked for us and is working for us now with this new litter.

From the time a puppy is a...

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Puppy Party!

February 1, 2010

February the month of love and what better way to show your dog that you love him or her but to throw a puppy party!  Well, not to mention it's the middle of winter, not much else to do at least here in the Midwest where we live :^)

Researching this topic, I found many puppy party planning ideas on-line. I was quite surprised at how elaborate some of these parties can be.  There are theme puppy parties, goodie doggy bags, party hats, doggie cakes and a multitude of p...

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Australian Terrier Breed Standard

January 27, 2010

The Australian Terrier is small and sturdy with a blue and tan, sandy or red coat that is harsh in texture. They have a keen and alert expression and confident spirit. They are versatile in their work and living situations, making suitable companions in most environments.

General Appearance
A small, sturdy, medium-boned working terrier, rather long in proportion to height with pricked ears and docked tail. Blue and tan, solid sandy or solid red in color, with harsh-textured outer coat, a...

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Australian Terrier International

January 15, 2010

I am so pleased to announce a new Australian Terrier organization has been formed, www.australianterrierinternational.org for everyone interested in this wonderful breed.

The Australian Terrier International (ATI) was formed by Aussie people from all across the globe. 

The mission of the ATI is to "Encourage and educate others about this grand little breed.  To foster co-operation Internationally. Whether you own an Aussie OR are considering one, are interested in showing or breeding an Aussie...

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January 11, 2010

Every year I look at the mission statement of Dunham Lake Aussies and make sure it still supports our goals which are to raise healthy, sound temperament Australian Terriers for show or companion homes.  2009 has been a wonderful and interesting year in many ways.  In the Aussie world in which we are involved, by our peers, we have been challenged, harrassed, loved, stalked, included, excluded, welcomed, ignored, highly encouraged, commended and supported. Quite the range of experiences! Than...

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January News

December 24, 2009

Happy New Year and Greetings Friends!

We’re looking forward to 2010! It’s already off to a great start here at Dunham Lake Aussies! 

A few plans for 2010…
Introducing several of our beautiful puppies to the show ring! Mentoring and assisting our wonderful new families adopting one of our puppies.
     Support and assist our club. Continue to volunteer and offer support to our local Humane Society and Aussie Rescue. Attend many dog shows including International shows. A...

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December News Merry Christmas!

December 2, 2009

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The Aussie Down Under-Book review!

November 30, 2009

As part of my youngest daughters 5th grade curriculum for history, she is studying the Eastern Hemisphere, which of course includes countries such as Asia, Antarctica, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, in addition to Australia, just to name a few.  It's been an interesting exploration for both of us. While we're not even mid-way through the year, we've had the pleasure of studying  many countries which included New Zealand and Australia. They are both wonderful and beautiful places which we pl...

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Don't feed me that!

November 20, 2009
During this time of year, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, as we celebrate and feast on a variety of wonderful foods many, (guilty myself) tend to share a bit with our 4-legged friends.  While we think by giving our dogs "a special little treat" in celebration, it's really important for us to be reminded about what NOT to give them.

Here is something I pulled up on line that I thought would be a good reminder, some things like grapes and raisins, were new to me! If a grape of two roll off y...
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Breeder of Merit

Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, breeder and author. I home school 1 of our daughters the others are now on there own. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We have 6 Australian Terriers and 2 Australian Shepherds. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me theresaagoiffon@msn.com or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa