About Nature's Way Carolina Dogs

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Seymour, Tennessee, United States
Welcome to my site about my Naturally Reared Carolina Dogs! Carolina Dogs are a relatively new, rare breed recognized by the UKC, AKC-FSS & ARBA, and are quite possibly America's own indigenous wild dog. CDs make wonderful companions, athletes, hunters, and bedwarmers! Natural Rearing is the philosophy wherein we raise our dogs and puppies by following the 8 Laws of Health, employing Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and no toxic chemicals on, in or around our dogs. We have found this way of life fosters balance, health and longevity in our beloved companions. For our puppies, we welcome homes that have a very similar philosophy about dog rearing, or wish to learn. Check us out, follow us and share us in other places!!! YouTube@ Susan NaturesWayCarolina Dogs NaturesWayPets and FaceBook @ https://www.facebook.com/mycarolinadog on Twitter @https://twitter.com/NaturesWayCDs Thank you so much for visiting our site, feel free to leave us a comment or send us an email! susanlewelling@yahoo.com

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Current Rescues we are networking!

If you are interested in a Carolina Dog and want to help a rescue dog out, here is a place!
It is the Carolina Dog Type/LTPM  Rescue Network and is found on Facebook at : https://www.facebook.com/groups/183684005020509/

I am currently an administrator of the page, along with several other wonderful CD owners. We do our best to informally identify Carolina Dog/LTPM types in need of a forever home and match them up with a CD- savvy person in need of some dingo kisses! We are not scientists, or experts, we are just CD lovers that have several years of experience working with CDs in different areas, rescuing, raising breeding, owning & loving! We find posting of shelter dogs around the country and if they seem to be of the CD type we network them as much as possible and try to find them homes. We also help new CD owners learn about these special dogs and their unique characteristics, training techniques, health issues, socialization, and the like!
Here are some dogs we are currently networking that are in need of a permanent home or of rescue/foster (at least).

Tanner, ID: A178829
Male, Collie/German Shepherd Mix He is in a foster home.  Poor little guy has a had a rough start in life, and managed to survive Distemper, but apparently has a lot of the tics common in survivors. Will need a very special home.


WD - water dog- she lives up to her name . she loves the water.

NAME: WD water 
BREED: shep/ lab mix
SEX: female

EST. AGE: 1 yrs old
EST. WEIGHT: 50 lbs
HEALTH: appears healthy
TEMPERAMENT: sweet and loving gets along well with other dogs.
ADOPTION FEE: $50 includes Spay/neuter Rabies, 7way


LEXI - ID#A069907My name is LEXI.

I am a spayed female, tan and white Basenji mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 1 year old.

I have been at the shelter since Aug 17, 2012.

LEXI - ID#A069907My name is LEXI.

I am a spayed female, tan and white Basenji mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 1 year old.

I have been at the shelter since Aug 17, 2012.


  •  Please help me find Strolchy a forever home. As you can see she is doing great with the foster dogs, but she desrves a home of her own. Please crosspost. thanks

If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs or looking for a Carolina Dog type to adopt please visit us at the above listed facebook page :Carolina Dog Type/LTPM  Rescue Network

*just for clarification, these dogs are not at my home and are not Naturally Reared or registered Carolina Dogs. They are deserving dogs, that we have ID'ed as CD type dogs or at least LTPM (long-term-pariah-morphotype). All shelter dogs and are currently in a foster home, a rescue or at risk in a shelter/pound. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Is Your Dog Bored?

Is your dog bored?

From the desk of Mogens Eliasen - first published: Date

Mogens Eliasen - the author of this article
on 'Is your dog bored?'
The vast majority of problems dog owners experience with their dogs originate in the dogs not being giving enough mental stimulation - they are bored with too little to do that makes sense for them! This boredom can result in all kinds of hyperactivity, and often in destructive and even aggressive behavior.
Your domesticated wolf in a civilized societyYou might think that you already do everything you can to satisfy your dog's most fundamental needs. You feed it, you give it water, you give it shelter - you take it to the vet when it is sick - all the TLC! So, your dog does not suffer!
I hope you are right - but the argument above does not suffice for the conclusion! There are many other needs that matter a lot for the dog - needs that are impossible for it to satisfy on its own! Here are some examples:
Meaningful social interaction with its pack? Is your dog getting enough of that? Most dogs need at least 6-8 hours of daily interaction with others...
Hunting excitement? What about all the behaviors connected to hunting: tracking, chasing, fighting, killing! Does your dog experience any of those?
Brain work? Are you challenging your dog to solve problems that are worthy problems for a dog to solve? Do you stimulate it to do nosework?
OK - OK - OK - I see all the objections...!

Using training and playFirst: Dogs can learn to be alone. It is not a natural thing for them. But learning that does take that the dog's social needs are generally satisfied - if not, you are in for a lot of trouble when you leave that dog alone!
6-8 hours of daily interaction is about the same you need to have with your family. It is not all about "partying" - but just the overall experience of "being together". Part of this time should be directly interactive. Half of it, probably. The rest can be "watching TV together" - which for the dog means "being in the same room".
Second: Hunting is a problem for most people. You cannot just let your dog run around in the forest chasing deer. But you could teach it to use its nose for tracking, following your foots print to a piece of food at the end of the track. That would do the same thing, as far as instinct behavior goes. And it would be far more manageable.
Chasing - ball play is a super substitute. Dogs don't care what they chase - their instincts are open for learning to chase whatever is rewarded. Make it a ball or a Frisbee, and your dog is happy.
Fighting and Killing - don't be scared, you are not teaching your dog to be aggressive. Dogs do these things all the time when they play with each other. You just need to learn how to play with your dog - on the dog's terms, but with your rules! For the killing, you can use and old sock - they are good for tug-of-war games and for being "destroyed". And you can teach your dog to play-fight with you without its teeth ever touching your skin or your clothes!

Brain stimulationDogs have a brain that needs to be used. A hunter, the dog has the capability of solving fairly complex problems - it is very open to constant learning. You need to make sure you always have some project going on that aims at teaching it something new. Retirement for a dog is mental death. Teaching your dog to use it nose, for instance for tracking or search, is a great way of satisfying many needs at the same time: nosework, hunting excitement, problem solving, learning new skills, interacting with you!
Also: do teach your dog to work on a problem on its own when you do not have enough time right now to attend to its needs. There are many ways of giving the dog meaningful tasks to do that both stimulates the brain and taps into several of the hunting instincts. Instead of letting your dog destroy thing you value, you can wrap a treat into a cardboard box. Make some holes so the smell gets out - and let the dog "destroy" the box in order to get to the treat! Nobody gets killed, except the box - and the dog will have a great time. Once the dog "gets the hang of it", you can easily make it more difficult by use a Chinese box system with several boxes inside each other, and you can hide the box and let the dog search for it first. The possibilities are endless if you are willing to use a little imagination and keep an eye on the dog's fundamental instincts.
The key is that, instead of "natural triggers" for the instincts you cannot really manage directly, you can use imitations. As long as they can trigger the behavior, they will serve the purpose of keeping the need behind those behaviors down at level that does not cause frustration - which means a mentally balanced dog in harmony with its family and environment.

Mogens Eliasen

Mogens Eliasen holds a mag. scient. degree (comparable to a US Ph. D.) in Chemistry from Århus University, Denmark, has a extensive education also as military officer and in business management. He has been working with dogs, dog owners, dog trainers, and veterinarians since 1970. A large part of his dog work has been in the area of education and education planning, and as consultant for dog owners and dog training associations. He is a strong advocate of treating the dog with respect for its nature as domesticated wolf, and has published several books and videos on topics related to dogs, dog training, dog behavior, and responsible care of dogs. He publishes a newsletter "The Peeing Post" containing lots of tips and advice on all matters pertaining to dogs.
For more information about Mogens Eliasen, including links to other articles he has published, please send this e-mail to send this e-mail to contact@k9joy.com or visitwww.k9joy.com or mogenseliasen.com.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

AVMA Policy to Discourage Raw Feeding... Common Sense?

AVMA voted in a new policy that strongly discourages anyone from feeding their pets a RAW meat diet, based upon the possibility of Salmonella contamination.  
Please consider the following: 

1. "Pet owners have been feeding raw diets to their dogs and cats for decades, yet to date, not one documented case of raw pet food causing illness in humans has been reported. Not one." *Dr Becker Article 

2. "To date, there have been no published reports of salmonellosis occurring in dogs as a result of exposure to natural pet treats.”  *Dr Becker Article 

3. the MANY recent RECALLS of processed pet foods & treats, for SALMONELLA CONTAMINATION (as well as other reasons such as other pathogens, mold, toxic additives, etc) as recently as yesterday! see: Dog Food Recall- Salmonella 

4. There are board members of the AVMA that are also board members of big kibble companies... conflict of interest there? I think so! 

In light of this,  many vets are going to wonder why more & more people do not trust their recommendations and the AVMA's recommendations, as we pet owners use our common sense and start to realize what is happening here, as we begin to do our own research and choose more natural products and ways of caring for our pets!  

Thank you Dr Karen Becker for once again telling the truth clearly & concisely! Dr Becker Article