Dancing With Wolves                  by  Richard Lane

On February 16 LTC again had the pleasure of having Herbert W. Preisor DVM as a guest speaker at our club. In spite of the weather (snow, rain and flooding) we had a full house. Preisor referred to the evening’s session as “Dancing with Wolves”.  The planned subject was dog training.  As we gobbled down our fried chicken dinner anxiously waiting for the evening to unfold, none of us knew just what to expect.  Once Dr Preisor arrived, he informed us, he didn’t know what to expect either, other than the fact that he was going to have fun talking about some of our favorite subjects. And that we did!          

Early in the discussion I thought, hey that’s a great name for a dog-training book, “Dancing With Wolves”.  Soon it became apparent to me; it is impossible to communicate, in writing, the information that was shared that evening. Just like a music composition, the staccato of the “sit command” or the legato of the “find command” must be heard. So much was communicated with body language, tones, and gestures that you “just had to be there!”  Do not miss an opportunity to listen to this man, if you can help it.

Doctor Preisor suggested, if you want to learn about dog training, get a video about wolves. His daughter might even be making one of those. She (majoring in environmental biology) is currently following one of the four wolf packs in Yellowstone Park.

Over the course of the evening we touched on most every subject having to do with dog training. Additionally, we touched on diet, nutrition and for a moment or two even child rearing. (Prisor warned us in the beginning, we would likely wind up in a few cul-de-sacs.)  I say “we” because this was an informal discussion with lots of member participation.

We hope to see you again soon!

Following are some of the highlights of the discussion.

We had a brief discussion on the subject of nutrition, Doctor Preisor doesn’t have a very high opinion of commercial dog foods. He explained, commercial foods break down immediately in the stomach into not much more that a powder and passes through the digestive tract too quickly. In fact the reason that some dogs eat their feces is because it is composed of so much non-digested food. He recommended putting puppies on a maintenance diet by the time they are three months old. Older dogs should be put on a senior diet at six year of age. He feeds his own dogs raw meat once a day.  Doesn’t believe in on demand eating. What a dog doesn’t finish in ten minutes is removed.