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In regards to the exercise issue I would suggest purchasing a Gentle Leader. The trainers where we took our dog for obedience lessons referred the them as power steering for dogs. We recently purchased one for ouryounger dog (a year anf a half) because we couldn't walk her as she pulled so hard. I was quite honestly shocked at how well this thing actually works. She doesn't really like wearing it, but she does love to go for a walk (and we only put it on her for walks). Now we can easily take her for a walk and as soon as she puts any tension on the leash she immediately stops pulling. We actually purchased ours at our veterinarian's but there are several other places where you can buy them.
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Good Luck!
Thanks Rocky
She eats Purina ONE, Lamb & Rice.
That site has lots of good links - thanks for that as well.
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That could be the source of the licking. It isn't a good food and is high in grains. Grains are the culprit in a lot of skin problems. Basically if you can buy it in a grocery store it isn't a quality food. If you are interested I can (if I didn't already) give you some links on finding a better food. Lauralyn
My agility dogs:
Cheyenne MXJ MX, AAD
Shylo MXJ MX, AAD
Lakota - the crazy BC!
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She eats Purina ONE, Lamb & Rice.

http://www.purinaone.com/products dog lambrice.asp

Top 6 ingredients:
1. Lamb
2. brewers rice
3. oat meal
4. corn gluten meal
5. poultry by-product meal
6. whole grain corn

http://chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com
1. Chicken
2. turkey
3. chicken meal
4. turkey meal
5. whole grain brown rice
6. whole grain white rice

Both cost about the same.
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She eats Purina ONE, Lamb & Rice.

Purina ONE is probably the best grocery store brand, but there are better foods available in pet supply stores. I'd suggest checking out a few labels and looking for one low in grains (especially wheat and corn) and high in a meat-based protein source that you figure she can tolerate (lamb, chicken, beef or lamb meal, chicken meal, beef meal). Avoid generic animal protein like "meat meal". It might take some experimention before she stops licking her paws, but don't expect any change for at least a month.
Every dog is different, so don't take food recommendations as panaceas for your dog's purported allergies, even mine: California Natural, either the lamb or chicken-based.
That site has lots of good links - thanks for that as well.

We should all thank Diane, I was only the messenger.

Good luck!

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Thanks for the links. WHich one are you saying is better and why? Thanks in advance
thanks!
Once again, this group is SO helpful.
WHich one are you saying is better and why?

Um... the one with all the meat (and all meat identified) and without all the fillers. The one with whole grains.
Chicken Soup.
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Ugh, just look at all those grains! And #5 is by-products! Most of the dogfood is nothing but grains, dogs don't need grains and they certainly don't need that much every day.
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Much better! The first four ingredients are real meat and not by-products! Natural Balance also makes an excellent dogfood with an ingredient list similiar to the Chicken Soup dogfood.
Lauralyn
My agility dogs:
Cheyenne MXJ MX, AAD
Shylo MXJ MX, AAD
Lakota - the crazy BC!
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?username=computype2