Nutrition Food:

Nutrition is a key component to behavior.

Negative behaviors that can have a nutritional component include:

  • Hyperactivity, dogs who never settle.
  • Reactivity, dogs who react excessively to every stimuli.
  • Chewing.
  • Mouthing.
  • Destructive behaviors.
  • Aggression.

Negative behaviors can also be a product of physical imbalance and/or discomfort that can have a nutritional cause. The most common seen at the ranch are:

  • Bone growth disorders such as panosteitis or osteochondrosis.
  • Excessive urination.
  • Urinary tract infection.

Physical imbalances create a deficit in learning capacity, including:reduced retention of information, reduced ability to sequence, reason, and to generalize. It's harder to learn if you feel lousy. Physical issues can also drive the adrenalin mechanisms of the body towards extremes, contributing to the classic profile of the hyperactive dog in nutritional deficit. Owners typically report that despite their best efforts, they just don't seem to get anywhere with the pup and/or that the negative behaviors go on and on regardless of what they do. It has been my repeated experience, hundreds and hundreds of times over the years, that shifting the nutrition creates a seismic change in the dog, with concomitant immediate changes in behavior and learning capacity. Where distinct physical problems are observed, dogs are referred out for veterinary consultation in conjunction with discussions with the owner.

Here at the ranch, clients provide the food during training, but I will only feed a 5 or 6 star formula (or the equivalent) as defined by one of the rating sites such as;; or I go over the nutrition program with every dog that enters training to help build a healthy body and a willing brain in an age and breed appropriate way. I am well familiar with raw food feeding as well so that is not an obstacle here at the ranch as there is a dedicated freezer for raw canine foods. Again, we take a look at the nutritional program to make sure it is a balanced one, as well as assisting with practical approaches to feeding raw.

The ultimate goal is a collaboration between owner, trainer and veterinary support to create the very best program for each individual dog. The nutritional needs of a fifteen pound 2 year old maltese with teeth issues are not the same as a 75lb 7 month old Labrador.

AZ Doggy Dude Ranch Dogs..

Arizona Doggy Dude Ranch Dogs Learn To:

  • Come when called every time...on or off leash!
  • Sit or down when asked...for as long as you want!
  • Walk like a gentleman or lady on a loose leash!
  • Pay attention when you need them!
  • Be wonderfully well-mannered pets inside and outside the home!


Shellie Ferguson

hot-dogHi there -

Thought I'd send a quick pic and an update on Brody since he has hit his one year anniversary from "boot camp" already.



AngelsThe girls were so good in the car and also at the rest stop....

What a wonderful, exhilerating, educational, awe-inspiring experience we had with you.  You certainly exceeded our expectations with the girls.


Marc Goldberg - CDT

Marc GoldbergMaryna has an amazing touch with both dogs and people. Rarely does one dog trainer ever permit another to work with his dogs. Dog trainers are very particular about how their pets are handled. Maryna has worked with my own dogs at my request.
Even though I have been training dogs for over 30 years, in just a few moments, Maryna taught my pets a few new tricks, calming them significantly and quickly. What pleased me most was how gentle and loving Maryna treats dogs. They respond to her very quickly with trust and love.



EmmaJust a note to let you know that Emma (and I !!) are doing very well....we walk every day and she does a great job in sitting and staying...and quite well at heeling....


Deb Tollefson

Deb Tollefson, Retired
Veterinary Technician
Office Manager, Co-owner--Veterinary Clinic
I am sharing something with you that you may or may not be interested in, but I was so impressed yesterday at what I observed that I just couldn't sit on it.
My friend Maryna, who has been keeping my neck and back healthy for years, has a home full of her own very well-behaved dogs. I was always impressed that they never tried to jump on me and always responded so well when given commands. Mostly, if they were in the house they just looked up from their appointed resting places, and then ignored me.

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