This is a general group to in which we can discuss the care, health and welfare of our dogs. They give us so much joy and challenge us to be better people so lets share ideas and information about how we can be better dogs owners.
From the AVMA:
Animal welfare means how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in a good state of welfare if (as indicated by scientific evidence) it is healthy, comfortable, well-nourished, safe, able to express innate behavior, and if it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress. Good animal welfare requires disease prevention and veterinary treatment, appropriate shelter, management, nutrition, humane handling, and humane slaughter. Animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, animal husbandry, and humane treatment.1 Protecting an animal's welfare means providing for its physical and mental needs.
Ensuring animal welfare is a human responsibility that includes consideration for all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and, when necessary, humane euthanasia.
We are fortunate to have a barn, with an extra stall, bedded with deep straw for our working dogs to go to. During the coldest times, we add extra fat to the dog’s meals. I do note that they up their food requirement in the winter weather. A little more food, fat and a place out of the wind and rain, not much for those protecting 40 acres and a lot of livestock.
Thank you for sharing. Your dogs look very healthy and fit as good working dogs should. I see you get them to lay down by size.. :)
Down where we live in South Texas - the summer heat is the real problem for the Caucasians. So-they have the Air conditioned Shed and it also allows us to have visitor and workers come to the property when we want them to.
In the summer their meal sometimes go uneaten but as it cools down they eat all their food.
Great observation. thank you
Hope your working dogs have enjoyed the blast of winter weather that we are having. My Caucasians are loving it and getting very frisky.