Canine Dietary Formulation Online Tutorial – is back!

December 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm

I can truly say, this is back by popular demand. 🙂

I’m just going to repost what I shared originally, as the curriculum will be the same (but not the times! no evenings and no weekends).

I’m thrilled by all the interest and overwhelmingly positive remarks form students in the first go-round. If you register before the New Year, the price will be just $25.00 as it was the first time. After January 1, it’s going up to $40.00.
Please don’t hesitate to post questions! You can pre-register by going to the main menu, clicking on courses, and then the link to Nutrition Tutorial.

FAQs about the Tutorial

The basic idea of the Tutorial is this: Running a lively Facebook Group and hearing from followers of my Page, I recognize that taking a full course is a time, money and energy commitment that not everyone can make, at any given time. But many who feel they’re not ready for that step, still post on the group, or ask at the Page, or simply PM me with questions about their dog’s diet – just a while ago we had a thread about fatty acids that illustrated how common it is for home feeders to become confused by opinions given out as facts, by hyperbole and by the sheer volume of information on canine nutrition that confronts anyone hoping to research a topic like this. On a daily basis I field questions about fats and fatty acids, food choices, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, supplementation and more. And I would love to be able to focus more on providing answers and zeroing in on people’s concerns. To that end, I’m offering a unique service – one that offers owners the opportunity to pick my brains, to work with a like-minded group of keeners, and figure out how to calculate requirements, build new recipes and adjust older ones….all for just $40.00.

How does this work?

The Tutorial takes place in a Facebook group. Once you have joined, you will find articles and the NRC values in the Files section, and any relevant material/links I feel adds to the learning process. Then, for the next six weeks, I will be logged into the classroom to answer questions, work with various exercises and give examples. There will be a nutrient focus every week, and one of the three sessions when I am in the classroom will be devoted to that topic. I will then answer questions in order, and at least one of the sessions will include a sample of how to work with the foods and reach nutrient goals.

Although I am going to be in the group three times a week, it is not a live webinar where you need to be actually online at those times. You could, for example, post a question Monday morning, whatever you are seeking help with. When I come into the group on Tuesday for the session, I answer the question for you – if you are there to chat as we go, great! If not, my answer will be recorded on the group (as with any thing on Facebook) and you can read it, ask for more detail, ask another one – at your leisure.

So – no set times! You can avail yourself of all the information and teaching without ever once being logged in during the sessions.

While I will be able to take a recipe and pick it apart, discuss what can be adjusted to optimize it, at least a couple of times during the sessions, I can’t do consultations for those who really need that level of help. Especially if your dog has a nutritionally-responsive condition, you need help formulating the diet. This tutorial is not a substitute for that kind of support.

There is no certificate issued, this is strictly educational. I have on way to assess what anyone learned or if they were even in attendance, so no certificate. Just a whole lot of learning.

A number of people have written to ask if the tutorial covered only cooked diets, or would we talk about raw? Yes, the NRC method can be applied to raw or cooked. I formulate both in my clinical work and always use the NRC. What we can’t do, is analyze a lot of unusual foods used in the prey model approach to feeding. But you can still learn the method and carry that into your daily life and feeding practices.

The schedule/times I will be active in the group are as follows:

– Tuesday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

– Thursday 10:00am – 12:00 pm

– Friday 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Hopefully with this variation on the schedule, it will mean that those who have time constraints will be able to be active at least once, although again it is not strictly speaking, necessary.
To register, click  here

I look forward to this exciting learning experience, and helping you all build the very best diet for your canine family.


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