See, when we used to try and get Chance's urine, he would just stop peeing. He wanted to mark, but a glance at hubby, Mark and I behind him would make him clam up.
So I used clicker training when we were walking and would just bend down like I was going to collect. Click and reward. Did that for a while and then started doing it while he was going. Click and reward. Then I finally added the collection tub. Bingo! Piece of cake.
Took in the sample, had it tested and I am proud to say that Chance's pH level is at a 6!! To compare it was at an 8 about three months ago. All our hard work paid off.
Now that we are out of the danger zone, we can slowly add items back into his diet to see if they upset the balance of his pH levels. This also means that Chance's pH levels were high because of the food he was eating and not something more serious. GOOD NEWS!!
We won't do anything for a while. I think for safety reason we will keep things as is, but when we feel he's ready we can try a piece of chicken of something.
It may not seem like much, but we have been worrying about this since late fall or so of last year. It is a relief and a great weight lifted off our minds.
Thanks for cheering us on with Chance's diet and keeping us strong!
Good for you! I'm glad it worked.
YAY!!! Itt is good news, and it shows that your dedication and that focus is paying off! Set that next goal and begin when you're ready. We're here and continue to cheer you all on!!
That is great news!!! I love how you did it (with positive training).
R's peeH has been a big issue too. I got myself a pH-measuring device, and we measured it throughout a day. We discovered that it goes way up just after eating, and then plummets about 3 hours after eating. Anyway, our conclusion is that the pre-breakfast test is best for us.
Ha ha - all that I seem to do is measure peeH these day!
Yay for Chance!
KB, I'm a HUGE fan of positive training! It is amazing how easy it is and how fast the dogs learn. Even the cats are learning a little with it.
We are planning on getting some of those pH strips to start checking Chance's urine monthly. Thanks for the tip of best testing time!
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