The Wood Dog

Mid-Month Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter, October 2022, Dr. Madalyn Ward – How to have a healthy happy horse

When I think of the Wood dog I think of a Blue Heeler. These dogs love to work and they enjoy moving other animals around. They don’t have the reputation as being the most obedient but when they are given clear boundaries they can follow the rules.

Blue Heelers can sure get into trouble if they are not well supervised. This is most likely from boredom and this mischief can be avoided by giving them a job to do that tires them out. Not only do Blue Heelers like a big job but they don’t mind a big opponent. These dogs will take on a massive bull and show him what for. They can then come back to the house and enjoy a good game of ball throwing.

I would not likely recommend a Blue Heeler to live in an apartment. These dogs do best on a farm or ranch where they have plenty of room to move around and stay active.
The organs associated with the Wood Element are the Liver and Gallbladder. It is important to keep the diet as clean of toxins as possible. Any fat in the diet should be high quality and high in omega 3 fatty acids. A grain free diet is best to avoid genetically modified foods that can be heavily treated with herbicides.

A Wood dog is a great working dog and can be a wonderful companion when he can get
enough exercise, has a big job and knows the rules will be enforced.

Horse Temperament Typing

Make this the year you commit to deepening your understanding of your horse and his/her needs according to temperament type. You will find lots of information on the Horse Temperament website, including an online course, help from temperament consultantsbalancing formulas, and books/audios. Then check out the “5 Element Personality” sections of articles on our blog and the Intro to 5 horse types and temperaments on Holistic Horsekeeping.

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