How to Choose Healthy Dog Food
Your dog will maintain normal growth when fed a commercial dog food or a combination of commercial dog food and meat or wholesome leftovers. However, if you read the pamphlets put out by the dog food companies, you will be told that there is nothing like prepared dog foods for your dog. There are some high-quality commercial dog foods, fortified to provide your dog with all the essential nutrients. Most of these dog foods are palatable and dogs like them. But the manufacturers, in recommending their products via large-scale advertising, overlook the basic principle of dog feeding to wit, the dog is an individual and must be fed according to his needs. Considerable research and manufacturing know-how have gone into the production of dry and canned dog foods. They are an economical and easy-to-use source of essential nutrients. When used as a part of the dog's ration, in combination with approved meats and leftovers, the prepared dog foods help to produce healthy dogs. You can...
When you brought your new dog home, you should have had on hand a supply of the dog food he was eating at the breeder's, the shelter, the rescue group, or his foster home. Hopefully, this was a good food, but if you decide to change it, do so gradually. Feed one-third of the meal using the new food and using two-thirds the old food. After a week, change the ratio to 50 50, and then, in another week, feed two-thirds the new food and one-third the old food. By making the change gradually, your dog's system should adjust without any gastrointestinal upset. Deciding what to feed your dog can be tough the choices are many. Commercial dog foods are designed to supply all of a dog's nutritional needs, including proteins, amino acids, enzymes, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. The companies that produce commercial dog foods have fed multiple generations of dogs. However, not all dog foods are of the same quality. The quality of a dog food is based on multiple factors, including the...
Federal law dictates that all dog food labels must contain nutritional information in a specified format. There's no law that says the information has to be understandable, however, even if it's physically laid out the same on every label. Fortunately, the really important information is easy to find and easy to comprehend. What is most crucial is that the dog food is labeled completely balanced or nutritionally complete. You should also know that there's little variation in the nutritional content of balanced foods, as long as you're comparing foods of the same type (dry, semi-moist, canned) formulated for the same age group (puppies, adults, seniors).
Dogs have been eating dog food with various added preservatives for many years with few apparent ill effects. Still, recent studies questioning the safety of some preservatives such as butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and ethoxyquin have led some manufacturers to discontinue using them. Some dog food companies now use more natural preservatives, such as mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) and vitamin C. Preservative-free dog foods are also available, but it is particularly important that they be stored under cool, dry conditions both at the retailer and in your home.
The primary advantage of canned dog food is its palatability most dogs seem to think it tastes great. It's also a rather concentrated source of energy. Because of these features, canned food can be used as an appetitebooster for a dog who's recovering from an illness. You probably wouldn't want canned food to be your Lab's primary food, however. Canned food is relatively expensive and unless you are strict about not providing seconds, its tastiness might tempt your Lab to overeat. Finally, canned food's moist, meaty texture promotes plaque accumulation on the teeth, which can lead to dental problems. Canned food is easy to store but must be refrigerated after the can has been opened, as it spoils rapidly at room temperature. Because of this, canned food cannot be left in your Lab's food dish for more than an hour or two.
Most commercially prepared dog foods are balanced to provide your dog with optimal nutrition. Dry dog foods come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some types are in meal form, with the ingredients simply mixed together. Biscuit food may be made up of whole or crumbled biscuits. It is formed by adding flour to the dry ingredients and baking the mixture. Some dog foods are pelleted, while others are extruded (pushed through a machine that forms the food). Read the labels on the dry food you buy, because some are meant to be fed dry others form gravy when moistened and are meant to be fed slightly wet, and some may be fed to your dog either dry or moistened. And remember that bargain dog food is seldom a bargain. Even though the nutritional information on the package says it has the same amount of protein as the better-known brands, what's important is the amount of usable (digestible) protein. For example, shoe leather is protein but it has no nutritional value at all.
Practice this exercise until your puppy will stay without your having to hold him in position. Gradually increase the length of time he will stay. Make him stay when you give him his dinner. Anyone who has had a dog jump up and hit a bowl full of dog food and send it flying all over the kitchen will appreciate the value of this training. Make your puppy stay until the bowl is on the floor, then wait a few seconds before you release him with an okay to eat his food. Again, every member of the family should be able to do this.
Jumping on counters, especially to steal food, can be dangerous to your dog. There is no guarantee that the dog won't jump up on the counter and get uncooked chicken, lamb, pork or some sort of meat with bones that, if ingested, could cause medical problems. Additionally, most dogs will be far less inclined to want to eat their dog food if they've had the taste of forbidden fruits such as lasagna, ribs, T-bone steak or barbecued chicken. So it is best to teach the dog not to jump up on counters. First, like every behavior, consistent training is critical to successfully modifying it. I have seen hundreds of dog owners standing by the counter preparing something to eat, then casually take a piece of food off the counter and hand it to the dog. When you do this, you teach your dog that food is on the counter. To be fair, most dogs suspect this anyway, since they can smell it. What many dog owners don't realize is that when you feed your dog from the...
Don't believe ads that encourage you to vary your dog's diet. Dogs do best when they are fed the same brand of food daily at regular times. If you must add something to your APBT's food dish, mix a few tablespoons of a high-quality canned dog food or a tablespoon of cottage cheese or yogurt with her dry dinner. 4. Don't fill your puppy up with table scraps. Puppies can't hold much food at a time, and no matter how nutritious your dinner is for humans, chances are your puppy's food is better for her. It's especially important not to feed your dog directly from the table. Dogs fed during dinner become accomplished beggars and are soon a major nuisance at mealtimes.
Roger Karen called. Roger clumped up the basement steps, looking sheepish. I got distracted, he said. Saw that lamp I'd been trying to fix and thought I'd check the switch again. Karen chuckled. I see you forgot the dog food. Well, our soup's ready, so Jake will have to wait until after we eat. She put Jake in the yard and they sat down to supper.
If you feed your dog a premium diet, chances are you won't need to provide any supplements to get a healthy coat. After all, you believe the statement on the label that says the dog food is complete and balanced, don't you Well in the event that food alone doesn't perk up your pup's haircoat, plenty of supplements seem to be formulated for beautiful coats, including
I firmly believe that a dog should be fed twice a day. For puppies, three meals are even better. Of course, if you work during the day and can't come back during your lunch break to feed your puppy, feed him two meals a day. It has been proven that feeding twice a day has a real positive impact on your dog's behavior. Dog food stays in your dog's stomach between 4 to 8 hours. Consequently, if you feed your dog only once a day, it means that he lives on an empty stomach 16 hours a day. Most behavior problems, like chewing and restlessness, originate from dogs who are simply hungry.
*Select a high-quality dog food appropriate for your dog's age, weight, activity level or size. Make sure to feed your dog dry food as well as moist canned food to help keep his teeth clean. *Be sure that protein ratios are correct for his breed and age. Typically, dog food with 20 to 30 percent protein content provides a healthy balance. *Avoid feeding your dog table scraps it encourages begging and may not be good for his digestive system. If you must give her people food, put the scraps in her dog bowl after the family has finished the meal. Be careful to avoid giving her onions or chocolate. *Feed your dog a measured amount twice daily, but keep in mind that some dogs prefer to eat one meal a day. *When switching dog foods, do it gradually over a week by increasing the ratio of new food to old food. This will help avoid digestive upsets. *Do not over supplement your dog's diet with vitamins and minerals. Excess dietary supplements cause nutritional imbalance and medical disorders....
Dog ownership looks so easy on television. That myth has been perpetuated by TV shows and dog food commercials. According to TV, you give the dog a little love, throw some dog food at him once a day, and voil he turns into a completely obedient pet who would gladly give his life to protect his family. My favorites are commercials that show an adorable little child being mobbed by a litter of cute puppies. In reality, puppies of that age are armed with little needles for teeth that send children screaming for their mothers when their arms are punctured. And have you ever seen a dog on TV on leash No. TV dogs, unlike those in the real world, all immediately come when called. This would all be amusing if the fact of the matter were not that when dogs do not live up to these TV myths, the dog often gets blamed and is disposed of.
Nutrition can be a controversial topic for pet owners. In recent years, various groups have formed specifically to tell you what diet's right for your pet. One group figures that as long as the food meets government regulations, it's okay. Another group believes that feeding your dog premium dog foods is the way to go. Another group thinks you need to make your dog food at home. And other groups adhere to the idea that premium, certified, organic dog food is best. Different opinions and myths about the proper way to feed a dog abound. Many dog owners hold fast to feeding methods regardless of their validity, so I sift the fact from fiction in this section to give you some good guidelines on how feeding your dog the right diet can perk up his appearance and make grooming him easier.
The back of dog food packages tell you how much protein is in the food. How much protein is in dog food is important, but even more important is the By law, the heaviest and largest amount of whatever ingredient contained in the food has to be listed first. By looking at the list of ingredients, you can easily discover the protein's origin. For example, if the first five ingredients listed come from four grains, the majority of the protein in that food comes from grains. The more grains in a dog food, the cheaper it is to produce. We wonder what Buddy thinks of such a food. Amino acid is the name given to the building blocks of protein, and when heated, they're partially destroyed. All dry and canned commercial dog food is heated in the manufacturing process. So commercial food contains protein that is chemically changed by heat and therefore deficient in amino acids. We show you how to compensate for that at in the Feeding Buddy section later in this chapter.
Protein is undoubtedly the most important nutrient for your Lab puppy, because it's essential for muscle and bone growth and repair. Puppy food usually contains at least 27 percent protein (standard adult dog food usually has about 21 percent). Puppies also need food that supplies the correct amount of calcium and phosphorous minerals that are important for bone structure and growth. If your Lab puppy doesn't get enough calcium or phosphorous, she could develop weakness in her legs, which could affect her ability to walk. Although puppies need calcium for proper bone growth, too much calcium can also be detrimental. Calcium supplementation, for example, can interfere with a puppy's zinc absorption. Zinc is involved in important reactions within a puppy's cells, and a zinc deficiency is characterized by skin problems and hair loss. (You should never give your puppy dietary supplements without first consulting your veterinarian.)
On the back of every dog food package is information that helps you decide which food is right for your dog. The information lists the ingredients in order of weight, beginning with the heaviest item. The package contains the guaranteed analysis for crude protein, fat, fiber, moisture, ash, and often calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium ratios. The label may also state that the food is nutritionally complete or provides 100 percent nutrition for the dog. To make this claim, the food has to meet the nutrient requirements of the Association of American Feed Control Officers (AAFCO) a guarantee that some form of testing, usually anywhere from two to six weeks, has been done on the product. A dog food company must also list its name and address and give its telephone number, plus the date of manufacture, the weight of the product in the package, and usually the life stage for which the food is intended. The life stage can be puppy, maintenance, adult, performance, old age, or light food for...
The nutritional analysis for the food lists the protein content, fat content, fiber content and other information. The percentages are the values for each component as fed, which means the food as it comes from the sack or can, without any additions or special processing. You'll notice that the percentages for protein and fat are listed as minimum (or not less than ) values. That's because the dog food manufacturers are legally prohibited from listing a range, such as 20 to 24 percent protein. The content may be higher than the listed minimum percentage (that's doubtful for protein, because it's the most expensive nutrient), but it won't be lower. Fiber and water (moisture) are listed as maximum ( not more than ) percentages. This means that the food may contain less fiber or water than the percentage listed, but it won't contain more. Carbohydrate, the major ingredient of dog food, doesn't even appear in the nutritional analysis. That's because there's no need to include it after...
Veterinary parasitologists are constantly working on methods to eradicate and break up the life cycles of parasites. Recently, a medicated dog food containing a vermicide for ascarids was developed and placed on the market. This medicated dog food is in the form of a meal and is manufactured by Best Foods Division, Corn Products Company, New York. It is dispensed only through veterinarians. In the initial tests with this medicated dog food, 7-week-old puppies were put on a diet of the food. A second group of puppies the same age was fed a regular dog food. After six weeks of continuous feeding, the two groups were compared as to eradication of ascarids and general health. The results showed that the pups on the medicated dog food had a marked decrease in ascarid infestations and were in better health than the other group. The medicated dog food definitely proved effective in controlling ascarids. Studies were also done on mature dogs infected with Toxocara canis. At the completion of...
Dry dog food has several advantages over other types of foods. Dry food (without water added) will help keep your Lab's teeth and gums healthy. It is considerably less expensive than canned or semi-moist foods a real consideration when you're feeding a dog the size of a Lab. Your Lab may feel more satisfied by dry food because it's bulky and can't be wolfed down like canned or semi-moist foods. In addition, dry food may partially satisfy your Lab's urge to chew (and induce her to leave your shoes and furniture alone). Finally, because unmoistened dry food doesn't spoil readily, it's a good choice if your Lab likes to snack throughout the day, rather than eat all of her food at once. Dry food also has some disadvantages that must be considered. Because it's bulky, it requires more storage space than other types of dog food. It must be stored in a cool, dry, vermin-proof environment. Dogs usually find dry food somewhat less appealing than either canned or semi-moist products, but this...
Not all dog food is the same the same way that not all the food that you eat is the same. If you choose cheap, bargain-brand, 10-for-50 pounds, no-name dog food that you can buy at the local gas station, chances are, it isn't a good dog food. What you're likely to find is that it's mostly grain-based and is chock-full of fillers that your dog doesn't need. Your dog doesn't digest those fillers but instead poops them out as waste. So what you're paying for is pretty much crap literally Not all commercial dog foods are formulated to meet AAFCO guidelines. Always look on the dog food package for a statement of nutritional adequacy that the dog food meets or exceeds AAFCO guidelines. If you feed your dog a commercial dog food, look for a premium dog food that has a meat source listed as its first ingredient. The next ingredient may be a grain ingredient, but premium foods don't have one grain after another listed as ingredients. For example, a dog food may have poultry listed as the first...
Generally, short-term deviations, particularly if you substitute a closely related food for your Lab's normal ration (you give her cat food one night instead of dog food), probably aren't going to cause too many problems. If, on the other hand, you give her a big plate of fatty steak scraps even just once, she could suffer from extreme digestive upset or pancreatitis, a serious and sometimes fatal inflammation of the pancreas. Long-term deviations from a healthy diet are another story. Regardless of her stage of life, your Lab consistently needs adequate nutrition to keep her body functioning properly. If her nutritional needs aren't met, it will be reflected in every aspect of her life growth, development, activity, healing, immune response, appearance, mental capabilities and ultimately, her lifespan. That's a heavy responsibility for an owner, but fortunately it's one that's rather easily fulfilled, given the abundant supply of nutritious dog foods.
Regardless of what you feed your dog, you probably agree that good nutrition is vitally and inevitably important for your dog's appearance. If you're not aware of the importance of canine nutrition, I can explain. You already know that you don't look or feel good when you're constantly eating junk food. Okay, I grant you that maybe you feel good eating junk food when you eat it, but that's a totally different story. Dogs are like people in this respect garbage in, garbage out. If your dog isn't getting the proper nutrition for his health, he just isn't going to look or feel good. Makes sense, doesn't it Although a bit of an argument exists about what exactly makes a healthy dog diet, most people agree that the guidelines of the Association of Animal Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) are a good place to start. This association of government officials, veterinarians, and pet food manufacturers establishes guidelines for just what vitamins, minerals, protein, and fat are needed in a dog's...
During housetraining, it is very important to stick to a feeding schedule. If you always feed your dog at the same time, you'll be able to figure out in no time when he'll need to eliminate. Consequently, every time you give your dog the chance to do the right thing (that is, bringing him to his elimination zone or toilet stop on time), you help him learn faster what you expect from him.
You should practice every day if possible, even if for only 5 minutes before you feed your dog. How long you should practice depends on your dog. Read your dog to tell when he has had enough. About 15 minutes is average, but a young puppy may not last that long, while a more exuberant dog may take 15 minutes just to settle down and begin concentrating. It is better to practice in two shorter sessions per day than one long one. Your dog's concentration span will get longer as training progresses.
When you browse the dog-food aisles of your local pet store or supermarket, you probably notice dog foods targeted for senior dogs. Does your aging Dachshund need a change in diet As long as her health is fine, your Dachshund can continue on her regular diet for her entire life. In fact, switching your Dachshund's diet away from the food she thrives on can actually be detrimental.
Onions or garlic Frequent ingestion of onions can cause severe anemia and even death. Small amounts can cause gastrointestinal distress, because dogs can't digest onions very well. Onions may even be more dangerous than garlic, perhaps because foods often contain more onions than garlic. In fact, many natural pet foods, treats, and homemade dog food recipes contain a little garlic. Some people believe garlic can help ward off fleas. However, neither onions nor garlic should be a daily part of your dog's diet.
If you choose to feed your dog dry kibble the easiest option the number of choices is astounding. Corn-based, meat-based, hypoallergenic, natural, meat meal, fresh meat, by-products, no meat, human-grade ingredients how do you pick Well, your first job is to learn how to read the labels. The following list explains how Even better is a statement that the food has been subjected to feeding trials by the dog food company and has been proven to be nutritionally adequate.
Reading Dog Food Labels Dog food labels are not always easy to read, but if you know what to look for they can tell you a lot about what your dog is eating. The label should have a statement saying the dog food meets or exceeds the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) nutritional guidelines. If the dog food doesn't meet AAFCO guidelines, it can't be considered complete and balanced, and can cause nutritional deficiencies. The guaranteed analysis lists the minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat and the maximum percentages of crude fiber and water. AAFCO requires a minimum of 18 percent crude protein for adult dogs and 22 percent crude protein for puppies on a dry matter basis (that means with the water removed canned foods should have more protein because they have more water). Dog food must also have a minimum of 5 percent crude fat for adults and 8 percent crude fat for puppies. Look for a dog food that lists an animal protein source first, such as...
The cost of feeding your Lab depends primarily on the type of food (dry, canned or semi-moist) and how much your Lab needs to eat. Interestingly, the purchase price doesn't affect overall feeding cost very much, as long as you're comparing products of the same type (such as different dry foods for adult dogs). That's because the so-called premium dog foods provide more concentrated nutrition, so the dog doesn't need to eat as much of it. For example, if a premium brand is twice as expensive (on a per-pound basis) as a bargain brand, but your Lab only needs half as much, it won't cost you any more to feed the premium brand. Keeping in mind that dog food prices vary somewhat from region to region and usually increase year to year, you can expect to pay about 200 to 400 a year to feed your Lab dry food. Canned food will cost about 600 to 800 per year for a dog of the same size. Semi-moist food will cost about 1,800 to 2,400 per year.
Dogs eat a lot of meat, but they eat plant-derived foods too. Wild canidae ingest plant material when they eat the internal organs of herbivorous animals or snack on fresh green grass. Domestic dogs don't have to hunt to eat, but they do graze on grass and consume other plant material when they eat vegetables (from their owner's table) and commercial dog food. So, while your Lab needs meat in her diet, it isn't the best food for her because no one single food can meet all of her nutritional requirements. Those needs can only be met with a multi-ingredient diet that contains both meat and plant products.
Semi-moist food, like canned food, is quite palatable. It's also the most expensive of all of the types of dog foods. Because it requires no refrigeration after opening, semi-moist food will not spoil if your Lab doesn't eat it immediately and it is easily stored. However, semi-moist food probably isn't the healthiest choice for your Lab. Because this product's long shelf life and palatability are largely due to its high sugar and preservative content, it doesn't promote your dog's dental health.
The lamb-and-rice good coat myth is interesting in that it started when vets prescribed lamb-and-rice-based dog foods for dogs whose owners were looking for relief from skin allergies for their pooches. At the time, the lamb-and-rice diet was a novel protein and carbohydrate source to which dogs were not allergic. Suddenly hot spots disappeared, and all the skin conditions went away. So, breeders and pet owners began believing the lamb-and-rice combination was the miracle dog food for coats. Dog food companies naturally complied with the demand, providing lamb-and-rice dog food for consumers. A lamb-and-rice diet isn't any better for your dog than any other dog food. The reason it worked so well at the beginning was because the ingredients were novel dogs never had eaten the lamb and rice in tandem before and therefore hadn't had a chance to develop any allergies to it. Guess what happened when lamb and rice went mainstream Dogs were fed the lamb-and-rice diet for generations, and...
Just like people, not all dogs get along. Your goal should be to have your dog walk politely by another dog, keeping his attention on you. Start feeding your dog the minute you spot another dog, before your dog sees the other dog, and keep feeding him until the other dog is past. Use your Gentle Leader to break eye contact with the other dog. No Gentle Leader Just turn around abruptly and head in the other direction. Another useful tool is the vinegar and water spray bottle (described in chapter 8), used just as your dog sees another dog and before he lunges or barks. It is beyond the scope of this book to describe a complete desensitization and counter-conditioning program.
If your adult dog still doesn't want to go in, start feeding her in her crate. When it's time to feed your dog, with her bowl in your hand, tell her go in your crate and put the bowl at the far end of the crate. Do this for a week and I promise you that in no time all you'll have to say is go in your crate and she will be running there.
If your dog is chewing because he is bored, he will mostly choose fun things to chew on or things with your scent on them. He might tear apart a sofa cushion and enjoy scattering foam all over the living room, or using the TV remote as a chew toy. The solution to this kind of chewing, besides confining your dog while you are away, is to provide your dog with more exercise and mental stimulation. Provide him with a special distracting toy when you leave, something he doesn't get any other time. Try filling a Kong toy or hollow bone with squeeze cheese or peanut butter mixed with dog food. Take him on car rides with you. An obedience class based on positive reinforcement is great for mental stimulation. An agility class could combine both exercise and fast thinking for you and your dog Your dog might benefit from a midday visit from a dog walker.
There is a fine selection of dog foods available for all stages of your dog's life. Choose a reputable brand of puppy food, one that has been on the market for many years, then feed your APBT according to the label directions and she should be well nourished. If you want to share your food with your dog, be sure the total amount you give her each day doesn't make up more than 15 percent of her diet, and that the rest of what you feed her is a top-quality complete and balanced dog food. (More people food could upset the balance of nutrients in the commercial food.) Dog food labels are not always easy to read, but if you know what to look for they can tell you a lot about what your dog is eating. The label should have a statement saying the dog food meets or exceeds the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) nutritional guidelines. If the dog food doesn't meet AAFCO guidelines, it can't be considered complete and balanced, and can cause nutritional deficiencies. The...
The right dog food is one of the first defenses your dog has against illness. Did you know Americans spend more annually on dog food than on baby food. Of course, when's the last time you saw a baby tear into and eat a 20-pound bag of food Do I really need that 40 bag of dog food my vet keeps trying to give me The fact that a food is more expensive doesn't make it better for your dog. In fact, some dog owners who have switched to premium foods have experienced one of the nastiest side effects of any dog food gas. Some commercial food companies now make vegetarian and vegan dog foods which can be found at whole food and organic markets. Pay close attention to the content and whether or not the food satisfies your dog's nutritional requirements. If not, you may be able to supplement the food with vitamins or other additives, but always consult your veterinarian. Most of the time, yes. And if you've been letting your dog mooch off of Mr. Meowington for any length of time and try to take...
In the long run, dog food will turn out to be your most expensive pet supply, so you don't want to waste your money. But you do want to choose the best food that you can afford. Choosing the right food for your Dachshund may seem pretty tricky. So many brands Should you choose a natural food A meat-based or a grain-based food And what about making your own dog food at home
Take advantage of any and every opportunity to have someone strange feed your dog. Carry treats with you when you go for walks to hand to people. You want your dog to think that everyone he meets is a potential source of treats, rather than a threat. Offering a shy dog food will help him overcome his fear of people. (Mixed Breed) Offering a shy dog food will help him overcome his fear of people. (Mixed Breed)
Carting is also great fun and good training. You can teach your APBT to pull a wagon. With a wagon, your APBT can haul his own dog food from your car up the driveway to the house. Or he can take plants, potting soil, and other garden supplies from the car to the backyard. He can even take the neighborhood kids for a ride. Carting is great fun, but teaching your APBT to do it safely requires some training talk to your local trainer for some help doing this.
They relish finding something and they live for learning how to open things, especially dog food bags. But seriously, dogs are smart and sometimes it is fun if you let her think she is smarter than you. There are two approaches to this throwing something and then acting like you don't know where it went or leaving something out that you know she will grab and than ignoring her when she stands in front of you with it in her mouth. Either way, you're playing stupid
Some of you may be thinking that your veterinarian said never to feed your dog people food. Veterinarians say this because they are concerned about your dog becoming overweight, and because some dogs have a reaction to having too much fat in their diets. Let's face it dog food ingredients are often poor-quality people food, so your dog should not have a problem with digesting some of the more powerful treats I recommend. Just make sure that they only constitute a small percentage of your dog's diet. Another thing to keep in mind is that the recommended amounts of food on the back of a dog food bag are designed to sell dog food. I have yet to meet a dog who can consume these amounts. Don't be surprised to find that your dog only needs one-half to two-thirds of the amount listed, especially if you are using treats. Do not allow your dog to pick at a bowl of dry food all day long. You cannot control his weight that way, and he will never be motivated for training. Even worse, you will...
Start by feeding your dog on a schedule. Pick convenient times, with the number of meals dependent on the age of your puppy, and stick with these times, even on weekends. Do not leave food available during the day. If your dog doesn't finish what you put down, pick it up and either save it or throw it away. If you feed your dog at the same times every day, he should have to defecate at corresponding times. You'll be able to predict when these times are. To learn what your dog's schedule is, keep a housebreaking diary. Write down for five days what time you feed your dog, how much he eats (more about amounts of food later), when he defecates, when he urinates, where he eliminates (in the house or outside ), and what he was doing right before he urinated. You will need to get all the members of your family to cooperate. As discussed above, feeding your dog on a schedule will make housebreaking easier. How much and what you feed your dog will also have an effect. It helps if you feed...
Don't just use your backyard as an oversized playpen for your pooch. Open it up to her doggie friends and their parents for a barbeque. Prepare some dog-friendly food, throw it on the grill and enjoy. Chicken, without the skin, is often more tolerable for dogs who aren't used to eating people food. In addition, there are many vegetables that are very beneficial for dogs including carrots, celery and broccoli. If you aren't comfortable serving people food to your four-legged guests, feed them dog food and their parents can enjoy the grilled food.
In today's world we can buy almost any meal ready-made. But recent studies have found that these convenience items are laden with processed ingredients that are potentially detrimental to our health. Unfortunately, this is also true in today's modern dog world. Because dog food requires a long shelf A new trend is to make your own dog food. The natural train of thought is to equate a dog's diet with giving him meat, meat and more meat however, in the wild dogs' weren't just meat eaters. Many of the animals dogs ate were plant eaters whose stomachs were full of vegetation. If times were tough, dogs would graze on grass and shoots. Therefore, a diet of meat and vegetables is perfectly natural. One vet-recommended diet includes a baked two ounce boneless pork loin chop (chicken, beef or lamb can be used as well), four ounces of Tofu, eight ounces of cooked long grain brown rice, two teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, a quarter cup of Molasses, two steamed carrots, one cup cooked...
Purchase dog food that mentions both AAFCO (Association of American Feeding Control Officials) and Animal Feeding Trials (or Animal Feeding Tests) on its label. 8. Observe your puppy weekly for appearance of weight gain. Puppies should gain 2 to 4 g per day per kg of anticipated adult weight for the first 5 months of life. Be sure to choose a reputable brand of dog food. Check with your veterinarian for recommendations.
You are what you eat equally applies to dogs as it does to people. Properly feeding your dog makes the difference between sickness and health and has a profound effect on his behavior. And with the abundance of dog foods on the market, figuring out what's best for your pet can be difficult. There are several ways to correctly feed your dog. One way is to select a commercial kibble that has two animal proteins in the first three ingredients. You can add some fresh, raw foods to the kibble. Another way is to buy a dehydrated version of a natural diet dog food, to which you add some yogurt and meat. A third way is to make your own dog food. Your choice depends on your level of comfort and the time you have to devote to your dog. For more on your dog's nutritional needs, see Chapter 18.
I've told you how important a good quality food can be in you dog's life. However, I still have not told you how to differentiate a good quality food from a cheap one. The surefire way to make sure you're feeding your dog appropriately is to read the label to know exactly what is in the bag. Dog food is a science in itself and I won't pretend that I know everything about it. However, after reading a lot on that subject, I can give you one principle to follow that will help you make a good choice. Basically, two of the first three ingredients, and preferably the first two ingredients, listed on the label should be animal proteins (beef, chicken, lamb, fish). The law requires manufacturers to list the ingredients in the order of predominance by weight. So, the first ingredient listed on the label is the one found in biggest proportion in the food composition.
Most commercial canned food is filled with 75 percent water, so if you choose this diet, follow instructions or ask your veterinarian how much you should feed your dog. Grocery store canned food is often filled with strong-smelling meatlike contents that in actuality may not be a healthy choice. Chemicals are used to create both the coloring and the smell of the food. A better alternative is to visit a reputable pet store and select a higher-quality canned food made with natural ingredients.
After several days of following this regimen, your dog will sit on his own when he sees you approaching with his dish and wait until you say OK. This is a much more pleasant way to feed your dog than having him jump up and down, trying to knock the dish out of your hands.
Just like adding artificial colors to dog food, feeding table scraps does more to please people than to benefit dogs. Your dog doesn't care about all those flavors and colors. She's perfectly happy with that plain old high-quality kibble she's always eaten. And if you never feed her table scraps, she'll never know what she's missing. If you want to share your food with your dog, be sure the total amount you give her each day doesn't make up more than 15 percent of her diet, and that the rest of what you feed her is a top-quality complete and balanced dog food. (More people food could upset the balance of nutrients in the commercial food.) Never feed your dog cooked bones as they splinter and can perforate the intestines. And never feed small, sharp bones to your dog. The best bones to feed are the leg bones of cows. Don't overdo it, though, because too much bone chewing can cause extreme wear on a mature dog's teeth.
Many seriously ill dogs refuse to eat or just pick at the food. You'll have to force-feed your dog if he refuses to eat. Try tempting him with a variety of food, if he is not on a restricted diet. Beef liver, heart or kidney is appetizing and the more aromatic you make the food, the more likely the dog will be to eat it. Experiment with the food, it's worth the effort. Tomato juice, egg yolks, even brandy, have all
In order to make homemade dog food easier and more accessible to the everyday busy dog mom or dad, we've assembled a bonus volume of some of the simplest, straightforward recipes for plain ol' kibble, moist food, and treats. Each of these recipes satisfies the 30 30 30 nutritional proportions your dog's body needs to be its best, and each is simple enough to make that you can easily set aside an hour each week to put it together and be prepared for the next seven days. These aren't exotic, gourmet foods that'll have your baby's tummy trying to keep up. They try to mimic the types of food your dog would eat if still in the wild while adding the modern benefits of plaque prevention and dental care. So don't crack open that can just yet. Take a quick look through our all-natural, all-easy guide to homemade dog food and experiment with your own cooking savvy. We guarantee it'll be the easiest cooking audience you've ever had
Dog food is one item where you usually get what you pay for. The more expensive foods (often called premium or super premium dog foods) are more expensive but are made from better-quality ingredients that offer better and more complete nutrition. The cheaper foods (especially the plain label or generic foods) are made from lesser-quality ingredients that offer less nutrition.
1 cup natural dry dog food Grind dry dog food smooth in a food processor or blender. Lightly beat egg and add oil. Mix all moist ingredients together except soup. Add to dry ingredients. Form into 1 2 balls. In large pan, bring 1 quart water to boiling to which you have added 1 2 cup chicken soup or the 2 bouillon cubes. Drop balls into boiling water. Boil for 3 minutes. Remove from water, drain and cool. Refrigerate
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Choosing the right kind of dog food you provide is probably the most critical decision you'll ever make for your dog- puppy or senior. Dog food nutrition without delay impacts every facet of your dog's life. Aspects such as how pups grow, their behavior practices, health, overall well-being and physical appearance are all tightly linked to the nutrition dog owners provide. Needless to say, this is an enormous responsibility.