What does your pup eat?
Chances are you haven't spent a lot of time thinking about this, but there are actually a number of important questions to be asked, especially if you're also working on canine training and obedience.
But, you might say, how does my dog’s diet affect its training?
A dog that is healthy physically with a good diet will tend to be more healthy in its psychology as well, at least in general.
So here are some tips for micromanaging a doggy diet.
One overall tip is to try to get items with natural ingredients. Some of the more generic stuff can contain contaminants as we'll discuss a bit later. Organics are important for any kind of food – we’ve seen, in some of the most modern food research, how vital it is to avoid the pesticides and other residues connected to conventional foods. So organics tackles those issues, for animal food, as well as people food. For that matter, even livestock and chickens are being fed organic diets in order to further improve the quality of the meat and animal products. That’s something to think about, too, as you shop for your pet.
Small breeds tend to have different dietary needs than larger ones. Think about your dog’s size and breed as you are managing a diet plan for your canine family member.
Puppy formulations are also different from old-age dog diets. You'll see evidence of some of this in the store with dog food bags and labeling, but you can also apply it at home and think about it deliberately when it's time to think about crafting your dog’s diet. Like people, dogs age in particular ways – such as joint wear, gastro changes and more. Being on top of those changes helps you to do more with your dog’s diet to optimize his or her health.
Look out for inferior food brands that may contain certain chemicals like formaldehyde or other contaminants. Veterinarians often talk about this discrepancy in dog food products and it’s something to be aware of as you go. It’s sad when dogs develop conditions related to inferior foods or food products. Other major contaminants include certain kinds of pesticides and other materials similar to what we talked about above.
Deal with Existing Allergies
Yes, dogs can have dietary allergies, too. For instance, some eat a diet that is grain-free. Think about whether this applies to your particular hound. How do you diagnose dog allergies? Well, it can be tricky. Obviously, the dog can’t talk and tell you whether it’s allergic to something or other. But by observing diet and tracking the results, you can sometimes spot a canine allergy.
Those are some of the tips that we offer to dog owners to help them with their overall success. Come see us for dog training!