How To Feed Your Dog
Well Hello there, fellow dog lovers. Welcome to K-9 Nation and my article on How To Feed Your Dog. The name is Will and I have been a K9 Behavioral Psychologist, in the greater Portland area for over ten years and I’m always looking for new Products and techniques to help my clients.
I create this site to be a resource for all dog owners who want to learn how to train their own dogs, on their own property, and in their own time. As well as help dog lovers to shop smart for their dogs, by making the mistakes for you, so I can point you to the products and services that are worth your time and hard-earned money.
They should know it comes from us
We want to make sure that they know their food comes from us. What I like to do is mix wet and dry food together with my bare hands so they can smell me in their food. (Don’t worry, this won’t give them a taste for human) If the kind of wet food your dog likes doesn’t have gravy, add a little water or broth. As little as 3 tablespoons for the small amount of food suited for a puppy or small breed dog or as much as 1 cup for the largest dogs. Then bring it up to body temperature, about 100 degrees.
Make Em’ Wait
Place the bowl of food in front of each dog, but make them sit & wait for several seconds before you let them dive in. This will help your dog to appreciate their food as well as respect you and see you as The Pack Leader.
Don’t Free feed your dog/s
1.) The first thing your dog will do when they are feeling sick is to stop eating. So if you leave food out all the time, it could be some time before you realize your dog has stopped or slowed down on eating.
2.) Making them wait for it helps your dog respect you, and see you as the Pack Leader.
3.) It can lead to weight gain.
Control The Food
Use a measured amount suggested by your vet for your size, breed, and age of dog on a consistent daily, morning and afternoon schedule. Adults dogs should be fed twice a day, so the aforementioned morning and afternoon schedule works great for most adult dogs. Puppies should be fed 3 – 5 smaller meals a day until the amount of food they cant eat in a single sitting has peaked.
Pick It Up
Pick up their food bowl after about 20 minutes
and wash it out for the next meal. Not only is this the best and cleanest way to go, as opposed to the free feed method, but as there is never food just sitting out, you tend to cut down on attracting ants and other unwanted creatures that are looking to get in on the all-day buffet.
Save The Treats For Training
Don’t give too many treats in a day. Try to only use treats during training time like crate/potty training or teaching other new behaviors. It can lead to a spoiled dog that may not listen to or respect you, and certainly doesn’t help with their weight.
Say No To Table Scraps
Giving table scraps encourages begging as well as obesity, so try to avoid it. Just like saving treats for training, you can give them humans foods on occasion, but only if they earn it, and not at the dinner table. Dogs should be kept away from the dinner table altogether during human feeding time. Most importantly make sure the table scraps you want to give your dog is safe.
Whats Good For The Goose…
What’s good for us is not necessarily good for our dogs, so if you do give your dog human food, be sure to do the research ab-Initio, or ask your vet what foods are safe for your dog to eat and which ones to avoid. Though there are some human foods we should definitely not feed our best friends, as illustrated in the image to the left. Lots of human foods can be quite healthy for our dogs, and there are plenty of articles on how to cook for your dog.
Where To Feed
Where you choose to feed your dog is not a big factor, as long as their feeding area is not near their sleeping area play area, or their elimination area. Keep all four of these areas separate from each other.
Small Breed Diets
Small breed dogs need more densely packed nutrition. Luckily there are plenty of quality small breed kibble options on the market, so be sure to find a good one and add it to your little buddy’s diet.
Large Breed Diets
Large breed dogs need low-calorie low-fat diets and obviously more volume than a small breed dog or a puppy.
Examining their stool is the best way for a dog owner to figure out whether it’s time for a change in diet. If your dog is consistently producing stools that are bulky, loose, and stinky, it may be time to talk to your vet about switching to a new food. Overfeeding may also provoke a case of diarrhea, which will only make the task of house-training that much more difficult.
Water should be available at all times. Changed their water once a day and clean out their bowls every day or two. I suggest my clients use stainless steel or ceramic food and water bowls. They easier to clean and the smooth surface naturally makes it harder for Biofilm & algae to grow in your dog’s dishes.
Biofilm is that slippery substance that commonly coats your dog’s dish. It is a collection of organic and inorganic, living and dead bacteria and other particles that bond together creating that think nasty layer, and yes it can be unhealthy for your dog. It happens to most dog bowls due to lack of circulation, kinda like how small isolated bodies of water tend to become stagnant. The solution to this is to keep the water circulating by using a dog watering fountain like the one illustrated in the image.
What Goes In Must Come Out
Use an enzymatic cleaner, not one that contains ammonia. This will help to get rid of the odor and the dog’s attraction to the area.
Urine has a strong smell of ammonia that attracts dogs to smell and mark with their own. For the latter, some training pads are sprayed with ammonia to encourage a puppy to go there. You can use white vinegar to counteract the smell of ammonia.
What To Feed
As to what you feed your dog, I’ll leave that up to your Vet or K9 Nutritionist, Just try to stay away from dog food brands that are produced in China as they have been making our dogs sick for years. Basically, China doesn’t have the strict food regulations in their country, as we do here in the U.S., But it’s cheaper to have things manufactured there… If you want to learn more about it click here to read an article on the subject.
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