With sufficient nutrition, your dog maintains muscle tone, teeth, and bone. Also, with proper nutrition your dog can fight off infections and perform normal daily activities. I know you care for your pet, now what do you feed them? Let’s look at a few options.
Importance of Nutrition To Your Dog
Basically, this is about your dog’s quality of life. For them, the key is proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals.
Your dog requires different combinations and amounts of nutrients based on their age and weight, their physical condition, and oh yeah, medical condition. And, for certain, their lifestyle. Dog food choices are many for each phase of your dog’s life.
Improving the Setup
Are you organized? We weren’t! Where do you even begin? Is a bowl from the cupboard or a paper plate okay for their first meal? Does size and material matter? By trial and error, we discovered that our dog has excellent taste and is able, with our help, to choose accurately whilst shopping IRL [in real life] down to the local pet store. So, if you haven’t already, place your doggy into their walking gear, and head on down to your favourite supply store.
A few suggestions for you shoppers out there… Having your own stuff is the best. I know I like having my own bowl, ergo, your furry companion should enjoy the same. Elevated dishes are popular and help to eliminate strain on the neck. Feeders are great for busy dog moms and dads on the go. Mats help with messes. Don’t forget the water bottles! And if you are outdoorsy or enjoy traveling much, remember to pick up travel dishes for your dog. They’ll appreciate this extra care.
Ways to Improve Feedings (Puppies)
Walk down the dog food aisle of any large pet-supply store, or peruse the shelves at a boutique pet-food shop, and you can quickly become overwhelmed. This is especially true for puppy owners, and probably even more so for first-time puppy owners. When did it get so complicated? Back in the day, dog food options were far more limited, and even responsible dog owners didn’t worry too much about what went into their dog’s dish.
Feeding Your Puppy: A First-Year Timeline
- 6–12 weeks: Growing pups should be fed puppy food, a diet specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs for normal development. Feeding adult food will rob your puppy of important nutrients. Four feedings a day are usually adequate to meet nutritional demands. Large breeds should be fed unmoistened dry food by 9 or 10 weeks; small dogs by 12 or 13 weeks.
- 3–6 months: Sometime during this period, decrease feedings from four to three a day. A pup should be losing her potbelly and pudginess by 12 weeks. If she is still roly-poly at this age, continue to feed puppy-size portions until body type matures.
- 6–12 months: Begin feeding twice daily. Spaying or neutering lowers energy requirements slightly; after the procedure, switch from nutrient-rich puppy food to adult maintenance food. Small breeds can make the switch at 7 to 9 months; bigger breeds at 12, 13, even 14 months. Err on the side of caution: Better to be on puppy food a little too long than not long enough.
- After age 1: Most owners feed adult dogs two half-portions a day.
Also, if you are doing treat-based training with your pup, adjust the amount you feed at mealtime accordingly. Whenever training with treats, keep the treat as small as possible.
Ways to Improve Feedings (Adult Dogs)
Well, once you’ve made the switch from puppy to adult, similar rules apply.
Do your own research on safe whole foods for dogs. Read the labels and then introduce fresh whole foods. You are not simply what you eat, but more importantly, you are what you can absorb. Whole foods are also full of fiber, which aids digestion, encourages pooping and improves stools. Feed your dog a variety of ingredients rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties because Inflammation is the leading cause of premature aging, not only in dogs, but in people, too.
Try these when your dog asks for something from your plate:
- Green Beans
From Our Table
Variety is important. Just ask my dog. Easily bored, we switch things up quite a bit. After a brisk exercise session, we dry off, brush the crusties away from our eyes and snout, then feed. My dog loves this activity. After taking our own walk up and down those brightly lit aisles … we’ve chosen Organix Tiny Feasts Grain Free Organic Turkey & Potato Stew. Yummy! We’ve gotten great results with this little feast for small breeds. Not too much food in the bowl, looks great in it’s packaging, travels well, and digested without the slightest hiccup. We have to say, stools were normal and passed easily. A few more details about what we currently feed:
- #1 Ingredient Is Organic, Free-Range Turkey
- Made With A Nutrient-Packed Superfood Blend Featuring Organic Flaxseed, Organic Blueberries And Organic Coconut Oil
- No Artificial Preservatives, Added Growth Hormones Or Antibiotics
- No Chemical Pesticides Or Synthetic Fertilizers
- Cooked In An Organically Certified USA Kitchen
I like this one a lot. I highly recommend that you check it out. Click here to get yours.
Okay Now, Time For A Walk
I know, I know. All of that good nutrient-packed food and then, yep, it’ll end up on the lawn. But hey, take at least two poo bags with you and use this time to bond with your dog. Spend quality one-on-one time together. Communicate with and stimulate them every single day. 30 minutes should do. Break it up if you must, but let’s focus on them for a minimum of one-half hour. Try teaching your dog a new trick or employing obedience exercises on your walks. Be sure a form of training and positive reinforcement is happening daily.
It is the most important interaction you will ever have with your beloved doggy.
Thanks for stopping by.
The Doggy Perspective