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Feed Your Dog Guides

Friday, October 20th, 2017

What to Feed

You can choose any good quality dog food. Dry food is superior to canned because it helps promote dental health. Your dog may prefer one brand over another and it’s fine to try different varieties. But don’t be held hostage by a dog who “won’t eat” dry food or who demands special treats. Dogs are not picky by nature: if a dog is fussy, it’s because someone trained him to be that way. You’re in charge and no dog will allow himself to starve —ûhe may refuse something for a while, but eventually he will eat what he is given and be perfectly happy.

Some people try to encourage the dog by adding treats such as peanut butter. This is not a good idea. It trains him to be more picky and not eat. In fact, it really is best to not feed him any people food at all — not even toast. Give your dog nothing other than dog food and he will be a happy, normal eater.
The right food for his age

“Puppy” foods are generally higher in protein than foods formulated for adult dogs. Generally, after a puppy has reached six months of age, he doesn’t need as much protein and puppy food taxes the kidneys. Transition him gradually to an adult food.

When a dog is moving into his “senior” years it may be time to switch to an even lower protein, or “senior” food. This differs for each breed. Most Corgis aren’t considered Senior Citizens until they are about 10-12 years old. When you see your dog slowing down, not quite as active and perhaps beginning to put on a little weight, even though his diet and exercise hasn’t changed, these are clues. Consult your veterinarian if in doubt.
Switching diets

When you change a dog’s food, do it gradually. Mix in a small amount of the new food at first, adding a slightly higher proportion the next day, gradually phasing in the new diet over 10 days or so. This eases him into his new diet to help him accept it and to ease any digestive issues.
Pleeeeeeease?At the dinner table

How can you resist those big brown eyes? Well, you can and you should. Best policy is to never, ever, ever feed your dog from the table. By making his food and yours totally separate, you enforce your position as alpha.
Treats for tricks

An occasional treat is fine, especially when you use it to help in training. Use nutritious treats, formulated for dogs. We use the dog’s regular dog food as their primary treat! The dogs know it’s a treat and are no less thrilled than if we were giving them hamburger.

The best policy is to always ask the dog to do something, even if it’s simple, for a treat. It reinforces your position and makes the dog happy to perform for you.

Remember to compensate for the treats when you feed. As with human, snacks add up and are a common contributor to weight problems. Just 1/8 cup of treats is a significant fraction of your pet’s daily intake.
How much food?

There is no excuse for having a fat dog. Your dog will be no happier with more food and giving him oversized portions will shorten his life.

The dog food bag will give you guidelines but these tend to be high. If possible, ask the dog’s previous owners. Your vet’s office can weigh the dog and give you good suggestions.

Most important is to watch your dog and adjust the amount to keep him trim. Weight is a guide but the best way is to look at his waist. A properly fed dog will show a noticeable slimming where the ribs end and the stomach begins.

Feeding amount varies with the dog’s activity. If the dog is more active in the summer, you can expect to increase the food slightly.

When you adjust the dog’s diet to control weight, do it gradually. Alter the amount just 1/8 cup at a time and wait three weeks to see the effect. Rapid weight change is not good for dogs (or humans).
When?

It’s best to feed your dog twice a day, but once a day is satisfactory. Try to feed him the same times every day — dogs love routine.
How?

Make a big deal out of the meal. I usually ask mine if they want “yummy dinner.” Bart knows what this phrase means and goes nuts. I act real excited and it translates to the dogs. (Not that either of mine need any encouragement.)

Dinner lasts 30 seconds for Bart! Kenai is the “slow eater” — it takes her about a minute. If your dog is slower than that or picks at the food, let him. Leave the bowl for 10 minutes. After the time is up, take the bowl away — even if he hasn’t eaten ANY of it! The next morning repeat the process. Do not worry if some food is left — no dog has ever starved himself and he will very soon learn to eat while the bowl is there.

The Responsibility Of Pet Care

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Taking care of a pet is a big responsibility. When you bring a pet into your home, you become responsible for its food, shelter, health, and well-being. Unfortunately, despite this responsibility, many pet owners think of owning a pet as owning a toy. They don’t do their research to find out the food and exercise needs of their pet. Ignorance when it comes to pet care is a major problem. Another problem arises when pet owners with good intentions adopt a pet, only to tire of giving it constant care and slip into neglect. Unfortunately, these problems are too common.

When you invite a pet like a dog into your home, you are responsible for its care and comfort. That means you need to do research about the dog’s breed to find out what kind of food it eats and how often. You should also know what foods it can’t eat. You are also responsible for making sure the dog has the proper shots and immunizations. Having regular veterinary care is important. One of the most important and most neglected aspects of pet care is exercise. Most dogs need exercise on a daily basis, but many dogs don’t get it. Regular grooming is also important not only for the dogs looks, but for its health. Another problem arises when pet owners leave town. If there is no one to care for the dog, it should be boarded at trusted doggie daycare facility, preferably one that is cage-free and provides regular exercise. If you are thinking of becoming a dog owner, make sure you are ready for the responsibility.

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