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Dog Nutrition and Food: What You Need To Know

Want to learn how to keep your dog healthy and with your family for a long time? Put down that bag of kibble and pay attention, it's time to learn about dog nutrition and food!

Balanced Diet? More Like Ballin' Diet!

Just like humans, dogs need a balanced diet to keep their bodies in tip-top shape. That means proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Proteins are like the building blocks for muscles, like Legos for dogs. Carbohydrates give them energy and fiber, so they play fetch all day long. And fats? Well, those are essential for brain function, insulation, and a little bit of cushion for their bones.

Food Choices: A Ruff Decision

When it comes to choosing the right food for your furry friend, there's a lot to consider. You gotta think about their age, breed, size, and how active they are. For example, puppies need a high protein and fat diet to help them grow into big, strong dogs. And senior dogs may need a lower calorie diet, so they don't get too round in their golden years.

And when it comes to ingredients, you want to make sure they're getting the good stuff. Look for foods with whole meats, fruits, and veggies as the main ingredients. Stay away from fillers like corn, wheat, and soy, and any artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. It's like feeding your dog junk food, and we all know junk food is never the answer.

Wet or Dry? The Eternal Debate

Another tough decision to make is whether to feed your dog wet or dry food. Wet food can give them extra hydration, which is great for dogs who are prone to being dehydrated. But dry food can clean their teeth and reduce tartar buildup. It's a tough call, but ultimately it comes down to what works best for your dog.

And if your furry friend has a sensitive stomach, you might want to stick with dry food. Wet food can be a little too much for some pups, and that's when things can get messy.

Feeding Schedule: Eat/Train, Sleep, Repeat

Dogs should be fed two to three times a day, depending on their age and size. Puppies might need to eat more often, but senior dogs may only need to eat once or twice a day. And it's important to keep an eye on their food intake, so they don't become the canine version of the Michelin Man. We also always suggest that you hand feed at least a portion of every of your dog's meal. Let's be honest, if you didn't have to eat or pay any bills, would you go to work? More than likely, no. It's the same principle with dogs, dogs have been bread to work for their food, and it is fulfilling for them to do so, so there is nothing wrong in making your dog do some obedience work, or even better, train through out the day for their food. It will strengthen your relationship with them. Give you training leverage and provide a purpose to your dog's existence (sounds dramatic but it's really true).

In conclusion, feeding your dog the right food and providing them with a balanced diet is crucial for their health and happiness. So choose wisely and watch their waistlines, and you'll have a happy, healthy pup for many years to come!


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