|Barked: Mon Jun 29, '09 10:46pm PST |
|There are a lot of things to be considered when it comes to this issue. Does the dog have piece and quiet when he is fed, or maybe too much of it? Some dogs need a little competition like within in a pack.
Many dogs eat less when it is hot and humid. They also move less, so nature tells them they need less fuel.
If a dog is a fussy eater and you are worried about his weight, you need to evaluate his life-style. Does he get enough exercise? Is he healthy?
If you want to put weight on him, should he get the calories from fat, protein or starch?
If a dog does not eat well, free-feeding makes it worse ( in my opinion). Feeding time should be exiting and we need to find out what makes him want to dive into his food dish.
There are so many things you can add to commercial dry foods to make them more appealing, as well as adding a little more of what your type of dog needs anyway.
My Panda really liked the Dog-Whisperer food. I like the idea of feeding organic and I actually read the list of ingredients. Unfortunately 38 bucks for a 17 pound bag is a little out of my price-range and I switched to Wellness. Panda doesn't care too much for the change, but I have made a well researched choice regarding her nutritional needs.
So I am now in the process of adding. Yoghurt, different canned foods and I have started home-cooking again ( it is actually cheaper than buying canned organic foods ).
Panda seems to be a grazer outside....grabbing mouths of grass so I'll be adding some leafy greens to the mix..... Tripe is on my shopping list....
If your dog is active and healthy and has a shiny coat.... don't stress.
If your BC is dull visually and mentally, there may be an underlying health issue..... which could be caused by a lack of nutrition caused by poor eating habbits....
Most of us don't even know how to feed ourselves properly, never mind our canine, feline or equine friends.
It's really not rocket-science!! Educated brains have led us to believe that we don't know what is good for us.... or our pets. Just watch your dog, pay attention to his needs and start with a good commercial food and play with it. Just make sure the things you add are not on the no-no-list!!!
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