Dog Food

A complete guide to dog food and treats: wet, dry, raw and cooked.

Dog food is a contentious topic among pet parents, and the subject of many a debate here on Dogster with good reason – we only want the best for our dogs. A healthy dog is a happy dog, and our dog food section is here to help you make informed decisions about the kibble you pick up at the store or the meals you prepare from scratch at home. Learn how to deal with a finicky eater, get advice on the steps to take if your dog weighs more than he should, and learn about common ingestible hazards and poisons.

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Talk About Food

Feed Your Dog at the Same Time Every Day

Feeding at a set time (versus free feeding where food is available all day) is, in my opinion, the best option. Here's what I think are the many benefits: * It GREATLY helps potty training (you can control/predict potty schedule) * It helps dogs get PROPER amounts of food (not too much or too little) *eta: in multiple dog households where all dogs have access to the food sources * Prevents obesity (since you are controlling how much each dog gets and they can't eat someone else's portion) * Helps the dogs get on a schedule * Reminds the dog that you are the bearer of all things yum * Prevents middle of the night "I have to potty" * Allows you to easily add medication/supplements to individuals' food * Allows you to vary the meals each dogs get if they have dietary issues * Provides for a proper schedule if you train with treats so you can be able to work with a dog who is not stuffed from eating all day * Dogs were not meant to graze all day, they aren't like cows... they digest more efficiently when they get concentrated meals We free fed for years but since I started really working with the dogs I have found that feeding at set mealtimes is what I much prefer and think it has so many benefits to the minute downside of inconvenience.

Tena P., owner of a Border Collie

Tips for Helping a Dog Lose Weight

This is pretty straightforward. Eat less, exercise more. Don't feed any treats that are store bought, feed veggies or fruit. Change your dog's food if it is a low quality food. Feed at a schedule twice a day with the proper amount of food for your dogs weight and activity level. Buy a measuring scoop if needed. It is very important you are not overfeeding him. Separate your dog from other dogs during feeding time so there is no possibility of sneaking food. Starting walking/swimming/playing ball. A good 30 minute slower paced walk (to start with) will not hurt him.

Vivian A.

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