Dog food

The dog, a proud descendant of the wolf, is therefore a carnivore. Therefore, half of its diet should consist of meat.

Store-bought foods are generally very suitable for different breeds and it is not advisable to prepare your dog's meals yourself.

We don't recommend giving in to BARF fashion unless you have a lot of time to devote to preparing your pet's meals.

In fact, finding the right dosage between meats, fibers, vegetables, etc. is the competence of a professional in the dog world. Poor distribution may lead to deficiencies or excess of certain nutrients, facilitating the appearance of diseases, developmental problems or obesity.

Likewise, some foods on our plates are very dangerous for your companion.

Bones for example: You should know that some of them are sharp or crumbly (chicken bones for example), and can cause serious injuries when swallowed. Other bones, on the other hand, are harmless (beef patella, marrow bone).

Chocolate contains theobromine, a substance poorly tolerated by dogs: in large doses (2 grams is sufficient for the little ones), it can be fatal.

We strongly advise you to opt for premium quality kibbles, which will facilitate the growth of your puppy, ensure good general health for your dog, guaranteeing him a long life and in good physical condition.

Many brands of premium kibble exist, all of good quality. We nevertheless recommend the AMUZ'GUEULES brand that you will find directly from your CANIBEST dog trainer

How Much Water Should a Dog Drink Each Day?

A bowl of fresh drinking water must always be left within reach of the dog. It is interesting to note an increase in its water consumption during periods of high climatic heat. The puppy and the nursing bitch are also encouraged to cool off more than usual.

We advise you to always have a water bottle available for your dog.

The 10 rules to follow for good dog nutrition

It was in 1985 that Professor R. Wolter, from the Maison Alfort National Veterinary School, issued his "ten commandments" for dog nutrition. These ten major rules, part of which are below, are those which will allow any owner to avoid the main errors concerning the practical food rationing of his dog.

The watering of the dog must be sufficient. Drinking water, fresh, renewed, will be left in self-service to the dog, knowing that its average consumption is 60 ml per kilogram of body weight and per day, and that it increases in the puppy, the nursing bitch, under hot climate and during work.

Respect food transitions. Any food modification must be carried out gradually in the dog, over a week, in order to allow him to adapt to the taste, digestive and metabolic plans. You must allow time for its intestinal microflora (much more adapted than that of humans for what the dog eats) to reconstitute itself specifically to digest the new food.

Provide the dog with regular meals. The dog is only happy if he receives the same food every day at the same time, in the same place, in the same bowl. The number of meals will be adapted to the physiological state of the dog, which will be weighed regularly.

Check the quantities of food distributed. Calculated according to the dog's daily energy requirement and the calorie content of the food, the quantities distributed each day will be weighed regularly in order to avoid any slow drift towards obesity. They will be adapted to the evolution of the dog's weight.

Feed the dog a balanced diet. Whether family or industrial, the food must contain all the nutrients that the dog needs, provided in satisfactory quantities, and in proportions adjusted to its size (small, medium or large dog), to its physiological state (maintenance , reproduction, sport), at its age (puppy, mature adult, old dog), even at its physiological state.

Choosing the right food for a dog. Choosing to feed your dog with this or that food is not a trivial decision, and it is above all the criteria of nutritional balance that must prevail. Three fundamental criteria are involved in choosing the right food for a dog: its age (puppy, adult, mature or aging adult), its level of physical or physiological activity (active, athletic, breeding), and its size (small, medium , tall).

Use the food rationally. Indeed, the way of giving counts as much as what one gives. Thus, when using processed foods, it is essential to properly follow the manufacturer's directions for use. In family food, certain expressions must be banned, because null and void in the dog: "I feed him like myself", "he eats what he wants", "he only wants that". Finally, table scraps, sweets, sugars, cakes, chocolate will not be part of a dog's diet (it is better to use small cheese rinds for example).

The dog's hygiene must be satisfactory. Processed foods offer the best guarantees of hygienic safety and, properly used, do not present any risk of food poisoning. Opened cans, fresh or thawed foods will be kept cold, while the croquettes will be kept in their closed bag and in a dry place. If the dog does not finish his meal, the leftovers will be discarded and the bowl cleaned daily.

Monitor individual results. The effectiveness of rationing and its adaptation must be checked in dogs on the basis of elements as simple as the evolution of their weight, the quality of their hair and their excrement, or even their appetite and their daily behavior.

Do not hesitate to have recourse to the veterinarian. By virtue of his training, the veterinarian is also the dog's dietitian, whether in his daily life or when he is sick. For long-lasting lack of appetite or bulimia, abnormal weight loss or weight loss, persistent diarrhea or constipation, worrying physical or behavioral disorders, and for any notable changes in thirst or appetite which may be warning signs of a general illness deserving of careful consideration.