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What Is The Best Dog Chow For Your Pet

It is likely that dogs were first attracted to living with humans by the prospect of an easy meal. However, it took over 15 000 years of co-existence before someone hit on the idea of mass producing a food that was made specifically for dogs. And this first commercial dog food, created in the mid 1800’s, was hardly a commercial success. People continued feeding their dogs as they always had until the mid 20th century, when the idea of ‘dog food’ finally began to gain traction.

So how did dogs survive before then? Well, for most of their years as human companions they had to make their own way, begging, hunting, or stealing what they could. A common belief was that this made them better hunters and guard dogs.

As dogs became more popular as pets, they would have been fed more regular meals by their human guardians. These meals though would still have been table scraps, perhaps supplemented by some dry or tinned dog food.

As people became have interested in canine health, care and nutrition there has been a plethora of magazines, TV programs and websites providing information on these subjects.

We’ve seen the introduction of specialized, size specific, breed specific and age specific canine diets, as well as things like the BARF diet. Small wonder the average pet owner is confused about what to feed his dog.

So, I hear you ask, what food is best for my dog?

Depends who’s advice you’re following. Some will tell you to feed raw meat and vegetables, others will insist that a premium dog food brand contains all the nutrients your dog needs, and then there are those who slave for hours over a hot stove to prepare wholesome meals for their beloved dogs.

All of these approaches have merit. But the important thing is balance and a menu that caters to the dog’s omnivorous nature. All good dog food diets, whether raw, dry or home cooked, need to take this into account.

Try to split your dog’s calorie intake three ways between meat, vegetables and fiber. Or feed a slightly higher percentage of meat and reduce the other two components proportionally.

While good canine nutrition is important you obviously have to balance this with your time availability. If time is an issue then the safest route is to opt for a high grade, premium or super premium dog food.

There are a number of options available to you including specially formulated brands for puppies, seniors, dogs with allergies, dogs with sensitive stomachs and so on. You can even get brands formulated for the needs of specific dog breeds.

Two definite no-nos are feeding your dog table scraps, and feeding him a cheap brand of kibble.

Most of the brands you find on the supermarket shelves fall into this category. They often have grain as their primary component and are therefore lacking in the nutrients needed in a healthy canine diet. There is also evidence to suggest that some of the colorings and preservatives used may be behind a whole catalog of ailments and diseases.

Table scraps are another no-no. They are generally high in fat, and may contain other substances, like onions and garlic, which are not good for dogs. Feeding your dog from the table can also lead to behavior problems, like begging.

Find out more about best dog food, dog training, dog health and other interesting dog information at http://www.dogsanddogtraining.com.

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This post was written by TKB_Editor on January 28, 2012

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