Dried dog food are obviously not
natural to dogs but are made to give them complete nutrition. The
ingredients and additives contained in them helps to supply all the
needed minerals and nutrients to the pet. It's normal to see a dog
preferring canned food, wet food or meat to dry food. The point is
making sure the dog eats something that keeps him healthy and active.
The most common complain I get from
some dog owners after buying their first dried food for their pet is
that; “the dog just ate a little and never went there”. This made
me to prepare the minds of first timers when they come to buy dried
food for their pets. Sometimes, I try to find out if the dog has been
eating dried food and which one? If the answer is yes then I know
that the buyer is not a candidate for my advice on dried food but if
not, I try to explain somethings the owner will experience when
trying to feed the dog with it.
The first rule – Never give meat
to a dog you intend to feed with dried food.
When I say meat, I mean both chicken,
beef, Turkey etc. Dogs are carnivores and flesh is their best food.
Somehow, I discovered that after a meal with meat, whether raw or
cooked, they can stay a long time without really feeling hungry. I
don't mean that if you bring another meat they won't eat but if you
keep dried food they will not eat it. Restrain yourself from giving
meat until your dog is used to eating dried food well. Give meat once
in a while, like once or twice a week.
The second rule – don't add water
or milk to the dried food.
People try to make their dog to eat the
dried food anyhow by trying to wet the food with canned food or milk.
This practice is wrong because the food is supposed to remain dried
in other not to get contaminated. Once the food is wet, it starts to
“spoil” or grow molds which will eventually affect the dog
adversely. If you have to do this by any reason, please make sure to
remove the ones the dog couldn't finish immediately to avoid the
The third rule – don't grind the
Some people try to grind the dog food
to smaller particles to eliminate the difficulty in chewing the food.
I will not say that this is completely wrong but many things can go
wrong when you grind the dog food to finer particles, especially
contamination. You should rather buy dried food with finer particles.
Most puppy dried food come with smaller particles in other to enable
the puppy to chew it without difficulty. If you dog is a small breed
like Lhasa Apso, Maltese, pug etc, use puppy dried food if you can't
find dried food specifically made for such small breeds.
The 4th rule – Start
feeding your puppies dried food from 12 weeks or 3 months of age
Puppies at this age are very willing to
chew things. They want to play with their teeth. Feeding them with
dried food will be very ideal at this stage. They have teeth that are
matured enough to chew dried food. You can feed them earlier with
dried food but ideally at 12 weeks it's much easier.
The 5th rule – Always keep
plenty drinking water by the side for the dog or puppy
Dried food absorb water or moisture
from the mouth of the dog while he is eating and will quickly induce
thirst. Drinking water strategically placed for the dog is very
important because the dog will always need water while eating and