As you begin to think about what you will serve for this year's holiday feast, it is also an ideal time to re-visit your dog's nutrition and feeding habits. Nutrition and Behaviour go hand-in-hand, and many do not realize the link. Imagine the last time you were really hungry, and had a dip in blood sugar and you had to attend a loud, boisterous party. How would you feel?. Likely not very well or equipped to handle it. The same goes for your Best Friend.
Some dogs benefit greatly from eating many small meals during the day to help even out blood sugar levels. It is especially meaningful to adolescent dogs between 6 - 18 month who are also experiencing hormonal surges. Here's how to split your Dogs food intake to smaller meals more often. Divide their total quantity of food you provide during the day by 5. Then, space the feeding every 2-3 hours. Another alternative is to split your total dog feed for the day into three helpings; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then, use carrots or sliced apple (no seeds please) as snacks.
If your dog eats very fast, you can consider investing in a slow-feed dog bowl. There is significant scientific evidence that shows digestive benefits when a dog eats more slowly, and it allows them to feel fuller longer.
Another consideration is to plan for a nutritional health check once a year to review if your dog's food is still the best healthy option for your budget. Many small boutique manufacturers are now offering better quality dog food for a good price. If you are fortunate enough to have a Dog Nutritionist close by, consult with them to ensure you have the best nutritional benefits for your dog's body, breed, age and exercise level. We recommend @HarrowPets, located on the Main St. in Huntsville, and ask for Tara for a consultation.
Homemade cookies are a great way to show your Dog you care over the holidays - check out our Christmas Dog Cookie Exchange event coming up on Dec. 3rd and create a wonderful holiday memory with your Best Friend. If you are purchasing cookies for gift-giving there are several bakeries in Huntsville, Ontario that deliver an excellent ingredient list for delicious and nutritious treats. We suggest trying Granny Lyn's, who is a Canine Connoisseur.
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'Sparky' Smith is a Canine Behaviorist and Practioner, educated through the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour, earning her ISCP.DIP.CANINE.PRAC.