Food is one of the first considerations for dogs. Every dog is different and so are their nutritional needs. And so it is important to understand the types of food that are best for your dog.
First, the truth is that not all dogs need to be fed the same type of food. Many dogs do ok with dry food and others will do better with semi moist food. It is usually a good idea to read the labels so you can better choose the food that is right for your dog.
Second, the age of your dog will also have a direct impact on the food they eat. Puppies need a good, high quality food that meets the nutritional needs of their growing bodies. If you are unsure what the age of your dog is, generally they are considered adult at 12 months.
Adult dogs are at their prime growing foods. A good way to make sure your dog is eating a proper diet is to bulk buy the dog food of your choice. If you buy the dog food in bulk and then divide it into portions you can save money and help provide balanced portions for your dog. Just be sure you buy dog food that meets the standards of your state or country’s kennel club or you will end up taking your dog to the vet for an unneeded visit.
For large or guarding dogs, you definitely don’t want to feed your dog table scraps or frequent visitors. This is especially true for someone like a German Shepherd, as better dogs don’t eat from the table.
Good, healthy food is the goal for all dogs, but it looks different for every dog. If you have a dog that is having digestive problems you will want to consult with your vet to see if they can prescribe the necessary nutrients for your dog. If you have a puppy or a dog that is a puppy you need to purchase food that is specifically designed for a puppy. Even the vet may be able to help advise you on this.
Generally you will want to purchase a high quality dog food unless the label indicates that the food is for a puppy, adult, or advanced obedience training. You don’t want to purchase a food that is so expensive that it loses its nutritional value . This food is more costly in the long run because it is expensive for the producer to use.
Making sure that your dog is eating well is the most important task you can give yourself as a dog owner. Perhaps once will be good, but true happiness with your companion for a long time is the goal.