Dogs with choosy eating habits often are referred to as “finicky.” But according to the folks at Purina (The Dog Chow people), dogs learn this behavior - usually at the hands of their owners.
While humans need a varied diet to ensure proper nutrition, dogs do not need constant variety or table scraps if they are fed complete, balanced diets appropriate to their life stages, say many pet nutritionists. When offered varied diets, pets learn to wait for what will be coming next.
One family member who occasionally feeds extra treats and table food can undermine a sensible feeding program, upsetting the nutritional balance of a high-quality pet food as well as promoting finicky eating habits and obesity.
Dogs like to please people , so they will eat to please their owners. Giving words of praise and affection along with food can reinforce this eat-to-please behavior. Making feeding routine, rather than a special occasion, helps dogs stay with their regular diet, feel comfortable and maintain normal body condition.
During summer months, dogs’ food consumption generally decreases. Research by the Purina Pet Care Center shows that dogs need about 7.5% fewer calories with each 10-degree rise in temperature. In temperate climates where the average temperature in the summer can be 50-60 degrees higher than the winter you are talking about cutting back your dog’s food by a third.
You know how unpleasant it can be on the trail if your stomach is upset and it’s no different for your dog. When readying your dog for that next big hike, preparation starts way back in the kitchen.
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