These days, what to feed a dog can be a very difficult question. In fact, there is so much controversy and confusion, research becomes really very frustrating.
There are 2 questions to consider - Does Food Affect the Health of our Dogs AND Does Food Affect our Dog's Behaviour.
These days, information is so easy to come by. The problem is figuring out what we can trust. Advice from various web pages, from dog food companies, from those who work in dog businesses, our neighbours and people in pet shops varies hugely, and is often contradictory.
The big question in my mind, being a dog behaviourist, was why changing some dogs' food seemed to help to fix their behaviour problems, whilst many thousands of dogs seemed to be just fine on that particular food. The result of years of study is The Good Dog Diet.
This book doesn't judge and isn't biased. It's about providing information and facts and helping you to judge for yourself whether you're happy with what and how you're feeding your dog.
The food story begins with what food is, what it does, and how it gets into the right places in the body. It then looks at whether food actually affects behaviour - by looking at all of the things that can affect behaviour and thus providing the information needed to be able to judge if changing a dog's diet will help with the overall behaviour program. Next, as with most dog food books, the controversies are discussed to help to sort out fact from fiction. And finally, there is a guide on how to go about determining how to change your dog's food.
The most important points are
Types of food to feed your dog are
The answer on which to choose really boils down to whether you want to spend time reading up on reliable sources regarding how best to mix the ingredients that you might want to put into a home prepared food; or whether you're happy with feeding a commercially prepared dog food.
Commercially prepared food sometimes gets a bad press. The benefit of using it though, is that someone has sat down and spent the time to ensure that all the vitamins and minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats are all there, in the correctly balanced quantities. So if you're happy trusting that, then -
If you want to feed raw or cooked, then please ensure that you are feeding a nutritionally balanced diet.
If you want to know more about how best to feed your dog for health and happiness, then please do have a look at The Good Dog Diet.