Choosing the Best Dog Food for Your Pup
We all want the best for our pups. From good nutrition to keeping them fit, owners want our dogs as healthy and active as possible. That’s why many of us often wonder how to choose the best dog foods for our pups. Although this depends on a number of factors like food allergies, existing health conditions, activity levels, and stage of life, researching the right brands and products now will keep your dog happy and healthy for years to come.
Below, we will discuss some tips and tricks for separating the “wheat from the chaff” or, in other words, quality dog foods from those filled with fillers and nutrient-sparse ingredients.
How to Tell The Difference Between Good and Bad Dog Foods
With the huge number of options that exist on the market, finding the best dog food can be hard! And unfortunately, we can’t always rely on what the pet food manufacturing companies are saying since they spend millions of dollars a year on advertising and marketing to convince consumers that their products are the healthiest.
Luckily, food companies are required to list their ingredients on their packaging, which is a great start to figuring out whether it’s good for your canine. However, these lists aren’t always the easiest to decipher with ingredients like Ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT, and Propylene Glycol.
Further, even the basic ingredients we understand – like chicken –can be listed as “chicken meal”, “chicken by-products”, “chicken dinner”, “with chicken”, or “chicken flavor”. These all sound the same but they actually mean very different things. Knowing the difference between them can help save you money while also keeping you from being fooled into buying dog foods that are unhealthy and virtually void of the nutrients that your dogs need to stay healthy!
Below, our friends at Dog Food Genius have put together an extensive guide to answer the above questions and much, much more! Check out their resource to learn what makes the best dog food for your pet.
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.