Feeding Dogs 101

You will find hundreds of websites about feeding dogs. There is more information available on how to feed dogs, than you could ever read in your lifetime. So this page about dog food strives to simplify the topic for you. Let's not make the topic of what dogs should eat, harder than it has to be. Let's use some common sense.

Below you will find the topic of feeding dogs broken down into three categories. Make your choice and click on the links provided. Then you will find more information and resources that will help you make the best choice for you and your dog.

Always remember that the state of your dog's health is directly related to the quality of dog foods eaten. Learning about the history of dogs can help you make a better choice too. Mother Nature certainly has it all figured out. What worked millions of years ago, still works today. It's a fascinating read!

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What You Should Know About
Different Methods for Feeding Dogs

  • Commercial dry dog foods also known as dog kibble. This is the category of dogfood most people use to feed their dog. It is convenient, keeps for a long time and covers many price points. Depending on your budget and lifestyle, you will find a commercial dry dog food that fits your needs. However, it may not fit the needs of your dog. So learn more about dog food brands on this page about dry dog food kibble.
  • Homemade dog food is becoming more popular these days.  Many people are realizing that our pet dogs need real food too. Good! Homemade dog food is simple to prepare, cost efficient if you look for specials at the grocery store, and can be made in larger batches and frozen for convenience. However, the heat from cooking destroys some nutrients and enzymes, so arm yourself with some excellent homemade dog food recipes to cover all dog nutrition bases. Learn more about making dog food on this page about homemade dog food.
  • Raw dog food is becoming all the rage these days. More and more people are ' raw feeding dogs '. I'm in love with this idea, and of course have been feeding our dogs raw for many years. Since dogs are carnivores, meat eaters by species nature, this is obviously the best way to go. However, it's not as simple as just throwing your dog a steak.  I have tried to make a hot topic simple for you, on this page about raw dog food.

The #1 Thing You Can Do NOW
To Boost Dog Nutrition Today

Although I am a raw feeder myself, I fully realize that not everyone will be able to, or even want to, feed their dog a raw food diet. Each of us must make the best choice possible based on our own lifestyle circumstances. Knowledge is power so simply educate yourself as best you can about commercial dog foods and canine nutrition requirements.

As a place to  start, why not learn more about what natural dog food really means? You will often see the words ' all natural ' on a bag of dog food. Is this really true? Well, of course not! That's called ' marketing '. Common sense will tell you that. If it comes in a bag, box or can, it's not natural. So look friends, feeding dogs doesn't have to be as hard as you're probably making it.

If you're really confused, simply feed the best dogfood you can afford. The # 1 thing you can do right now, is make the decision to upgrade the quality of your dog's food. One step up, is better than nothing.

  1. Grocery store dog food costs less and is cheap for a reason. It will contain cheap ingredients that won't help your dog. If your household budget requires that you cut back on the cost of dog food and therefore nutrition, understand that you will very likely spend the money saved, at the vet. No one wins, especially the dog!
  2. Medium priced dog foods will be a little better, and will contain somewhat better ingredients. Typically, dog foods found in pet stores are of a better quality than grocery store dog foods. Medium priced dog food is a better choice than low quality, grocery store food. This is an upgrade!
  3. Premium grade dog food will contain the best ingredients, but you will pay for this. That makes sense, doesn't it? You get what you pay for. You might want to consider some healthier dog treats while you're at it. Premium grade, grain free and starch free kibble is better than grocery store food and medium grade food. This is an upgrade!
  4. Raw dog food would be the best choice of course. If you are able to upgrade from premium kibble to a comercial raw dog food blend, I congratulate you. Do your homework though. As with all commercially prepared dog foods, some are better than others. Definitely, this is an upgrade from any kind of dry or canned dog food.

3 Helpful Tips for Feeding Dogs

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