Category "Myths"

23Aug2019

Contrary to popular belief, dogs don’t need to be fed the same boring dog food, day in, day out.  Fresh unprocessed food, according to some research, is considered to be the best diet for a dog, although this would be disputed by some that feed their dog raw food.  It would be difficult for the average person to feed their dog a balanced diet, but it should be reasonably easy to replace one meal every other day, or at least 3 times a week, with fresh, unprocessed human food.  This does not apply to dogs that are fed raw food.

Checkout this website to see how nutritious the food that you feed your dog is.  You’ll probably be surprised at how poor some of the better known brands are.  Supermarket own brands tend to be particularly bad.

PROS

Your dog is up to 90% less likely to get cancer.

The dog gets variety.  If your favourite meal was steak, you’d go off it quite quickly if you had to eat it for every single meal.

The more balanced and less processed the food, the more diverse the microbiome in the gut which lessens the risk of diabetes, obesity and cancer, and a reduced immune system.

A poor diet and poor gut health is linked to behavioural issues.

It’s easy and it’s fun.  You could put the leftovers from your meal from last night into a Kong.  You could challenge yourself to putting different foods into a muffin tin and see which ones your dog eats first.

CONS

Unless you’ve studied dog nutrition, it’ll be difficult to provide a balanced diet for a dog that’s fed solely on fresh, unprocessed food.

You should avoid feeding your dog some human foods.

 

21Aug2019

I’m not saying that your dog either should or shouldn’t sleep either in your bedroom, or on your bed, I’m just saying that it should be your choice, not that you should assume that it will be frowned upon.

Pros

Dogs are social sleepers.  They are more comfortable sleeping next to a living being than sleeping on their own.

Dogs in general prefer to sleep on an elevated surface so that when they awaken they have a good view of their surroundings, making your comfortable bed an ideal place for them!

Dogs that are new to the household, should spend as much time as is possible with the new owners during the first month, particularly at nighttime.   Puppies in particular should sleep within reach of their new owner so that they can be comforted if they are distressed in the night.  If you don’t want your pup to sleep in the same room as you long term, you can gradually move their sleeping area.

Your dog will not become ‘spoilt’ just because you’ve allowed him to sleep in close proximity to you.

Your dog will not become ‘dominant’ and think the bed belongs to him.

Allowing your dog to sleep in close proximity to you is likely to enhance the dog-owner bond.

Sleeping with a dog in the room may enhance your sense of security.

Dogs make a good substitute for an electric blanket in the winter and you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn them off!

Cons

Dogs are generally lighter sleepers than humans.

Dogs have different sleeping patterns to us; we tend to have one period of sleep every 24 hours, whereas a dog averages three sleep/wake cycles per hour in the nighttime.