I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “If you feed him, he’ll eat you”. Dogs are omnivores, that is, they eat both meat and plants. However, most of the commercial dog foods contain little or none of the meat found in foods like chicken, beef, lamb or venison. They may, however, have some added amounts of grains such as corn and wheat to boost the dog’s digestibility.
As we’ve seen, dogs have an innate desire for meat. But meat is a toughie! They prefer meaty foods, to mealy, or mushy foods. By feeding your dog a meaty diet, you’ll reduce the likelihood of him finding his way into the garbage bin.
You’ll also be sure to give him the vitamins and minerals he needs to lead a healthy life. A meaty diet will also include plenty of calcium for strong bones and healthy teeth, and other nutrients, such as potassium for proper functioning of the heart and brain. This will boost his energy levels and maintain his good health.
If you plan to raise a dog, then it’s a good idea to start off with a meaty diet as it is a good foundation for a healthy dog. But don’t think that if you keep the dog on the meaty diet that he’ll be satisfied. He’ll still need plenty of green vegetables, dairy products, and eggs for strong bones and teeth, plus it’s important to give him the vitamins and minerals he needs.
We’ll come back to this as we cover some more practical tips. Feeding a meaty diet isn’t a requirement to raise a dog. I’m sure a meaty diet is a good foundation for your dog’s health, and if you so choose, can be decreased. You should always monitor your dog’s diet in case of any excess of any food. The way to do this is to increase or decrease any food as your dog gets stronger or weaker. To do this is by keeping an eye on his weight and noting when he seems to become over weight. To do this, keep an eye on your dog at home and note any changes in his weight, and if he gains any weight, add a bit more meaty food to his diet.
This is a good way to ensure your dog has the nutrients he needs, even as he ages, and is easy to do if you plan on feeding your dog offal as his primary meal. Not all dogs need to eat every day, and some dogs, particularly older dogs, do not tend to eat meat every day, and would prefer a less meaty diet at times.
In terms of giving your dog treats, again it depends on what you are looking for from a dog treat. If you are looking for something that your dog will come to expect as a reward for good behavior, then a meaty diet is ideal, with treats that can compliment the meaty food. If you are looking for something that will be something your dog looks forward to, then a vegetarian diet is a good choice. The problem with a vegetarian diet is the smell. Most dogs pick up the smell of a vegetarian treat, and they are not likely to want to eat it. These treats can be good practice, but the majority of treats are quite different. For a more meaty reward, and one that will remind your dog of home, and what he loves most, is to give him a meaty treat, or two, daily. If you do this, the occasional meaty treat can be mixed in with the vegetarian treats, and he will be much more eager to take it up.
For most dogs, especially older dogs, a combination of a meaty treat and a vegetarian treat is an excellent combination, to ensure that he gets everything that he needs every day. You could even start to mix in a bit of cheese, if you like. The idea is to be sure that he gets as much every day, and as much as he can handle.
Most dogs will eat as much as they are asked to, unless they are fed a diet that is too low or too rich. With a little time and effort, and with a mixture of meaty and vegetarian treats, you can give your dog a balanced diet that will keep him healthy, happy and well, every day.