Dog Food

As a new dog owner, one of your most important decisions is what to feed your dog.

Most Labradors don’t have an ‘off switch’ when it comes to eating! This is really handy when it comes to train your dog as they are strongly motivated by treats, but it has the downside of causing most Labs to become overweight. Obesity will shorten the life of pet and also impact its quality of life significantly.

Your dog will be much happier if it has a clear Alpha, one trick is to remember “He who controls the food, controls the Labrador”

Types of Diet

Ask 10 people what the best food is and you will probably get 10 different answers, none are right for everyone, but some will definitely be wrong. Deciding what the right food is for you, and your dog, will depend on many factors, including price, convenience and where or how you buy it from and store it.

It can cost anything from 25p per day to over £30 per day to feed an adult Labrador, so as you would expect, there is a wide variation in the quality of food available.

There are numerous websites that compare dog foods, is one example, a typical comparison can be seen here.

Raw Food

Raw feeding aims to give dogs a diet that is appropriate to their digestive systems and as close as possible to what they might have eaten as wild animals. The stomach pH in dogs is much lower (stronger acid) than that of humans, meaning they are able to break down raw meat and bone.

Raw food is usually frozen so you need to have somewhere to store it and be organised enough to defrost it in advance. You also need to take all the usual precautions that apply to raw meet, to stop the bacterial that is present from causing you and your family illness. It can also make taking your dog on holiday an additional challenge.

Tin/Pouch Food

An expensive option that is not always as good for your dog as you think it will be… Expensive ‘wet’ food can provide a very

Dry Food/Moist Food

More info coming soon…