Most dogs love to eat. If you do not control what your dog eats and when he eats, you could unknowingly cause him blotting, diarrhea, constipation and even obesity.
Keeping your dog to have free feeding, always having food at his disposal, can be a detrimental to him. Controlling what and when he eats will help you keep him healthy.
What should your dog eat?
Only give your dog an occasional bit of table scraps, and never from the table. Good quality dog foods have higher nutritional value. Also, he may learn to beg while you are eating if you feed him scraps very often.
What you feed your dog is not necessarily determined by his breed but more importantly his age, activity and health. Also, become a label reader so you know what is in the dog food you purchase.
As a puppy, you may find a good quality dog food formulated just for puppies. You can also find a good quality dog food for any age dog. If you decide on a brand that is for any age dog, it will probably have nutrients for your dog’s growth. If, however, your dog becomes overweight, finding a quality dog food for his maintenance may be a better choice.
Look online or check your local pet store for dog food with a specified ‘meat’ as the first couple of ingredients. You may find chicken, turkey, etc, or chicken meal, turkey meal, etc. These meats are specific and indicate a much higher quality of food. “Meal” means that the water has been removed and you get a condensed, high quality food. Refrain from any dog food where the first ingredient is corn or corn meal.