Posted 14th Sep 2016
Did you know that a better diet can lead to improved behaviour from your dog? As part of their Clean Eating for dogs campaign, Forthglade have come up with some advice to help you out...
Easier toilet training
A poor quality of food can cause diarrhoea, which will make it harder for your dog to control its bowels, and subsequently, for you to time toilet breaks. By feeding your puppy a natural and quality food, you can help them to produce regular and firm stools, making it easier for you to judge the best times to let them out.
A calm and more focussed companion
The artificial additives that are in low quality dog food can cause hyperactive behaviour, along with a loss of focus and a general increased sensitivity towards people or other dogs. Dogs that enjoy an additive free diet will be better companions, and have also been found to exhibit the calmer and more focused behaviour that you look for in your dog.
Improved energy and a willingness to please
Additives in food also can cause your dog to gain weight, suffer from lethargy and have a poor desire to please. This will be accompanied by physical ailments, which can include a lacklustre coat, bad breath and loose stools. In comparison, natural foods will provide plenty of energy and result in an alert and happy dog.
Not only is the food important, but also the habits you get them into. Forthglade's dog behaviourist Nick Jones explained: "My passion lies in helping to create a relationship that allows the dog to be well mannered, content and free from stressful behavioural patterns. I believe that providing your dog with nutritious, natural and balanced food, such as Forthglade, is the very first step in achieving this - ensuring that a dog is able to learn, relax and enjoy its environment. It is always a real pleasure to see the positive impact that an improved diet can have on a dog and also how the relationship can improve between animal and owner."
To help you establish this, Nick has the following advice:
Choose a calm feeding location
Your dog should be eating their food in the same location for every meal. It should be a quiet area, away from busy areas so they can feel relaxed as they eat.
Establish a consistent routine
A consistent routine will allow your dog to become accustomed and confident to being fed at a specific time and location. This will help to manage expectations and reduce the chances of begging.
You should avoid sharing food from your plate with your dog, as this will only encourage it to beg in the future. If you do have leftovers, instead incorporate them into your training routine, having made sure they are low in salt and fat first.
Teaching good manners at mealtime
Encourage your dog to sit and wait a respectable distance away while you are preparing its food. when you're ready, tell him to stay where he is while placing the bowl on the floor. Then give a clear 'OK' command so he knows he can go.
Image and tips courtesy of Forthglade