Wet dog food, a.k.a. canned dog food, is not nearly as popular as dry food. The total sales figure for dry pet food in the U.S. last year (more than $12.7 billion) was more than 21/2 times that of wet pet food (almost $4.8 billion). I understand the reasons for this, but wish it wasnt so. Canned food is actually a much healthier diet for dogs than kibble.
While curiosity and the ability to learn dont have expiration dates, young puppies have an important behavioral sweet spot between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. During this critical period, your dog builds her impressions and attitudes about what is normal and acceptable. At this time more than any other, positive experiences with the world around her build a solid foundation for the rest of your dogs (we hope) long life.
Industry analysts frequently observe that humanization has been a hot trend in pet food for the past few years. The term is used to describe products containing ingredients that are popular in the human food industry, as well as those that are manufactured and/or packaged to resemble human food.
Subscribers Only Price is the most commonly cited reason that people prefer to feed dry food to their dogs; canned food is far more expensive to feed than dry food. Owners of large dogs or multiple dogs rarely feed canned food as anything other than an occasional treat, for this reason alone. Of course, there are other objections, too.
Subscribers Only People who work successfully with dogs either have good instincts about how to interact with them, or they learn quickly. There is a real art to using body language to help a dog feel at ease with your presence. The most competent professionals make training look almost effortless, because all the messages they convey to their canine pupils are calm, clear, and consistent and that means both the cues and rewards they use consciously, and the posture and movements they use without thinking.
Subscribers Only Three months ago, I asked, Why cant veterinary nutritionists design recipes that meet most nutritional needs through the use of whole foods, rather than synthetic supplements? The question appeared in my article Dishing On Diets (WDJ September 2013), about a study claiming that most homemade diet recipes are incomplete and unbalanced.
Subscribers Only The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began receiving reports in 2006 regarding dogs becoming ill sometimes fatally ill shortly after being fed dried chicken jerky treats. Most, but not all, of the treats mentioned in these reports were made or sourced in China.
My husband and I were lounging on our sofa the other night, when we both became aware of an odd background noise that didnt fit into the movie we were watching at all a sort of growly, snorty, buzzy sound. We looked at each other for a moment, puzzled, before he reached for the remote and paused the movie so we could listen and identify the source of the noise. It was our dog, Otto, sound asleep on a thick dog bed next to the couch, and snoring like a hibernating bear. Or an oncoming train. It was loud!
What is your favorite way of spending quality time with your dog?
- Going on a Nice Long Walk. (886 votes)
- Taking Him to the Dog Park. (139 votes)
- Playing his Favorite Game with Him. (384 votes)
- Cuddling up on the Couch and Watching TV. (623 votes)
- None of the Above. (73 votes)