Whole Dog Journal Tips November 4, 2013

(Canine Ancestral Diet #1) The canine ancestral diet – Introduction

You may have heard of the “Cave Man Diet” as it applies to humans, the theory being that unprocessed fresh foods high in protein and low in carbohydrates are best for people who evolved successfully over thousands and thousands of years consuming just such a diet. The concept of the “Canine Ancestral Diet” for dogs is similar in nature. Dogs and other canids evolved successfully through hunting and scavenging, consuming foods that were not at all like the kibble so many are fed today. Recent nutritional science increasingly supports an ancestral-type diet – high protein, balanced fats, and at least some fresh foods – as the healthiest approach to feeding most dogs.

While in theory one can feed a dog the ancestral diet, in practical terms – given modern lifestyles and busy schedules – it is just not realistic for the vast majority of pet owners. However, there are steps you can take to alter or augment what you currently feed your dog to make it more like the ancestral diet and thus improve the nutritional content of your dog’s diet.

The ABC way of feeding is based upon detailed analyses of the dog’s ancestral diet, supported by up-to-date nutritional science, and the author’s twenty years experience in developing foods for national pet food companies. The ABC plans focus first on correcting the weaknesses associated with modern dog food which generally contain not enough protein, too many carbohydrates, unbalanced fats, and lack the complete nutrition that can only be provided by fresh foods.

There is no need to dramatically change the type of foods you’re feeding. If you feed dry foods, for example, you can make significant nutritional progress if you make one day a week an ABC day. It’s easy, and you’ll probably see the difference in your dog within two to four weeks. If you are more ambitious, Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet includes additional strategies that involve preparing food for your dog that will take you even closer to the ancestral diet. Whatever you choose to do, the ABC way will help improve your dog’s diet and overall health.

For more ways to bring the benefits of the canine ancestral diet to your dog, purchase Steve Brown’s Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet by clicking here.