This isn’t George. This is Harry the Dog. One of his predecessors. He was a VERY good boy and, as such, received lots of treats. So, George strives to be as good boy too.
This is Harry with a filled bone. Harry could, and would, eat almost anything (not off the table though after having mustard put on his nose) and never complained about what he was given. A really good boy.
After having some problems with Ted, the dog after Harry, that was when we found out about dog allergies. It was never anything i had really thought about. We were aware of the rise in the number of reported and diagnosed allergies in humans compared to a century before but, in pets?
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A bit of research with dog food manufacturers showed a whole market for Wheat Free and Grain Free dog food and products for allergic animals.
It was surprising and also made you wonder if you’d been feeding your dog incorrectly for a long time.
These thoughts were then checked by the rational part of the mind that said ‘Dogs eat anything’, ‘This is a gimmick’, ‘Guilt trip to make you pay more’ but i took a punt and purchased a wheat free product from The Laughing Dog food company.
I was surprised at the impact it had on the the dogs temperament. He seemed calmer overall and, happier?, yes, i guess so. Certainly more relaxed as if he had been in some general discomfort.
This is not scientific process by me – far from it – as we never went so far as having Ted diagnosed but it certainly seemed to help. Ted’s other problems are a different story, see my first post ‘A New Hope’ about all that.
What it did give us is an idea of a healthier diet for our dog. It seems a lot of advertised dog food is created to look almost edible for humans – beef with peas, carrots & gravy – like we’ve just given him a Sunday dinner. I very much doubt most of us would eat a Sunday Roast dinner every day so why would we give it to a dog? Can that be healthy?
Either way, my dog, my choice and he eats healthy. Yes, he gets lots of small treats and i mean LOTS but he is being trained and a lot of these ‘treats’ are actually just pieces of his standard kibble.
It may or may not have been something you’ve considered before but, if you care about your pets, it’s got to be worth a few moments thought.