3. Cravings and Self-control
Do dogs have cravings? I’m not really sure. I know my dog loves bananas, but he doesn’t really seem to think about them until one is peeled in his presence. I do know that self-control is not exactly any dog’s strong suit, but as long as he doesn’t have access to the pantry, this shouldn’t really matter.
Where self-control does play a big role in canine nutrition is in our ability to say “no” to those imploring looks that dogs give us when they want just one more treat or a little something from the table. Tough love people! When “parenting,” sometimes you know best. You just have to stick with your decision, no matter how unpopular it is.
4. Stress Relief Shouldn’t Be About Food
Just like us, dogs have stress in their lives. Being left alone for long periods of time probably causes the most canine anxiety these days. I think owners recognize the stress that alone-time plays in a dog’s life and feel a little guilty about it. Our response? We want to spoil our dogs when we are home, and all too often this comes in the form of food, which can lead to obesity.
Go ahead and spoil your dog, but do it with play, attention or a long walk after dinner, rather than extra food.
5. Feeding a Dog Well Doesn’t Have to be Pricey
Unfortunately, there seems to be a direct relationship between the nutritional quality and cost of human food. It just seems wrong that a couple of apples should cost more than a fast food burger. While there is an element of “you get what you pay for” in dog food, good canine nutrition more than pays for itself in the end. Dogs that eat well are healthier and see the vet less frequently than those that eat the canine equivalent of junk food. Many people also find that they need to feed less when they are feeding a high quality food to their dogs, so the cost per meal (versus per bag) can actually be very reasonable.
Is your dog eating worse, as well, or better than you are?
Top 5 Reasons Why Our Dogs Should Eat Better Than We Do originally appeared on petMD.com