Feeding Your Poodle

What to feed your poodle

Not every poodle owner understands what, how and when to feed your poodle. Since we are what we eat, it helps to know just what is the right kind of food, when and how often it should be served and where to get the best quality pet food for your beloved dogs and poodles.

If you have never owned a dog, then you should discuss with the breeder, or shelter worker (if you are adopting a shelter or rescue dog) what type or brand of food they have been feeding the dog.

Even a breeder does not always give their dogs the best food available. One simple reason may be that the best food is really home made food. Home cooked meals for one dog is one thing, but to provide home made dog food of a consistently high quality for dozens of animals is quite another story. It takes a lot of time and dedication to provide that kind of high level diet on a daily basis.

feeding your poodle

Making good home cooked meals for your poodle is one of several options and it does not have to be extremely difficult or time consuming to do so. There are some excellent dog food recipe books out there that explain how to make good homemade meals for your poodle, puppy or dog, as well as how to make tasty home made dog treats too. Most of the recipes that are good do not have too many ingredients and are fairly simple to make. You can make meals in bulk and freeze them for several weeks.

Switching food is not the best thing to do. The reason for that is that dogs in general have a hard time dealing with different types of food. Usually stomach distress is the result of switching foods often or even occasionally. It takes time for dogs sensitive digestive system to acclimate to a new brand of food.

The next best thing to a home made diet is to use raw food. There is a whole new industry that has sprung up in recent years that caters to the poodle and dog loving crowd and supplies good quality raw food for dogs that is an excellent source of nutrition without all of the fillers and preservatives that you may find in so many commercial brands of food. A raw diet is great for dogs since that is really what their digestive system is made to digest most easily. This is what dogs have eaten in the wild since the dawn of their existence. A raw diet is also free of grains, which are the number one source of allergies in dogs. Grains are found in abundance in most commercial dog food brands and are a serious problem.

If you are going to try raw dog food, check your local pet store for a good brand of raw dog food and possibly try an organic version first. If you are not sure that this is the way to go, check with your veterinarian. Not all vets understand or are trained in feeding pets a raw diet, so don’t be surprised if your vet is not so enthusiastic. We have a very good holistic veterinarian, who is also trained in the traditional medical veterinary arts as well, who highly recommends raw dog food for all his clients’ pets. However, not every dog is suited to the raw diet, especially those who are immune-compromised.

How To Feed Your Poodle

How to feed your poodle is another important topic that may be misunderstood by some pet owners. Most people don’t realize that the food should ideally be placed at the proper height for the dog. Otherwise, it is a strain for the pup to eat as they have to bend down too far and, especially for older dogs, it is uncomfortable to eat. The wither height, as it is known, is the height where you should measure your dog for proper placement of the food and water bowl. To get the exact ideal height for where the food bowl ought to be, you subtract a half of a foot from in between the dog’s shoulder and the floor. That has also been called the wither height. For really small dogs, you might use a measurement of four inches instead of four. There are some raised doggy bowls you can purchase for a fairly cheap price, and they will be well worth the money spent, since your dog will not have to strain to eat.

How often should you feed your poodle or dog

Every dog is different and some are less picky when it comes to food than others are. Most often, a dog will begin munching away as soon as the food is placed in front of them. But if the dog is new to the home, or if you have recently changed their food, give it some time for them to adjust. They may just sniff and walk away. Many dogs are perpetual finicky eaters and are quite fussy about their dog food.

A good general rule is this. Place the food down where your pup will be eating and if they do not eat within about ten minutes, pick the food up and put it away in the fridge. The dog will not die of starvation by not eating at the moment.

Try to feed your pooch again in an hour or two, or at the next scheduled meal time.
Again, place the bowl there for ten minutes, and your dog will quickly learn that he or she needs to eat when the food is served or it will be taken away.

Begging for treats

If you have a poodle or a dog and you do not want to create a begging monster, then I highly suggest that you never offer people food or food from your own plate to your poodle. I know just how difficult it might be to resist those sweet puppy dog eyes and that look of begging, but you will regret it if you do give into it. You will have created a situation and a habit that will be impossible to break and it is not a good one to have.

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