We live in a time where people are more health-conscious, self-aware of what they are putting into their bodies, and all the more vital for it! This lifestyle transformation and heightening standard for food integrity naturally include our beloved personal protection dogs and all members of the family.
Your personal protection dog was an investment of the heart, mind, wallet and you want to do your best for him or her in every way possible. Top-notch care for your personal protection dog includes exercise, physical, mental and emotional stimulation, proper shelter, and last but not least, diet. All of these factors dramatically affect the health and wellbeing of your personal protection canine and should be taken seriously. This doesn’t necessarily mean a complete daily routine overhaul, a ton of stress or any sort of uncomfortable sacrifice on your part! In other words, change can be gradual, improvements can be moderate.
You’ll find that when you start with something simple, you’ll notice immediate results. Throw your protection dog a raw, uncooked, size-appropriate meaty bone and the once dreaded doggie breath will be a thing of the past and surprisingly neutral, dare we say fresh breath will replace it. Your efforts will be rewarded with pleasantly noticeable long-term benefits as well. Did you know that dogs fed a species-appropriate raw meat diet shed a fraction of the amount that a merely kibble-fed dog does? That means less time and effort spent brushing. That means less money spent at the groomer. That means an end to clogged drains. That means your clothing, furniture, and pretty much every surface in your house that your personal protection dog touches can catch a much-needed break and you can focus on the important stuff like building a life together and enjoying all the best of the human-canine bond without the hassles.
Let’s start with cultivating a basic understanding of our top 15 ways to improve your dog’s diet:
1. Read the food labels! Don’t be brainwashed by the pretty pictures on the packaging.
Did you know that the lush, beautiful photos of plump vegetables and whole chickens photoshopped brightly on kibble packaging have nothing to do with what’s in the package? They’re marketing tricks. What’s really important is of course, in the fine print, on the back of the bag. Read it! Research on the internet the ingredients are have been exposed as unsafe for personal protection dogs, like animal by-products, corn, wheat, and soy. You’d be shocked to discover the kinds of substances found in dog food and the carcinogenic preservatives used in some of the low-quality brands. At worst there have been the carcasses of diseased, dead, or dying animals thrown into the vats of boiling mush that would later be made into factory-produced kibble. Even the higher quality brands of kibble these days suffer from company recalls because all kinds of questionable things are somehow getting past quality control inspection.
2. Fresh foods first. Refrain from feeding shelf-stable foods as the course.
The fresher the foods, the more life force they contain. Stuff in cans, boxes, and bags is substantially lower in nutrition than foods that require freezing or refrigeration. We want to provide our personal protection dogs for sale and in homes the most physiologically useful, nutritious foods possible, not a bunch of comfort food, junk food, and empty calories. Healthy foods supercharge our working canines to astutely do their jobs, which is protection. Their minds need to be alert and clear in order to perform. Their neurons need to be firing. It is our duty as guardians to give them what they need to be what we acquired them to be!
3. The more whole, fresh, raw foods, the better!
All of the vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and the very essence of foods are knocked out once we cook them or process them in any way. The same rules we learned growing up as kids about fresh foods being tantamount apply to our protection dogs as well. Go out to the human grocery store and load up in the produce section: apples, kale, celery, salad greens, blueberries, peas, seaweeds, carrots, anything dark green and leafy is a go! Get out the blender and blend them up. Your dog will thank you.
4. Say yes to foods rich in anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants.
We can’t say enough about the importance of the inclusion of foods containing anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants. Anti-inflammatories are what reduce inflammation and keep the joints well lubricated and healthy. Inflammation is a major cause of disease all over. Do not wait until your protection dog is old, sore, injured, or showing symptoms of pain! They can be found inexpensively in spices like turmeric, chicken feet, and other animal parts with cartilage-like cow tracheas. Anti-oxidants are what build immunity and they can be found in sea vegetables and blueberries to name a few.
5. Raw meats are right. Cooked meats are not.
When the muscle meat of fish, birds, and mammals is cooked, carcinogenic chemicals termed heterocyclic amines are formed. In addition, vital nutrients are lost. Consider that humans are the only species of animal on the planet that eats cooked food. Dogs in the wild have been eating raw meat for eons and our domestic personal protection dogs for sale and for home are no different.
6. Certified organic vegetables and fruit are the golden tickets.
Organic produce has not been doused in poisonous, carcinogenic pesticides, most of which are illegal in Europe as the U.S. turns a blind eye.
7. Use apple cider vinegar to wash any non-organic produce.
We get that organic produce is still very expensive to go totally organic is unrealistic for a lot of us. Luckily, apple cider vinegar is inexpensive, accessible, edible, and is a tried and true way to reduce exposure to any pesticides or chemicals lingering on the surface of fruits and vegetables.
8. Gluten makes for a gassy dog! Avoid!
The only reason why corn gluten is included in many commercial kibbles is to keep the inferior fats from becoming rancid, not for the benefit of your dog! In fact, they are terrible for your dog and the smells coming from your dog’s farts and poops tell the story.
9. Choose organic green lentils to replace rice.
Or canines really don’t have any nutritional need for grains like rice. It’s a filler food of low value. Green lentils, on the other hand, are similar in preparation time and are loaded with protein that your dog can actually use.
10. Supercharge Fido’s meals with raw organic coconut oil. Good fats rock!
Maintaining our pups’ inner organs is integral. The liver will need to be in top shape to filter toxins for the rest of the dog’s life. Raw coconut oil makes a beeline for the liver and gets transformed straight into energy. Good fats are also a key way to manage your dog’s weight.
11. Abstain from overfeeding. Use commonsense and set limits on treats.
This is a given; although overeating can feel comforting and like a rewarding exchange of love at the moment, the extra weight bears down on our protection dogs joints and just makes it harder to get around. Use low-calorie, single ingredient, fresh treats like carrots or apple slices for training rewards.
12. Prioritize teeth and gum health and be creative.
The percentage of pets that end up with mouth and gum disease in their old age due to a lifetime of dental neglect is outrageously high. Your dog thrives on a raw meaty bone to work his jaw muscles. it’s a relaxing pastime for her, keeps her occupied, and the friction of the chewing combined with the bone itself removes plaque. Toothbrushing with quality dog toothpaste works. Even better, brushing with pure raw coconut oil works wonders because of its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties.
13. Feed filtered water for sure; purity means a lot.
There is a ton of undesirable chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, and dangerous additives like fluoride (around which there is much distortion) in tap water supply. The levels are obviously based on your city and country. Reverse osmosis is one of the best means of filtration. Brita filters are basic. Offer your protection dog the best you can offer yourself.
14. Dishwashing chemicals are dangerous. Vinegar to wash dog bowls is a winner.
Consider what you’re washing your protection dog’s dishes and your dishes with. Many chemical cleaners leave a residue that ultimately gets consumed off dish surfaces! Vinegar is a pure and completely benign, inexpensive way to disinfect your dishes.
15. Be proactive in your knowledge, take a stand for food safety and purity.
The internet is bursting with supportive communities of people who’ve made it their lifestyle and their hobbies to better their own lives and their dogs’ lives through profound awareness of what goes into our bodies. Co-ops for raw feeding and supplementation and other forms of holistic health care for our personal protection dogs abound on the internet with just a few clicks. Get to know people and feel your own sense of personal power proliferate with your newly gained knowledge!