Hey y’all, Jessica here, The Furry Family Coach.
Today we are going to talk a little bit about nutrition.
Why would a dog trainer want to talk about nutrition? Well, for me it’s simple … Everything we put into our bodies effects our health and also has an effect on behavior.
Have you seen any of the recent Snickers commercials? They have some celebrity playing the part of an angry or eccentric person who, when given a Snickers bar turns back into their regular self.
Well, it’s kinda like that except we are talking about vitamins and minerals and not candy bars.
So stick with me because at the end of this video I’m going to share with you exactly what I feed my dog.
Hey y’all, I’m back! And we are talking about nutrition and how it actually does effect your dog’s training!
Let me first start out by asking you a question …. When you’ve gone on a junk food bender, and I’m sure most of us have at least once or twice, how do you feel the next few days?
You’ve deprived your body of essential nutrients, replaced real food with processed chemicals and probably haven’t even seen a glass of water in days …. I can tell you from experience that it feels like crap.
My body is tired. Dehydration takes its toll and my brain is in a fog.
Guess what?! … The same thing is happening to your dog when all they get to eat is processed junk.
Yes, I am talking about kibble.
How well do you learn when you feel terrible and can’t focus? How much do you actually care about focusing on a task and doing your best when you don’t feel well and your brain is in a fog?
And yet, we expect our dogs to be at peak performance and act like perfect little angels when we feed them the worst possible diets.
Look, I get it, we have been told for decades that dogs need to eat kibble and that this brand is better than that brand….
But stop and think about it for a minute — fresh food is the best food you can put in your body – and in your dogs body (fyi – your cat too!)
So, as a society, we feed processed junk to our pets and expect them to perform at a normal level mentally. It doesn’t add up.
A recent study by researchers in Iran has shown that providing supplementation of Magnesium, Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Zinc produced noticeable behavioral differences in dog both in a control group and in dogs with known behavioral issues.
Here’s a link to the study >> Science Direct https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1938973618300758
It’s no shock to me, but for those who need proof – here you go!
So, what should you do with this information?
Well, I told you at the beginning of this video that I would reveal to you what I feed my own dog…
I feed her a biologically appropriate, species specific diet of raw foods. She won’t even touch kibble if it’s put in front of her. She loves her food and it provides her all the proper nutrients her canine body and mind need.
So here is my challenge to you.
Replace at least 20% of your dogs processed diet with fresh, whole foods. Muscle meats, organ meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh fish like sardines, whole food supplements, and watch the changes in your dog.
Keep a journal if you need to, to remind yourself of all the little changes you will see every day.
And if you need suggestions for foods to use, let me know and I’ll be happy to help!
Let me know all the wonderful changes you see in your dog.
I can’t wait to hear from you!
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