Feeding dogs is not as simple as it used to be. With an almost unlimited selection of dog foods and people’s differing attitudes toward food, knowing how to feed a dog has become far more complicated!
There was a time when you could choose from a very limited selection of foods, and the only things you worried about were your dog’s weight and whether he had enough energy.
In recent years, we have been able to choose from canned, dried, semi-moist, gravy or non-gravy, non-gluten and meat or vegetarian.
You can even buy all natural dog foods, or dog foods for specific medical conditions, for your dog.
Choosing your dog’s food will depend on her age, her fitness and her health. If she has a condition like diabetes, she will require a special diet.
Weimaraner puppies need special large breed puppy food. And older Weimaraners also have special nutritional needs.
This article covers topics on:
- What attracts your dog to food?
- Best feeding schedules for Weimaraners
- Specialty foods for dogs
- Special equipment for feeding
A short summary will tell you what each article is about. Simply click on the link to continue reading about a topic.
What Attracts Your Dog to Food?
Your Dog’s Sense of Smell
Dogs do have taste buds like you, and they can detect flavors that are salty, sweet and sour. But the most important attractant for food is its smell. Your dog’s sense of smell is highly developed.
Studies with dogs have shown us that dogs do have some preferences for foods. For example, they prefer:
- Canned meat over fresh
- Meat over grains and cereal
- Warm food over cold food
- Cooked meat over raw meat
Feeding Schedules for Weimaraners
Puppy Feeding Schedule
Puppy feeding is closely linked to housetraining, so it’s important to get this right, in the beginning. Puppies who are placed on a regular schedule for eating and trips outside are house broken much faster than puppies on a more random schedule.
Of course, at some point, you’ll need to switch your puppy to an adult food, and you certainly don’t want to continue feeding him as frequently when he’s older. This article will give you some thoughts on that.
Adult Weimaraner Dog Feeding Schedule
As your dog gets older and becomes an adult, you’ll want to cut back on the number of times a day you feed him. If you don’t, feeding your dog will become a real inconvenience!
Especially if you work or you have to be away from your home frequently during the day, it would be best to eliminate the noon time meal.
Your dog will adjust, and he will get used to the new schedule.
Feeding on Demand for Weimaraners?
You don’t have to rush home to be in time for meals. Pretty simple.
But will it work for your Weimaraner? Before you get too excited about this simple way of feeding your dog, you’d better take a look at this article.
There are some strong reasons for considering this carefully before you plunge right in.
Specialty Foods for Dogs
What is the Best Diet for Puppies?
But feeding your puppy is a bit more complicated than just picking the right dog food.
You will need to transition her to adult food at the right time and you’ll need to adjust her feeing times, as well.
This article will guide you through the feeding issues and help you decide how to time things just right.
Gluten Free Dog Food
But, do dogs get celiac disease? The Merck Manual for Pet Health is an authority on animal health, and they don’t even mention celiac disease for any animals, not just dogs. Animals don’t get celiac disease.
So why would you put your dog on a gluten free diet? Well, it does turn out that there are some reasons that it would be a good idea for some dogs.
But what about yours? You’ll have to decide if your dog is a candidate for a gluten free diet.
Special Equipment for Feeding
Dog Bloat in Weimaraners
One of the problems with dogs who get bloat is that they eat too fast. Your dog is probably a good example of this.
Using a slow feed bowl is a major step in preventing bloat.