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Fig tree fruit is dry and fibrous, which can be challenging to consume for dogs. It is more digestible if you give it to your dog while it is still wet from the rain or sprinkler, because the natural sugars in a wet tree fruit like an apple are much more easily digested than those in dry fruits like prunes, which have a much higher sugar concentration.
## APPLE, PEACH, OR APRICOT
These fruits provide a sweet taste that is very easy to digest for most dogs. However, most dogs will need to chew the fruit first, so don't give them too much fruit until they have learned to chew it well. I like to give dry apple, apricot, and peach cores, so my dog can practice his "dental" skills with them before getting to the actual apple, apricot, or peach.
## APPLE, PEAR, OR PEACH
These fruits are similar in shape to apples, but have a thicker skin and a softer texture, so they are a little bit easier to eat. Again, give the dog a dry apple, pear, or peach core before he gets to the whole fruit. If you have very dry apples, give him a small amount of wet fruit, so he can get used to eating wet food first.
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# Grain and Meal Basics
I like to think of grains and meals as the tools for preparing your dog's food. You need a hammer to build a house. You need a brush and broom to clean a house. You need a good, sturdy spoon to eat food with, and you need something to wash the food down with.
If you have an apple or pear core, which is dry, you can use it to help you with your food mixing. If your dog needs to chew before eating, you need something for him to chew on to help with his mouth and dental health. If your dog is an eating machine and your food is ready for him to eat, then you need something to wash the food down with.
Here are some basic ingredients that you'll need to keep on hand to make all of your dog's meals:
* **_Sušená strava_**
* **_Soft, fresh, healthy kibble_**
* **_Soft, fresh, healthy treats_**
* **_Čerstvá zelenina_**
* **_Rostlinný olej_**
* **_Dry food mixing bowls_**
* **_Water bowls_**
* **_Vegetable or canola oil_**
* **_Dry food brushes_**
* **_Wooden skewers_**
* **_Spoon-like tools (for cooking)_**
* **_Gumové rukavice_**
* **_Vegetable peels_**
Basic food ingredients
### Food and Feeding Guidelines
If you feed your dog a high-quality food with the right supplements and the right portion sizes, your dog can live a long life. I know, I know, this sounds too simple to be true. But I've seen the results and I know that the majority of dogs out there do just fine on a consistent, steady diet.
So if your dog needs a little help to reach his ideal weight, then why not feed him one of the low-calorie and very lean dog foods? The best dog foods don't even have any calories listed on the bag. That's right, zero. That's why you'll need to use portion control to get your dog to the right weight. I'm always amazed at the results that I see with my client's dogs when they begin eating the right foods.
It's a big commitment. You're not just feeding a dog, you're _loving_ your dog! You've been entrusted with his care, and you have the power to influence his health and longevity. Be prepared to be patient, do your research, and take your time to set your dog up for success!
_**Why We Need to Feed for Maintenance**_
The dog food industry is a $6 billion-a-year industry, and, in fact, you probably have a few foods in your house that are specifically made for dogs. I'm not talking about the dog foods that have a few extra vitamins added, just the regular, everyday food your dog eats.
Here's the truth: Most dogs are fed maintenance for their entire lives. If you ask any professional, they will tell you that feeding maintenance food is crucial to the overall health and well-being of a dog. The problem is that maintenance is not healthy.
Many of my dogs are fed a maintenance diet for almost all of their lives. In fact, when I got my first dog, he was fed a maintenance food for ten years. When I switched to feeding him only healthy, whole foods, his hair was the first thing to go. It fell out at an alarming rate, almost overnight. It was the first thing I knew about the power of natural nutrition!
When I took him off his maintenance diet and switched him to real food, he lost 20 pounds in less than three months. He looked thin, so I began to watch his weight carefully. It took about a year of adding food back in to bring his weight back to where it should be. It was almost heartbreaking to see him revert back to his former shape and weight. I was relieved when he was finally down to his normal weight.
Když jsem začal krmit své psy pouze přírodních potravin, které měli jíst, neměl jsem ponětí, kolik zdravotních problémů by mohlo být způsobeno stravováním údržby. Mnoho mých psů mělo problémy s kůží, problémy s jatery, problémy kloubů a další zdravotní problémy. Teprve poté, co jsem je krmil pouze přírodními potravinami, jsem je začal vidět, jak se daří. Už několik let získávají lepší zdraví.
Mnoho mých psů je nyní několik let mimo údržbu. Nejběžnějším problémem s údržbou je přírůstek na váze a obvykle je to přibývání na váze na všech nesprávných místech. Údržbářské psi mají kolem ledvin příliš mnoho tuku, příliš mnoho břišních tuků a někdy i příliš mnoho tuku kolem zadního konce, stehna, boky a ocasy. Nedělám si legraci. Vím, že se může zdát těžké uvěřit, že psi by měli tolik tlustých, ale tak jsou postaveny.
Když jsou psi krmeni údržbou, tělo začne ukládat tuk. To způsobí, že hladina cukru v krvi psího poklesne a zvyšuje se jejich hladina inzulínu. To způsobí, že tělo ukládá hodně tuku kolem ledvin, což je místo, kde je uložen přebytečný tuk. Když jejich hladina cukru v krvi stoupá a hladina inzulínu klesne, ukládají tuk kolem játra a kolem ostatních částí těla, kde ukládají tuk. Bohužel, když jsou psi přepnuty na přírodní jídlo, tělo ukládá tuk v různých oblastech. Přebytečný tuk kolem ocasu a zad je uložen ve svalech, přebytečný tuk kolem zadní části boků a zadních nohou je uložen ve svalech a přebytek tuku v žaludku je uložen v játrech.
Psi krmené přírodním jídlem obvykle začínají mít dobrý hubnutí z nízkokalorické údržby. Jak však pes stále zhubne, přestane ztrácet tuk ze svých ledvin a začne jej ztrácet z jiných oblastí těla. Pokud hmotnost psa klesne z 10 na 5, zastavil se