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We r all always on here wanting the best of the best dogs, hard dogs, real working dogs, with the best traits to carry on fro their blood right?
Well i have been wondering about this... lets talk about the most basics in the dogs life.... THEIR FOOD
Why r so many people so concerned with what their dogs eat? Spending $60 a bag!
My question is,
Wouldnt it make sense to WEED out the weaker stomached ones who only do good on the best of diets? and special diets? Wuldnt it make sense that the stronger dogs should be able to excel and do anything under whatever diet, if you fed them bread for a week? Not that i do... just wondering, if there are dogs out there who have weak stomaches to certain foods, should this raise a brow?Shouldntt he strongest most versatile (eat whatever) be the most considered?
If you see a dog in training with high drives and awesome bite work and they feed it garbage food and is hardley spolied in that area.... would this impress more then a dog that is on the best food,vitamins,supplements etc???? does this matter?

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"garbage food" well no, but a dog that can do well on a raw diet is a solid dog to me. i don't NEED to feed high priced/quality kibble, i could feed old roy and the dogs would do just fine. i WANT to feed the best quality food i can. i expect my dogs to toe the line (and beyond) for me, the least i can do is feed them the best i can find
 

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Tia said:
i agree cathy this is just a thought....
oh great, so now i gotta think for the idiot test AND this! lmao
Does it hurt? Maybe you should take a break! lol!


Interesting topic....My previous dog was fed decent food, and had to be PTS at age 7 due to leukemia. The dog we had before that we fed no name dog food for her whole life (or table scraps!) and she lived to be 19 with no major health problems (a few accidents here and there, but for some reason she thought she could beat up rottweilers! :shock: ).

The dogs we have now are fed a high quality food, but they are only 3...
 

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Tia said:
Wouldnt it make sense to WEED out the weaker stomached ones who only do good on the best of diets? and special diets? Wuldnt it make sense that the stronger dogs should be able to excel and do anything under whatever diet, if you fed them bread for a week? Not that i do... just wondering, if there are dogs out there who have weak stomaches to certain foods, should this raise a brow?Shouldntt he strongest most versatile (eat whatever) be the most considered?
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IMO... the test is kibble, that has to be the harshest diet for a canine. Not even close to natural! Canines were designed to eat meat, guts and bone (raw). But because a dog has a reaction to certain kibbles, does this say that a dog has a weak digestive/immune system? Considering the ingredients of most kibbles, I'm amazed that their digestive systems adapt to it at all.

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garbage in......garbage out

Having white dogs and having major allergy problem before made me realize many things and I did learn alot from my vet.

One is basic stuff need to live or nutrient for optimal health.

DOGS are wolves and genetically there is liitle to distinquish them. Like Rottie said, there is something inheirently wrong about a dog eating and getting most of its calories from RICE. It ain't asian. :lol:

The reason I feed barking at the moon at $63 bucks for a bag is I want them to be healthy and they perform better, react quicker, and generally I feel they are happier.
 

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IMO... the test is kibble, that has to be the harshest diet for a canine. Not even close to natural! Canines were designed to eat meat, guts and bone (raw). But because a dog has a reaction to certain kibbles, does this say that a dog has a weak digestive/immune system? Considering the ingredients of most kibbles, I'm amazed that their digestive systems adapt to it at all.

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Well said, we as a group (dog owners) sometimes humanize our dogs so much we forget their biology. One reason they can do well on kibble is because as wolves they must be opportunistic to survive. Their digestive system must be able to retain nutrients from many sources (meat is by far the most predominant). But when meat is scarce/unavailable they become very omniverous (sp?). They must be able to glean SOMETHING from just about ANYTHING.
 

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Very interesting topic, Tia. You reminds me of Tracey...she has always said that!

I think it is a slippery slope. On one hand we want to give our dogs the best foods we can in order to maximize their output and give them the best chance at a long healthy and productive life. On the other hand we may want to see how our dogs would do on a cheaper food just to see how their stomachs handle it for breeding purposes. I suppose we could all test our dogs by feeding them Ole' Roy for a while but will a short lived stint on a cheap food be a good test? I don't think so. I think to truly test our dog on how they would do on a crap food it would have to be fed over the course of their whole life. Look at humans, the occasional trip to Burger King isn't going to shorten someones life or make them sick (well maybe that is debateable..lol) but serisouly it takes a lifetime of poor eating to really affect someone and I think its the same with dogs. i think it comes down to how much of a risk people are willing to take with their dogs by feeding them a cheap food. . Great post, love to see people thinking. :)
 
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