Tips for feeding a happy healthy dog

Brace yourself, I’m about to brag.

Our dogs are very well behaved.

"we can tell you're talking about us:)"

“we can tell you’re talking about us:)”

This isn’t really my doing though, it’s DH’s.  He is officially “Master Trainer”.  And for the dogs, he rules the roost.

For us the dog training bible is The Art of Raising a Puppy, by the Monks of New Skete.  And the key to dogs is consistency, both in routine and appreciation for good behaviour (and discipline for negative).

A big part of our ‘routine’ is when the dogs get fed.  We feed the boys two meals a day, breakfast and dinner.  We follow the Rayne feeding guidelines quite closely, but also know our dogs well enough to either increase or decrease food based on activity levels and weight.

Do you know what a healthy body weight is for your dog?  It’s a lot less than people think.  And just like humans, carrying a few extra pounds can really dampen quality of life and energy levels.

Within eight weeks of switching Hermann-Maier over to Rayne, he dropped (and has stayed consistent ever since) 15 pounds.  His energy levels are amazing, and clearly he feels great.

@raynewholefood thank you again for getting Hermann back to normal 🙂

A video posted by Hermann-Maier & Eddie-Vedder (@lifeasawookie) on

Dog Feeding Tips for a healthy, happy dog:

1) Make sure you are feeding your dogs high quality food. Know the ingredients and how it’s made.
2) Follow guidelines and speak to your vet about how much food your dog should get each day.
3) Be sure to change food as they go through different life stages. Younger dogs and older dogs have very different needs.
4) Establish a clear routine for food.
5) Make sure your dog always has access to fresh, clean water.
6) If you choose to feed your dog human food, know what foods to avoid. (We often give the boys cut up carrots or other veggies mixed with their food – which they love!)
7) Store food properly. (We keep the big bags of Rayne inside a large Rubbermaid container with a measuring scoop.)
8) and finally….keep a small bag of dog food in the car trunk with your other emergency supplies. Because having it, means you’ll never need it:)

To read more about our journey with Rayne Whole Food, click here.

Sponsored Post Disclosure: As I mentioned in my first post, I reached out to Rayne as a result of loving the impact their food was having on the boys. We receive food and treats, but no financial compensation in our role as Pet-Ambassadors:). The opinions, as always, are 100% mine.

1 Comment

  1. by Dogs I Love on February 18, 2015  7:06 am Reply

    Interesting article, thanks a lot for the tips- very helpful!


    http://www.dogsilove.com/great-idea-when-feeding-a-lot-of-puppies/

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