Implementation and use of Doodle Food

by | Mar 2, 2021 | Doodle Food, Nutrition | 0 comments

Thank you for choosing Doodle Food for your dog. 

Products for our feeds come from trusted farms and fisheries. The meat goes through detailed quality testing before it is used in a unique recipe. It is gently cooked at about 82ºC to protect proteins and provide our pets with maximum digestibility and nutritional value.

Advantages of the diet Doodle Food, which I pay special attention to:

  • optimal ratio of calcium to phosphorus, necessary for the growth and maintenance of the skeleton, blood clotting and the function of nerves and muscles, 
  • monoprotein food, that is, one that contains one source of protein. This makes it also good for dogs with food intolerances,
  • the products used in the feed come from the human food industry. From trusted fisheries and farms where fresh meat and fish are obtained (they do not come from bones, feathers, beaks - that is, commonly used waste that cannot be used in the food industry for humans),
  • selected vegetables and fruits, which, according to nutritionists, play a key role in the diet of our dogs, being a source of iron, calcium, potassium, fiber and various vitamins, including A, C, B3, B9,
  • the food contains naturally occurring prebiotics that support the digestive system of our animals. Therefore, you do not need to supplement them separately,
  • the food contains supplements supporting the joints in appropriate doses for puppies and mature dogs, therefore you do not need to supplement them separately,
  • naturally occurring collagen,

Regardless of what you followed when choosing Doodle Food (maybe you have a fussy eater at home? Maybe your dog has food intolerances or maybe you just wanted to provide him with the best nutrients), you should know the following.

When you have been given your food, it should initially be mixed with the food your pet is currently eating, so that the transition is as gentle as possible. Some dogs are used to the so-called monodiet. That is, they were given one type of food (e.g. dry food of the same type plus possibly modest flavors). This allows the intestines to get used to digesting a particular food and just adapt to it. This is why some dogs have intestinal problems when changing food or adding other ingredients to their diet - they are not adapted to digesting a variety of foods.

Therefore, remember a few things:

  1. Introduce food gradually over the course of 1-2 weeks. Some dogs have no problem moving faster because they are used to a variety of foods, especially if you've fed a variety of other natural flavors before.
  2. Don't give up on giving your dog other kinds of treats as a reward BUT you must remember that they must not exceed 10-20% of the daily ration. That is, for every 100 grams of feed, there are 10-20 grams of rewards). Otherwise, you will disturb your dog's diet, and he will learn to wait for the "better" (in his opinion). This is how dog eaters are made. 
  3. Remember that the rewards should be as natural as possible - that is, those that you prepare yourself. Carrots, apple, parsley, pumpkin, broccoli, cucumber, beetroot, celery, cooked turkey breast, etc. By giving prizes, various types of snacks (in the permitted amount, which I wrote about above), we will contribute to the fact that our dog's intestines accept various types food. As a result, when at some point the pooch stinks on a walk, he will not get diarrhea right away. 
  4. You must divide the prizes into tiny portions so that the dog does not get satisfied. If you give too much or too much chunks, the training session will be short because the dog will have a full belly. He will also be reluctant to reach for what is best for him, i.e. balanced food. 
  5. The size of the prizes quoted? Often, when I come with a puppy to new owners, the flavors are already prepared. But sometimes they are too big. Remember that the flavor should be 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm. Do you know what a small checker looks like in a checkered notebook? This is what a little flavor should be. Like one check mark.
  6. How long should a training session last to prevent my dog from filling up? Not more than 3 minutes - thanks to this, we will not only get better training results (the dog will wait for the next session and the exercises performed will be more precise), but also we will not use too many flavors during one session.
  7. Tastes from the store? Avoid - they contain too much chemicals (popular treats shaped in dog cubes). The healthy ones - dried meat has too large pieces and it is difficult to divide them into smaller 0.5 cm pieces. It is also sometimes too hard and the dog will not be able to do many exercises in a few minutes' session, because some of the time will be spent chewing. The exercises are supposed to be fast and effective, with plenty of repetition.
  8. Do you take your dog for a walk and want to have some treats at hand? When preparing the rewards, you can portion and freeze some of them so that you can have them when needed.

Food intolerance, allergies, intestinal problems?

Doodle Food rely on a single protein source. This is called diet monoprotein.

Single-protein diets are primarily designed to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of food intolerances. 

At the root of food allergies is a disturbance in the absorption of certain foods, including specific types of proteins. The main role in the diagnosis of the causative agent of food allergy is played by an elimination diet, and here mono-protein foods come to our aid.

What is the pattern for such dogs?

First, the animal is fed a mono-protein feed with a known protein source for several weeks. If no negative reaction of the organism occurs, the next food rich in protein from another animal is selected for testing. Subsequently, additional types of mono-protein feeds are given until symptoms of allergy or food intolerance appear. Thanks to this, it is possible to precisely determine which protein is responsible for the appearance of allergic symptoms.

Dogs with a sensitive gut will also benefit from a monoprotein diet. If your dog has a link between a certain type of food and symptoms such as gas, gas, vomiting or loose stools, eliminate him from the diet. In this case, they should be replaced with wholesome mono-protein food, according to the preferences of our dog. 

When using this food for allergic dogs, the following applies:

  1. If you do not know what protein your dog reacts negatively to, a mono-protein diet Doodle Food will allow you to eliminate a potential source of allergies, but you must remember that the flavors given to your dog should not contain any other source of protein. In summary, if you have duck or beef food, do not give as a reward, for example, pieces of chicken breast or eggs.
  2. Remember that allergens can also be found in pet snacks purchased at pet stores. 
  3. If you have just changed your food to Doodle Food because of your dog's allergies, remember that the allergic reactions your dog has had will persist for some time. The body will gradually get rid of the allergen. Sometimes this process takes up to 60 days! Don't skip food just because you don't see results in the first 2-3 weeks. It is often the owners that change the feeds too quickly. I understand that we want the best for our dogs, but the body needs time to get rid of the toxins that were causing him allergic reactions. 

How are dog eaters formed?  

Why is our dog becoming a fussy eater?

The reasons may be different. If our dog is healthy, there are no dental problems or gastrointestinal disorders, then in most cases the causes of this condition should be looked for in us.

  1. Check if you are serving too many snacks between meals?
  2. Is your dog overeating during training sessions? 

These are the root causes. Now let us note the regularity below.

We love our dogs and we treat them as members of our family - we want to take care of them. What we have coded first when I talk about taking care of our dogs - feeding our dog. We want to make sure our dog is well fed. 

I want my children to be well nourished, so although they eat a sweet bar, half an hour later I would like them to eat a nutritious dinner that will provide them with all the necessary nutrients. Only here the problem arises, the children are saturated. The right dose of sugar is circulating in their bloodstream and they don't mind reaching for a healthy meal

It's the same with dogs. We go to the morning training, during which our dog will eat some flavors (too much and the wrong size) that fill him. Then we offer him a bowl of healthy, nutritious food, and he turns and walks away. Oh my! After all, our dog must eat a nutritious meal! So we add some pate, eggs, cheese to the bowl… .and at that moment… .. we are gone. Our dog will be waiting for us to do it again. And a vicious circle begins, and finally we decide to change the food because our dog is "bored". He did not get bored! We taught him this, and it all started with the first stuffed belly - the root cause, remember? A secondary cause is precisely the "enrichment" of the food bowl with other delicacies.

So what to do in this case? It's hard, we hide the bowl and wait for the dog to get hungry. We are not handing out a piece of chicken with sympathy. Dogs won't starve. As long as they are healthy, as I wrote earlier, they will eventually choose the food we offer them. However, they can play psychological games very well - oooooh sometimes they can keep us for a few days. Dogs, however, are not cats. In order to survive, a cat has to eat and a non-eating cat has to be rushed to the vet. In the case of our dogs, we just need to cut this emotional relationship between the food (as a source of care) and the dog. And here there is undoubtedly an emotional connection, which is why it is so difficult for us to be consistent. 

  1. A healthy dog? Usually, we are able to see when something starts to happen to our pet. Food refusal in most cases is not a symptom of the disease. If you are worried, make sure your dog is not lethargic, consumes normal amounts of water, is normally active, is in no pain, has no digestive symptoms, has no fever. 
  2. If you are currently giving any medications and want to add them to the food and add variety to it, do not do it, the dog will surely remember that something is being added to the food and will be waiting for it. The drug should be administered separately after eating. Preferably straight to the mouth. And if you have to mix it with something, do it with something else (pate, egg) after eating the food, not before. 
  3. Do not add anything to the feed! Neither cream cheese, nor oil, nor a patty, nor an egg. This is the first step in shaping a picky dog.
  4. If possible, do training sessions after meals, not before.
  5. Training sessions should be short (they can take place many times during the day) and the flavors should be small. This way you know that your dog's stomach will not be constantly full.
  6. The dog does not want to eat a meal? Wait him out! Do not sympathize with another delicacy.
  7. Don't let your dog beg at the table, and do the same with the rest of your family. Human food from the plate is not suitable for your dog.
  8. Remember that one day your pet may have different food requirements and the next. Do not force 300 grams of pet food just because it says so on the packaging. And even more so, don't worry if your dog eats only 270 grams a day and doesn't want more. The need for food is associated with the expenditure of energy, but not only.

Feed dosage: 

Package Doodle Food suggests food portions depending on the weight and age of the dog. Please note that in the case of puppies, we use the final weight - that is, the weight that is to be achieved by an adult individual, and not the weight of the puppy at the moment. 

First, follow the dosage given by the manufacturer and watch your dog. Sometimes it may happen that the doses given by the manufacturer will be a bit too high and sometimes they will be a bit too low. This is because each dog has a different caloric requirement. One will use more energy during the day and the other less. There are times when puppies enter the stage of intensive growth and appear hungry. A dog that undergoes prolonged physical exertion, a pregnant female, a nursing mother or a dog convalescing after illness will need significantly more calories per day than a moderately active dog. 

So if we see that our dog would like to eat more food (and I'm not talking about flavors here - because your pet will have an unlimited appetite for these). We can try to calculate its caloric requirement and correct it with the number of calories per 100 grams of food (it is stated on the packaging). 

Calculating Your Dog's Daily Energy Requirements (Calories)

There are several different equations available that can be used to estimate Daily Energy Requirements (Calories), also known as Metabolic Energy Requirements (EM). The two equations shown here are recommended by the current publication NRC Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats. Other equations (no less accurate) are also available. 

ADULT DOGS INACTIVE

Demand for EM (Metabolic Energy) 

(kcal / day) = 95 (body weight in kg) ⁰ ?⁷⁵

So the number of calories per day for an inactive adult dog is equal to its body weight in kilograms, raised to the power of 0.75 and multiplied by the factor 95

ADULT, ACTIVE DOGS

Demand for EM (Metabolic Energy)

(kcal / day) = 130 x (body weight in kg) ⁰ ?⁷⁵

The equations for calculating the living energy requirements for adult dogs (i.e. dogs that are not gaining or losing weight, are not of old age and growing period, and for bitches are not pregnant or lactating). Modifications to the needs of dogs during their growth or breeding stage (when the energy needs are higher) can be obtained by multiplying the estimated value using the actual body weight of the dog by the factors given below. (NOTE: in all cases, the use of the equation to calculate the energy needs and the correction factors for the relevant life stages will only provide the estimated daily needs of the dog, not the exact value. These calculations should be used as a general guideline which can then be adjusted downwards or downwards as appropriate. upwards, in line with the dog's body reaction)

 

LIFE STAGE OR ACTIVITY CORRECTION OF ENERGY DEMAND
puppies after weaning (8 weeks to about 4 months) 2 x EM of an adult dog *
puppies that have reached 40% in adult body weight 1.6 x EM of an adult dog
puppies that have reached 80% in adult dog weight 1.2 x the EM maintenance requirement of an adult dog
high pregnancy 1.25 x EM of an adult dog
lactation ** 3 x EM of an adult dog
prolonged physical exertion 2-4x the EM maintenance requirement of an adult dog
Life stage or activity Correction of energy demand
puppies after weaning (8 weeks to about 4 months) 2 x EM of an adult dog *
puppies that have reached 40% in adult body weight 1.6 x EM of an adult dog
puppies that have reached 80% in adult dog weight 1.2 x the EM maintenance requirement of an adult dog
high pregnancy 1.25 x EM of an adult dog
lactation ** 3 x EM of an adult dog
prolonged physical exertion 2-4x the EM maintenance requirement of an adult dog

* Estimated energy requirements for an adult dog of the same body weight

** Estimation of the lactation peak at 3-4 weeks postpartum 

The table below shows the estimated calculation of energy requirements (kcal / day) for active and inactive dogs of various body weight. 

Estimated Metabolic Energy Requirement in Adult Dogs 

Body weight of the dog in kg Dog Inactive (Kcal / day) Active Dog (Kcal / day)
5 320 435
10 535 733
15 726 993
20 892 1221
25 1067 1461
30 1264 1665
35 1363 1865
Body weight of the dog in kg Dog Inactive (Kcal / day) Active Dog (Kcal / day)
5 320 435
10 535 733
15 726 993
20 892 1221
25 1067 1461
30 1264 1665
35 1363 1865

If there are problems with calculating the power of ⁰?⁷⁵, here's a little reminder:

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Tips:

  1. You can see that your dog has no moderation in eating, eats a lot and is still skinny - perform an extended examination for parasites including giardias and coccidiosis
  2. A dog with a correct build will have slightly noticeable ribs, and the pelvic bones (stroking the dog's back towards the rump) will not protrude, but may be palpable. In a dog heading for obesity, you can feel a fat on the sides. Sometimes you can see the sides move when the dog is in motion. 
  3. Some bagpipes are fussy eaters, but there come times they go to their senses

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