Producing A Quality Show Dog

Show dogs may be purchased for their pedigree, but they win points for their confirmation, condition and hair coat. The most important factor in the development of all three of these is not a dog’s genetic background but its feeding program.

Robert Mueller · January 22, 2019

Producing A Quality Show Dog 

By Robert Mueller Sr.
 

Show dogs may be purchased for their pedigree, but they win points for their confirmation, condition and hair coat. The most important factor in the development of all three of these is not a dog’s genetic background but its feeding program. 

A dog's confirmation is influenced by its heredity. A dog will follow the template nature has cut out for it, as long as adequate nutrients and energy are available for it to do so. Not even the double dominance can overpower the results of a dietary deficiency (Donali R. Collins, DVM). 

Current AAFCO regulations do not require that Pet Food companies determine the digestibility of their foods. However, the digestibility of a pet food must always be considered. Digestibility provides a measure of the diet's quality because it directly determines the proportion of nutrients in the food that is available for absorption into the body. Information about the nutrient content of the diet means little if the product’s digestibility is not known. (Case. Carey. Hirakawa). 

The numbers of dog and cat patients that veterinarians treat who are suffering from nutrition-related disorders, is way out of proportion to what might be expected. In practice, the most common identifying signs or poor nutrition status is dry, flaky skin and sparse, coarse, brittle hair coat. 

Producing a quality show dog is a challenge and one that can be best accomplished by providing proper nutrition. Of course we believe that the proper nutrition is accomplished by feeding a raw meat diet. (The BARF® Diet.) 

Raw Food Tip:

"The risk of bacterial contamination between dogs and humans exists no matter what diet a dog is fed. Dogs come into contact with bacteria on a daily basis - while playing outside, digging in the yard, or interacting with other pets and humans. To minimize the risk of contamination:
  • Make sure to always wash your hands, face and any other area where a dog may have given you a wet kiss.
  • Wash working surfaces, utensils, feeding bowls, etc. with hot, soapy water after every feeding.
  • Do not leave raw food out for long periods of time. Excess food should be covered and refrigerated for the next feeding or discarded."

- Robert Mueller Sr. 

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Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

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What is BARF?

"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!

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