[caption id="" align="alignright" width="234"] Pic: www.sportingshooter.co.uk[/caption] There is a huge range of dog food brands and types to choose from and it can often be a minefield working out the best option for your dog. To help you do the best you can by your dog we enlisted the help of Gundog nd shooting expert Richard Reeve and his basic guide is designed to arm you with all the information needed to meet the nutritional needs of your gundog. Is your dog well nourished? Assuming a dog is getting enough exercise and has no underlying health issues, there are very definite indicators as to whether or not a dog is receiving the correct nutrition:
- Coat — a dogs coat should be thick and glossy, without excessive amounts of oil or a bad smell. Dry skin or dandruff is also often related to diet. Excessive malting can be diet related though it is often just down to genetics.
- Teeth & Bad Breath — Dogs breath should not actually be that bad! Often dogs with poor diets have bad teeth and stomach issues, which leads to bad breath. Your dog’s teeth should be white and free of any staining or rot.
- Weight — A dog should have a waist, it should not be barrel shaped. Ribs should be visible but only just. Muscle definition should be obvious in areas where fur is short enough.
- Stamina — a working dog should never appear overly fatigued. If you have been properly exercising and training your dog in preparation for the game season, or whatever you will be using it for, then your dog should not exhibit any signs of extreme fatigue. Signs of fatigue include foaming at the mouth, disorientation, inability to stop panting, bloodshot eyes, excessive drinking.