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How to feed a Protection dog: tips and tricks 

by | Mar 30, 2024

How to feed a protection dog

The topic of how to feed your protection dog is still popular. At the delivery, our client often asks if they can change the food or if there are any specifics on how to feed the protection dog. In this blog, we will speak about feeding tips and tricks. 

How to feed a protection dog 

Protection dogs, especially during training, need a lot of energy to be able to perform. At this time, we at Deterrent Dogs LLc feed a high-protein diet. In general, there are three ways to feed a protection dog. 

  • Feeding a dog kibble 
  • Feeding meat: a raw food diet
  • Feeding Kibble and adding some other foods (combined)

There is always discussion about what is better or healthier for the dog. The goal is always the same: a healthy, long-living protection dog. 

Feeding Kibble

We at Deterrent Dogs LLc feed all our dogs the same brand of kibble. Over the years, we tested a number of dog foods until we found one that worked best for us. I won’t mention the brand, even if it is well known, because there are always people who say this brand is good or bad. This blog isn’t an advertisement; it has to give an idea of how we feed our dogs, what the criteria are, and why we feed our protection dogs a certain food. 

What is our criteria? 

  • Availability 
  • A large range of assortments 
  • Breeders-size bags 
  • Quality 

Availability for Protection Dogs Worldwide 

Deterrent Dogs LLc is a USA-based company, but our dogs are worldwide. It is very important for us that our clients can get dog food almost everywhere on the planet. 

Traveling and delivery are a lot for the dog. That’s why it’s important that the food is the same, which helps the dog settle down quicker. New foods can disrupt dogs stomachs, causing diarrhea, and this is what we want to prevent. 

A large range of assortments 

Protection dogs in training need a lot of energy and are also high in protein. But usually dogs placed in families don’t need high-protein foods; they have the option to change the food but still use the same brand. The same is true if the dog doesn’t like or digest some food. A common allergy in dogs is an allergy to chicken. 

The same is true with food for young dogs or adults. This also helps us with the transition to adult dog food. 

Breeder-size bags for our protection dogs 

We still need a lot of dog food. A regular family needs one large bag of dog food for their protection dog, which we use in just a couple of days. That’s why large bags save us a lot of time and are much more convenient to store than having multiple small bags. 

Quality dog food 

Last but not least is the quality. It is extremely important to us to see how much the dog needs to gain or lose weight. How are the stools and the general appearance of the dogs.

We see that when new dogs come from Europe, we can easily transfer them to our food. The stomach is not upset, and the food is tasty; our protection dogs actually enjoy it. 

Benefits of feeding kibble

Good brands are balanced for dogs, depending on their breed and age. This makes it extremely easy, even for people with no experience. Kibble, if the dog likes it, can also be used in training, which helps progress. Managing a dog’s weight is also very easy. 

Downside of Kibble 

  • The food can be monotonous for the dog. 
  • The quality of the ingredients can be questionable. 

Raw food diet 

Raw food diets for protection dogs are nothing new. Many years ago, in Europe, we used to feed our dogs this type of diet because there weren’t as many kibble options available as today. 

The diet was of very high quality at the time. We fed our dogs:

  • Beef 
  • Eggs
  • Goat milk 
  • Fish 
  • Bones
  • Oats
  • Vitamins 
  • Organs 

All those components were very easily available and of good quality. 

These days, people use the same components but add vegetables, fruits, and more. 

The benefits of a raw food diet 

This diet is definitely more fun for dogs. If the food comes from a good-quality source, is it optimal? Can prevent or help with existing health issues like allergies. 

Downside 

  • Higher monthly costs 
  • Even small components can have an influence on the gut. 
  • A lot of time and work are required. 
  • Needs a lot of education.
  • Food-borne illnesses

Some companies offer pre-made frozen paddy; this may save some time, but it may cost you more. 

Protection dog feeding conclusion  

We at Deterrent Dogs LLc feed our protection dogs kibble, but we also like the idea of feeding dogs a raw diet. But it’s important to do a lot of research and look for ingredients of the highest quality. We also recommend speaking with your vet. 

Any switch from dog food, whether from brand to brand or kibble to raw, needs time. Make sure you note your dog’s stool, and if there is any sign of change, you would rather discuss your next step with your vet or someone who has experience with dog diet. 

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