Positive Reinforcement & Operant Conditioning
I believe wholeheartedly in healthy eating. No, not ALL the time -- but I've learned that 80/20 is a good rule of thumb -- Good eating 80% of the time, eat what you want 20% of the time - and that's something even this foodie can live with.
Combined with exercise, appropriate healthcare, and good nutrition -- You AND your dog can lead longer, healthier lives with less need for medical intervention.
In my house, we home cook. For us, and our dogs. Although we do not find this difficult -- because we like to cook and LOVE our crock pot - I do realize that for some, cooking for themselves is a challenge, let alone undertaking cooking for a dog! I've done a lot of research and find motivation from what passes for acceptable in the pet food industry, how that food was caught, made, processed, and presented -- we've found we would rather grow and raise our own.
If you're not ready to give up on kibble or canned just yet -- that's just fine. Supplements are always a good place to start. There are so many healthy things you can add into your dog's kibble that can improve health -- it's amazing!
Sardines. Turmeric. Green Leafy Vegetables. Orange Vegetables. Kefir. Coconut Oil. Eggs.
And the list goes on and on. If you have questions about how to improve your dog's diet, ask, or just follow me on Pinterest for some healthy dog diet tips and recipes.