Eating is one of a dog’s greatest joys in life.
Dogs love eating more than we can imagine. That acute sense of smell allows them to identify and savor each ingredient, every tiny molecule, and perceive flavors in ways we can’t even comprehend.
No wonder food is the greatest motivator for training. No wonder mealtimes are so helpful in bonding with new dogs and puppies.
When you keep your dog’s diet interesting, you engage that wonderful sense of smell and keep that little brain churning away.
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Trying Something New: Wellness® CORE® Small Breed & Air Dried
When you switch to grain-free dog kibble, you may find it more difficult to add variety to your dog’s food. A new diet restriction can seem… well, restricting!
The benefits of grain-free kibble are very noticeable – with no fillers like wheat and corn, your dog may begin to have more energy, a softer, shinier coat, and improved digestion. At first, I could only find one type of grain-free kibble that met my standards.
Matilda ate the same flavor of one kind of grain-free kibble her whole life with me, until we started on Wellness CORE.
The change of pace was exciting for her. It was even more exciting when we tried Wellness CORE Air-Dried, a dehydrated semi-moist food that can be fed as a meal or a topper.
After eating the same kibble everyday, she was thrilled to find something new in her bowl. I find the strong, meaty aromas of her Wellness CORE Small Breed kibble and Air-Dried almost appetizing; I’m sure it smells 10,000 to 100,000 times tastier to her!
Think Outside The Bowl
Matilda weighs just 4 pounds, and I feel this is a very healthy weight for her. She’s lean, yet tough and agile.
She’s always learning new tricks and practicing good manners, so I need to reward her throughout the day without packing on the ounces.
To keep my chihuahua-mix from going husky, I often use her kibble as rewards.
Wellness CORE has been excellent for training. The small breed formula has tiny triangular kibble that she can chew in just a few bites, so she doesn’t have to pause from learning every time she munches.
The soft pellets in the Air Dried food are even more motivating. With the 70% raw protein ingredients, Matilda can smell the chicken and turkey from across the room, and will wake up from a nap if I dare open the bag.
I can crumble the soft pellets to make a ton of extra-tiny rewards, or give her the whole pellet for a big job well done. Air Dried is formulated to be fed as a meal or a topper, so I don’t have to worry about over-treating my dog when using it as a reward.
The only thing I’m not crazy about is the amount of salt – it’s the 8th ingredient – but that might be why Air Dried stays fresh without refrigeration. For this reason, I don’t use it as a meal.
Mix It Up At PetSmart #GrainFreeForMe
If your dog is trying grain-free kibble for the first time, you’ll want to start with the Wellness Complete Health line, which recently became grain-free.
Dogs who already eat grain-free can move on to the even more protein-rich Wellness CORE line.
Visit your local PetSmart to see the full selection or shop online.
During the month of June, Core® dry dog food recipes are $2.00 off at PetSmart®.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness® Natural Pet Food. The opinions and text are all mine.