Gosh, I really am quite hungry. Here, it is almost lunch time. And like typical humans, I must start thinking about what to nibble to get me through the rest of the afternoon. Then it’s on to supper, and if you have a large family, you’d be wondering what to lay out on the table for them later in the evening. At least once a week, you’d be thinking about what to add onto your grocery list for your weekly shopping. Many of you are more than budget-savvy these days and will be doing your shopping on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.

And if you happen to have pets, usually dogs or cats, you’ll have their food on the list too. That is to say, you are feeding your animals the correct diet each day and making sure that the correct measurements are meted out in their bowls. You’ll also be keeping a good check on just how many times a day you need to feed them. Generally speaking, cats and the smallest of dogs only need to be fed once a day, provided you are feeding them the correct food and in the correct proportions. Feeding time is an entirely different matter when it comes to large domesticated animals such as the Doberman Pinscher. For the sake of its health, if you happen to have one, or are planning on getting yourself one, please make sure that you feed this magnificent creature properly, given that its health requirements are sensitive and do need to be watched quite closely.

If you do your research well, like I’ve taken time and trouble to do, you’ll also be pleasantly surprised at what you can feed your puppy while getting rid of a few myths along the way as well. For instance, one myth taught to me was that we should never be giving dogs left-over (human) or cooked food. Well, logically speaking, that’s not even a myth anyway. It has a lot more to do with common sense. Yes, of course you can feed your Doberman puppy cooked food, but it also depends greatly on what you are feeding the dog.

First and foremost, always listen carefully to what your specialist vet has had to say about suitable feeding practices for Dobermans. Generally, the rules are simple, just as long as you adhere to them. Encourage your young puppy to eat raw fruit and vegetables. This enables it to obtain natural fibre. If you love your growing Doberman that much, you can prepare for it deboned chicken and rice. The food is fresh and should be free of any harmful chemicals. They are expensive, but vitamin and mineral supplements will also be recommended by some vets.

Here’s a note of encouragement on feeding young Dobermans raw food as suggested in the previous paragraph. There’s also a note of caution in regard to feeding the dogs cooked bones. And it’s why de-boned meals were suggested in the first place. Cooked bones are dangerous for the young dogs’ tummies. They could splinter and damage the intestine of the young Doberman. All dogs, including Dobermans, love raw bones. Nothing wrong with that at all. The raw food diet can be a mixture of fresh meat, fruit and vegetables.

Cooked meals are suggested to be fed three times a day in small portions. One aspect about serving cooked meals to sensitive young Dobermans is the inadvertency of serving them meals that are far too warm. One needs to monitor cooked food temperatures quite carefully, much the same as one would do when preparing a human infant’s bottled milk at night. The popular but more expensive convention is to feed dogs dry kibble no more than twice a day. These meals will be anything between two and a half to three and a half cups per day.

While the quality of the dry food being fed to the dog remains paramount, the amount given above serves as a guide. How much the dog will, or should eat, will always depend on its size, age, build, metabolism and level of activity. Another important note on feeding Dobermans dry food is to monitor the amount of protein being fed to it. This could be complex, but at least you have the hindsight and good advice of your specialist vet to fall back on if you are unsure about portions and nutrient content. For the time being, note that beef-based ingredients contain high amounts of protein.

It also contains natural antigen which is not compatible with the dog’s digestive system. The alternative is to seek out chicken and lamb-based meals. Always remember that dogs are essentially carnivores and do not feed it grain-based foods. Also, do not purchase pre-packaged dry foods, usually cheaper and of poor quality in any case, that contain fillers and chemically induced additives and/or by-products. Bear in mind that foods containing artificial preservatives such as what is called BHA and BHT are harmful to dogs and can cause renal problems.

At the time of ending this post, we had our supper already. We had chicken and rice. It was delicious.