Although I have not been in Royal Canin's Breeders Club for sometime, they still send me updates on products etc. Royal Canin are a dog food company, which are now owned by Mars Inc. This morning the postman handed me my post and amongst it I could see an envelope with the words 'If undelivered please return to: Royal Canin'
My bulldar (The ability/gift of being able to detect bullshit in other people or situations) started to pick something up, only just a faint signal, but as I opened and read the letter enclosed it was giving off a most clear and resolute "beep' beep" sound. The bullshit that has come about with feeding dogs now is becoming ridiculous. Dogs have become a multi-billion market from buying them, feeding them, equipment for them, taking them to the vets and have you seen the amount of dog trainers are out there prostituting themselves. You tube is full of them. Most of them selling you their own interwoven brand of bullshit.
Before this blog, which was meant to be a quick one turns in to a full blown rant, lets get back to the letter from Royal Canin. The jest of the letter is they are stopping some lines and rebranding one line which is their 'Light' dog food. Now these are the following improvements to the 'Light' diet now to be called the'Light Weight Care':
1. Improved palatability from aromas not access calories.
2. Cellulose fibres added to help your dogs feel satisfied after a meal.
3. Helps limit begging and allow us to create a high volume low calorie kibble reducing calories.
So firstly what they have done is just make it smell better. Secondly, Cellulose fibres can be obtained from bark, wood or leaves of plants, or from a plant-based material, so they have just added stuff that is harder for the stomach to digest, bulks out the food and is cheap. The last one is hilarious 'Helps limit begging and allow us to create a high volume low calorie kibble' This sounds like the dogs have actually been stopping the dog food being developed themselves. Sounds like they have been in the laboratory begging at the scientists knee and thus stopping them from developing the food. I would like to see the trials they have done to prove that it 'helps limit begging.' The only way you are going to stop a dog begging is if you can stop it being able to smell, or you teach them not to beg (now that's a novel thought), not full their stomach with cellulose fibres.
Now if you have a dog that is maybe a little wide about the girth, my three bits of advice are:
1. Don't feed your dog to much.
2. Exercise your dog.
3. Limit begging, by getting off your arse and playing with your dog, do a thing called teaching your dog . If he/she has learnt to beg without any formal training. I'm pretty sure you have a dog that can learn to do a whole shed load of things if you put some time and effort in.
Remember those things called time and effort, really the the key to having a dog, well a happy dog. Those two things can be applied to a load more other things as well.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.