To understand the nutritional requirements of canines, it’s important to understand one fundamental aspect of their physiological make up: CANINES ARE CARNIVORES
Wolves were created to help balance nature and to preserve the creation of life. Wolves are great hungers and they have thrived on a completely raw meat, meaty bones, organs and predigested foods (such as grass, seeds, berries and leaf matter) for thousands of years. I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen a wolf in the wild barbecuing or slaving over a stove. A dog’s digestive track passes food much faster than humans, this helps prevent them from any harmful bacteria. However the speed of the dog’s digestion means that it needs the proper enzymes to easily digest its food.
As time went on men found a use for wolves and domesticated them to be able to work. The reason why it is important to note that our canine companions derive from wolves is so that we can understand there nutritional requirements and to better understand their behavior. We all love our pets and we all want to provide a happier and better life for them. This happiness can only come from a balanced life. To achieve this balance we must provide an adequate diet, an exercise regimen, demonstrate leadership, a scheduled routine and lots of love. Sure this all sounds like a lot of work, but we can’t put a price on love or happiness. The survival of our pets depends on us.
In the past, Zoologist classified dogs and wolves as two separate species. But since 1993 Scientist have agreed that there is no difference between the species. This change was formalized in the 1993 publication: Mammal Species of the World, A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, edited by D.E.Wilson and D.A.M. Reeder, published by the Smithsonian Institution in association with the American Society of Mammalogists. Cynology is the study of canine behavior. Man and dog or rather man and wolf began their role together nearly 14, 000 years ago after the last ice age. Dogs were used as hunting companions, guard dogs and sled dogs.
Dogs became a vital asset for herding and protection of livestock. Biologists have debated the origin of domestic dogs for hundreds of years. Today, most scientists agree that dogs are directly descendants of the Canis Lupus – the Grey wolf. Dr. Robert K. Wayne is a canid biologist and a molecular geneticist at UCLA has shown through extensive research that dogs actually are so closely related to the Grey Wolf that if a domesticated dog is bred to a Grey Wolf they will produce an offspring. The Grey Wolf and the dog’s DNA is only 0.2% different.