I already know a lot about human nutrition. It all started with a book called Body Fueling about 15 years ago. Then I learned a lot about sports nutrition in my marathon running, weight lifting days. Then I learned a lot about healing foods when I started having medical issues (mostly from getting old I suppose). I want to continue to learn about nutrition but I am kind of bored with the human stuff.
I care more about what my dogs eat than what I eat. I KNOW about human nutrition but I never met a cheeseburger I didn’t like. I love food and eat more than I should. I am controlling when it comes to what Chester and Gretel eat though. I am vigilant about watching their waistline and portion sizes.
I am always learning more about different dog foods and feeding methods in the name of improving their diet. I DO NOT feed them human food except raw fruits and veggies.
I want to sort through all the bullshit and misinformation out there.
Take the issue of raw bones for example. When Gretel had to go the the ER yesterday the vet found bone chunks in her stomach and freaked out. When they induced vomiting they found rubbery white chunks they insisted were rawhide. I explained that they were raw buffalo rib bones and it was my understanding that she would digest them. They said dogs don’t digest bones….at least not for months.
When I came home I did some research and the consensus seemed to be that raw bones DO break down. In one forum, I found the statement “dogs can digest raw bone. Have you never done the “drop the raw chicken leg bone into acid” in science class? the bone gets rubbery and soft. That’s what happens in the dog’s stomach– the acid breaks down the structure.” That is what I had “reasoned” to happen.
Or the issue of glucose and sugar for dogs as an example. I recently posted about the dog sports drink we use. One reader claimed that it was horrible for dogs because the first ingredient was “sugar”. I admitted being uneducated about that but they were complex carbohydrates and I know those aren’t as bad as simple sugars. After some research, it appears that dogs DO need some carbohydrates and not all sugars are bad for them (although I don’t have enough evidence to convince me that reader was totally off base).
I want to learn more about canine nutrition. I want to know for my own personal knowledge, to get the right information to continue to improve Chester and Gretel’s diet and help others to do the same. I want to learn all about it so I can add “canine weight loss and nutrition consulting” services to my dog walking business.
I am just in the beginning stages of exploring how I am going to do this. I hopped on Amazon and ordered 5 books and am trying to read them as fast as I can.
I have looked into certification courses but haven’t found one I am satisfied with yet. Believe me, it is going to happen though.
If you have any recommendations for programs that might help me get to my goal, I would appreciate it. Also, if you are a canine nutritionist, or have worked with one, I would like to hear and tips or insights you may have. I am all ears.