Think your dog lives for nose smooches and belly rubs? Not even close. Here’s what your dogs really, really enjoy (and what they hate).
When it comes to food, there are two kinds of crunch. One is the naturally occurring crisp snap of a fresh apple or raw carrot. The other is the brittle crunch of processed food like potato chips or cookies. Only one of these forms of food we consider to be healthy.
And yet, when it comes to dog food, there’s an enduring assumption that crunchy, processed kibble is healthy for our canine companions to eat at every meal. But, like kibble itself, when you apply any pressure to this idea, it shatters into a million little pieces.
Let’s take a hard look at this hard food, and serve up some equally hard facts about crunchy kibble and what that sound means for the health of dogs.
Pats, rubs, and butt scratches (and skip the hugs)
Dogs are love-sponges when it comes to physical affection, but there is one point where they draw the line: hugging. Being wrapped in a warm embrace actually makes them feel anxious, according to one (slightly controversial) study in Psychology Today. “While we may think it’s sweet and comforting, pets often feel trapped and scared during hugs, particularly when humans pull pets into their faces,” explains Erin Askeland, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, a pet behaviourist and training manager at Camp Bow Wow. That’s just one of 50 secrets pets want you to know.ped and scared during hugs, particularly when humans pull pets into their faces,” explains