There is conflicting information about how and what to feed a Border Collie. Each person seems to have a different opinion on the feeding routine, including schedules and choosing the best brand of food. Dogs do not buy their own food and cannot tell you what food they like. So, in the end, the only way to know what is best for your dog is by watching him. If he is healthy and happy, you should follow and continue with it.
Fresh food and Ready Meal
Many dog owners believe it is necessary to prepare and serve the animal food on their own to ensure a better balance of nutrients. Others, perhaps because they have less time available, do not follow that way and instead buy food from a pet store. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with preparing dog food, but care must be taken to include the proper nutrients, not just serve the leftovers of the house meals. Animals and humans have different nutritional needs, and the same foods that cause human health problems such as obesity has similar effects in dogs. If you purchase prepared food on the other hand, it is formulated to include all the vitamins, protein and fat that the animal needs, saving you from having to worry about it. Just check with a veterinarian about the amount of food offered to ensure that you are not giving too much food. Feel free to vary the brands until you find something that suits the dog and offers you a cost-benefit.
Free food and Programmed Feeding
The “free food” way is to leave food available for the dog around, allowing it to choose when to eat and control their own needs. Scheduled “programmed” feeding consists in providing meals in an appropriate portion different times of the day, usually once in the morning and once at night. The free food requires that you make sure your pet is not eating too much, and if you own more than one dog, there should not be a competition for food. Most dogs adapt well to free food. On the other hand, if the animal has specific dietary restrictions (such as in a weight loss plan), the programmed feeding may be more suitable.
The Border Collie breed is extremely active. Because of this, the dogs should eat enough carbohydrates, the main source of the body energy, more than the sedentary animals receive. Good quality proteins are also essential like lipids, vitamins and minerals. The veterinarian is the best person to determine the right amounts to give the dog in particular, taking into account the age and level of physical activity. They are very similar to bearded dragon food habits (found here: http://www.humanesocietysanduskycounty.org/bearded-dragon-diet/). The vegetarian is generally not a good choice for dogs whose digestive system is more adapted to handle animal than vegetable protein. There are also concerns about the insufficient amount of amino acid and vitamin B12 in vegetarian diets, although these nutrients are supplemented in vegetarian foods ready for dogs.
Some good treats for the Border Collie include boiled eggs and cottage cheese, which are good sources of digestible protein. Bones can also be given, provided that they are long type and pulp. If the dog breaks the bone into small pieces, remove them to prevent it from getting hurt. It is important to remember that no more than 10% of the animal’s diet should consist of “human foods”. Avoid giving chocolate because it contains theobromine, a stimulant that can be toxic to dogs if consumed in large quantities.
Finally, be mindful of the fact that you’re not a veterinarian when deciding on what is nutritious for your dog. So, the easy and the right way to handle the question of your dog’s diet should be left to your doctor’s recommendation.