Feeding behaviour

Duhayer - Royal Canin

With a good understanding of the aspects that determine a dog’s normal feeding behaviour we can more easily identify any feeding abnormalities and determine whether they are due to the dog itself (illness or disease, for example), the food or an environmental factor. Feeding behaviour comprises all the actions leading to the ingestion of food. For a predator like the dog, it comprises searching (hunting), selection (of prey), capture (and killing) and consumption. In domesticated animals, which receive their food from humans, feeding behaviour is primarily expressed in the conditions of access to the food source, any competition between animals and the characteristics of the food. All of these aspects have an impact on the ingestion of food by the animal.