Dog’s Best Friend
Whether you have a priceless purebred, a resilient rescue, or a lovable mutt, your furry friend is a massive part of your life. Keeping them happy and healthy for as long as possible is your goal. At Growlies, we share your passion, so we’ve created our business to provide species-appropriate nutrition choices for all. This brochure is designed to provide you with the foundations of canine nutrition as it is currently understood, as well as additional resources for you to increase your awareness about this important topic. If you have any questions, stop by our store and we’ll share our knowledge and experience with making fresh pet foods easy.
From Wild to Mild
One of the prevalent theories about the domestication of what would become the modern dog begins with their reliance on scraps left by the early humans as a food source. Wild canines, likely wolves and jackals, were attracted to human settlements due to the abundance of discarded food – bones, vegetables, skin, and carcasses that the humans weren’t eating. Foraging through the human leftovers was much easier and more productive than hunting, so the canines learned quickly that life could be good living near the humans.
The hunter-gatherer humans likely found benefit in this relationship, as the canines disposed of the organic material that would otherwise attract insects and disease. This symbiotic relationship matured over time, and through natural selection the dogs that were more docile towards humans were able to live closer, raising their whelps within a safer environment, and continuing to subsist on the human’s castoff versus hunting for themselves. The theory suggests that any canines that were overly aggressive toward humans were likely killed outright or driven away, allowing the remaining canines to have the characteristics that would eventually lead to domestication.
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