Cockapoo Diet & Meal Plan Advice
By Hungry Bark | July 20, 2021
Most commonly referred to as a miniature poodle, the Cockapoo is an adorable cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Initially bred in the United States as a healthy companion hypo-allergenic, affectionate, and loyal, the Cockapoo is a highly trainable and agile breed.
With its combination of size, affection, and friendly demeanor, the Cockapoo is an ideal dog for small spaces, first-time pet parents, and city environments.
To ensure that you’re providing the best quality of life for your Cockapoo, you need to take a holistic approach that factors all the small parts of their health into a larger whole. A holistic approach toward your Cockapoo will include regular veterinary check-ups, daily exercise, and selecting the right meal plan for their age, weight, and nutritional needs.
The Importance Of Getting Enough Exercise
Cockapoos are somewhat active but can also lounge around at times.
Like people, every dog needs a combination of nutrition, exercise, and routine visits with its vet to maintain optimal health.
We recommended 30 minutes of exercise every day, mixed between low impact and vigorous activity.
Daily exercise allows you and your pet to develop deeper bonds, proper model behaviors and get the health benefits that exercise provides.
- Build Rapport: A tired dog is a happy dog. Having a routine is something that you and your Cockapoo can look forward to and reinforce your pet parent and pet roles.
- Aid with Digestion: Daily exercise will speed up your Cockapoo’s metabolism, help with waste production, and aid digestion.
- Increased Cardiovascular Function: Stresses that build muscle and increase heart rates strengthen your pet’s cardiovascular and respiratory functions.
- Manage Weight: A lifestyle that doesn’t provide enough exercise can be a leading cause of heart disease. Additionally, a sedentary lifestyle may cause your pet to carry too much weight, further adding to health risks.
- Improved Flexibility: Vigorous movements stretch out the muscles and joints, improving the health and flexibility of your Cockapoo.
- Enhanced Mental Cognition: It’s known that dogs that lack daily exercise exhibit anxiety, trust issues, and misbehaviors. Exercise calms the mind, releases mood-enhancing neural chemicals, and boosts their overall confidence.
- Behavioral Concerns: Dogs use non-verbal ways to communicate. Negative actions and misbehaviors are symptoms of anxiety or boredom and are ways your Cockapoo speaks with you about being unhappy or unchallenged.
An added benefit of getting daily exercise for your Cockapoo is that it allows them to engage their curiosity. Instinctually dogs explore their surroundings by smell to discover possible sources of food or if there may be any potential threats in the area.
Depending on where you live, we have a few suggestions for exercise ideas for you and your Cockapoo.
The most crucial factor is that you and your pet play and interact to strengthen your bonds.
Our suggestions include daily walks, hikes when possible, dog parks, and agility drills.
Walks: Walks are a great low-impact activity that allows your Cockapoo to get exercise, sniff, and explore the neighborhood, as well as will enable you to teach better behaviors. 30 minutes a day is a standard, and you can occasionally mix in some running to increase your Cockapoos, and your, heart rate.
Hikes: Hikes are a significant change of pace from the daily walk around the neighborhood. Of course, there are other factors that you need to consider, such as time of day, heat, terrain, and overall fitness level of you and your pet. Still, hikes are an excellent way for you and your Cockapoo to reconvene with nature, get some exercise, and explore all that is around you.
Dog Park: Sometimes, you just need a break from your Cockapoo. As loving as they are, they may be a little clingy. Dog parks are a great way to get your pet some exercise while allowing them to socialize with other dogs.
Agility Drills: Cockapoos are highly agile and trainable, but it takes time and dedication. Consider creating an obstacle course, play fetch, or other tasks that you can teach to your Cockapoo to mix up the routine a little bit. The benefit is that you’ll strengthen the relationship and hierarchy between you two, as well as get the vigorous exercise that your pup needs.
The Best Type Of Nutrition For Your Cockapoo
Cockapoos are friendly and affectionate, but they also have individual personalities, complete with their likes and preferences.
Selecting the best meal plan for your Cockapoo should factor in its age, weight, and fitness levels.
One of the benefits of selecting a high-quality meal plan is that you’ll have confidence that the ingredients listed are the only things included in the recipe. Subpar foods will consist of preservatives, fillers, and additives that may cause health issues, foodborne allergies, and intolerances.
One other consideration is that they have different nutritional needs at various stages of your Cockapoo’s life.
Your Cockapoo’s Age And Weight
Finding the balance between calories and nutrition can be challenging, especially at first. Consulting your veterinarian can help guide you, but in general, consider your dog’s age first, take into account its ideal weight, then its overall fitness.
High-quality meal plans will eliminate any unnecessary fillers that add calories without providing any nutritional value.
Does Your Cockapoo Have Allergies Or Food Intolerance
Your Cockapoo’s fitness level is another crucial factor.
Some dogs will indeed overeat, and understanding your Cockapoo’s ideal weight will help you provide the proper serving size for your pet’s age and weight.
One thing to understand is that an active dog requires a lot more protein than a passive one. Therefore, reading the label of a high-quality meal plan will prioritize single-source proteins like chicken before any carbohydrates or fats are listed.
Your Cockapoo’s Age And Weight
Food allergies may appear at random. But, on the other hand, food intolerances may lead to severe health consequences, so knowing exactly what’s in the meal plan is a great way to avoid issues before they begin, and if they do occur, know what to avoid the next time.
Dogs that develop food-borne allergies are more prone to other allergic reactions. In addition, once the immune system is triggered, any possible allergen is aggressively attacked, leading to more allergic reactions.
The symptoms from food-borne allergies can include loose stools or other digestive issues, as well as excessive itching. The problem with excessive itching is that it will often become more pronounced due to skin irritation caused when bacteria get under the skin, causing the body’s itch response to go into overdrive.
Food intolerance is a condition that occurs when a body can’t digest a source of food. This condition may arise from an allergy or toxin and can lead to severe health issues.
As a pet parent, the best way to avoid these issues is to provide clearly labeled, high-quality dog food.
Why Your Cockapoo’s Food Ingredients Are Important
Meal plans that avoid fillers, additives, and preservatives are the best things you can look for in selecting your meal plan. High-quality meal plans will place a premium on single-source proteins followed by carbohydrates and fats before any other ingredient.
Proteins, carbohydrates, and fats are macronutrients and are the primary energy sources for your pup.
Proteins help keep your dog energized and a stuffed feeling as they take longer for the body to digest.
Carbohydrates break down as sugars in the body, burn off much faster than proteins, and sugars are the primary energy source for the brain.
Long-term energy reserves come from fats in the diet. In addition to offering energy reserves, fats help the body absorb essential minerals and vitamins.
Understanding The Ingredients Label
When you read the food label, do you understand how it’s written and why the ingredients are listed in the order?
Food labels list the ingredients in priority weight, making the first ingredient the most prominent in the recipe. So when an ingredient list has the protein source first, it is the most prominent ingredient in the recipe.
The FDA regulates what can and can’t be included in the meal plan, but reading a food label is sometimes misleading.
There are four different classifications of how manufacturers may list ingredients in their recipes.
The use of terms such as “the 95% rule, “the 25% rule,” “the ‘with’ rule,” and “the flavor rule” is used to detail the amount of product included in the recipe.
To help you understand, let’s explain how these terms are used in better detail.
The 95% Rule
If a product label includes a term such as “salmon,” it is required to have at least 95% of that protein source in the recipe.
The 25% Rule
Food descriptions such as “dinner, platter, or entree” means the total percentage of that ingredient must be at least 25%.
The “With” Rule
“With” is a misleading term to understand. An example is “dog food with salmon.” While it may sound healthy, the total product must have at minimum 3% of salmon.
The “Flavor” Rule
“Flavor” is the final way that manufacturers hide the lack of ingredients in their recipes.
What the “flavor” rule states are that the protein source must only be traceable.
Selecting The Right Meal Plan For Your Cockapoo
Looking for the correct type of meal plan can be tricky, so we’ve created the Hungry Bark Custom Meal Planner as a great place to start!
In as little as 2 minutes, the meal planner will customize your Cockapoo meal plan considering characteristics such as breed, age, weight, and activity level to provide a custom meal plan for a quality, healthy life.