Miniature Poodle Diet Plan
By Hungry Bark | October 16, 2020
The miniature Poodle is the gentler, calmer version of the breed and is known to be playful, curious, loyal, and love to be the center of attention.
Poodles fall under four varieties: toy, miniature, medium, and standard Poodle. Bred to track and retrieve waterfowl, the Poodle loves to learn new behaviors. Their intelligence and athleticism make them the perfect companion dog for people looking to play and have fun.
Every Poodle requires daily activities that engage their bodies and minds, so designing a routine that allows them to exercise and engage their curiosity is ideal for a happy Poodle.
Due to its more diminutive stature, the miniature Poodle can be intimidated by rough play by children, so it is a pet that is best for an older individual or families with older children. Their tiny size also doesn’t require a large area and space to run around, making them ideal for urban living, whether a home, apartment, or condominium.
As a pet parent, the most important role you can play is to provide a safe, healthy environment for your Poodle.
Considering all the factors that will provide the best situation for optimum health requires that you provide enough daily exercise, proper nutrition, and regular visits to the veterinarian.
When taken together, these factors make up the definition of a holistic approach to your mini poodle’s health.
Before discussing the type of meal plan you should provide for your pet, let’s discuss the importance of exercise, the types of nutrition you should provide, and how to read and understand a food label to select the best meal plan you can provide.
The Importance Of Getting Enough Exercise
Exercise provides various benefits for your pet, from building strong bones and muscles, improving cardiovascular function, controlling appetites, and weight management. Combined with a diet that is rich in protein, exercise is the foundation to a long, healthy life.
Like people, all dogs need a diet that focuses on nutrition, regular vigorous exercise, and routine checkups with their veterinarian.
Your mini poodle should exercise five minutes each month of their age up to 30 minutes per day as a general rule.
Compared to other Poodle varieties, the mini Poodle doesn’t require the same amount of vigorous activity as the larger varieties.
Exercise has a couple of additional benefits to those already listed.
First, exercise allows you to develop a routine that you as a pet parent and the pet can look forward to and provide an opportunity for you to enhance the bonds between you both. Second, exercise is known to release neurochemicals that regulate moods and anxiety, making your mini Poodle a calmer, happier companion.
Exercise provides an enormous amount of benefits for your miniature Poodle and has many of the same benefits as with people.
- Increased Cardiovascular Function: Vigorous exercise will tax your Poodle’s cardiovascular and respiratory systems, making them work more efficiently during exercise and rest, providing better overall health.
- Better Digestion: Daily exercise assists the body in regulating appetite, waste production, and digestion.
- Controls Weight: An active lifestyle helps the body manage and prevent heart complications associated with weight issues and minimize problems related to flexibility and joints in overweight pets.
- Improves Flexibility: Any type of regular movement encourages the body’s muscles and joints to stay loose and flexible, essential in injury prevention.
- Heightened Cognitive Function: Dogs lash out when they’re bored or anxious, and daily exercise will stimulate them to avoid developing negative behaviors, anxiety issues, and distemper. Vigorous regular exercise will calm its mind, causing the body to produce mood-enhancing neurochemicals to alleviate anxiety.
- Strengthen The Skeletal-Muscular System: Exercise will tax the skeletal-muscular system, making the body more efficient long after exercise concludes.
- Ward-off Negative Behaviors: Dogs communicate through actions, so if your Poodle exhibits negative behaviors, most likely it is a symptom of anxiety. An exercise routine will calm its mind, improve its mood, and make your mini Poodle happier. Just as the adage says, “a tired dog is a happy dog.”
There is one caveat to an exercise routine. Keep in mind that mini Poodles should not do more vigorous activities than 30 minutes maximum due to their miniature size. You also need to factor in the overall fitness level of your pet, its age, weight, and the type of terrain you plan on exercising in before starting. One good idea is to consult a veterinarian to eliminate any potential underlying illness or disease.
Depending on where you live, we have some suggestions to help you get your mini Poodle the exercise it needs and engage its curiosity at the same time.
Walks: For low-impact exercise that allows your Poodle to engage its curiosity at the same time, try taking long walks around the neighborhood. The reason this engages your mini Poodle’s curiosity is that dogs sense the world around them through their smell. A single sniff will give your Poodle enough details about what animals may be in the vicinity and if there are any potential food sources as well. Walks also provide an opportunity to strengthen the bonds and train and reinforce behaviors with your Poodle.
Hikes: As a change of pace, hikes may be a good idea. When taking a hike, your mini Poodle can explore new areas, take in new sights, sounds, and smells, as well as get some exercise. Be sure to know the type of terrain and weather report ahead of time to guarantee that your hike is appropriate for your mini Poodle.
Dog Park: Dogs are social animals by nature and enjoy creating packs with other dogs. A dog park will allow your pet to socialize with other dogs, learn important roles and hierarchies within a pack, as well as get exercise along the way. Letting your mini Poodle run, wrestle, and socialize is a great way to engage its mind and body at the same time.
Agility Drills: As a breed, the Poodle is highly intelligent and agile. Mini Poodles have all those traits even in the diminutive stature. Mix in some agility drills to your weekly exercise regimens, such as an obstacle course, a game of fetch, or any task that lets you teach and reinforce positive behaviors. This process will strengthen your bonds and roles while providing an engaging activity.
The Type Of Nutrition Your Poodle Needs
Every dog is unique with individual preferences and tastes and specific nutritional needs based on body weight and age.
A high-quality meal plan will prioritize the macronutrients necessary for maximum energy and optimal health.
The meal plan you select should comprise clean, single-source animal protein, avoid unnecessary grains like soy, wheat, and corn using healthy carbohydrates like brown rice instead. Combined with just the right amounts of fats will give your pet the macronutrients they need.
Additional factors that should be considered are your mini Poodle’s age, ideal weight, and overall fitness levels.
How Active is Your Poodle
One of the primary factors in determining the right meal plan for your mini Poodle is to consider your dog’s overall fitness and activity levels.
An active dog will require higher percentages of protein over carbohydrates and fats than one that is sedentary. Like an athlete who requires more calories than a non-athlete, an active dog needs a higher dose of calories from healthy sources than doesn’t get much exercise.
Is Your Dog Allergic or Intolerant to Certain Types of Food
Subpar dog foods substitute animal proteins with fillers and additives that don’t offer much nutritional value. Often these fillers can be mixed with any kind of ingredient that may cause an allergic reaction to your mini Poodle.
High-quality meal plans will label the exact ingredients in their recipe to allow you to avoid potential food-borne allergens.
The problem with food-borne allergies is that once the immune system becomes agitated, it will aggressively attack any potential allergen, meaning your dog will be in a constant state of agitation. Symptoms of food-borne allergies can include runny, watery eyes and nose, excessive scratching, and gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea and flatulence.
Is Your Dog Allergic or Intolerant to Certain Types of Food
At different stages of life, your dog will require different dietary needs. Considering your dog’s age and its ideal weight is an essential consideration in your meal plan selection. However, concerns about food-borne allergens aren’t the only issue that may arise from subpar meal plans. Fillers and additives that may be included often don’t provide much nutritional value and quickly become junk calories.
Why Your Poodle’s Food Ingredients Are Important
There’s a lot of variety in dog food, and some offer clean, single sources of animal protein, while others are loaded up with fillers, additives, and unwanted junk calories. Individual preferences vary, so do the specific dietary requirements unique to your pet’s age and weight.
The FDA heavily regulates dog food and should give you some confidence in your meal plan, but there are still loopholes that subpar manufacturers will take to save some money. These could be with fillers, substitutes, or additives—the more transparent the food label, the purer and higher-quality the meal plan.
The adage, “you are what you eat,” applies to dog food as well as to people. Your mini Poodle’s meal plan should include animal protein and carbohydrates from one source and eschews misleading labels like “meat meal” or carbohydrates like soy, corn, and wheat that are known to be toxic to dogs.
The type of ingredients included in any meal plan should prioritize animal proteins before carbohydrates or fats. It should avoid using any fillers and additives as these are prone to cause food-borne allergies and intolerances.
We know you are looking to provide optimal health for your mini Poodle, and there are several benefits that good nutrition provides:
- Stronger bones and teeth
- Improved muscle tone
- Enhances the immune system to ward off disease
- Overall better digestion
- Elevated moods
- Higher levels of energy and in longer duration
- Better sleep patterns
How To Read The Ingredients Label
An essential factor when selecting the best meal plan for your mini Poodle is understanding how to read the ingredients label. At Hungry Bark, we know choosing the right meal plan for your dog can be a tad overwhelming at first, so let’s dive into how to understand what you read when you see a product label.
The first thing to understand is that dog food as an industry is highly regulated by the FDA. Even then, there are some loopholes that subpar manufacturers attempt to use when describing their recipes.
But before we explore the terms that are commonly used with food labels, you need to understand the building blocks to a great meal plan.
In a food label, ingredients are listed in order of weight, giving the first items listed higher priority and percentage than anything that follows it. High-quality meal plans will list a single source of animal protein first before including carbs and fats and avoid using any misleading terms that hide the inclusion of additives and fillers.
As the primary ingredient in a recipe, proteins are the main source of energy for your pet. They serve to strengthen and maintain the skeletal-muscle system while also providing a satiated feeling longer.
Carbohydrates act as backup energy after proteins and also act like sugars in the blood. This delayed source of energy sources acts as fuel for the brain and other cognitive functions.
Similarly to carbohydrates, fats are a long-term energy source. One other function is that they break down as sugars to aid the body with absorbing crucial vitamins and minerals.
Avoid labels with an ingredient list that obscures where the protein comes from, such as using the term “meat meal.”
Food labels should be clear about the origins of their ingredients and eliminate the possibility of unwanted additives and preservatives. They should also avoid using obscure language as a descriptor of the elements.
For example, a product label that lists “meat meal” or lists “Turkey Dinner For Dogs” is both unclear and a little misleading.
Some manufacturers use these misleading terms to comply with FDA requirements while hiding their use of fillers and additives.
FDA standards require manufacturers to list ingredients in such a way that describes the recipe’s content, but if you don’t know what you’re reading, these recipes may seem as if you're choosing a healthy meal plan when in all reality, it’s not as healthy as it looks.
When reading over a food label, there are four different categories of terms used to detail the quality and purity of ingredients. Those categories are best described as the 95% rule, the 25% rule, the with rule, and the flavor rule.
The 95% Rule
If a food label asserts that it includes a specific protein, in this case, let’s use chicken, then the recipe must consist of at least 95% of chicken in the final product. So when you see a food label that says “turkey for dogs,” then you can have the confidence that the recipe is 95% turkey in the recipe.
The 25% Rule
With food labels, If the terms used include “dinner, platter, or entree,” understand that what is meant is that the total percentage of that listed protein is only required to be more than 25% of the final product. If you don’t understand the use of these terms, something such as “salmon dinner for dogs” may seem healthy when they may only have 25% or more of salmon in the recipe. What makes up the remainder of the protein source may be fillers or other additives that can lead to food-borne issues for your mini Poodle.
The “With” Rule
The term “with” is a way that some manufacturers imply quality foods without offering much in the way of sustenance. For example, if you read a label that states, “dog food with chicken,” what is being said is the finished product is only required to include 3% of chicken with the ingredient list.
The “Flavor” Rule
When a food label claims to have “flavor” added, such as “chicken entree with beef flavor,” it is misleading. The FDA standards require that there must be enough trace elements of beef that can be included in the labeling, but it doesn’t require any amount of percentage in the recipe.
Selecting The Right Meal Plan For Your Poodle
Taking a holistic approach to your mini Poodle will include regular health checkups, daily exercise, and providing high-quality nutrition to give your mini Poodle the best opportunity for a healthy life.
We know that selecting the best meal plan can be a bit 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 Poodle meal plan considering characteristics such as breed, age, weight, and activity level to provide a custom meal plan for a quality, healthy life.