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DHA in food could make puppies "more trainable"

Last week tails.com released findings from their research claiming that certain foods, such as salmon and sweet potato, could provide the nutrients to help improve a senior dog's ability to learn.

Eukanuba, providers of canine nutrition, have added that it's not just senior dogs who can benefit, and that owners should include DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) - found in fish oil - in their dog's diet early on. Their research showed that DHA is very beneficial to the neurological development of puppies, potentially improving their trainability.

In the first few months of a puppy's life they burn off energy quickly as they explore and grow. A puppy is fed on their mother's milk for the first four weeks and it's important to maintain these nutritional needs, especially during their early developmental stages.

Eukanuba’s Veterinary Training Manager Kellie Ceccarelli says, "DHA has been proven to support the brain development in puppies resulting in improved trainability. By ensuring you provide your puppy with a strong nutritional foundation that meets their very specific nutritional needs you can help them to live a long, happy, and healthy life.

"At Eukanuba we have been pioneering tailored nutrition for puppies since 1969, being the first to discover the benefits of enhanced levels of dietary DHA. Eukanuba’s premium Puppy nutrition, which is developed together with vets and recommended by top breeders, also includes tailored levels of calcium for healthy growth, a natural blend of antioxidants to support natural defences, and omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids to promote a healthy skin and coat.

Many of the important nutritional ingredients for your puppy can be found in puppy-specific foods, such as Eukanuba's puppy range which includes calcium, antioxidants and DHA.

Kellie adds, "It’s important to remember that you are what you eat, and the same is true for puppies. By feeding them with high-quality nutrition you can help puppies to become extraordinary, adventurous, and loyal dogs."