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July 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Unlock the Secrets of Your Dog’s Diet: Join Our Decoding Dog Food Nutrition Class!

Are you curious about what’s really in your dog’s food? Do you want to ensure your furry friend gets the best dog food nutrition possible? Join us for our Decoding Dog Food class on July 27th at 11 AM at Paws N Play in River Park, Sacramento! This comprehensive blog post will give you all the details about our upcoming class and why it’s a must-attend event for any dog owner who cares about their pet’s health and well-being.

Why Understanding Dog Food Matters

As pet owners, we all want the best for our dogs. However, navigating the world of dog food nutrition can be incredibly confusing. With countless brands, formulations, and marketing buzzwords, it’s challenging to know what’s truly beneficial for our pets. This class aims to demystify dog food, providing you with the knowledge and tools you need to make informed choices.

What You’ll Learn

Our Decoding Dog Food Nutrition Class is designed to be both fun and educational, ensuring you leave with a solid understanding of dog nutrition. Here’s an in-depth look at what we’ll cover:

Topics Covered in Dog Food Nutrition Class

Understanding Dog Food Labels

One of the most crucial aspects of choosing the right food for your dog is understanding how to read and interpret dog food labels. Many pet food companies use marketing tricks to make their products seem healthier than they are. In this section, we’ll teach you how to:

  • Read Ingredient Lists: Learn the importance of the order in which ingredients are listed and what to look for as primary ingredients.
  • Nutritional Information: Understand the guaranteed analysis on dog food packaging, including protein, fat, fiber, and moisture content.
  • Decipher Marketing Terms: Get clarity on what terms like “natural,” “organic,” and “holistic” really mean.

Identifying High-Quality Ingredients

Not all dog foods are created equal. High-quality ingredients are essential for your dog’s health and longevity. This part of the class will focus on:

  • Whole Foods vs. Fillers: Learn to differentiate between whole food ingredients and fillers or by-products that offer little nutritional value.
  • Recognizing Quality Proteins: Understand the importance of animal-based proteins and how to identify them in ingredient lists.
  • Synthetic Vitamins and Minerals: Discover what synthetic vitamins and minerals are, how to find the right ones, and their role in your dog’s diet.

Recognizing Harmful Additives

Unfortunately, many dog foods contain additives that can be harmful to your pet’s health. We’ll cover:

  • Common Preservatives: Identify preservatives that are safe versus those that are potentially harmful.
  • Artificial Colors and Flavors: Learn why these are added to dog food and their potential negative impacts.
  • Avoiding Fillers: Understand why ingredients like corn, soy, and wheat are often used and why they might not be the best choice for your dog.

Comparing Commercial Dog Food Options

With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right food. We’ll help you navigate this decision by comparing:

  • Dry vs. Wet Food: Understand the pros and cons of each type.
  • Raw Diets: Learn the benefits and challenges of feeding your dog a raw diet.
  • Homemade Diets: Get insights into preparing balanced homemade meals for your dog.

Homemade Diets: Basics of Preparation

For those interested in making their dog’s food at home, we’ll provide:

  • Balanced Nutrition: Learn about the essential nutrients your dog needs and how to ensure their diet is complete and balanced.
  • Recipes and Tips: Get practical tips and recipes for preparing nutritious meals at home.

Special Dietary Needs

Every dog is unique, and some may have special dietary needs. We’ll cover how to:

  • Address Health Conditions: Tailor your dog’s diet to manage conditions like allergies, obesity, and digestive issues.
  • Life Stage Nutrition: Choose the right food for puppies, adults, and senior dogs to support their specific nutritional requirements.

Why Attend?

There are plenty of reasons to attend our Decoding Dog Food class. Here are just a few:

  • Free Class: This educational session is free because we believe in helping pet owners make informed decisions about their dog’s diet.
  • In-Store Samples: Participants will get to take home in-store samples of top dog food products, allowing you to try out some high-quality options we discuss during the class.
  • Interactive Learning: Engage in a fun and interactive session where you can ask questions and discuss various dog food products available at our shop.

What to Bring

To get the most out of the class, please bring a printout of your dog’s food label or the bag itself. Additionally, if you are currently using any prebiotics, probiotics, or digestive aids for your dog, please bring information about those products as well. This will help us provide personalized advice and answer any specific questions you might have.

Location and Schedule

Spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today! Call Terra at 916-796-4925 to sign up for this valuable class and start making better choices for your dog’s diet.

About the Instructor

Hi, I’m Terra Ruiz, a Licensed Family Dog Mediator and Canine Relationship Coach with extensive experience in dog nutrition and training. I’ve been a dog trainer since 2012, working in various fields including the Service Dog industry, Therapy Dog industry, and basic house pets. I’m also familiar with the sport dog world. My goal is to help pet owners understand their dogs better and provide them with the best care possible.

I hold certifications in Dog Food Nutrition, ensuring that the information I provide is based on the latest research and best practices. [Link to Certifications]


Here’s what some of our past participants have to say about the Decoding Dog Food class:

“I learned so much about what to look for in dog food. Now I feel confident choosing the best food for my dog.” – Sarah H.

“The class was fun and interactive. Terra did a great job explaining everything in an easy-to-understand way.” – Mike L.

“I loved the in-store samples. It was great to try out new products and see what my dog liked.” – Emily R.


By joining our Decoding Dog Food class, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to choose the best food for your furry friend. We look forward to seeing you there and helping you unlock the secrets of your dog’s diet! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to improve your dog’s health and well-being. Text Terra at 916-796-4925 to reserve your spot today!

Important Note

I’m sorry, but to ensure a focused and interactive learning experience, this is a no-dog class. Thank you for your understanding!

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5495 Carlson Dr Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95819 United States

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