Nutrition Workshop


Better Dog Care by Sabine Contreras

Join us at K9 Lifeline to further your education on dog nutrition

Sabine will be covering the following topics

Commercial Food
General considerations
Storage of dry food
Label Information 101
Opposing sides in the pet food industry
What’s the “Best” Food?
Identifying better products
Canned vs. dry food and the associated myths
Other options

Home Prepared Food
Commercial products and meeting individual needs (AAFCO vs. NRC nutrient profiles)
Common concerns about home prepared diets
Cooked vs. Raw
Feeding Philosophies, pros and cons
Achieving Balance
Supplements, yes or no?

Food Allergies
Allergies vs. Intolerances
Why commercial prescription diets don’t always work
The Elimination Diet

Canine Obesity
Why the dog is overweight and how it happened
What is ideal weight?
Study on body weight and health
Myths about weight loss and the real solutions
How do we determine caloric need?
Safe weight loss and future weight management

 Date: October 20-21, 2017
Time: 3-7 pm each day
Cost: $50 per person


About Sabine

Sabine Contreras is originally a native of Germany and moved to the U.S. in 1999, after meeting her husband. They live on the West Side of Los Angeles, California and share their home with Jack Russell Terrier Dax and five cats. Involved with dogs and dog related activities for over 25 years, Sabine is very interested in natural, preventive dog care as well as canine nutrition and has accumulated experience in these fields through thousands of hours of independent research and academic study. Sabine’s experience in animal care is not limited to dogs though, but also includes small pets (mice, rats, guinea pigs), cats, horses, dairy cattle and other livestock.

At school in Germany she attended Biology and Chemistry classes for 8 and 6 consecutive years respectively and during her 2 1/2 year professional apprenticeship, nutrition/dietetics was part of the accompanying education, and the final written and oral exams by the state of Baden-Württemberg.

After completing coursework in Animal Nutrition, Care, Physiology, Diseases and Parasitology, Sabine earned her certification in Animal Care from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

In her free time, she enjoys digital photography, cooking, reading, camping, hiking, offroading and road trips, especially “off the beaten path”. She also has a lot of fun training puppy Dax for Obedience and Rally competitions as well as various other dog sports.

As one of her larger dog-related projects, Sabine has researched the pet industry in general and commercial dog food specifically since 2000 and is the author of the successful website The Dog Food Project, which is frequently updated with new information.

Sabine works with pet owners as well as business clients, rescues, breeders, and veterinarians. Although her focus is on customized feeding plans for individual dogs, she has also formulated diets based on NRC recommendations for small businesses selling fresh prepared foods, some of which recently underwent and passed AAFCO feeding trials.

Her writings have been featured in various publications and she is often invited as a guest speaker for local dog club/group functions, a service offered free of charge.

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