My name is Gerald Pepin. I’m an independent canine nutritionist. Pictured above you’ll see my dog, Marco. He’s 7 years old and weighs an impressive 47kgs. Marco’s the reason I became a dog nutritionist. An independent canine nutritionist. I wanted him to have the very best life possible. And that included the very best nutrition. Because I truly believe that when we feed our dogs, we are investing in their future. We are trying to give them the longest, healthiest life possible. And the best way of doing that is by feeding them the very best food we possibly can.
Food plays a huge part in all our lives. Food is said to be one of life’s great pleasures. And I can tell you from experience, there’s absolutely no reason why that same pleasure cannot be enjoyed by our dogs as well. My dogs absolutely love their food. They get enormous pleasure from it. And it’s all part of what we canine nutritionists call behavioural enrichment. It enriches their lives, in just the same way that they enrich ours.
About my dogs
“The best German Shepherd I have ever seen.”
“A wonderful advertisement for proper canine nutrition.”
These are just some of the comments I regularly receive about my dogs, Marco and Ava. And they’re all the more meaningful when they come from people who really know their dogs.
But as proud as comments such as these make me feel, my favourite comment came from a local vet I met at a show a while back. She was an older lady. What I like to call a proper ‘old-school’ vet.
Very few canine nutritionists
“People need to take responsibility for the way they feed their dog,” she said. “There are less than a handful of qualified dog nutritionists in the whole of the UK. Most of them are tied to the large commercial dog food manufacturers. No wonder we have so many unhealthy dogs in Britain today.
“It’s all too easy for people to open a bag and plonk a handful of biscuit into a bowl without really thinking about what they’re feeding their dog. Of course, that’s part of the plan. Dog food manufacturers don’t want people to think about what they’re feeding their dog. They never ask themselves why what they’re feeding their dog doesn’t look like real food. If they had to eat it themselves they’d soon jolly well ask that question.
“No, they’ve been programmed to believe that’s the way dogs should be fed. They never ask themselves why this dried biscuit doesn’t look like meat and vegetables if that’s what it says it contains on the packet. They don’t ask themselves how come this rubbish can sit on a shelf for two years without spoiling. Would they feed it to themselves or their children? I doubt it very much. But they’ll happily feed it to the animal they consider to be their best friend. The marketing departments of these large dog food manufacturers have done a wonderful job of pulling the wool over the eyes of the consumer. They wouldn’t get away with it in many countries. But here in the UK they’ve sold the consumer a pup, if you’ll excuse the pun.”
Dogs deserve the best nutrition
The lady continued. “No, dog owners need to take responsibility for feeding their dog properly by giving them food that looks like food, made with real ingredients that they can recognise.
“Well done you for doing that for your dogs. They look absolutely wonderful on it!”
If you need an independent canine nutritionist, I have created a number of health plans for common canine conditions. I also offer bespoke consultations. And if you need an exceptionally pleasant, intelligent and handsome adult male German Shepherd Dog for a photo shoot or a movie, I can highly recommend a good friend of mine!