DHA for Trainable Puppies

Did you know that you could help make your puppy smarter by feeding her outstanding nutrition that contains DHA? DHA—or docosahexaenoic acid—is a fatty acid that is key to the growth of neural pathways in the brain. It occurs naturally in the milk of nursing dogs, but after your puppy is weaned, she needs it as a supplement to aid cognitive development.

Proven DHA Performance

In a study, puppies that were fed meals enhanced with DHA actually outperformed others given more typical foods in a maze test over a 30–day period. Furthermore, DHA for puppies is critical to other aspects of her central nervous system as well as to the development of sharp eyes.

What Is DHA?

DHA is an omega–3 fatty acid. It is found naturally in canine and human breast milk as well as in fish, fish meal and fish oil. In addition, DHA has been re–created in laboratories and is used in many baby formulas. That's because the substance is a major structural component of—and the most abundant fatty acid in—the brain.

How Does DHA Help Puppies?

Prior to weaning, puppies get DHA from their mothers via milk. But after they've graduated to kibble, their brains continue to develop—without this critical substance—unless supplemented. In fact, puppies acquire 70% of their adult brain mass by 6 weeks of age and have 90% by 12 weeks of age. That means there's a lot you can do after she leaves her mom to make sure she's properly nourished.

DHA in EUKANUBA Dry Dog Food

EUKANUBA nutritionists derive the DHA from fish, fish meal and fish oil. Based on our studies, a puppy fed with EUKANUBA foods will likely be easier to train. That’s huge when it comes to housebreaking, curtailing chewing, training and prepping for all of the ways you both will go the extra mile.