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.
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 is critical to other aspects of her central nervous system as well as to the development of sharp eyes.
Chemists have listed DHA as 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.
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.
Eukanuba scientists derive the DHA in its puppy food from fish, fish meal, and fish oil. Based on our studies, a puppy fed Eukanuba foods will likely be easier to train. That is huge when it comes to housebreaking, curtailing chewing, training, and prepping for all of the ways you both will go the extra mile.