Frequently asked questions
WHY AND HOW WAS DOOOG DEVELOPED?
Leonhard Merckens, owner of the Hirschalm company, lives with his wife Elisabeth, their 4 children and their Magyar Vizsla dog Mia in Rainfeld, Lower Austria. In 2014, Elisabeth noticed that many dog owners were complaining about how their dogs were not drinking enough and that there was no product on the market to remedy this. After a period of skepticism on Leonhard’s part (because “dogs should just drink water”), he finally decided to commission a veterinarian to find out what dogs prefer to drink. Leonhard used the results in his own kitchen and carried out initial tests with dogs. The results were encouraging, as almost all of the many dogs tested chose to drink dooog instead of water, and showed an overall increase in fluid intake. They then cooperated with a university institution in Vienna that defined for dooog a healthy, natural and environmentally-friendly production method and created prototypes.
WHY ARE THERE NO OTHER DOG DRINKS ON THE MARKET?
It is a legitimate question that we also asked ourselves in the beginning. Today, we think we know why it is so: the path to the finished packaged product is long and full of obstacles. In the end, we managed to overcome them. And the fundamental criteria for us – healthy, natural, and environmentally-friendly – do not simplify the production process of this product. The fact is that we managed to bring dooog to the market after a long phase of development with scientists and veterinarians as well as many thirsty dogs.
WHY SHOULD MY DOG DRINK DOOOG? I ALREADY GIVE HIM WATER.
Let’s be honest: this is also what we thought before developing dooog. But during our tests, many dog owners told us that their dog did not drink enough. This can often lead to apathy, and in extreme cases, to dehydration. In these times of climate change, where our seasons are becoming increasingly hotter, this topic is going to emerge more and more often. Our numerous tests with dooog in comparison with water have shown that dooog quickly changes the drinking behavior of dogs thanks to its smell and taste. Many dog owners whose dogs we tested were not only surprised that their dog had actually started to drink, but also that they lapped their whole bowl instead of taking only 2-3 gulps. dooog ensures healthy drinking pleasure at home and on the go.
DOES DOOOG CONTAIN ARTIFICIAL SUBSTANCES?
Leonhard Merckens knew from the very beginning that he would only market a dog drink if the ingredients were healthy and natural and the packaging recyclable – anything else would not fit his company Hirschalm and his philosophy of life. This is why dooog contains no synthetic ingredients, flavor enhancers or artificial favorings. Just like other dog products, dooog is happily accepted by most dogs, but there will always be some who do not drink it. dooog only contains natural ingredients from Austria. dooog contains beef that is processed together with vegetables and pure mountain spring water to make a delicious beverage. dooog is produced in Austria in cooperation with an Austrian company.
WILL DRINKING DOOOG INFLUENCE MY DOG’S EATING BEHAVIOR?
dooog can complement any healthy dog food. dooog does not influence any feeding method. Regardless of whether you feed your dog dry or moist food – your four-legged friend can consume as much dooog as he wishes. If your dog must follow a diet recommended by a veterinarian, ask your vet if dooog is also suitable for your pet.