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    is puppy food good or bad? i was reading on another forum about how breeders didn't like feeding their pups puppy food and i thought that some other people might not as well. my dogs on puppy food right now and i'm thinking of getting proper food next time. much thanks.

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    Koda was fed puppy food until around 11 months old, because i always thought that is what i was supposed to do. However i've recently been talking with some other Aussie owners and most of them say that they never fed their dogs puppy food, they just went straight onto adult food... even breeders were saying that they weaned their pups onto adult food rather than puppy food. I really don't know what is best for the dog, but i guess there would be positives and negatives of both

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    many people with larger breeds avoid puppy food because it is more energy dense than adult food, so it easier for the pup to have excessive intake and then grow too fast (which can lead to problems). I feed raw, so food is just food regardless of the age of the dog and adjust according to the body condition of the dog in question. I think that whatever you choose to feed a puppy the important thing is to grow them lean - once they are past 8 to 12 weeks it is beneficial that you avoid having a roly poly puppy (as adorable as chubby puppies are) and let them grow slowly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goggles View Post
    is puppy food good or bad? i was reading on another forum about how breeders didn't like feeding their pups puppy food and i thought that some other people might not as well. my dogs on puppy food right now and i'm thinking of getting proper food next time. much thanks.
    Puppy food can be good or bad - depends what you are feeding them on !

    If you are going to continue feeding dry - then yes - the next lot that you buy should be the adult variety.

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    but why? i feed Royal Canin medium size for my dog.

    I find I can feed my dog way less than the recommended amount and still have a happy, healthy content pup. He won't even eat as much as it says he is supposed to eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goggles View Post
    but why? i feed Royal Canin medium size for my dog.

    I find I can feed my dog way less than the recommended amount and still have a happy, healthy content pup. He won't even eat as much as it says he is supposed to eat.
    Sorry I must have missed you saying that you are feeding 'medium size dry for pups' to your pup !

    I really don't think I know of anyone that feeds as per the directions on the outside of a dry dog food package.

    You feed to the look and feel of your pup - not by a producer trying to get you to buy more of their product !

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    thank you RileyJ but I mean why would it be a good idea to move onto adult kibble?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goggles View Post
    thank you RileyJ but I mean why would it be a good idea to move onto adult kibble?
    OK ! Maybe I need to ask a question here ! Short and sweet - just like your usual questions and replies.

    Why not ?

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    I thought puppy food will be good for him - because he's a puppy.

    But if there's a reason why breeders and people who know more about dogs than I do do not feed their pups puppy food I want to know.

    RileyJ are you a barf or a raw person? I can't afford that. I don't know what I'm doing with raw food and kibble is just easier.

    Do dogs have different nutritional requirements based on their age or is that a lie as well? People spend so much time trying to decide what food to give them, what company they can trust, their budget and the kind of food etc. and now I learn that nobody wants to give their dog puppy food because apparently, it's bad for them.

    I'll buy the adult food next time - it's just that I have 9 kilos or so of food left from the 15 kg bag I bought for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goggles View Post
    I thought puppy food will be good for him - because he's a puppy.

    But if there's a reason why breeders and people who know more about dogs than I do do not feed their pups puppy food I want to know.

    RileyJ are you a barf or a raw person? I can't afford that. I don't know what I'm doing with raw food and kibble is just easier.

    Do dogs have different nutritional requirements based on their age or is that a lie as well? People spend so much time trying to decide what food to give them, what company they can trust, their budget and the kind of food etc. and now I learn that nobody wants to give their dog puppy food because apparently, it's bad for them.

    I'll buy the adult food next time - it's just that I have 9 kilos or so of food left from the 15 kg bag I bought for him.
    If you have 9 kilos left just keeping feeding till it is finished. You can start blending in adult kibble so he gets used to it.

    I have fed puppy food and I have fed adult food. My recent rescue puppy came with a 15 kg bag of puppy food so that is what she got till it was finished. The main thing I have found is to make sure they are grown out nice and lean to make sure growing joints are given the best chance. I dont get too hung up on the whole thing to be honest. My dogs are working dogs and they seem to have grown up nice and fit and healthy whatever I fed them as puppies. Given the choice these days I usually go straight to adult but hey I have grown plenty of puppies through on puppy food with equally good results. Dont sweat it, just make sure he doesnt grow out heavy.

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