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    Question wet food vs dry food, combination or individual use

    So growing up my family have always had dogs, specifically Golden retrievers. And because of how my parents have always fed our dogs, i have always though a mix of wet food and dry is just how you feed dogs. Needless to say as i set out on my own and am researching breeds and how you should look after them, read debates on what type and the frequency of food and feeding, ive discovered how many varieties of food there are and what combinations and diets there are. But i cant find many sites or books that actually give you a foundation to build on when you decide what path you will take. so im putting it to you all. What, from your experience, do you feel meets the needs of your companion? How much and how often is appropriate and are there any brands/types to stay away from? Because lets be honest, everyone is biased but anything is better than reading through company descriptions and basing it off that small bit of info on the packaging. personal experiences??? (this is all relative to medium to large breeds - golden retrievers, german shepherds and huskys etc...)

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    Trial and error is the way i worked out what is the go for my 2 goofs.

    When you say 'wet' food i'm assuming you mean tinned food ? ......my advice is to avoid tinned food at all costs. It's nasty stuff.

    I feed my guys once at night to help avoid bloat and their bowls are loaded up with 2 big cups of Blackhawk dry kibble and about 2 inches of a good quality dog roll that i get from my butchers called 'Scottys' .

    If you get a dog from a breeder be sure to take their advice and feed them exactly what they tell you to and when the time comes to switch to somthing else do it very slowly.

    Brands i avoid are ukanubah but only because i saw footage of how they test on dogs...it was terrible....picture lots of dead Beagles. Dosnt mean the foods no good but i cant support them after watching that. The vids on you tube if ya want to look for it. In saying that some peoples dogs have done terrible on Blackhawk ... but i swear by it. Thats what i mean by "Trial and error" as everyones dogs are diffrent.

    RAW or Barf diets are meant to be the bee's knee's but i'm buggered if i've got the time and means to deal with that stuff.

    As for treats its all pigs ears, marrow bones and cow hooves for my 2 boys.


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    There have been heaps of threads on this forum on the feeding of pups. So do a search - but have a look here to start you off:

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/search.php?searchid=981044

    Feeding raw is the best – this link is a good place to start your research:

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    Sean yes i do mean canned food sorry i should have specified. and about the testing!!!! What the hell!?! i didnt realise it was even tested in that manner! im not quit sure how i thought they tested it but, considering its those products that are supposed to be for mans best friend i wouldnt have thought it would be apart of animal cruelty...

    thanks for setting me up RileyJ ill take a look

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    I make my own version of "wet food" and supplement that with a bit of black hawk (or a lot if I run out of the casserole I make for evil hound), and other things like a couple of spoonfuls of yogurt for breakfast, occasional bit of wholemeal bread, carrots, goodo treats (ie mini goodos ripped into four pieces), roo jerky, roast chicken chopped for treats, left over pie crust - ripped into pieces for treats.

    Treats are for training tricks and heel work and sometimes agility - tho we prefer to do agility for the run of it.

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    Haven't used canned dog food for about 25 yrs...when it's 90% water who would want too.
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    when it's 90% water who would want to?
    My problem is the way it seems to convert to 100% room clearing farts.

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    I do kibble..supercoat lite and mature does mine well with fresh meat, bones I get by the box from the butcher and freeze as well suitable table scraps.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I make my own version of "wet food" and supplement that with a bit of black hawk (or a lot if I run out of the casserole I make for evil hound), and other things like a couple of spoonfuls of yogurt for breakfast, occasional bit of wholemeal bread, carrots, goodo treats (ie mini goodos ripped into four pieces), roo jerky, roast chicken chopped for treats, left over pie crust - ripped into pieces for treats.

    Treats are for training tricks and heel work and sometimes agility - tho we prefer to do agility for the run of it.
    Hello,

    Would you mind sharing your Casserole recipe?

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    The recipe for the casserole is here.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-healt...tml#post162967

    Plus some feedback on whether it's a good idea or not. And there's some other dog food recipes in there too.

    I don't think it's 100% everything a dog needs but I feed other stuff too like sardines, yogurt, kibble, carrots, etc. Variety is important without being so different that it causes upsets.

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