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    Default Feeding suggestions - Golden Retriever

    There is so much information available on what we should feed our pets (canned vs kibble vs raw vs.....) and so much of this information is contradictory.

    Is there a definitive answer at all on what is the healthiest way to feed?

    We have an 11 month old Golden Retriever male who had originally been fed on ProPlan however due to frequent tummy upsets whilst on this, we changed to a home-style minced meat, veg and pasta/rice which we were buying from a local pet food company. Murphy did really well on this until he simply went off it. We would give it to him and he simply would not eat it. Since then we have tried canned food (doesn't seem to like any brand or variety), raw animal grade meat (does not like at all), raw human-grade meat (loves it!!!), and kibble (would rather not eat it unless he is starving).

    With all this experimentation, I am getting lost in what we should be feeding him. Have other members had experience where their dog went off something and what did they do?

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    Personally I would settle on either raw or a home cooked recipe. Hyacinth has posted hers somewhere and I am sure will provide the link when she reads this. Usually mince vegs and some rice. I feed raw and Black Hawk biscuits ( human grade mince) because that is what she was raised on but she eats a cooked when we visit my sister and thrives on that too.
    I read somewhere feed them what they need not necessarily what they want, good advice as dogs will eat chocolate and turn their nose up at dinner... Chocolate will kill them!
    I read all the posts here and made a decision, I avoid canned food absolutely that is my line in the sand.

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    Thanks so much. I have been getting that message from what I have researched online so far.

    We have started on BlackHawk and he is happy to eat this from a Kong, so I might try adding this to raw meat and see how we go. I also purchased some Vet All Natural Complete Mix which I need to get a bit more info on before giving it to him.

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    Hi Kwirky

    Is there a definitive answer at all on what is the healthiest way to feed?
    I wish there was "an answer". The fact there is no single answer that suits all dogs and households - is probably why this is a very popular question for people who just got a dog or puppy.

    Even if we had one answer - some dog would be allergic.

    So sometimes it's a compromise between what you regard as ideal and what is convenient to make or source or fund or works for your dog.

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    You must have one of the few picky Golden retrievers. The ones I know eat anything and everything LOL.

    There are some commercial BARF or raw diets around that can be bought pre packaged. I tend to feed this plus combinations of Black Hawk, Earthborn grainfree and Wellness dry food. I also feed raw bones, carrots, apples and sardines

    Whatever you decide make sure that it is a balanced diet with the neccessary minerals and vitmains.

    My mum was having a hard time getting her whippets to eat dry food so she mixes in a little mince or commercial RAW food and they now eat it all.

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    I really ought to read all of the first post...

    I never tell the butcher I'm buying meat for the dog... It's always human grade.

    Depending where you get your supply there are different rules for preservatives and other contaminants in pet food than for human grade food and that might be why your dog likes one but not the other.

    When you can get a kilo of mince for $5 to $10 - I get 1kg roo for $8 all minced already human grade - and make my dog food out of that. She likes it raw quite a bit too.

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    I too have a line in the sand. No tinned food.
    I feed the best i can afford to feed. IMO Raw is the best food you can give a dog, providing your recipe is well balanced, and your dogs are doing really well on it. But this is one answer. Not THE answer lol

    As for a dog turning its nose up to food. < that's not a hungry dog. Here, they have 10 minutes to eat, or i lift that bowl, and nothing else is being offerred for 12 hours. After 12 hrs, and a entire days work, i re offer it. Again, not eaten in 10 mins, i lift it again. Repeat till dog changes its mind. To encourage being less picky, i work the fussy dog, to encourage the appetite at next feed. Touch wood, this method has worked so far.

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    No one in my lot gets to be a picky eater. If anybody leaves anything it is gone in seconds. My dogs know to eat or lose out. LOL. So if one of mine doesnt eat I know they are genuinley unwell. I have never had a fussy eater. They either eat what I give them or lose out simple as that.

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    I am very ashamed to say that the other night I offered him some chicken loaf (bought it from Priority Pets in Melbourne where they cook it themselves (chicken, pork & carrots, I think) and when he sniffed and didn't want it, I then offered a can of Advance. Again he sniffed but didn't want it, so I chopped up a chicken breast which we were going to have for dinner. This he ate.

    So I think a bit of retraining is in order for both of us! Murphy is young, so I should be able to try the leaving of food for 10 mins like mentioned above, I hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwirky View Post
    I am very ashamed to say that the other night I offered him some chicken loaf (bought it from Priority Pets in Melbourne where they cook it themselves (chicken, pork & carrots, I think) and when he sniffed and didn't want it, I then offered a can of Advance. Again he sniffed but didn't want it, so I chopped up a chicken breast which we were going to have for dinner. This he ate.

    So I think a bit of retraining is in order for both of us! Murphy is young, so I should be able to try the leaving of food for 10 mins like mentioned above, I hope.
    Sounds like he has you well trained. I have zero tolerance with my lot from early on. I give them a good nutritious diet and they eat it or starve. Nobody starves LOL.

    The only exception to my hardline stance with dogs and food is if there is a genuine health reason as to why the dog is having trouble with food.

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