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    Ok, so my puppy comes home on the 10th of June. Having not been from Australia originally, I am now attempting to look for a good brand of dog food to feed. I would prefer a grain-free dog food preferably high-quality, high-meat-content grain-free food! Any suggestions?

    Also looking to feed raw, once again any preferred brand? Research is done, just seeking the right way to go about it.

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    Please just take the time to look back through the pages here. There are many many threads on this subject.

    It is also best to feed what the breeder is feeding and make small changes till you feed what you wish to.

    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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    I'm not a raw feeder.

    Those who have done the research have put me onto BLACKHAWK holistic adult lamb and rice. It's good stuff, the best kibble even........bigger bag and cheaper than the other top $$$ dry food.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Please just take the time to look back through the pages here. There are many many threads on this subject.

    It is also best to feed what the breeder is feeding and make small changes till you feed what you wish to.
    I am looking for something specific, and rather then take tid-bits from each post I wanted to be sure what people linked were close if not exactly what I want. Also, I am feeding RAW as well and it allows me to open a discussion here with people who recommend things. Also, I do realize that I will be feeding what the breeder does first but I am talking LONG TERM feeding. I have browsed but saw nothing that interested me, or answered my question directly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    I'm not a raw feeder.

    Those who have done the research have put me onto BLACKHAWK holistic adult lamb and rice. It's good stuff, the best kibble even........bigger bag and cheaper than the other top $$$ dry food.
    I will look into that, thank you SO much for your response

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    As Di_dee1 said - I would follow exactly as to what the breeder of your puppy has suggested and has been feeding the puppy before you pick it up - regardless whether you agree or not. Puppies tummies are small and any quick and dramatic changes to their diet usually turns to tears.

    Whenever I got my previous pups from the breeders - I never had to worry about the food - I just followed what they recommended.

    That allowed me to spend most of my time before the pup arrived researching (worrying) about puppy and dog training schools and whether my set up in the house was suitable for the pup - at least for the first couple of nights !!!!!

    Yes I eventually changed the food for the pup - but only after I was more confident and pup and me where on the same page with the living together bit.

    Have fun waiting for your pup to arrive - I think that was the best thing for me - the excitement of it all.

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    I am a RAw feeder, but I do not use purchased additives, such as BARF, phuds (all good stuff)...LOL........I do the sums. I use offal, legumes, fish, coconut oil, fish oils and olive oils, raw oats and lots of veggies and fruit. One of my fav is also bones..I like large bones, not weight-bearing so much, but spines, briskets are my really preferred. I also try to be organic..We grow a lot of our own.

    I refuse to use anything with colouring, preservatives or those numbered additives

    When I travel and do use Dryfood/kibble, I only use Black-hawk. And even my high allergy dog has no issues with it I also use Black hawk as my training back-up...I cannot get over how popular it is with most of the dogs in my classes.

    I think you will still have to trial what suits you, both financial and what suits your dogs and you
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I am a RAw feeder, but I do not use purchased additives, such as BARF, phuds (all good stuff)...LOL........I do the sums. I use offal, legumes, fish, coconut oil, fish oils and olive oils, raw oats and lots of veggies and fruit. One of my fav is also bones..I like large bones, not weight-bearing so much, but spines, briskets are my really preferred. I also try to be organic..We grow a lot of our own.

    I refuse to use anything with colouring, preservatives or those numbered additives

    When I travel and do use Dryfood/kibble, I only use Black-hawk. And even my high allergy dog has no issues with it I also use Black hawk as my training back-up...I cannot get over how popular it is with most of the dogs in my classes.

    I think you will still have to trial what suits you, both financial and what suits your dogs and you
    I think I might PM you to go into a bit more depth, and such! I appreciate you taking the time to reply to me though. I've been told over, and over again from both trainer friends, and nutritionalist and such that raw was a good way to go for feeding!


    In terms of everyone telling me to go with what the breeder says, my breeder told me directly that she recommends switching (SLOWLY) to whatever I am most comfortable with. I am not intending on ripping the puppy away from the hard food it is eating now and throwing it into a new source of food. I am doing a slow change, three years of rescue work specializing in puppies has taught me a few things and that is one. Only reason I posted here is ME personally am not use to the AU brands of food. Had this been the states, Natures Variety all the way both raw and kibble forms but it isn't sold here which is why I turned here for help.

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    Premier Pet here in Brisbane import and distribute Pro Pac and Earthborn products. Pro Pac does have grain free but we have been using the Earthborn Coastal Catch. Our chocolate Border has never had a coat so rich and soft. Here's the link. Home Page - Premier Pet Pty Ltd
    You will need to ask them to let you have the name of their nearest stockist.
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    Like Newfsie, I make my own raw- but 1-2 days per week I feed 'Big Dog BARF' which is the preprepared BARF patty (takeout night!). My mum and I distribute the Big Dog product locally, so fair to say I think it is ok. I also use Dr Bruce Symes' 'Vets All Natural' range. IF I need kibble (extremely rare), I use either Canidae Grain Free or Eagle Pack Holistic. Black Hawk is also an option.

    Wonder if you might like this book- I know it's not specifically about products, but it you like or are interested in raw feeding, it's a good (short, quick read) one!

    Dr. Clare Middle - Veterinary Natural Therapies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candidheartbeat View Post
    I think I might PM you to go into a bit more depth, and such! I appreciate you taking the time to reply to me though. I've been told over, and over again from both trainer friends, and nutritionalist and such that raw was a good way to go for feeding!


    In terms of everyone telling me to go with what the breeder says, my breeder told me directly that she recommends switching (SLOWLY) to whatever I am most comfortable with. I am not intending on ripping the puppy away from the hard food it is eating now and throwing it into a new source of food. I am doing a slow change, three years of rescue work specializing in puppies has taught me a few things and that is one. Only reason I posted here is ME personally am not use to the AU brands of food. Had this been the states, Natures Variety all the way both raw and kibble forms but it isn't sold here which is why I turned here for help.
    This is one of the best sites for explaining how to feed RAW.........I use Bettina's method....Bettina is the person who does Water Rescue out of helicopters (as seen on extraordinary dogs). She has very healthy and fit dogs....The feeding applies to all breeds, not just giants. If you can keep a giant healthy you can deal with anything LOL

    Just see the links on the page and I hope they help http://www.watercubs.com/en_articles...andfeeding.htm

    I must admit, I have done this now for so many years, that it just happens..I do not count or check or whatever, we just chuck it all together now.

    Katy had a near bloat episode, due to eating fat covered pebbles..........Vet thinks that because my dogs have so much fiber they were pooped out. Instead of needing surgery. And all the acupressure she got .

    We also changed her to a cooked rice/veggie/RAW oats/bran diet with very small amount of meat for a week or so......to give more fiber in her diet, whilst she had issues
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