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    Hi Everyone,

    I have a 12 month old Lab and an 11 month old Staffy x. Our 12 month old lab has been on a dry biscuit diet, and occasionally gets bones treats etc. Our staffy is a RESCUE DOG, his foster carer had him on a chicken rice and veg diet. At the moment they both enjoy their biscuits but I feel it is too boring for them.

    What are your thoughts on what dogs should be fed? how can I spice their diet up a little. They are both GREAT eaters and will eat most things, especially our labby.

    Another quick questions, best bones for dogs, how often should dogs have bones,

    tia

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    i dunno if you have to "spice their food up"...... so long as they have a balanced diet they should be fine, my boy gets black hawk buscuits in the morning, and either chicken, an veges, beef and veges, for dinner, i try and throw in some offal every now and then and some fish too.....

    my boy gets raw meaty bones a few times a week and big time killer ones once a week too
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    There are bones and bones.

    Marrow bones I find are the safest (for us) as they have to GNAW on them for a long period of time.
    I ask the butcher for the knobby joint end cut across - not down the shaft , as they suck the marrow out and then leave them laying around.
    We used to do brisket bones but now with two dogs they feel they have to race each other to finish the bone
    in a vain attempt to get another one.
    Result dogs vomiting up bits of bone too large to digest.
    There are also soup bones which are harder and have red meat attached - these are ok as they chew the meat off and then leave the bone.

    Find a nice Butcher. Supermarkets are quite expensive and will not cut bones to order for you.
    If you go in on a Tuesday the bones are cut fresh off the carcass. Buy a few different types and freeze them.
    Try the various types on each dog (when you are home and can supervise).
    Your dogs will have clean teeth and fresh breath from regular bone chewing
    Ours get some sort of bone most days.

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    Dogs dont know if their diet is boring. Maggie gets exactly the same thing every day. She likes the routine and more importantly is fit and healthy with a shiny coat and bright eyes.
    Variety comes entirely from me giving her the occasional bone, egg and spoon of yoghurt (in the empty container she LOVES to lick out) I am more concerned about the quality than the variety.

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    My dogs alternate every second night between black hawk biscuits and a homemade meat and veggie casserole.... They love their biscuits every second night but if I run out of casserole and try to give them biscuits 2 nights in a row, they will turn their noses up at it, give me very sad eyes and not have a single bite (even if I leave it out until dinner time the next night) I think dogs (and any animal) needs a bit of variety!

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    I think at the end of the day it comes down to what your dog does well on, what you are able to get, and what you can afford.

    Mine have supercoat biscuits available to them all day but they don't eat much of them, maybe half a cup a day between the two of them.

    They get fed at night time and have a mixture of diced chuck, chicken necks or wings or frames. I also give them over the course of the week osso bucco, t-bone, y-bone, diced goat meat, beef mince, turkey mince, lamb heart, liver or kidneys, tinned sardines or mackeral, raw eggs, roast chicken and cooked vegies.

    They get a beef neck bone every night.

    I have a good butcher i go to where i get a lot of the meat in bulk and cheaper than the supermarkets.

    I also work for woolies as a butcher so i know when the meat is being marked down and can pick up bits here and there cheap.

    It costs me about $100 a week to feed my two but they are big dogs (one is about 50kg's and the other about 75kg's)
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    We got special biscuits from the vet but our dog doesn't eat them much at all, only for treats perhaps, or a quick nibble in between meals. She gets a meat casserole of egg yolk, mince, diced steak, vegetables, liver and heart for breakfast and some type of bones like a lamb shank or chops or soup bones; something with a fair bit of meat on it for tea, which also keeps her quiet for a while.

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    Well I just spent 3 days looking after my sisters dogs who get home cooked beef mince,rice,barley,potato and carrot. If I hadn't given Maggie a spoonful on top of her usual raw chicken and lamb There would have been a mutiny. Sooo I take it all back they do know..lol. from past experience it makes her fart like a weather balloon with a leak so exposure is limited in interests of me stuck in a car with her for 4 hrs getting home.
    On a funny note I took her into my Mothers retirement home, a bit like taking in a 2 yearold hyped on coca cola. She gets very excited by admiration. However bless her little white socks by the second day she had twigged that by sitting back she was hugely admired and got many tummy pats, getting quite a taste for it now! This pleases me as I have aspirations of taking her in for visits to my local retirement places when she is older. It must be awful being an animal lover in a home like that... So damn sterile they are...

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    You can ask a whole bunch of people and they all answer differently, some say what your dog does best on but how do you really know, as it may cause issues down the line! I am for eating as natural as possible but dependant on the breed too.
    We switched to holistic select when we got our pup.
    He also had raw meat added such as lamb mince, diced beef, diced lamb, beef mince, chicken mince, cooked chicken, tuna and salmon.

    We stopped giving bones as he choked and swallowed larger bones. WE have now recently introduced brisket bones and are switching to Vets all natural with raw ( I was told NEVER to give marrow bones or load bearing bones)

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    It costs me about $100 a week to feed my two but they are big dogs (one is about 50kg's and the other about 75kg's)
    Hooley dooley I have 6 dogs and it doesnt cost me that much O_o to be honest toss the supercoat and try something like the Vets All Natural as their fibre/vitamin instead, much healthier and cheaper in the long term.

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