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How long does puppy eat puppy food?

rivers
January 21st, 2006, 09:16 AM
I was wondering how long a puppy eats puppy food for? I thought it was up to 6 months, but the pet store said 1 year. Changing to adult food isn't a good idea, as the adult food doesn't have enough fat in it. And she is an active pup. Is this info correct?
She is on Solid Gold, Hunden en Flocken. I was hoping to change to adult food as it not only cheaper, but also a change in flavour.

What else can I do to make her food more interesting? Not that she is complaining, maybe it is me that needs a change! lol.

Do you add wet food to your dogs food now and again, for a treat, or what about at dinner time if she gets a spoon of wet food added to her dry? What are your views on this?

raingirl
January 21st, 2006, 09:59 AM
We constantly change around Odin's food and he isn't picky at all.

Sometimes we add wet, sometimes we give only wet, sometimes we add a few spoonfuls of Merrick special canned food (like Turduckin or Holiday Stew).

Most of the time we put about 1/4 inch hot water in his bowl, some fish or flax seed oil, some Solid Gold sea meal (aids in digestion) then add his food on top and mix around. The hot water makes a gravy quicker, and after about 5 minutes, it's just the right temp to eat!

Other times we put a little grated cheese on his food (if it's already grated for a meal we are making) or a spoonful of yogurt.

Another favorite of ours is veggie baby food. A spoonful in the hot water before adding the food makes it melt into the gravy to add some nice flavours! We also add veggies sometimes, like squash or pumpkin. He doesn't really like fruit though.

rivers
January 21st, 2006, 01:46 PM
wow, you're making me hungry!lol

Poor Ebony must think she is in prison in comparison to Odin! Just dry food and water, that's it girl! :D

Prin
January 21st, 2006, 02:28 PM
You're not going to switch to adult Hundnflocken? There is a bit of "controversy" about the time to switch. Some people say smaller dogs are pretty well finished growing when they go for the big op, so that's when you should switch. Other people say a year. The only thing is, the people who say a year don't change that time for different breeds. A year for a little dog is longer than a year for a big dog. Big dogs aren't nearly finished growing at a year... I guess it depends who you believe and if you think your baby is still growing.

StaceyB
January 21st, 2006, 04:38 PM
Puppies need the extra fat for more than just their physical growth, they need it for their brain development just like kids and their brain hasn't finished developing at 6 months old.

You have been the lucky one with Odin, many dogs get very picky with constant food changes mainly because they are always looking for something they think is better than the last. You may not have seen this with him because you are constantly changing his food options. You will see often that dogs will actually wait it out until they are very hungry before they eat because they are looking for the better option.

raingirl
January 21st, 2006, 06:10 PM
Our trainer actually suggested feeding Odin everything (our trainer was also the rescue we got Odin from).

She is a bulldog specialist and said that bulldogs do better with less structure around feeding and more variation, in regards to time, food, etc.... it's working well so far. Then again, Odin will eat anything!

angie79
January 21st, 2006, 06:16 PM
I was told under 50 pound switch at 12 months and over 50 pound at 18 months...

cooper has the last of his huge puppy food mixed with his new adult food natures something cant think of the name all i know is i think he's eating better then me lol.... blueberries someother berry, flax seed real chicken... brown rice..... he eats like a king and eats around the (other crap) we were feeding him as a pup...Now he is king!!!!

i fill his kongs with bananas, yogurt puree and freeze them ... sometimes he gets the left overs on his din din...

StaceyB
January 21st, 2006, 09:44 PM
I was told under 50 pound switch at 12 months and over 50 pound at 18 months...

I would agree with that statement.

Prin
January 21st, 2006, 11:23 PM
Actually, more people say to switch the bigger breeds to adult earlier so they grow more slowly.;)