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New puppy owner: whats the best diet?

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I'm a first time puppy owner to an adorable 8 week old Bichon Frise. I was wondering what your suggestions were for the perfect diet? Should I do a mix of wet and dry or just dry food? What do you guys feed your puppies or what did you when your dog was young?
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You are least likely to have problems if you stick to what the breeder was feeding. I have no idea how many times somebody switches from a common brand to one of the highly hyped brands and the puppy has digestive problems. That is even with the slow switch recommended anytime. I have yet to see any evidence to back the claims of the more expensive foods,

I haven't seen any good arguments to back wet foods either. Other than being more appealing to the dog, they may do more harm than good, dental problems and overfeeding. Dry foods may or may not help keep the teeth clean and improve the breath. They are less expensive, easier to feed, and very important, it is easy to measure out exactly what your dog needs. How much you feed is much more important than anything else for your dog's health,

My puppies usually come to me eating Pro Plan growth chicken and rice kibble. At 4 months I switch them to the all life stages formula. That is recommended for larger breeds to slow growth and allow joints to develop under less stress.

I see many, many other puppies on Pro Plan. When I am with other Pro Plan feeders, there is very little discussion of the common health problems, digestive upsets, soft stools, hot spots, itching, odor, etc. Mostly it centers on eating habits and body condition. The puppies have shiny coats, bright eyes, active, etc. I can't believe Pro Plan and other common brands are the junk widely claimed. I have seen the same fine results with Iams and Purina.,
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I like taste of the wild. I think it is important to make sure meat is the first ingredient, and i do no grain as well.
It can take some time, trial and error to find the best food for each individual dog.

Personally, when looking at kibbles, I also recommend grain free. Named meat should be the top ingredients. You can look at this site to see how they rate different dog foods. The people who made this site agree that grain free is best, so rate the food accordingly.

You'll hear a lot of conflicting views, so do your own research and see where you fall. Personally I feel that raw and home made diets are best, as long as the owner commits to feeding the diet properly. After that, I'd recommend high quality prepared foods. Basically, most, if not all, of the foods sold in grocery stores are in my opinion low quality. Research and learn what the ingredients are, which ingredients are bad etc and then read labels.

Wet or dry is up to you. It's a myth that dry food cleans teeth, so I wouldn't use that as a deciding factor. Wet food is usually more expensive than dry but wet food does have a longer shelf life and usually contains less preservatives.
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perfect diet...hmm you're gonna get a LOT of different responses here lol.

I personally am a raw feeder BUT that is just me. I'd go with a high quality dry food (if often takes more wet food to get the same nutrients...unless you buy raw rolls or something.)

Good brands
Taste of the Wild
Blue Buffalo

ah I can go on forever. Another good couple of brands are Innova and California Natural however me being an animal lover I'd advise you to stay away from them. P&G bought them out and while they promised to keep the formula the same, P&G is notorious for animal abuse. They also distribute Iams and Eukanuba.

This is a good website to get you started. Yeah there is a lot to food unfortunately lol.
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As a couple of others have pointed out, there's no real agreement on what the "best" diet is ;). But, since dogs are carnivores, you want a meat-based diet. Wet foods tend to have more meat but of course there are high-quality dry foods, too (Orijen, for example).

I personally believe a raw diet is the best diet for a dog, with homecooked diets and premade raw also being excellent options. I'm not a fan of processed foods, especially the carbohydrate-filled kibbles you usually see in stores...and recall lists...
Oh my, that was a long time ago for my dog... Really, we just fed her some wet puppy food from the store, the same kind that the breeder did and after she got old enough to chew harder food, we slowly switched by adding some hard kibble to the wet puppy food.

Each day, a little bit more puppy kibble, a little less wet food, and soon there was only kibble left! Same thing when switching to adult food. :/ It seemed to work fine. But you'd probably be better off listening to the others, their advice seems a bit more... informative? xD
I would go too at dogfoodanalysis for better recommendations. But I think it is much better to let the dogs love raw diet.
Dogfoodanalysis is just like all the rest, ratings based on speculation about ingredients based on invalid assumptions. They are not very careful about their facts. For a different viewpoint, see
I was going to comment on that link, but I seriously don't even know where to start. Soo I'm going to just leave it alone. :lol:

pseudorocknroll have you had any luck finding food for your puppy? I hope she/he is doing well :)
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