I've brought home Tropical K9's new demo dog! We named him Echo. He is an Auggie pup, true to his nature; bold and inquisitive. Echo is full of life and loves meeting new people.
Feeding a pup has many variations these days. The long and the short of it is... I do give supplements. But not many. If you have the time and money, a good balanced raw diet is optimum. But, you must be very careful when you choose your meats, vegetables and fruits.
I used to use a good green powder supplement and a little different variety every week. My veggie mash was served every 2 days. It is quite involved. Ergo why I simply don't have the time anymore.
I tend to be an organic non GMO type of person, so I am a bit picky about what I feed my dogs, but budget and time also plays a role in our choices. So this is what a typical day of feeding for my pup looks like. (I will post recipes soon)
Typical Diet for My Puppy
A good quality grainfree dry dog/puppy food.
Bone Broth (warmed and soaked for about 15 min for young pups). I make my own. You can pick some up at the grocery store. I pour just enough to moisten the dry food. If your soaking until the food gets soft (for a young pup) then you will need to use a little bit more. You will get the hang of it in no time!
2 tbsp Quality Canned Sheep Tripe - every other day
Read the ingredients! Some have allot of unnecessary fillers like potato.
I auto order mine from Chewy.com.
Dr. Becker's Digestive Aid for dogs - Every 3 days.
This is a great green powder, it is pricey, but a little goes a long way.
I am currently feeding my 8 week old Auggie pup, Echo. He weighs about 8 lbs. I tend to have left overs. I cover this and refrigerate it for later. Adjust amounts as your pup grows, as needed. My 80 LB female Rottweiler gets 1/2 a can of tripe every other day. You can feed this every three days also, if budget is a concern. There is no need to soak your pups food as he/she gets older, but I do add broth or water to moisten the food for my dogs. Be sure to give them about an hour after eating before any strenuous exercise! Dogs can bloat, which is when their stomach turns and this can be a life threatening situation. More prevalent in large breed dogs.
Our next title... "What is the real difference between a chewy bone and a treat?"
Feel free to comment or ask questions about this topic below. We love your input! What do you feed your dogs/pups?
Owner of Tropical K-9 Consultans
Joanna Hart has been doing dog training consultation for over 35 years in Florida. Her innovative and gentle methods have enriched families by developing and nurturing the relationships they have with their dogs.