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#1 adam f

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:03 AM

I've had had Meg my 6 month old cocker puppy on Royal Canin puppy vet food since I got her as she didn't like the big crunchy biscuits in the Wagg food her litter was on. the RC food is small smartie sized discs which are fairly soft. However it's 38 per 14kg and as she's a bit bigger now and has a bit of raw meat mixed in I was thinking of trying something like Skinners or Chudleys etc - ie a working dog food. But I don't really want massive rock hard biscuits just yet.

Any ideas as I don't want to be buying loads of bags to try!

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:09 AM

You could soak the harder biscuits first and introduce harder stuff gradually. My cocker is on skinners and does well on it.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:57 AM

If you just feed her on tripe & a bit of bone it'd cost you 30 pence a day at the most.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:01 PM

Its 6 months old dog am sure it will manage


Mine was on RC excellent food
put it on Skinners Crunchy at 6 Months

Feed her on Raw meat bones veg etc one in every 4 meals now
Both dogs get this and skinners Duck and Rice or maintainance

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:08 PM

i dont like dried foods at all. all dogs seem to do better on fresh foods and the diet often needs a bit of tailoring to the dog in question. Currently i am using cheap chickens, rice and veg a lot. Its important to get the mix correct then there are no important bits missing and there are guides available in printed form and on the net, again balance it to the dog in question alergies and intollerances exist in some dogs

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:57 PM

i dont like dried foods at all. all dogs seem to do better on fresh foods and the diet often needs a bit of tailoring to the dog in question. Currently i am using cheap chickens, rice and veg a lot. Its important to get the mix correct then there are no important bits missing and there are guides available in printed form and on the net, again balance it to the dog in question alergies and intollerances exist in some dogs

Do dogs eat much veg in the wild?

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:04 PM

http://www.csjk9.com/

ps they give you loads of small sample bags to try :good:

there are 2 supplyers in your area

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:13 PM

Do dogs eat much veg in the wild?


Wild dogs will eat the stomach contents of their prey, which will include vegetable matter, so the answer to your question is yes.
There are many people who use the BARF diet for their dogs (bones and raw food), but many more who use all in one complete mixes for ease & convenience. My cocker has been on Skinners field & trial for years now. At six months old, yours should do well off it too. I would say the maintenance mix out of season, & if you work the dog hard through the season, try the duck / salmon & rice mix as the protein content is a bit higher. All in all, the Skinners is a good product & reasonably priced.
ATB.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:41 PM

barf for me :good:

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 06:38 PM

barf great but if im at work late not always easy for my wife to feed the dogs.
weekends when im around dogs often get butchers scraps or mince added to there dry food, i just make sure there not left alone to fight over it

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 07:37 PM

Wild dogs will eat the stomach contents of their prey, which will include vegetable matter, so the answer to your question is yes.
There are many people who use the BARF diet for their dogs (bones and raw food), but many more who use all in one complete mixes for ease & convenience. My cocker has been on Skinners field & trial for years now. At six months old, yours should do well off it too. I would say the maintenance mix out of season, & if you work the dog hard through the season, try the duck / salmon & rice mix as the protein content is a bit higher. All in all, the Skinners is a good product & reasonably priced.
ATB.

Wild cats and dogs will shake almost all the contents out of the stomach ,what we call the tripe, of a kill. A wolf kill site is littered with blood and the greeny/yellow stomach contents. Do dogs eat much veg in the wild?

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:49 PM

Ben Randall introduced me to Kronch active which being honest I had never heard of but wish I had found it earlier.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:49 AM

My two are on skinners field and trial mainly the salmon and rice one. My 18month collie has been on it for about 6 months and just put my springer pup on it who is now 7 months. Both love it and have plenty of energy good coats etc. For the pup just pour some boiling water over it and let it cool that will soften it up and also makes it smell. They were on burns dog food which was about twice the price, when i looked at the bags the ingredients were exactly the same so switched.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:13 AM

Thanks everyone, I've now got her Skinners field and trial which she seems to like.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:35 PM

Wild cats and dogs will shake almost all the contents out of the stomach ,what we call the tripe, of a kill. A wolf kill site is littered with blood and the greeny/yellow stomach contents. Do dogs eat much veg in the wild?


actually your incorrect, Dogs tend to eat the contents inside the tripe first and are obnivourous, Cats are true carnivours. dogs will also eat various plants and fruit they find also the green dung of grazing animals

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:18 PM

actually your incorrect, Dogs tend to eat the contents inside the tripe first and are obnivourous, Cats are true carnivours. dogs will also eat various plants and fruit they find also the green dung of grazing animals


I can vouch for this as my cocker love's sheep ****..........!

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:34 PM

I can vouch for this as my cocker love's sheep ****..........!


Sometimes, not always but sometimes you can cure a dog of this via more green veg in its food. cheap frozen peas are quite good

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:45 PM

Barf or I've found Orijen a good high meat content kibble

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:12 AM

The dog food industry is big business and we`re all led to believe that we get what we pay for and more expensive is better. To a point this is true, but alot of the time we`re paying way over the odds for our dog food. My sister in law is a vet and she has 5 dogs 3 of which are working dogs. I put this question to her a few years back regarding the best dog food on the market...For both value and nutritional content........The answer took be by surprise....It was Chappie!!!!!! :yes: !!!.Its low in fat but high in protein. Plus its fish based so has lots of oils in it which is obviously good for the dog. It has the added benifet of being easy to digest, so no more tummy upsets!!. I now feed mine on Chappie complete dried and mix it with half a tin of Chappie meat...My dogs coats have never been so shiny, and they love it....plus its cheap as chips!!!! :good:

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:14 AM

The dog food industry is big business and we`re all led to believe that we get what we pay for and more expensive is better. To a point this is true, but alot of the time we`re paying way over the odds for our dog food. My sister in law is a vet and she has 5 dogs 3 of which are working dogs. I put this question to her a few years back regarding the best dog food on the market...For both value and nutritional content........The answer took be by surprise....It was Chappie!!!!!! :yes: !!!.Its low in fat but high in protein. Plus its fish based so has lots of oils in it which is obviously good for the dog. It has the added benifet of being easy to digest, so no more tummy upsets!!. I now feed mine on Chappie complete dried and mix it with half a tin of Chappie meat...My dogs coats have never been so shiny, and they love it....plus its cheap as chips!!!! :good:


Tinned food is expensive water if you realy check it out :good:




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