How many new dog owners know what to feed their dogs? A caller this week asked what I would recommend and named several brands for my opinion. However, I do not endorse one brand over another. Instead, I just say not to purchase the cheapest thing on the market without doing some extensive research first.
Back in the 1960s, I acquired my first dog. I started feeding her the dry food recommended to me by my friends who showed their dogs in obedience and conformation. However, my dog was an individual and did not thrive on this highly regarded brand, so I supplemented with dried skim milk, a hard-boiled egg, a tablespoon of safflower oil, and a spoonful of canned dog food. She grew, looked gorgeous, and had lots of energy on this diet and she did not gain weight even in her old age.
Fortunately, all this supplementation is no longer needed since many of the large manufacturers of dog foods continue to conduct extensive research and feeding trials before putting their products on the market. Federal law requires that all dog food manufacturers provide a listing of ingredients in their products, but they are not required to label their foods in a certain order, making it difficult to compare one brand to another. You can select from well-known companies or ask the pup's breeder, or your training instructor for suggestions. It is noted that the dry and semi-moist foods are generally better balanced in the essential nutrients than canned foods, but a spoonful of canned food can be mixed in for extra flavor.