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    Greetings all! Need advice for thhe best nutritional dry dog food. Reading labels and list order of ingredients most contain corn, wheat and soy. Would be great if it were a brand easily found at TSC. Also, does anyone give their farm dogs tetanus shots? Thanks Yvonne

  • #2
    Best dog food

    We feed Dad's dog food and have for many years. It's made in the US from products from US farmers. None of the melamine crap. It comes in lots of sizes and flavors.

    My BIL feeds his hunting dogs Joy brand.
    Not my monkeys, not my circus.


    • #3
      My dogs, all farm doggies, eat Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice. No wheat, no corn, no soy. They do great on it.
      "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
      The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


      • #4
        Another Diamond Naturals fan. Although my dogs do better on the chicken varieties as opposed to the lamb.


        • #5
          I feed Canidae. But, at the farm expo I was at yesterday I picked up brochures for the dog food being sold under the Poulin label. Not a whole lot of choices in regards to the primary protein source, but many of the foods are corn, soy, and wheat free. Sales rep estimated about $1 per pound of kibble.


          • #6
            I feed Taste of the Wild - they sell it at my TSC, not sure about yours.


            • #7
              We feed Purina Pro Plan. However, our dogs eat enough of our leftovers that I don't think it really matters what we feed. The dog food is always in their bowl in case they get hungry. Much of the time, no one eats it.


              • Original Poster

                Greetings All! Thanks for quick reply and the suggestions. I'm was overwhelmed with all the choices at TSC. Was hoping that someone had been using a particular dry food that didn't contain any corn, soy or wheat and was happy with the long term results. This dog was adopted through a shelter in another state a few days ago after looking for months for that " special " one. Though listed as a Terrier I highly suspect he is a smaller sized German Sheperd x Husky, nuetered male and 8 months old. He has not been taught a single thing! The shelter has had him since a 6 week old puppy. He is strong willed, easily distracted and destructive if not within sight of me... Can't tell you how many lead ropes he's destroyed even though I have provided rahide bones It's been a challenge to patiently try and teach him to not bark or runaway. Must be contained at all times until I feel I can trust him. Wants to eat the horses, squirrels and birds or any other thang that moves. Has some serious seperation anxiety issues and is absolutely destructive if not safely contained. I really want to make this adoption work because he will not be a good candidate for the average owner and I really like him. He is very smart and has learned to " go " outside under leash in just a few days. He stays on his blankets while in the house so he is learning some boundaries even though I allow him to sleep at the foot of my bed. Thinking about a shock collar any ideas??????????? Yvonne


                • #9
                  I really like Royal Canin for my little ones.
                  Free bar.ka and tidy rabbit.


                  • #10
                    being destructive if not properly contained is pretty normal for an 8 month old puppy. Set him up for success, keep him contained in a place with lots of toys and things he CAN chew - and if he destroys things that you forgot to pick up- thats a shame on you.

                    Huskies have a pretty strong prey drive - and also a pretty strong desire to wander, so this may be something he is just wired to do. However the GSD should give him some of the good herding- I want to work for you wiring too.

                    Look into some basic obedience classes in your area, sounds like he will need a job, so maybe some agility, rally-O, or obedience will be in his future?

                    ETA: please don't put a shock collar on an 8 month old pup .


                    • #11
                      Smartpak's Lamb and Rice Dog Food.

                      They also carry brands other than their own, but they produce a high quality dog food for a really good price and they come in Smartpak individual serving bags complete with the dog's name on it. And it's from Smartpak and we all know about their fabulous customer service. I pay no sales tax for the order and use the free shipping codes, so I save even more.


                      • #12
                        Smartpak is great stuff.

                        For best quality I'd suggest Innova. EVO is completely grain free but beware that 1) it WILL give the dog the runs for a couple weeks if you don't transition slowly enough. It is an extremely rich food. After the transition period the stool will be very hard and small. Wonderful for those of us who have to bag everything. And 2) you feed MUCH less. No fillers=less food.

                        I have a Border Collie and there are very obvious differences in his coat depending on his food. Pro Plan left him dry and reddish tinted and shedding poorly. On Nutro his stools were huge and frequent. On EVO his coat is like glass. Soft, smooth, glossy and fine. The envy of every thinning man.
                        Doubled Expectations (Roxy, 2001 APHA)
                        Al Amir (Al, 2005 OTTB)
                        Ten Purposes (Rosie, 2009 OTTB)


                        • #13
                          ask 5 dog owners about food and you get 10 opinions...

                          good luck in the food search!


                          • #14
                            He stays on his blankets while in the house so he is learning some boundaries even though I allow him to sleep at the foot of my bed. Thinking about a shock collar any ideas??????????? Yvonne

                            um, what? why don't you just train him? and what does that have to do with "allowing him to sleep at the foot of my bed"? No one should even consider using a "shock collar" without professional instruction in how to train a dog with one. Ecollars are an additional step in training, not some kind of shortcut to avoid proper training.

                            Look for a good basic positive-reinforcement-based obedience class.
                            Since he's an un-housebroken puppy (as in, hasn't been taught how to behave in a house, as in, destroys stuff) you might want to consider crate-training him.

                            As to food, well, looking for a food that doesn't have corn, soy, or wheat isn't an appropriate way to choose a dog food.
                            Here's a very informative site on how to interpret dog food labels:


                            • #15
                              Go to www.dogfoodanalysis.com and pick any of the 4-star or above foods. I use Prairie Nature's Variety for my big dog, and Wellness Core Reduced fat for my small fat dog.
                              I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by EqTrainer View Post
                                My dogs, all farm doggies, eat Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice. No wheat, no corn, no soy. They do great on it.
                                This ^. My dogs are all doing great on this food.
                                There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                                • #17
                                  We switched from Nutrena Loyal to Blue Buffalo and ours LOVES it.
                                  "There are no stupid questions, but there are a LOT of inquisitive idiots."
                                  -Member of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique!


                                  • #18
                                    I had my dog on Evo and thought she couldn't look much better, but switched to Orijen (Canadian brand) with six kinds of fish, and I've had at least one person a week ask me if I bathe her daily. She's so clean and shiny and gorgeous, and best of all is that she doesn't really smell "doggy" if you know what I mean. No dog farts either.
                                    Somewhere in the world, Jason Miraz is Goodling himself and wondering why "the chronicle of the horse" is a top hit. CaitlinAndTheBay


                                    • #19
                                      Ditto using the Dogfoodanalysis website.

                                      I feed Taste of the Wild High Prairie formula. Grain free and no addititives. My GSD/Boxer mix that was hard to keep weight on gained weight, plus stopped itching. My other 2 dogs look great.


                                      • #20
                                        Another Taste of the Wild High Prairie feeder here. It's the only food I've come across my super sensitive hound mix doesn't either itch herself raw on or start with horrible GI issues. I think she's sensitive to the more common meat proteins and likes the Bison in this one.