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Our Kennels and Keep...
All our dogs have house time and regular daily exercise. Dogs should look well cared for in every aspect...clean water, clean feeding area, good coats, good muscle tone, lively behavior, etc. Another problem I have encountered at many kennels is they put too much emphasis on weight and therefore often keep their dogs overweight, and even then they still grossly exaggerate the dog's actual weight. A dog's true weight should be measured and reported in a conditioned state, as when lean and fit. Yes, our dogs are "big dogs" (ranging from 80 to 125 pounds lean) as I prefer a large working dog; however, I want to address something for those that put a great deal of emphasis on size. To me, size alone is nothing if a dog is not able to enjoy an active and healthy life. A big oversized fat dog laying on the floor is just "a fat dog laying on the floor." A healthy dog is a lean and fit dog. I require that our dogs are ABLE to perform and hopefully this is clearly displayed on our website.
Normal Keep - Kibble, meats, and such...
We feed both raw foods and kibble type foods. It is a healthy practice to fast the dogs one day every couple of weeks (if the dog is mature, of healthy weight, and is not nursing a litter of pups). Our choices of raw feed includes chicken, beef, venison, eggs, fresh fish, a variety of vegetables, and table "scraps." We also use some human grade food items such as canned mackeral, cottage cheese, etc. I believe it is a good practice to offer the dogs variety.
Raw fresh whole scaley fish (such as "Panfish") - An AWESOME food, especially for a stressed dog...
When it comes to the food source I am about to mention, I don't care who says what because I have gotten GREAT results from it when other foods were not working well. This food is whole fresh raw panfish. By "panfish" I am referring to the small hand sized scaly fish often caught in a pond or lake. Brim, blue-gill, and crappie are all excellent, but I use the term "panfish" (a term used by fishermen to describe scaly fish that are small enough to fit into a typical pan), but I am confident that other small scaly fish are fine. That said, I think any raw whole fresh scaley fish would be just as good (bass, wallie, etc). I feed the whole fish--scales, head, guts, and all--and I feed it raw. When I have used it, everything in the dog seems to go right to where it needs to be within very few feedings...and I have seen sickly animals recover within 24 hours after switched to raw fresh whole scaley fish. I am not one to get overly excited about things, so I am not overly excited about panfish either per say, but I do acknowledge something when it works well...and panfish is an excellent food for dogs!
When selecting a kibble, avoid kibble in which the first ingredient is not a meat based source. I prefer at least 24% protein and require that most of the protein in the food comes from a meat source. Of course, some quality vegetables and some fruits are desired, as a canine is not a true carnivore (as is a cat). A dog, while it is an omnivore, does however lean more towards carnivorous diets than do humans. Also, unlike a human, a dog does very well with high amounts of fat in its diet, so I prefer at least 14+% for pups, and at least 18+% for adults. My reasoning for preferring a lower fat for pups even though they may benefit from extra calories is that fat is harder to digest than protein and carbohydrates...and too much fat content in a recently weaned pup can cause diarrhea...and end up in less nutrient absorption. When selecting a kibble, I prefer to use one with little or no grain being used as a filler (as is beet pulp). These fillers are often stool hardeners (that work by absorbing water) that deceive the caretakers into thinking the food is highly digestible by firming up a stool in a poorly digested food. If you have $50-60 to spend on dog food...find a good medium quality food that meets the above criteria (Diamond Naturals, Diamond Premium, Purina One, etc) for $30 or so and then spend the remaining $20-30 on raw chicken (a good protein) with skin still left on (which is a good fat source). Use some eggs too. Doing so will give your do better food than spending $50-60 on a "high quality" kibble.
To maximize the results you get from your kibble, add meat to the diet! Raw beef, raw venison, eggs (boiled or raw), or raw chicken (with bones in, but chopped up with a meat cleaver when feeding puppies) or boiled chicken quarters are all excellent choices. Do not feed cooked chicken bones to any dog. A raw bone will crack and may create a sharp edge, but a cooked bone is worse than a raw bone and will typically splinter significantly. Also, when feeding raw chicken to young puppies grind it up to make it easier to consume. Chicken fat is an excellent source of a quality fat for dogs.
Daily feeding directions
This is somewhat going to be influenced by your schedule and willingness; however, add or reduce this amount of food as needed because the best determining factor of the amount of food a canine needs is the dog’s body condition. Read your dog and do what is needed! Most people's pets are overweight. You are not doing your dog a favor by letting them get fat. Just look at the condition of most dogs on the internet and you should be able to see the difference. You should be able to easily feel the ribs (without being skinny) and the stomach should be tucked. Remember, you are also going to be using meats on a daily basis. As stated earlier...For pups less than 6-8 months, I feed twice a day. Once a dog is over 8 months I only feed once a day, but never before high activity. I switch pups to adult food around 10-12 months. I deworm my dogs as a preventive measure.