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Recommendation for High-Quality Puppy Food

I have two three-month-old Dobermans. I currently feed them Taste of the Wild Puppy Salmon. I would like to know what other dog owners are feeding their puppies. Please share some recommendations or information on any high-quality dog food. Thanks for your attention and I look forward to your replies.
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Hi there MrD and sorry I didn't get your puppies name...hate to call it an it.
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Personally had pup, since 1977 and I haven't bought pup food, since year 2000.
- I always use adult / all-life-stages (ALS)...from 10 weeks old
- don't want to rush growth / helps the skeletal structure safer
- pups get 50% more kibble, from adult feeding weight
5 Star NULO is a top quality kibble / plus homemade cooked beef-chicken/veggy/rice stew daily (1/2 cup).
- our Kelly is turning 6 y/o and in real good health

Link to my detailed Post #2...

Originally Posted by Beaumont67 View Post
Bless U Hummingbird, for your utmost kindness.
- Roxie looks like she adapted to human Love and couch life, nice...

Any Purina is not that good, typically full of cheap meat by-products soup protein & fillers.
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- 4 star kibble, should be a bare minimum
- I've found Nulo is high in quality meat protein, and also a 5 star rating
- we use Lamb & Lentils
- many dogs started on crap food, have an intolerance to chicken based ones / changing the meat source, can often help
- if Nulo is not within the budget / Costco has some decent grain free kibble
- cooked chicken breasts, is also a good supplement / a premium protein source
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Kelly can't take fish oil either - so we improve her gut/bacteria health & better stools with...
- DOGZYMES Probiotic Max / 1 pound lasts 150 days, for 100 # dog
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Welcome! I've fed a variety of foods for pups. I'm a big fan of the Fromm foods and have been feeding them for quite a few years, but really, it's whatever your dog does best on. If your pups are doing well on what you are feeding I wouldn't mess with it.

If you aren't aware of "littermate syndrome", I'd recommend doing some reading on the topic:
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Hi Mr Dobie! and welcome from the Pacific NW.

Just curious... but to pick up on what Meadowcat said: How did you end up with two three month old pups?

MC mentioned "littermate syndrome". Without trying to be an alarmist, it is a very real issue. Especially in Dobe pups.

Me, personally, I have always spread my boys by 2-3 years in age. Even pups who are not actual siblings, can have fairly serious training, bonding and socialization issues when raised concurrently with another dog close to the same age. Should you choose to keep both pups, you should probably do some serious research as MC suggested. If they are the same sex (either male or female), at some point you and your pups could have a very bad situation sometime in the future..

I've been there and would not recommend it to the average Doberman owner.

Best to you and your pups.

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First, welcome to DT.

Second, what MC & John said regarding littermate syndrome and same sex aggression. They're both real and something you should educate yourself on.

Third, as MC said, feed your dog(s) what they do well on. If there's no loose, runny, stool, skin/coat issues, and they are looking healthy and not too skinny, then what you're feeding them is ok. Every dog is different; for example mine couldn't handle any chicken-based kibble or kibbles that were too rich in protein - her system just couldn't process them.

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I had good luck with Nutrisource foods - started with large breed puppy (chicken/rice), but it made my pup really smelly, gassy, and flaky. I've since switched to their ALS grain free varieties - usually lamb/pea, but sometimes my local store doesn't have it in stock, so I've also used the ALS grain free chicken/pea formula. He's still a little flaky, but that could be from all the baths/cold winter air/etc that comes with the stinkyness of the past and cold MN winters. His coat is very sleek and shiny though, and the flakes are improving.

Not sure where you are located, but Nutrisource is made in MN, USA - so it may not be available everywhere.

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I feed Nature's Select and the wife cooks chicken and sometime's white rice to add just to mix it it up for our 4 doggies.
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My puppy eats Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula. He likes it so much, he was eating it twice! (If you know what I mean.... Yuck!) Lol.

He does well on it, and he gets compliments on his shiny coat pretty often! But like others have said, every pup and dog is different. We kept his food the same as what his breeder was feeding when we got him, and he's been growing fine. If what you're feeding your puppies works for them, I'd stick with it!
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