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        08-04-2013, 09:16 PM
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    At 6-8 months I always swap large dogs over to adult formula food. You do not want them growing too fast. I have a Doberman now and have always had Shepherds..
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        08-04-2013, 11:06 PM
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    Green Broke
    I have a shepherd who's 2 years old and about 80 pounds. This puppy though is going to be a monster. Some months he has grown 20 pounds during the whole month.
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        08-04-2013, 11:29 PM
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    Oh I know, I stalk his photos!! With large breeds you want to grow good bone. You're going to have huge fast growth anyway with that one. I'm dealing with panosteitis with my 9 month old Dobie now- as he took a huge growth spurt in the last month.
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        08-04-2013, 11:32 PM
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    Green Broke
    He eats the same amount of food as my shepherd, if not alittle more. He pulls me around and people are shocked when I tell them his age. Haha
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        08-14-2013, 10:45 AM
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    Foal
    Haven't gone through to see if anyone posted this yet. But this is a VERY helpful site in understanding dog food. Or if you don't want to learn, to just find a good brand without knowing why it is one. Lol
    Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble
         
        08-14-2013, 06:10 PM
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    Weanling
    Honestly, the best thing you can do is to make your own dog food. If you do want to stick with store bought dog food (I sure don't have time to cook healthy meals for mine ), you want to avoid grain fillers and any unspecified meats (e.g. Things labeled meat, meat meal, poultry, animal fats or any variations of these).

    I personally use V-Dog and though I know many people will not agree with a vegetarian diet for their dogs, mine are super healthy on it and LOVE the taste. It is healthier for the dog than a lot of the meat dog foods sold. If given the choice between feeding my dogs grain-free, soy-free, organic vegetarian food that still provides all of their fat and protein needs or feeding my dog food that has unspecified meats that may be euthanized dogs and cats, I'm going to say that the vegetarian option is healthier
         
        11-15-2013, 06:02 AM
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    Foal
    I think that most dry dog food out there is terrible...questionable ingredients and manufacturing processing plant...I've tried and used a couple before that are pretty decent (Orijen, Taste of the Wild and Millies Wolfeheart), but switched over to home made food soon...our Golden (then 2) Lucky had a noticeable improvement in health - his teeth became whiter, his coat shinier, his movements more fluid (no kidding! Though I'm not entirely sure that's due to the home made food or just growing older...).

    Some great home made recipes we used before, linked to it here: Dog Food No More | Say NO to Commercial Dog Food!.

    But there's also raw feeding to consider, like BARF diet and stuff like that. Maybe you can consider that as well? I originally thought of that as an option as well, but just couldn't get over the hurdle that there'd be microbes swarming all over the meat...more of a hygiene issue more than anything else.

    Cheers...hope that helps some. ;)
         
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