If you read the Royal Canin thread I've posted links to several very good quality commercial kibbles if you do not want to feed raw.
Puppies should NOT be fed puppy food because of the high protein content and the following two links will explain why nobody should purchase any Iams or Eukanuba products, every time someone buys their products it condones their policies:
Bil-Jac is a good food for show dogs, because it conditions their coat. I recommend Chicken Soup For the Dog Lover's Soul dry food. It's a VERY high-quality food that doesn't impact your wallet too much.
My little girl has been showing and I have seen some of these handlers do. They do not necessarily feed their dogs what is best for their health, they rather feed to bulk them up for the next show, keep their stool loose and pump them with supplements for their coat. I am not saying all handlers are like this but I have seen some I would never trust my dog to. I believe if I slowly develop her muscles then she won't have to be bulked up the week before the show, she will always be ready.
I had been feeding her Iams large breed puppy with a satin ball in her evening meal. I also give her Chevel supplement for her coat. She has been in good form, health and her coat shines all the time. But now it is time to put her on big dog food.
Up till now she has been doing well with her showing, she has never finished less than 2nd in any of the puppy classes and usually finished 1st. So I guess I have been doing something right the judges all seemed to like her.
This weekend she competed in the 12 to 18 month class for the 1st time and finished 1st on friday 2nd on saturday and 3rd today. I am thinking of giving her a 3 month break in her schedule as I look at the other dogs in her class are all 4 or 5 months older than she is and you can see a big difference in their body development. She has been in enough shows that she knows what she is doing, she practally shows herself, but is no wears as developed as dogs that much older than she is so I think I am telling her handler that she will take a 3 month break to let her body develope so she can be competative in this class.
Thanks everone for your comments. Since I have been reading the various threads posted on this site I believe I am a smarter and more informed dog owner. If I don't know I don't just take the advise of the pet store owner or the vet any longer, I ask and research and make up my own opinion.
The following is just one of the articles in the links that I posted about Iams/Eukanuba (same company) cruelty to animals. Please do NOT buy any more of their products.
For nearly 10 months in 2002 and early 2003, a PETA investigator went undercover at an Iams contract testing laboratory and discovered a dark and sordid secret beneath the wholesome image of the dog- and cat-food manufacturer: dogs gone crazy from intense confinement to barren steel cages and cement cells, dogs left piled on a filthy paint-chipped floor after having chunks of muscle hacked from their thighs; dogs surgically debarked; horribly sick dogs and cats languishing in their cages, neglected and left to suffer with no veterinary care.
Iams lied to PETA with promises to improve the conditions for animals in its contract laboratories, even assuring us that enrichment programs were already in place, but our undercover investigator saw otherwise. She fought for six months to have a single cheap, rubber toy placed in each cold, lonely kennel. This is Iamsí idea of enrichment.
Our video footage shows Iams representatives touring the facility and witnessing dogsí endless circling in barren cells, sweltering in the summer heat. Iams knew the truth yet did nothing to protect the animals.
The dogs and cats in Iamsí tests are no different from our dogs and cats at home when it comes to deserving companionship, play, a stimulating environment, and the right not to be tormented in painful experiments.
Luckily, caring consumers know that advances in nutrition donít have to come at the expense of animals in labs. Help PETA force Iams to end these painful and unnecessary tests, as many compassionate companies have already done.
***Edited By: jody on 4/18/2005 8:45:54 AM*** Reason: spelling correction
Jody, that was a very interesting article you posted. If that's true what they do, then it really saddens me. I would have never imagined a company that supposedly enriches dogs lives with the products they sell capable of doing such a thing. I feel like my dog should be treated in the way I would treat myself....kind of like I don't want a finger floating around in my chili....I don't want my dog being fed food that is the result of cruel treatment of innocent animals. I'm glad I've never bought those products and now I definitely won't buy them unless they clean up their act. But then...can you ever really trust them after what they've done?
I have heard about the treatment in the Imas labs and that is why I said I am not sure I want to use it any more. If it was the best thing out there for my dog then I would consider staying with it but it is not.
I didn't know anything about Bil-Jac except what a couple of the handlers said to me.
I think I am going to look into the other brands mentioned herein and make a choice from those brands based on comparison and availability in my area.