Right now I am giving my 6month old puppy Nutro Natural Choice Puppy food (wheat free), I give him 2 scoops and half a can of merrick's twice a day. (Usually he only eats about 2 1/2 scoops of the dry a day, if I'm lucky)
My question is should I switch him to the Merrick's dry food, puppy plate? He seems to only eat the Nutro when he is really hungry or late at night. Other than that he doesn't touch it, even with the gravy mixed in or canned or yogurt. The Nutro is pretty expensive, and teh Merrick's is even more expensive. What would you do?
Well, my dogs are on Nutro and Yuki is on the puppy Nutro Max. I think the Merricks is very cool..I think I even enjoy giving it to them more so then, they like eating it (except the wingaling...it's awesome!) I don't plan on switching over to Merricks dry any time soon. I got the free sample dry packs and all 3 seem to love it, but they also do really well on Nutro. I give them the Merricks canned food now as a special treat..although I've been curious enough to open up every single can to see what it smells/looks like.
IMO, I wouldn't switch, but then again, you know your baby better than I do.
Whats Rileys breed? As much as I love Merrick.....i dont think I would feed Logan the dry food, its really pricey, and he eats ALOT of it. Plus he only eats dry food if there is a Merrick can in it. I feed him this, its not that expensive, and if you are buying the canned merrick food i think the dry food together would break the bank.If Riley is a big dog that is :
Health Extension, the pet store that I go to, the owner has an afgan shepherd, a newfoundland and a boxer. He has been feeding them all this food, for as long as they have been alive.....the shepherd is 11 years old, and if not for the grey hair around his snout I would think he was a pup. Also my vet told be to put Logan on this food. So far its really good. I like it, and Logan likes it...as long as there is some canned food in the bowl...just for the taste. Try a small bag, or ask for a sample like it did, maybe your dog will like it.
Lifofriley, I think the food may not be a problem, I would try feeding less. the only reson i think this is the late at night comment. that makes me think the dog is not getting hungry till then. I know nutro is very caloric, hence the you need to feed less selling point. I feed raw and my mal will reject raw beef and chicken if he is not hungry that is why i though of that, and another question how many cups is a "scoop".
i would either mix the food together. and at 55lbs about 2.5 cups sounds right. or i would stop feeding the dry or stop feeding the wet. or i do not really see any harm keep doing what you are doing. the dog will starve himself into being unhealthy. at least not a medically healthy dog. this onw area where a dog is smarter than we give them credit for. I have a hard time feeding my dogs because i let it bother me, it's to little or he is not eating enough. the dog will eat. a dog being a picky eater is not a bad thing (though humans have aproblem with it) a dog that does not know when to stop is the problem. I personally would stop feeding the wet. I know merriks is good. but why feed it if it's the only a small portion of it's meal. it's like ordering a value meal at mcdonalds with a diet coke.
At 6 months, your pup may be teething somewhat and eating might be a bit painful for him. Your vet can help you determine if this is the problem.
Another thing, an adolecent pup requires less intake than a younger pup. You may simply be providing him with more food than his body needs. Try reducing the amount of food you give him.
If you think your dog is merely finicky, you can cure him within a couple of days. Fix his food. Do not add any "goodies" to it, period. Put the food down and avoid hovering over the dog as you may make him nervous. Leave the food down no longer than 10 minutes. Any food uneaten in 10 minutes should be tossed out. Avoid any kind of treats between meals for now. It won't take long for the pup to realize if he doesn't eat when food is presented to him, its a good wait before he gets to eat again.
Thanks Yodel, I'll try that. Although he gets alot of treats during the day - I'm working with him on agility & trying to make him walk on a leash better and I use treats to train him. Is there something else I could use to substitute the treats? I use tiny tiny treats, usually the chicken strips or something I can break into crumbs.
I just made the switch to Merrick Puppy Plate dry from Nutro Natural Choice puppy dry. My 6 month old was doing fine on the Nutro but I made the switch to Merrick. I feed him dry one day and the next day I mix some Merrick canned with his dry food.
The only difference I have seen so far is he has a little more gas on the Merrick. But, He has a lot less poop on the Merrick. I just ordered a bunch of Merrick treats and chews and they are coming in today! I'll let you know how they are.