Since weaning your puppy has been fed Nature’s Domain Puppy Chicken and Pea Formula from Costco https://www.costco.com/Nature’s-Domain-Puppy-Chicken-%2526-Pea-Formula-20lb-Bag.product.100242953.html. The kibble has been mixed with some Honest Kitchen Love formula http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/love. Use the supplied food to slowly transition your puppy if you are planning to move to a different food. It is normal for pups to take a week or so to adjust to fully to their new environment and consistently eat their meals.
We recommend continuing your puppy on a high quality puppy formula kibble. The food you choose should have a slightly higher protein and fat content than adult food and should be labeled as a puppy or all life stages food (I aim for foods containing 28% – 30% protein and 18% – 20% fat). The following web site is recommended http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ as a good resource for researching dog foods. Also the following site provides guidance on all sorts of food and nutritional issues for dogs http://www.peteducation.com/category.cfm?c=2+1659.
Your puppy is currently being fed 1/4 cup of dry kibble 3 times daily. This could be gradually increased to 1/3 or 1/2 cup of dry kibble at each meal through the peak growth period, depending on your pup’s body condition. Pumik are a lean and muscular breed so monitor the amount of food based on body condition. By 6 or 7 months the puppy should be transitioned to adult food and receiving close to an adult portion. Our adult Pumik are fed 1/2 cup kibble morning and evening. Other brands of dog food that we have used and recommend with Pumik are as follows.
Canidae All Life Stages – a good all-round food with moderate protein and fat
Nature’s Domain – a grain free food with either salmon or turkey as its protein source
Evolve Grain Free – comes with either salmon or lamb as its main protein source
Wellness Core – a grain free food with chicken and turkey as its protein source
We have tended to use few supplements with our Pumik over the years. A well balanced meat-based diet with the addition of vegetables from time to time, like pumpkin, and a small amount of plain yoghurt has worked well. Currently we only use the following:
- Fish oil, possibly thought to be an all round supplement for skin, coat, strengthening the immune system and preventing inflammatory conditions or also just a good source of additional fat in the diet (Sea Pet or Grizzly Salmon Oil or Pollock Oil are brands of bottled oil we liked or simply feed a whole tin of sardines in water as a meal once weekly)
For training we prefer small, easily digestible treats, preferably not containing gluten or other additives. Some of the varieties we recommend are Charlee Bears and Evolve grain free jerky. For home made treats this has been one of our favorite recipes.
1 -14 oz can of pink salmon
1 cup corn meal
1 cup flax seed meal
1 cup wheat germ
Mix all ingredients. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with oil. Press mixture into pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes. Cut into small pieces. Can be frozen.