Everything you need to know to make the best food choices for your Doodles! 




WELCOME TO THE FOOD GROUP - This group was started in an attempt to present well-researched and FACT-based information on the amazingly complicated and confusing issue of feeding our dogs. There are also many issues we would like to explore. We thought it would be helpful to put all of these questions, information, and feedback into one place here on DK where everyone can find it, contribute to it, ask questions, and learn together. 


We started this group because of personal experiences with many of the issues that are commonly discussed on dog forums regarding food, and because these experiences have led us to do extensive research in an attempt to obtain FACT-BASED knowledge of these issues, rather than relying on anecdotes, myths, and junk-science, much of it put out there by people who are trying to sell something. The 2007 pet food recalls in which thousands of dogs and cats died or were permanently sickened by foods that contained melamine from China substituted for glutens had a profound effect on some of us, and this group was started as an attempt to help educate others on manufacturing practices and pet nutrition so that they can avoid losing beloved pets because of unacceptable foods made by "Big Dog Food" companies. There are also many issues we would like to explore. We thought it would be helpful to put all of these questions, information, and feedback into one place here on DK where everyone can find it, contribute to it, ask questions, and learn together.  
 You can start a new discussion if you have a question, or you can continue in an existing discussion if you prefer. Please do try to use the search feature before starting a new discussion, though, to help eliminate duplicate discussions on the same topics. You can search through past discussions for a topic by clicking "View All" at the bottom of the Food Group discussion forum, and then entering a word or phrase in the box. You will usually find lots of info and possibly the answer to your question. There is a wealth of information here from many good sources.  

Products on our recommended lists have been screened not just for the ingredients themselves, but also for the sourcing of the ingredients.

Membership in this group is voluntary. Everyone is free to feed their dog whatever they choose, but it is assumed that you are here because you want to learn about better nutritional and commercial food options. All questions are welcome. Proselytizing, however, is not welcome. If you want to feed your dog Beneful or Ol' Roy, that's your right, and if you want to learn why those foods may be dangerous to your pet's health, we're happy to tell you. But recommendations for these, Iams, Purina, Hill's, and other products  that have killed other group members' dogs are not okay here, and may result in your being suspended from the group. Similarly, if you believe that the only proper way to feed a dog is with a prey model raw diet, that all kibbles are harmful, and/or that raw food or "holistic" diets and/or supplements such as coconut oil will cure diseases or health conditions, this is not the right group for you. We are fact based. Anyone recommending raw feeding or any type of holistic diet or supplement as a cure or treatment for allergies or illnesses will be suspended from the group.  

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  • Hey Karen! I did a quick DK search and only saw a discussion from about 10 years ago. You said American natural premium was an okay brand. Wondering if this is still your thought? https://americannaturalpremium.com

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    • Well, an "okay brand" doesn;t mean I recommend it, lol. Here is what I actually said:

      "The American Natural Premium Food looks okay from what I can tell; it's very difficult to read the label information from the website, but the formulas I looked at seemed grain-heavy, a little too low in protein, and the calorie content is low, meaning you would have to feed more of the food than with another more expensive brand like Orijen which makes it not quite as economical as it might first appear. Clearly, the food is marketed as a "budget" food, which is of course a consideration for many people, but it would be interesting to see just how much less expensive it actually is on the basis of how fast you go through 40 lbs VS another food.

      Another concern for me would be that the label does not provide the Omega 6:3 fatty acid ratio, which is crucial. I could not even consider feeding this (or any food) without that information. It's extremely important for any dog that has any kind of allergies or skin/coat issues."

      Not exactly a glowing endorsement. There are much better choices.
      I did take some time to research and respond to your discussion asking about foods for hunting dogs. Did you ever read my response? You did not reply. 
      Perhaps if you have further questions, you could put them in that discussion, it just makes it much easier to find the info again. 
      Here's the link: https://doodlekisses.com/group/thefoodgroup/forum/topics/food-for-a...

      Food for a potential hunting dog!
      Hello everyone! My husband and I are in the early stages of bringing home a new baby! This dog will be hopefully used to duck & goose hunt if all goe…
  • What's your thought on the farmers dog food?

    • We did have a discussion about the farmer's dog here somewhere, but that's the problem with discussions here in the comments section, you can't do a search for them. 
      I'm not a fan of the farmer's dog for several reasons, all of which were spelled out in that darned discussion, lol.
      But for now, The Farmer's Dog is a food subscription program. You can't buy it in stores, and the nutritional information is not available on the website to non-"members". So I cannot recommend it. 

  • Hey friends! 

    Quick question about food quantity - Rudy is an f1 standard and is expected to eventually weigh (70-75lb). He is 5 months old now. We have been feeding him 1 cup (3x a day). He has always been a very good eater and would absolutely eat more if he could. He gets plenty of exercise as well. We feed him Orijen large breed puppy food and have been liking that brand a lot, solid digestion and his coat is healthy. I want to switch to feeding him 2x a day soon and was wondering how much I should feed him at each meal. I tried using a puppy food calculator on a couple of differnt websites and had varied results. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My greatest concern would be I am feeding him too much, as I would like to keep him healthy, happy, and athletic :) Many thanks in advance! 

    • Orijen's website has a feeding calculator for their puppy foods, you plug in the dog's current weight and the expected weight and it tells you how much per day the dog needs. https://orijen.ca/en-US/for-dogs-2/puppy-large/ds-ori-puppylrg.html
      But, assuming that the 3 cups per day that you are currently feeding is the correct amount, (I don't know because I don't know what he currently weighs) all you have to do is divide that by 2 instead of three. So he'd get one and a half cups per day. Easy peasy. The number of calories he needs per day doesn't change just because the number of feedings does. 

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    • Amazing, thank you so much Karen! 


  • I'm so grateful for this group but I'm also so intimidated as to what to choose to transition our puppy to. He's at the two week mark of coming home today and has been eating the Ian's we received from the breeder. He does get bad gas and his stools are now generally solid after battlong frequent loose stools (clear stool sample/keep to strict feeding schedule). 

    Any basic recommendations for likely sensitive stomach? I am hoping not to switch too many times if I can help it.

    Cost is not an issue, want to order online, really want healthy, high quality. 

    Bacon is a medium-standard F1 goldendoodle if it matters. Thank you in advance!


    • Can you give me the exact Iam's formula he's eating? 

    • Sure - thank you!

      Iams Proactive Health Smart Puppy Large Breed Dry Food 

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