I feed mine Carnivora (dinner version, with 10% added vegetables). I posted in several related and unrelated topics already - he wouldn't eat kibble and had troubles eating when I brought him at 4months of age. He is on Carnivora now for several months and never felt better.
I started with chicken and went through all of them - Bison is his favorite and his poop is great! I thought they are all the same price (lol! Shows how much I care about it), but as long as he eats, I'm very happy and will pay any price.
I noticed on other flavors he would have softer stool at times, and not all of it, just parts. But on bison he is doing extremely well.
For 9 months old here is my schedule:
- Wake up at 5:15am, give him fresh water, pull 2 patties out and put into a sink with hot water (inside a deep plate, so it just floats), and we go for the morning walk (takes about 15-2- minutes). But I feed him around 7 am.
Before you jump to conclusions, once a week I drop him off at the doggy daycare, and on those days I feed him almost as soon as we are back from the morning walk (around 5:30) because we leave at 6:30-6:40 and I want to give him at least an hour to settle before the car ride - makes no difference and he does just fine.
- in the evening, his second and last meal, I give him 1 patty instead of 2, and after the meal I give him a meaty elk or bison neck to work his jaw muscles, keep his teeth clean, and he loves to spend some alone time with that bone. After that sometimes I give him chicken necks (3-4 pieces) as a treat.
Dogs' stomachs are acidic (-2 or -4 level, something like that) and are designed to digest bones - don't be afraid of it. Especially Carnivora patties have them as small ground pieces.
One thing to note, make sure the food is room temperature (more or less), and I always add half of glass of tap (cold) water. It's really soft and he just licks it all away. He loves it so much and every time he even licks the plate clean, the goof
In addition, after the evening (before bed time) grooming session, we touch ears, paws, "show teeth" and brush him - he gets one raw egg.
His stool is great and he loves his meals. His coat looks healthy and shiney, his skin is super clean and he smells very nice and definitely not like a dog. Just very nice clean smell. I don't bathe him either
I did start adding a patty of raw salmon every other day for skin (it's kind of dry here
and he doesn't like pure salmon oil, but eats raw fish). And doesn't matter what I feed from what I mentioned, he doesn't have any loose stool.
Same as in mornings, in evenings I take the patty out to thaw and we go for a walk (the evening one takes about 40min-1.5hour, depending on the route. When we are back, I eat first (he rests for 15-20 minutes after the walk), and then I feed him.
We just walk in our walks, no running. He runs the whole day once a week at the daycare to blow off some steam. But we walk on a daily basis for 10-12km during weekdays and 15-20km on weekends. He is very fit and muscular, will be 10 months in 5 days and weighs 34.5kg (around 75.8 pounds?). I'm definitely happy with his schedule and health, and so is he
Hopefully some of this info helps and let me know if i can answer any other questions you might have - will be more than happy if i know the answers