Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Southwestern VA
Puppy Food / gulper
Hello all -- This is yet another "what food is best" type of question that I've read 100 different answers to, but I have an added twist in that our dog is a gulper and I am wondering about kibble shape with regards to that.
3 M/O Male, 31lbs. Day 3 at the house, old owners fed Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy food. Naturally we are keeping that going, and will begin transitioning off it asap. Although it is listed as a good food by the dogfoodadviser, looking at the ingredients: 2-Corn Meal 3-Chicken By-Product Meal 5-Brewers Rice it just does not seem like a top notch food. We had initially planned on changing over to Merrick but as I was looking for best in class, I started seeing more and more about the issues with Grain Free... So, I shifted from the Merrick offerings and was settling on either Royal Canin GSD Food [Seems a bit high in protein for a growing large breed, and a shade low on phosphorus - which seemed odd for a food designed for GSD's], Holistic Lamb and Oat Large and Giant puppy food which seems to be right on the money by the numbers. Or because of such rave reviews here, Fromm Gold Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food - although I could not find a good breakdown of the nutritional info to compare vs RC or Holistic.
Honestly, I suspect any of those three would be fantastic kibble for the pup - but, I did note the RC was designed to encourage chewing. "Nash" is a very bad gulper. Zero chew of kibble, chomp a mouthfull and swallow. He will wipe out a cup in a matter of seconds. Until I get a slowfeed bowl (stopping today to pick one up) I've been tossing a few pieces in his bowl at a time, and forcing him to slow down that way. I tried using a toy to slow him down, but he just forced through it and it made no difference. Now, he's not at all food "aggressive" - no growling, or anything of that nature when I have my hands IN his bowl, or take the bowl away or whatever. He is very forceful in trying to get to the food and to eat it as fast as humanly ... err doggedly possible.
I'm not sure how much of a difference food shape will actually make, and I suspect once he realizes he no longer has to fight for his food the gulping will begin to fade - but it's just not worth the risk to not do what I can to help quell it. So, does anyone have any experience with the RC GSD food in regards to gulping? AKA, does it actually help? And of course, glad to hear any opinions on the food selections. I know, some will say Orijen or bust, but at 38% protein, that seems like asking for too speedy of growth potential. I think, basically, considering the gulping my best question is which of the three: RC GSD, Holistic Lamb and Oat, Fromm Gold Large puppy. Or am I overlooking a great option (Not a big fan of Victor) And will not be feeding Grain Free unless we need to.
Oh, and feel free to post some - "hey look here" links on gulping. I have not yet even began researching how to stop that yet.