When I was initially looking to get a dog, I did a lot of research into grooming, exercise and behavioral characteristics which would fit my lifestyle. Therefore, I was very aware of the fact that Puggles were obsessed with smells and food. It was very important to me to start out right with my new puppy, so I closely monitored Max’s food intake. My goal was to have a fit dog who would live a long and healthy life. No people food, limiting treats and proportional food intake were my key considerations to achieving this goal.
The one aspect I did not consider was the type of dog food he was getting. I initially kept Max on the food he was eating from the breeder. At a year old, I switched him to a grain –free dog food from a popular dog food brand but really did not investigate the ingredients or take into consideration his life stage. As time went along I realized the type of dog food was just as important as the amount that he was eating. Max had gained weight even though his daily exercise routine was robust and the amount of food he was receiving was ideal for his size and breed. It was then I realized what he was eating was as important as how much he was eating. I did a lot of research and consulting of dog professionals to understand which ingredients were important and what level of protein was ideal for my dog.
I have recently come across a great review of dog foods, their ingredients and why it is so important for your dog. I wish I had this information before as it would have saved me so much time and effort. Here is a link to this information: http://www.reviews.com/dog-food/.
Hopefully you will find it as helpful as I did.