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Our working cocker is coming up 14 months old and I am looking to slowly transition her onto the adult food in the coming weeks.

I'm looking at moving her onto some Dr John's dry food as It's meant to have really good macro-nutrients with good protein sources and vitamins and I've heard dogs love it. I'm going to try to get her off the tinned puppy meat and give her more fresh chicken breast, Mince, Turkey, Liver, Heart etc from the butchers which is full of the good stuff.

Appreciate anyone willing to state their working cockers food plan below. She has a lot of exercise so I try to feed her well and monitor her weight which is perfect. Her coat and condition is immaculate too so I want to try and maintain this with the new food plan.

Her current food plan is:

Morning:
Half a tin of Pedigree Puppy Meat
1 Fresh chicken breast or Tuna
1 Cup of Pedigree Puppy Nuts

Mid Day:
1 Tin of Tuna or 1 Chicken Breast or 1 Turkey Breast or Lean Mince Meat
1 Cup of Pedigree Puppy Nuts

Snack/Treat:
Pigs Ear or Chew of some sort

Evening:
Half a tin of Pedigree Puppy Meat
Lean Mince
1 Cup of Pedigree Puppy Nuts



Offline Murphys Law

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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 06:35:06 PM »
Personally, I would keep well clear of anything made by pedigree. It is second to Bakers on the worst dig food list. Pure rubbish in my opinion.

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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2017, 06:47:07 PM »
That sounds like an awful lot of food to me.
Muddling along in the hope that one day it all makes sense.

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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2017, 06:49:08 PM »
Ps
What make of harness is that ??

She looks a fabulous wc 👍
Muddling along in the hope that one day it all makes sense.

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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2017, 05:57:41 AM »
She is a beautiful girl!!  :luv:

I don't have a working cocker so can't really advise you. There is a website called all about dog food that is a good resource  to lookup and understand the ingredients, feeding guide and daily cost of most dog food sold in the UK, it does tend to favour grain free in the scoring so that's up to you how you feel about it and how much notice you take of that part.  Mine is raw fed but I do keep some wet food in from  Millies Wolfheart, it is for working dogs and they have a program on their website where you input  the type of dog, age and activity level and it recommends the food and amount, not sure if any other manufacturers do that but to be honest most good manufacturers are really approachable and happy to help with any questions on their food or give nutritional advice.

You are offering a variety of diet which I think is the most important thing.  :D

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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2017, 06:47:00 AM »
She's a beautiful girl!

I feed Bonnie a mixture of things, but try to make sure that they're all free of nasties, and biologically appropriate- our pups don't need sugar or fillers or anything in their food. Some of the things our ladyship gets:

- Millies Wolfheart
- Natural Instinct's raw food (and they do bones etc)
- chicken- thighs are excellent cooked and chopped as treats.
- fish- sardines, salmon etc
- Fish for Dogs too
- raw egg over some Millies once a week or so
- she also loves a small spoon of coconut oil every now and again.

Hope that helps.

Sheila


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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2017, 06:55:15 AM »
She's a beautiful girl!

I feed Bonnie a mixture of things, but try to make sure that they're all free of nasties, and biologically appropriate- our pups don't need sugar or fillers or anything in their food. Some of the things our ladyship gets:

- Millies Wolfheart
- Natural Instinct's raw food (and they do bones etc)
- chicken- thighs are excellent cooked and chopped as treats.
- fish- sardines, salmon etc
- Fish for Dogs too
- raw egg over some Millies once a week or so
- she also loves a small spoon of coconut oil every now and again.

Hope that helps.

Sheila

I presume you are removing the bones first from the chicken thighs?  Cooked bones should never be fed but dogs enjoy a raw chicken or duck wing if fed raw.

Cooked meat has lost all of its nutritional value so a waste of money in my opinion unless for training treats



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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2017, 11:41:27 AM »
She's a beautiful girl!

I feed Bonnie a mixture of things, but try to make sure that they're all free of nasties, and biologically appropriate- our pups don't need sugar or fillers or anything in their food. Some of the things our ladyship gets:

- Millies Wolfheart
- Natural Instinct's raw food (and they do bones etc)
- chicken- thighs are excellent cooked and chopped as treats.
- fish- sardines, salmon etc
- Fish for Dogs too
- raw egg over some Millies once a week or so
- she also loves a small spoon of coconut oil every now and again.

Hope that helps.

Sheila

I presume you are removing the bones first from the chicken thighs?  Cooked bones should never be fed but dogs enjoy a raw chicken or duck wing if fed raw.

Cooked meat has lost all of its nutritional value so a waste of money in my opinion unless for training treats

My youngest gets colitis from raw chicken so that's a no for us.

Can you point me towards the scientific evidence that cooked meat loses "all" of it's nutritional value?  Thanks :)
helen & jarvis x


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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2017, 06:58:41 AM »
Trying to find something I had read!

http://rawfed.com/myths/cookedfood.html



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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2017, 03:30:46 PM »
Hello.

Yes of course, no cooked bones ever.

Chicken thighs much tastier than breast (imho) and I think Bon Bon agrees. We roast them slowly in the oven for both human and canine consumption. They're a great treat/training aid, not her main food. (Warm chicken makes me irresistible for recall purposes!)

Sheila

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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2017, 08:43:25 PM »
Wow that's a lot of food. I feed Marley a third of a mug of grain free kibble and a quarter of a tin of wet dog food just too add a bit more flavour twice a day morning and again around 5pm. He also gets the occasional treat once or twice a week. I don't like to to give him too much variety as he tends to get stomach upsets. I will give him a bit of fish or chicken now and again but not often.

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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2017, 08:53:54 PM »
OH feeds his two on Natures Menu, mine were on Natural Instinct but they have changed the amount of fluid in the boxes so as the meat defrosts it tends to run over and OH is a little OCD that everything has to be in a box......yes, Patp, even in his house (and he's on here too)  :005:

My two are now on Nutriment and love it.  Week 2 and Coral is so much calmer than I've seen her before - I'm really impressed at cost as well.  I'd assumed it was pricey but you feed so little it works out about the same as Natures Menu and given a whole Chubb fits exactly into a lock and lock box I may convert OH yet  ;).

As others have said, that does seem a lot of food for Marcie although she looks trim in her photo  :luv:

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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2017, 09:03:22 PM »
Here's Marley at 19 months. He's a bit on the lean side. He was fed once a day till a few months back now he's fed twice a day.

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Re: Working Cocker - Puppy Food to Adult Food Recommendations?
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2017, 09:08:25 PM »
I used to feed Reese Nutriment then about 8 months ago he just wouldn't eat it, i wasnt sure if it was his age but someone else on here had the same issue with their dog, with a box bought about the same time. I changed back to Luna and me and he was fine. I like the ingredients in Nutriment and like to rotate suppliers between about 3, i bought a couple of packs again locally a couple of months ago to try,  he loves it again! He has since got through a whole shipment with no issues.  :D