When you bring your new puppy home always keep him or her on the same food that the breeder had him or her on for at least 2 weeks. Then you can slowly change it, if you feel the need to.
To change the food introduce the new food into the puppy's diet mixed with the old food over a 10 day to 2 week period gradually adding a little bit more new food & a little less old food each day. By the end of the 2 week period the puppy will be completely switched to the new food.
We recommend an all natural premium, grain free dog food. We would NEVER feed a 'grocery store' type dog food! We always feed an all natural premium grain free dog/puppy food. We never give our dogs any table scraps. Usually it gives them extreme diarrhea and sometimes they will even vomit from eating table scraps.
If your dog is scratching & biting it's fur & tail they usually either have fleas or are allergic to their dog food. Dogs with allergies also lick their paws constantly. They may also show rashes or 'hot spots' on their bodies from food allergies. Some unethical vets will insist on doing scrapings, blood work and other painful and unnecessary tests on your dog to determine the origin of the 'skin issues'. When most of the time it is as simple as changing to a premium, grain free food. Many vets sell dog food in their offices. So of course they will always recommend the food they sell because they get a kick back from the dog food company.
The top ingredients in dog food that dogs are usually allergic to are CORN, WHEAT, BY-PRODUCTS of any kind, RICE HULLS, DYES &/or PRESERVATIVES. The first 3 to 5 ingredients listed on the package are the main constitution of the food. Always read the labels of anything you want to give to your dog. It will make you dog happier & healthier plus keep your vets bills lower. Not to mention the painful, unnecessary blood and skin tests.
Take some time it will help you decide what food you really do want to feed your dog. The #1 ingredient should always be a MEAT, not a GRAIN! In fact we now only feed grain free dog/puppy food to all of our dogs and litters of puppies.
Dogs need clear, clean water available to them constantly.
I have found that if I give my dogs filtered water exclusively then I do not get any yellow spots on my yard. Try it, it really works!
I swear by stainless steel dog dishes. They are practically indestructable, dishwasher safe, affordable, & don't cause discoloration to your dogs face.
Plastic dishes can & do cause discoloration on the dog's face & nose.
Crockery is nice too, but it breaks easily.