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Hudson's Malamutes - Frequently Asked Questions

14. What food should we feed the puppy?
14.a. How much should we feed?
14.b. What about supplements?
14.c. What about table scraps?

All puppies when they leave Hudson's are on Purina Puppy Chow - Blue Bag - Blue Stripe. Not because this is what I prefer, but because it is most convenient to pick it up at all stores around the U.S. When you first get a puppy we want to keep the stool as firm as possible because trying to potty train a puppy and changing the food at the same time can be very difficult. Here at Hudson's we free feed (that means they eat what they want when they want). This is not recommended when the puppy gets to you until the puppy is fully potty trained. When you put your puppy on a schedule it is much easier to keep tabs and get the puppy trained faster when your puppy is on a schedule. So two/three times a day as much as they want. When they are done and walk away from the food then pick the food up.

1) I will answer the first question first: all dog food discussed is DRY dog food - canned dog food not recommended - rots teeth
My preferred food for puppies is Premium Edge Dry Dog Food for Puppies, Chicken, Rice and Vegetables . If you cannot find it locally, you can click on the link above to purchase it.

Some puppies have sensitive stomachs and this is too rich for them until they are 4 to 6 months old. If this is the case they should receive Purina Puppy Chow. Not because I truly recommend it because it helps to ensure harder stool. In my opinion corn seems to helps keep puppies stool firm.

The first ingredient listed on any quality dog food should be meat. Except for Purina Puppy Chow, first ingredient is corn. Corn is not the first choice for nutrition. So once puppy is regular, switch them to a meat based food when you get the puppy on a level that you think the puppy should be switched over. When switching the food you will need to do it gradually and mix both foods together for a week or two. This will help the puppies sensitive stomach to adjust easier. All puppies can get loose stool during this process. This could last from two days - two weeks. Be patient. That is why I put them on a food you can find locally when they get to you.

As your puppy gets older I suggest a variety in their diet. If you sat down for dinner and ate Steak-Baked Potatoes-Green Beans your meal would be great. But if you ate that every day for the rest of your life you would most likely be lacking in things. I do suggest a variety in your dogs diet and not to just choose one dog food. Mixing where first ingredients would be Lamb, Chicken, Salmon or different ingredients is highly recommended. Supplementing with fresh fruits and vegetables is also recommended. See below -14.b. What about supplements? My preferred food for adult Malamutes is mixing Premium Edge-Salmon; Premium Edge-Chicken or Diamond Chicken & Rice; Diamond Lamb & Rice. So if you came to my kennel and looked at our food there would be three types of dog food mixed in one meal. I recommend that you choose two - prefer three different types of food and mix them.
Premium Edge Salmon   Premium Edge Chicken   Diamond Chicken and Rice   Diamond Lamb and RIce

2) Here at Hudson's, my dogs "free feed". They are fed a mixture of Premium Edge-Salmon, Diamond-Lamb/Rice, Diamond-Chicken/Rice. There is no corn in my adult dogs diet. Food is always available to them and they do not overeat. As stated above, free feeding puppies can be difficult for potty training, Getting a puppy on a schedule but not limiting the amount that the puppy can eat is important. So allowing the pup the food they want only on a schedule is what I recommend. Free feeding is my recommendation for adult dogs that are potty trained. On very few occasions a Malamute will overeat and make themselves obese. So these rare cases you can hand feed your dog so your mal will not be at an unhealthy weight.

In the past I have had people who have purchased a pup call and say the dog was eating garbage, stealing any food they could and even eating other dogs feces or their own feces. This is a cause for concern in many cases. In all of the cases that I have encountered were precipitated by a vet recommending limiting food intake. These dogs were starving. So they would eat anything that was available to them even if it meant eating feces. Each breed is different and should be recognized as an individual not grouped with thousands of other breeds/dogs. Always be aware of your dogs individual needs. And your vet does not specialize in each breed of dog. They do not know every need of every dog. So understand that my recommendations and advice comes from many years of learning my breed. DO NOT LIMIT THE INTAKE OF FOOD FOR YOUR MAL...

At Hudson's we feed raw beef twice a week. They get an unlimited amount (all they can eat) and then get best cuts later in the week. I also like to give my dogs raw Chicken when I can. And yes that means chicken bones. Chicken bones are only dangerous when cooked It makes the bones brittle and can poke holes in their intestines. So only feeding chicken without bones if it is cooked. We also give "boiled" or cooked eggs to our dogs it's good for their coats and very healthy for them. Raw eggs are not good for them as they can tear up the lining of their stomach and make them spit up blood (known by experience). Also remember nothing in excess. Feeding only raw without proper vitamins is not suggested. Experienced owners ONLY should feed only Raw diet. Always remember NOTHING IN EXCESS....

Remember to always have fresh water available for your pup.

14.a. How much should we feed?

Monitor, but do not limit the amount of quality dog food your puppy eats. On Diamond and other large breed puppy food bags, the instructions have you limiting a growing puppy to "x" amount of cups per day. Do not do this or you will limit the growth of your puppy. During their fast growing periods pups can average 6 to 8 cups of quality dog food per day. Some days they will have 12 cups a day, and others 4 cups a day. It is my experience that they will not overeat unless they feel food deprived.

Again I will stress - Here at Hudson's, my dogs "free feed". That is, the food is always available to them and they do not overeat.

14.b. What about supplements?

Pet-Tabs vitamin & mineral supplements are an excellent daily supplement for your dog. They are also tasty & chewable. Available from your veterinarian, local pet store or at Amazon online.

Dogs are "omnivores", not just "carnivores". This means in addition to eating meat, they also eat vegetables and fruit. Carrots and apples in moderation are good for dogs. One a day of each is an excellent dietary supplement (and they love them!) Also, a large carrot is great for the "chewing need".

As I stated above, I also like to give my dogs real meat once a week, it's good for their coats.

14.c. What about table scraps?

Not a good idea! Dogs do not need processed sugar, fats or all the starches we eat. Not only don't they need them, they aren't good for them. So no processed foods !!!

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