It isn't including in the rating system at the moment but it is important to me also. I tried to find comparable foods and then checked out the packaging on the various websites before deciding on the one I considered to have less of an negative impact on the environment. The websites should also give an indication of where the food is produced and shipped from.
Hello and welcome to the forum, It sounds like you have done your research. Let us know what food you decide on and how your girl gets on with it. It is not an easy decision and you may have to try a few before you find one that works for you both.
Hello and welcome to the forum, My dog has always been looking for when the next bit of food might be coming her way. I am pretty sure she is greedy rather than hungry. You may find some useful tips for helping him to feel full in this thread
I have in the past, found that my dog can be hungrier on certain foods so have had to juggle a bit but I know its genuine when she starts to eat clods of earth or other weird things.
I give my dog oats cooked in water in her morning meal. It makes up about a quarter of her meal but it is quite watery usually. I am just guessing but this seems to keep her stools from getting too hard.
The ingredients you are using all sound good. Would that be what you would use all the time or would it vary? Personally, I would avoid the stock cubes as they can be very high in salt. Brown rice would make more sense that white as whole grains are likely to keep hunger at bay longer than the more processed white rice.
I would also do some research into calcium if you are going to home cook. It is very important to ensure you are including enough. You can add baked and ground eggshells for this. It may be a good idea to look for some of the home cooking for dogs, groups on facebook if you have an account. You can get lots of helpful advice from people who do home cook.
Hello and welcome to the forum, Were you thinking of adding cooked or raw ground beef to the food? Raw might not mix too well with a dry food due to differences in the rate of digestion.
Lots of people add sardines as a food topper but it is very difficult to recommend an exact amount. I know in humans, no more than 2 portions of fish weekly are advised so perhaps that could be a guideline but I am no expert. I try to give my dog a variety of foods and tend to add any dog friendly fruit or veg that we are having to her diet. I do worry that all so called complete foods can provide absolutely everything needed for good health.
Hello Slammer2020, have you tried taking him to basic obedience training sessions. I took my dog shortly after getting her from dogstrust. She was estimated to be 3 and didn't seem to have had much training. She behaved like a puppy in many ways and she was allowed to do her basic training with the puppy group. The sessions gave me the knowledge I needed to continue her training at home. I found that most issues could be mastered with lots of positive reinforcement for behaviour you want and ignoring or redirecting the behaviours that you don't. For behaviours you can't ignore such as nipping, we have a stair gate on the kitchen door and she was often in the kitchen in time out in the early days. Sometimes I had to do it several times in a row as she would repeat the behaviour as soon as I opened the gate. She soon learned though.
Hello Lucy21 and welcome to the forum, I would agree with Dottie that a wet food may be more suitable than dry now. I have a friend who had a lurcher who developed some digestive issues when she was 13. I think she was given something similar to omeprazole for reflux which helped. She got quite fussy with her food and enjoyed lots of chicken and tuna. The danger is, it may make him more fussy if he has human food but it doesn't matter if you are happy to keep feeding home cooked. There are companies that do balance cooked dinners such as we cook for dogs and butternut box but they tend to be more expensive than other foods.
Hello and welcome to the forum, I can't add much more to what Dottie has said. I am no expert but have a feeling that the answers to many of your questions are somewhat subjective anyway. I think most pet owners who are concerned with good nutrition have been left very frustrated at times.
Personally I mostly feed raw and am happy to do so. You do need lots of freezer space and have a good knowledge of food hygiene. My dog also eats it straight away so I don't worry about it being in a warm environment for too long. I choose a raw balance food but am not convinced it provides everything my dog needs. I add brown rice, Cooked oats, quinoa, sweet potato or whatever grain we are having and various veg, again according to what we are having that she can eat. I just try to feed a variety of foods and hope for the best. I keep dry food in for if I forget to get food out or it isn't quite defrosted. I tend to favour cold pressed as it doesn't upset her digestion as other dry foods have.
I am a big fan of an oatmeal bath. I use it for myself and the dog. I use a muslin bag filled with oats, leave it to soak in the bath and give it a good squeeze. You can add chamomile flowers to this also.
Apple cider vinegar spray has really helped her paws when they get a bit irritated. I also use a little hibiscrub in a sink wash for her feet and that seems to calm them down quickly.