Goldendoodles are beautiful, intelligent and highly sociable, which explains why people love having them around. As a responsible dog owner, one of the best ways to ensure they stay around for a long time — feeling healthy, happy and full of energy — is to take good care of their diet.

There is a lot of ongoing research about the best kind of diet for dogs. Some of it can be conflicting and therefore a bit confusing. Still, you can rely on a few general principles to establish a healthy diet for your pup. One of the most commonly accepted notions is the benefit of feeding grain free foods. The following post describes what this is and some of the advantages:

Why go grain free?

A grain free diet is similar to what your dog or cat would eat if they were out in the wild.  It consists of a majority of meat based proteins and a few fruits and vegetables.  A grain free diet enables your cat or dog to absorb the most nutrition, since a cat or dog’s stomach and digestive system is not made to handle grains.

A grain free diet is great for overweight pets

Your dog or cat usually needs less food when eating a grain free pet food because it fills them up quickly. Read more at PetPav…

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As you see, a grain free diet offers numerous benefits, and not just for adult dogs. If you’re a new Goldendoodle owner with a puppy, you may be looking for specific dietary information to ensure the proper growth and development of your little one. If so, the following article will come in handy:

How to Feed a Goldendoodle Puppy

Goldendoodle puppies are very social creatures…which is why most specialists agree that all pups of this breed should stay with their mother and litter for at least 7 weeks before being relocated.

This is when weaning takes place. It’s also close to the beginning of the Goldendoodle’s prime human socialization period, which takes place between weeks 7-12.

At 8 weeks of age, the average standard Goldendoodle will weigh somewhere close to 6 pounds. A puppy of this size will need to eat about 280 calories per day to stay healthy, or maybe more if they tend to get a lot of exercise.

Goldendoodles should eat puppy food until they’re about 12 months old. After this, they’re usually ready to transition to adult dog food. Read more at Here Pup…

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For a segment of dog owners, no processed food will do no matter how good its reputation might be. These folks want to know for certain what goes into the food dishes of their canine companions. For them, preparing something homemade is the ideal dietary solution. The following post from a dog food DIYer — and Goldendoodle owner, no less — provides some concrete details on ingredients and more:

Groovy Goldendoodles Diet

Only because some readers have asked, here’s what the “Charleston Boys” eat:

  • The Honest Kitchen (EMBARK) dehydrated turkey
  • Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (in the morning)
  • Puree Pumpkin
  • Bonnie & Clyde Omega 3 Oil (in the evening)
  • Cheddar Cheese (in the morning)
  • Dried Seaweed (in the evening) natural plaque remover
  • Dandelion/Milk Thistle Oil (in the morning)
  • All Natural Bee Pollen (in the morning) helps w/allergens
  • Sardines, ground chicken, or other meats a few times a week (in the evening)
  • *Variety of fresh fruits and/or veggies in each meal

*Yogurt, cottage cheese, green beans, blueberries, apples, bananas, peanut butter, carrots, and more are either added into their food or given as treats during the course of the day.

I believe everyone wants to feed their doods the best foods they can. And I am a firm believer that knowledge is power. Read more at Groovy Goldendoodles…

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There are lots of choices when it comes to feeding your Goldendoodle. The key is to make sure that their diet is nutritious, a good source of energy and appropriate for proper weight maintenance. If you’re looking for one simple takeaway from this blog post, it might be to avoid dog foods with corn as the first ingredient. Even if you don’t feed completely grain free, this is still a good rule of thumb.

Your Goldendoodle depends on you to provide a healthy diet. Be diligent in finding a food that works for you both and will ensure that you have many happy and healthy years together.