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Bella has hit a bit of a growth spurt and at 11 months old, is still quite small for a German Shepherd. We decided to switch her food up, to hopefully help her to pack on some more pounds. Changing food can be tricky and some dogs can be picky when it comes to food, so I thought that I would share some tips on introducing new food to your dog.
What we feed our dogs is important to us, however pet stores are a bit of a distance, so I do my shopping at Walmart most of the time since it’s the most convenient. Well, I had heard that Nature’s Recipe recently became available there, so I thought we would try that, since I also heard such great things about it. Nature’s Recipe has the high quality protein that our growing pup needs and the recipes are crafted to bring out their best.
When I heard about the things that aren’t included in Nature’s Recipe dog food, it just really made the most sense for our girl. You won’t find any corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors, or preservatives in Nature’s Recipe dog food. With such a variety of foods made with ingredients from nature, dog lovers will be jumping for joy now that Nature’s Recipe is available for a low price at Walmart, rather than just specialty stores! Bella sure approves too! Keep on reading to grab some tips on introducing new food to your dog and find out more about Nature’s Recipe at Walmart here.
Tips on introducing new food to your dog
- Mix new food with old food – Start out slowly and mix 20% of the new food with 80% of the old food for the first day. Increase the new food mixture by 20% each day after, until day 5 when you will give your pup 100% of the new food.
- Add some wet food into the mix – Some dogs are really picky and it helps to add some wet food into the mix. That’s what we did with Bella because I knew she would appreciate that special treat and have no problem devouring the new food. We went with Nature’s Recipe Chicken & Wild Salmon wet food and she absolutely loved it! It looks almost like a stew that we humans would eat!
- Stick to normal feeding schedules – Dogs tend to get used to schedules so switching food will be easier if you stick to their regular feeding schedule.
- Don’t stress out if they miss a meal – It is inevitable that some dogs will still be picky and decide not to eat. If they skip a meal, don’t let it stress you out too bad because when your dog is hungry enough, he or she will definitely eat!
It’s been just over 9 months since Bella became a part of our family, after our beloved Gunner passed away. It was such a sad time and my husband had hoped that a new puppy would help to brighten up a rather dark time for our family. She surely did, and from the moment we met her, she filled each of our hearts with such love. She had no problem fitting in with the humans or the other dogs and to this day, anyone she encounters falls instantly in love with her.
I feel confidant as a pet mom since we made the switch to Nature’s Recipe, a dog food that has all of the quality ingredients that she needs, without all of the added fillers that she doesn’t. It also helps that she finds it quite tasty too!