Puppy Follow Menu On At Home

Puppy may or may not eat at first after his/her journey home but they will not starve. They leave us content with their food, but once at home with you, you may experience a mini hunger strike. This is puppy emotionally adjusting to their new surrounds. Persevere with love and hugs, they have just left their brothers and sisters, the routines and smells they have known since birth. Give them a day or two to settle in, and by mixing a little taster of tinned fish or Royal Canin Mousse, it can help them regain an appetitie (see below). Your puppy will grow very quickly so always feed to appetite, ensuring there is always a little something left in the bowl. If puppy has loose stools from a change of diet, or over eating, just revert back to feeding kibble only until s/he firms up. There is absolutey no need to change the diet, and this diet takes them all the way into adulthood and their senior years. It is the one we use in the kennel and the diet chosen for heart health. If you do decide to change the feeding plan, please don't try to change the diet all in one go! This can invoke all kinds of unpleasant digestive issue!


Overfeeding your puppy and adult dog leads to obesity and serious health conditions such as diabetes and possible heart disease. It can also put too much pressure on joints, leading to mobility problems. However bones are constantly remodeling and underfeeding can be more detrimental to future bone strength.

Introduce raw meat once puppy has really settled in and take into account bowel movements and consistency before adding raw.   For the first bone or two try and find ones without too much meat on.  If unsure, cook the raw meat and add to diet slowly.  

However never feed cooked chicken bones.

I am not anti raw feeding, and feel that you can feed a healthy mix of kibble, biscuit mixer and raw. However my views on feeding tripe are well known, it packs weight on and has the nutritional value of cardboard!
— Carla du Rose

Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian talks about slow growth diet in dogs.

Bonaforte's Complete  is the basis of our puppy's and hounds diet and the success in rearing your hound is to do this slowly. After a lot of searching and reading it seems that our  kibble is a really good staple diet and with the added raw meaty bones,  the dogs seem to thrive and develop fairly evenly.   In addition we include our grain free kibble, which helps pups maintain condition, allowing for slow growth. This kibble also helps if your hound drops a bit of weight at any time.  As we do you can feed a mixture of the two together. 

We are  seeing results from the same litter with dogs in homes that feed strictly on our feeding regime and dogs whose owners varied the diet and fed different kibbles and either a smaller amount of raw food or none at all. The results are that those owners who stuck to our suggested diet regime seem to have fit, well developed and robust hounds.