When your labradoodle puppy arrives he will have been eating 3 meals a day. Within a month or so of arrival most puppies are content with 2 meals a day. Some dogs are happy with one meal a day by the time they are 12 months old. Our adult dogs eat twice a day and really look forward to meal time. Weigh your labradoodle on a regular basis, you will learn to adjust the diet accordingly. Australian Labradoodles are generally not greedy eaters. Let them eat what they want within a 10 minute period. Remove the bowl if the meal is not finished until the next feed time. When they are puppies we are somewhat more lenient around this rule and leave the bowl down for longer so that they can graze.
Our labradoodles thrive on a fresh and mostly raw diet.
Pics above courtesty of G n R Doggy Treats
We feed our labradoodles Prime for breakfast. This is a family owned Melbourne company, commercially prepared and contains no preservatives or additives. It is complete and balanced, available in several varieties, many of which are suitable for puppies. We feed the lamb and rosemary, turkey and flaxseed, and chicken and brown rice variety to our puppies.
There are many other options available, but please do your research on what additives they have. Introduce any new foods gradually. You can prepare food yourself…put a few vegies in the blender with some raw mince, stir in a little cooked rice or pasta……doodlicious!!!!!
For dinner our Australian Labradoodles eat a variety of things: chicken frames, lamb ribs (their favourites!), chicken necks, chicken wings, marrow bones…..in fact pretty much anything with the word bone in it. But it must be raw, never cooked. Any type of rib bones are great….the dogs eat the whole bone. Get to know your local butcher and they will cut your bones up for you. The benefits of bones include sparkling white teeth, fresh breath, emotional satisfaction and stimulation. We also alternate Proudii for dinner from time to time- it’s a frozen raw favourite particularly for our pregnant dogs and new mothers. We also occassionally feed our adult dogs Royal Canin dry food.
Our labradoodles eat apple, tomato, carrots. They also welcome any table scraps! (but we do try to limit them!) They love cheese, yoghurt and eggs. Try anything with the exception of the poisonous foods listed below
Always have plenty of fresh water available at all times (but they are experts at finding flower pots with dirty water in the saucer and drinking that instead)
What not to feed (poisonous to dogs)
One of our favourite resources for information about all things dog related is The Whole Dog Journal. They have lots of information relating to nutrition for puppies and dogs.