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Old 25-07-2015, 12:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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We use Barking Heads Grain free fish'n'delish which isn't smelly (unless Bodie gives special post dinner kisses!) He does brilliantly on this, is lean, active and had firm poos with no significant wind problems!

Smudge has waistline problems and is on Burns low calorie one which seems to suit her but Bodie refuses to touch it, I think it must be like when I tried eating plain rice cakes to diet!
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Old 25-07-2015, 04:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I used to feed jwb and I always got it from Amazon for much cheaper than anywhere else

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Old 25-07-2015, 06:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Got to add that Barking Heads was my favourite until Jules introduced MWH to the forum, for me it sounded suitable when trying to satisfy 3 dogs of varying needs and thought it was worth giving it a try.

I definately do not have spare cash and try to work to a budget wherever I can [am on a small pension, no salary to dip into ].

At first I did think it worked out more than I would like to pay on a regular basis, however, it really did not break the bank as expected as the amount they need is much lower than they had previously got used too, especially dear Bruno who has always poo'd for England, now he does weeny little poo's, and only 1 or 2 a day, plus he is holding his weight which is something I have struggled with since he joined our family over 4 years ago, his coat and total appearance is exactly what I expect from a good food, so am really pleased for him, he is age 10 1/2 and doing well and looking great on the Riverside.

Re- Suzie and Mischa I did try them on the Tracker for a while and was a little concerned that they unexpectedly piled on a couple of Kilo's, now I have moved them both onto the Riverside and reduced their daily amount slightly they are doing really well.

My budget for the 3 of them has always been as close to 3 per day as possible, and to be honest it may tip slightly over but I think the results after a long trial is totally worth it, also something to take into account is the extra's that I used to pay for treats, honestly my lot are really happy to have their kibble as a little treat and the box of bickies I keep for bed time lasts for ages.

To sum up, the amount of output that is chucked away daily is a fraction of what it used to be which is a plus for my pocket, and I really wish I lived closer so that you could see how well they all look on their natural diet.

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Thanks everyone. I can't use Autarky or Markus because they both have chicken in them and this is on the allergy list. Surprisingly only soya came up on the allergy list in terms of grains.

The only Millies one that I could use from what I can see is the Turkey one (there might be a fish one too but OH is wanting me to stay away from fish!). I think it would work out significantly more expensive than JWB - almost double.

Griffin is looking a bit skinny at the moment so a change would probably do him good.
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One thing I've been wondering is does food like millies satisfy them ? . I've seen a few people say you don't need to feed as much because it's a better quality food but because our breed is generally so greedy I'm worried about wether they would be always scavenging because they don't feel full if that makes sense ?

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One thing I've been wondering is does food like millies satisfy them ? . I've seen a few people say you don't need to feed as much because it's a better quality food but because our breed is generally so greedy I'm worried about wether they would be always scavenging because they don't feel full if that makes sense ?

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I don't think they have shown signs they are starving because of the reduced amount I feed, and the reason for reduction was mainly to adjust the output as too much of any food just made them loose, so I slowly cut it down until they were all doing nice little nuggets.

My lot are not scavenging when out but have occasionally picked up an apple or sweetys/biscuits kids may have dropped on the path, they don't really pester for food but would never turn down anything that is offered or miss if something drops on the kitchen floor, I have also noticed they are not trying to pick up the poopys they see when on walks like they used to, am hoping that bad habit has ceased, only time will tell though.

I think my lot probably do compete for any extra's that are going as there are 3 of them and feel it is a contest sometimes, they don't seem worse than other dogs I know.

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One thing I've been wondering is does food like millies satisfy them ? . I've seen a few people say you don't need to feed as much because it's a better quality food but because our breed is generally so greedy I'm worried about wether they would be always scavenging because they don't feel full if that makes sense ?

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The food is very satisfying,it has enough nutrients to keep dogs going. The amount is less than others but I have not needed to feed anything extra. If I did it would be pointless feeding the Millies of I needed to supplement.

Cola does go after other food but think it's just greed rather than hunger. She is still a puppy so still being taught not to chase food but I don't think she is any worse than our last lab who was fed different food.

It's a great food that goes down well as less goes in of course less comes out which is also great
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There are a couple of Barking Heads varieties that meet your criteria and they aren't expensive so might be worth a look they'll usually send you free samples if you ring them.
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Zooplus have just emailed me a 10% off all dog food code. Not sure if it's account specific but happy to send it to you in case you can use it?
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Barking Heads is more expensive than Millies at nearly 70 for a sack (Turkey) and the grain free turkey has fish in, the Fusspot and Fish & Delish are also fish (54).

I think I might just have to get rid of the husband instead!

I have emailed Millies for advice and I also know of someone locally who sells it so will check her prices.

It isn't all about cost but if a food "will do" at 30 less per month then I would rather spend that money on an extra training session for Griffin.
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