I’m regularly asked the question “What does Flicka eat?”
Let’s start with what Flicka does not eat. She does not eat “human” food. At least I don’t feed her such food. Flicka’s a little sneak, and she has, from time to time, scavenged for human food behind my back. On each and every occasion (that I know of), she’s been caught by someone else and they’ve told on her.
Now, let’s talk about what she’s suppose to eat.
Flicka’s main diet consists of Pro Plan® Large Breed Weight Management Formula (see http://www.purina.ca/products/dogs/pro-plan/pro-plan-specialized-nutrition/large-breed-weight-management.aspx). She is given 2 cups in the morning and three cups in the evening. There has never been any food left over in her bowl. I give her one cup at a time; when she’s finished, she gets her next cup. Flicka knows when she’s been given less than her due ration, and she seeks out her remaining portion. It’s hard to pull a fast one on Flicka!
Purina Pro Plan® is recommended by National Service Dogs and it’s the food that she ate while she was with National Service Dogs. Purina is a strong supporter of National Service Dogs (see http://www.nsd.on.ca/about/purina/.)
Flicka’s “regular” treat is Milk-Bone’s “Flavour Snacks” Biscuits (see http://www.milkbone-canada.com/goodness.aspx?prodID=3). I give her the medium-sized biscuits and I break them in half. She eats between 3-6 whole biscuits daily. Milk-Bone is also a supporter of National Service Dogs (see http://www.milkbone-canada.com/goodtogive.aspx).
Flicka also receives “high value” treats from me. “High value” treats are treats that she doesn’t usually get. When she does special things or successfully completes a difficult task, she is rewarded with a “high value” treat.
Flicka’s “high value” treats are: (i) Purina Beggin’ Strips® (see http://www.purina.ca/products/dogs/purina-treats/beggin-strips-snacks.aspx); and (ii) Pedigree MarroBone® (see http://www.pedigree.com/really-good-food/marrobone-treats.aspx).
Once a day, Flicka receives a Pedigree DentaStix® treat (see http://www.pedigree.com/really-good-food/dentastix-treats-large.aspx).
From time to time, Flicka also gets her Nylabone® Dura Chew® to chew on (see http://www.nylabone.com/product-finder/by-brand/durachew-hollow-stick-bacon.htm. I stuff it with one of her “high value” treats and she chews away. I let her chew between 10-15 minutes. If she doesn’t get the treat inside within that period of time, I pull it out and give it to her.
I am the only person who feeds Flicka and gives her treats. This way, she doesn’t ask other people for food, and I can closely monitor her diet (except when she scavengers for human food behind my back or when small children feed her without my knowing).
Note: I am not personally endorsing any of the aforementioned products. I am merely sharing with this blog what dog foods I feed Flicka.