How can you possibly sift through all the dog food options out there? It looks tough, but I can make it easier for you. Assuming I can't convince you to feed your dog real, non-manufactured food and assuming you don't want to spend an absolute fortune on dog food here is a link to a list of 5 star and 4 star dog foods that are within an entire price-range.
The super short answer? The very best foods (in my opinion) are Orijen and Taste of the Wild. They are extremely high quality and have prices to match, unfortunately. For a less expensive alternative (hey, I live in the real world! I know not everyone can feed their dog the premium priced food) I like Kirkland (Costco Brand) puppy food. It is a four star food that is very reasonably priced, so most families can afford it. It also helps that Costco is an awesome company that treats their employees well and so I don't mind supporting them.
I do keep a bag of dog food in the house to offer the dogs a snack or for emergency situations when I am unable to prepare their food or just as free choice to nibble on between meals. If you feed any dog food I always recommend that you still give your dog real meat whenever you get the chance.
Question: Are dogs carnivorous or omnivorous?
Answer: This seems like an oh-so-simple question which requires an oh-so-simple answer. Unfortunately, it is not that simple of an answer.
Very simply, dogs are carnivorous.
Less simply: Dogs are not obligate carnivores. This means that they don’t have to consume all meat all the time to survive. So dogs are carnivores but they can eat some carbohydrates. Of course there is ALWAYS a difference between surviving and thriving.
As always, the longer answer can be found here:
Sweets, Snacks and Supplements Oh My!
Which Treats should I use? What do they like? Should I give my dog vitamins?
Read the full answer here:
Question: How much food do I feed my new puppy and how often do I feed him? How will I know if he is getting enough food?
Answer: Check out my short post located at the link below for all your puppy-feeding know-how!
Dog food recipe:
"The Mortgage Saver"
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken stock, brown rice, oatmeal, chicken liver, egg
30 deboned chicken thighs (25 cups) = 7,920 kcal
567 grams (1.25 pounds)(4 cups) chicken livers = 950 kcal
2 pounds (4 cups uncooked/14 cups cooked) brown rice = 3,052 kcal
5 cups oatmeal = 750 kcal
10 cups chicken drippings/marrow stock = 1000 kcal
6 eggs (2.2 cups) = 468 kcal
Total Yield: 64 cups
Total calories: 15,442
Calories per cup : 241
1.5 cups/day/dog = 3 cups per day
batch is enough for 21 days
at 10 dollars/batch = $13/month