What Constitutes A Proper Diet For My Dog?

Proper feeding is the most important thing you will do for your pup, right above training, grooming and exercise. Let’s jump right in with some dog diet info, courtesy of the following article from Blue Ridge Goldendoodles, home of family raised Goldendoodles

Dietary Requirements Vary


The first thing that you need to learn as an owner of a crossbred dog is that every Goldendoodle is very different because of the differences in their lineage. This difference can lead to size, energy, and personality differences. What does this mean for their diet? This means that you’ll need to make adjustments depending on their exact size and exact activity levels! Still, we can make some recommendations for you when it comes to how many calories your dog should be eating daily.

How much your Goldendoodle eats will depend on their size. The bigger the dog, the higher the amount of calories a day they will need. On the flip side, the older the dog, the less calories they will need. If you have a very active dog, you will have to match their diet to their activity level. As a very general rule of thumb, miniature Goldendoodles require roughly between 90-150 calories. Small standard Goldendoodles need between 130-170 calories. Large standards will require around 135-200 calories a day.

Bowl of dog food isolated on white

Mix Up Protein Sources

Meat Protein — Check the labels on purchased foods. Whole meat, such as chicken, beef, fish, and lamb, should be among the first ingredients listed. Protein can also come from meat meals, a concentrated form of meat in which the moisture has been removed.

Plant Protein — Meat protein is easier for dogs to digest, but many top dog food brands include peas and lentils to increase the protein and nutrient percentage. When selecting a dog food with high amounts of protein, review the guaranteed analysis to see how much protein is coming from plants versus meat. (Preferably, there will be more meat protein.)

Doodles need protein like any other dog breeds and a good way to give it to them is to mix meat protein and plant protein. If you are used to giving your dogs meat protein exclusively, look for a food brand that has quality plant protein in the first few ingredients.

Avoid the Following Foods


No matter how good you think the guacamole is, you shouldn’t give it to your dog. Avocados contain persin. Large amounts can be toxic to dogs. If you grow them keep the dog away because the persin is in the Avocado leaves, seed and bark along with the fruit of it.

Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic in all forms — powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated — can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. That can happen even with the onion powder found in some baby food. An occasional small dose is probably OK. But eating a large quantity just once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause poisoning. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.

Natural meat dog food or dry food

Other foods that are dangerous for dogs include chocolate, alcohol, coffee, tea, and any other caffeinated drink, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, dairy products, yeast and raw eggs. Most people think milk and even fat trimmings are good for dogs, but they are not.