Recommended Dog Food



All of our studs and pregnant females get a "super beefed up meal" while they are producing or pregnant/nursing.  They will have extra meat and egg for protein, and especially for our females, they will have cottage cheese (for calcium) in addition to the added meat and egg. It is very important to us to maintain our dogs so that they are in perfect health!


We also introduce all of our puppies to the different foods above (subject to the seasons for the fruit) so that you have healthy snack options for your puppy that he/she will already be introduced to and enjoy!


Proper nutrition is very important for breeding dogs as it is physically demanding on a female dog to give birth and care for a litter of puppies! Quite often a female dog will shed out around 40% to 60% of her fur while she is nursing, and she may also lose a fair bit of weight. Those are the outward demands that we can see, but essentially she gives her puppies everything she has in her body by way of nutrients, and even the calcium from her bones! This is why we rarely, unless under veterinarian advisement breed back-to-back heat cycles so that our females can have time to rejuvenate between litters, and we also feed extra foods that are rich in vitamins to help replenish the essentials that the mother needs to be strong and healthy for herself and her puppies.

It is likewise important for a growing puppy to have adequate nutrition and we have selected a puppy formula that allows for proper nutrition to be absorbed and for our puppies to maintain excellent health.




Instinct® Be Natural™ Real Chicken

& Brown Rice Recipe for Puppies

Natural nutriton for your puppy begins here. Instinct® Be Natural™ Real Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe for puppies starts with cage-free chicken and never contains filler, corn, wheat, soy or by-product meals or artificial preservatives and colors. Guided by our belief in the power of raw, each piece is tumbled with crushed freeze-dried raw chicken - raising the bar in nutrition and taste.​

  • Cage-free chicken is our first ingredient followed by a balanced mix of fish and meat proteins for healthy protein exposure.

  • No fillers - made without corn, wheat, soy, chicken or poultry by-product meal, brewer's rice, artificial colors or preservatives.

  • Made especially for puppies - natural DHA for brain and eye development & optimal levels of calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth.

  • Raw on every piece - our kibble is tumbled with freeze-dried raw for nutrition and taste.

  • Made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world. Natural nutrition with added vitamins and minerals.

Available in 4.5 lb and 24 lb bags

You can CLICK HERE to visit INSTINCT THE RAW BRAND's website!



3,990 kcal/kg

469 kcal/cup

E125 IU/kg

Caloric Content (calculated) - Metabolizable Energy:

Caloric Content






1.20 %

1 %

Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein (min)

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (min)

Crude Fat (min)15 %

Crude Fiber (max)4 %

Moisture (max)10 %

*Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (min)

*Omega 6 Fatty Acids (min)

*Omega 3 Fatty Acids (min)             

25 %

0.10 %

85 mg/kg

1.80 %

0.60 %

Daily Feeding Guidelines:

Ideal feeding amounts will vary by age, weight and activity level so the guide below should be used as an initial recommendation. Divide the cups per day by the number of feedings per day. Be sure to always provide clean, fresh water. Along with dry food, we recommend feeding raw or wet food (canned) to help increase the amount of water in your dog’s diet.


Up to 4 months (cups per day*)

4 to 8 months (cups per day*)

8 to 12 months (cups per day*)

2-10 lbs

½ - 1 ½

¼ - 1

¼ - 1

11-20 lbs

1 ½ - 2 ¼

1 - 2

1 – 1 ½

Complete & Balanced

Instinct® Be Natural™ Real Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe for Puppies is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth except for growth of large size dogs (70 lbs or more as an adult).

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Barley, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Ground Flaxseed, Lamb Meal, Salmon Oil, Natural Flavor, Salt, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese, Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Potassium Chloride, Freeze Dried Chicken, Yeast Culture, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Extract, Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Rosemary Extract.


If you decide to switch brands of dog food ALWAYS do so GRADUALLY over a 

period of 12 days at the MINIMUM to avoid stomach upset and diarrhea in your puppy! 


Dogs, and ESPECIALLY puppies, are very SENSITIVE to diet change! Following the chart and video below will help you avoid problems if you switch to a different brand of dog food!

Food Switch Chart.jpg

We also recommend the following brands:



ALL of our PUPPIES will ALSO eat some CANNED food while WEANING from their MOM!  We will also send your puppy HOME with one of the below MEAT VARIETIES of CANADA FRESH, ESSENCE, LEAN CUTS, OR KIPPY CANNED FOOD.

ESSENCE is 96% meat ingredients and offers a wide range of meat 

varieties for optimal nutrition. All Life Stages.


CANADA FRESH is 95% Fresh Meat. Every can is made up of 95% fresh meat, naturally providing the nutrients your pet needs. It's nutrition the way nature intended.

Limited ingredients. All Life Stages.

Real Meat Protein

NO Preservatives, Cereals, Artificial Colours, Salt, or Rendered Meats

Limited Ingredient Diets

Manufactured in Canada since 1972

All Life Stages

Why do we recommend LEAN CUTS? It is simply meat, vegetables, and rice (depending on the type) with nothing harmful added.  It's pure goodness in a can for your puppy/dog

which is very hard to find in many other brands!

LEAN CUTS is available at Walmart and Giant Tiger.


What is TRIPE? And why should you feed it? Read more

about tripe by clicking on the link box below:


Analyses show that tripe's calcium-phosphorus ratio is 1:1, which is considered ideal for dogs. Its overall pH is slightly acidic, which aids digestion. The protein content of raw tripe is 10 % and its fat content is about 5 %. Tripe contains the essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic) in their recommended proportions as well as magnesium, potassium, B-complex vitamins, the amino acid taurine, other amino acids, about 4 % fibre, and trace amounts of other minerals and vitamins A, C, D, and E. Green tripe is approximately 78 % water or moisture. The protein level of dehydrated tripe is about 21 %.


As an alternative to canned food, you can also try the Instinct Rawboost Mixers!  We personally use the mixers as an added protein boost for our sires to increase sperm production, for our pregnant and nursing females for an added protein boost, and these would make excellent training treats for puppies!


Dog Weight

Up to 20 lb


Calories Per Day



Cups Per Day


The amount of up to a 1/4 cup for a dog that weighs 20 or less remains the same regardless of meat the variety, but the calorie intake varies as shown above. Click on the images for more information and the ingredients of each Mixer!


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