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Experience with Orijen

After hearing so much about the quality of Orijen, and wanting the best nutrition for my puppy, I bit the bullet and ordered it. Eli has been eating it for over 3 weeks now and here are a few things I noticed:


Pros:
- The ingredient list is really impressive; unlike any other dog food ingredient list I've read. Not sure why a dog needs chamomile or marigold flowers or a bunch of other stuff but it seems this is a very "wholistic" type of blend that helps to support health and immunity. It's also grain free.

- No smelly gas since we started!

- Poo is very firm and a lot less stinky.

- No tears at all, just a very tiny bit of dry eye crud, likely the results of dust and the dirt he plays with outside getting near/in his eye.

- Coat is silkly soft and luster is returning.

Cons:
- Kibble is quite a bit larger than Science Diet so may not be appropriate for really small puppies.

- Smell. Great ingredients blended together seem to create a very strong, and a bit of an unpleasant, smell.

- Not available locally. Have to pay shipping charges.

- Biggest con by far - Eli has to be very hungry to eat it. Even though I mix with the same wet dog food, he has a very "take it or leave it" attitude toward it. This is a very food motivated dog so I am concerned when he skips meals or eats less.

I'm about halfway through the bag and not yet sure whether to continue with it. I know dogs won't starve themselves but I worry when he skips meals, particularly since he didn't eat for almost two days this week. It could be that he's growing up - 4.5 months and 6lbs 8oz - and simply doesn't need to be fed 3x per day. Still, 1/4 cup with more than half left over at each meal doesn't seem normal.

Since he pretty much ate the two other varieties I gave him before Orijen with gusto, I have to deduce that he doesn't like the taste very much. If anyone has experience with this food, please let me know how your dog reacted and if you still feed it. If I need to switch foods (again) I need to start the process soon and slowly. Thanks!
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the reason he's not eating it is probably because you are mixing it with canned food. He probably prefers the canned. Yeah we Canadians don't like to share our award winning foods. LOL A good rule of thumb ,is put it down for ten minutes, if he doesn';t eat it , pick it up and put it away until next feeding 10 hours or whatever later. He' ll eat. Here's a good article on feeding puppies http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index....eeding_puppies and another one http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=myths

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I haven't tried Orijen but I did switch from Science Diet to Blue Buffalo which is a much better food than the SD shortly after we got her. Her breeder recommended the SD! It may be that you're just feeding too much now. They seem to slow down as they get older. Abby has been eating 1/4 cup twice a day since we got her at 8 mos. and never turns it down! Although, she does like to eat breakfast late some mornings.

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hmmm.... maybe I am overfeeding Jack. He is on Wellness puppy. I was just giving him 1/4 cup AM and PM but I could feel every little bone in his body. He was attacking his food as if he was starving. Now I am giving him a half cup in the morning and a heaping 1/4 cup at night. Jack seems much happier and has filled out a bit.

Does Blue Buffalo or Orijen have a puppy version? I am not thrilled with how soft his poop is. We have a regular vet appt. on Fri. It is on my list of questions.

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hmmm.... maybe I am overfeeding Jack. He is on Wellness puppy. I was just giving him 1/4 cup AM and PM but I could feel every little bone in his body. He was attacking his food as if he was starving. Now I am giving him a half cup in the morning and a heaping 1/4 cup at night. Jack seems much happier and has filled out a bit.

Does Blue Buffalo or Orijen have a puppy version? I am not thrilled with how soft his poop is. We have a regular vet appt. on Fri. It is on my list of questions.

Orijen does have a puppy formula which is what I am using. If you intend to buy it just make sure you purchase the one that's labeled puppy formula on-line. When I received the bag I had to search for confirmation but it's there on the front of the bag in a weird, inconspicuous place.
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the reason he's not eating it is probably because you are mixing it with canned food. He probably prefers the canned. Yeah we Canadians don't like to share our award winning foods. LOL A good rule of thumb ,is put it down for ten minutes, if he doesn';t eat it , pick it up and put it away until next feeding 10 hours or whatever later. He' ll eat. Here's a good article on feeding puppies http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index....eeding_puppies and another one http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=myths
Some of my favorite people on this planet are Canadians, eh?

The vet recommended I mix the wet food with the dry food and feed him 3x per day until he's 6 months. However, I'm beginning to see that others don't use wet food and feed 2x per day.

I have to say that (I think) Eli is a bit "hefty". Even wet he looks pretty hardy, although not fat, as compared when we first got him at 12 weeks. Then he looked like a drowned rat. When he was last weighed the vet was not concerned that he'd gained 2lbs 10oz in 6 weeks (or so) stating he was a puppy and it was normal to gain weight quickly. He's now 4.5 months and 6lbs 8oz (as of 10 days ago). His breeder said he's projected to be between 10-12lbs full grown. He's my "first" dog so I'm not really sure if his weight at this age is in balance.
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yeah , you should feed three times at least when they're young. And mixing kibble and canned is fine. Does he go for the canned and ignore the kibble though?

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My Aussie gains 3 lbs instantly if she gets two extra bits of kibble. She is a yo-yo. It is very frustrating. I try to keep her where I can easily find her ribs with medium pressure. She could easily be the Pillsbury Doughboy's dog if I am not careful. Then you also have watch the treat intake as well. I cut her food in half when I know we are going to training. 1 charlie bear = 3 calories. I don't even want to think about the amount of cheese she inhales.

Jack's ribs stuck out like a washboard before I increased the amount of food.

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I agree with Dave - three times a day is what they need as young pups. Abby was older (8mos) when we got her so I started twice a day then. She stayed the same weight for a year so was afraid I was starving her to death! Then I started giving heaping scoops instead of a level one and she couldn't eat it all! I think you just have to experiment a little to find the perfect amount. Getting on a good food is important as they will produce smaller and firmer poop. You definitely want that!!!

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yeah , you should feed three times at least when they're young. And mixing kibble and canned is fine. Does he go for the canned and ignore the kibble though?
No, he doesn't lick the canned food off the kibble. Either he eats it all or he ignores it.
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