Your Dog Training Questions: What High-Quality Dog Food Do You Recommend?

One of my dog training secrets is to watch what you feed your dog. Many dog foods have cheap, low-quality ingredients and “fillers.” It’s easy to understand how this could have a negative effect on your dog’s health, but many people don’t realize this can impact your dog’s behavior as well. That’s why I recommend only high-quality foods to all of my clients. I have blogged about dog food and behavior before, and one reader had a question that I’m sure was on many readers’ minds.

Your Question:


Good advice as usual! Can you suggest a high quality food that doesn’t cost a fortune?? Would appreciate it! — Domino2

My Answer:


The easiest place to find high-quality dog food is at PETCO — look for Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance, also Merrick dog foods and Prairie dog foods. Go to a Natural Pawz store, they have a great selection of high quality dog foods and they have great information. We just switched our lab to a grain free food to deal with his skin allergies. It’s called Instinct and it’s rabbit based for the protein and grain free. His itching stopped in less than a week and he LOVES it!

(C) Jim Burwell 2010

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7 Responses to Your Dog Training Questions: What High-Quality Dog Food Do You Recommend?

  1. Jennifer Howard

    October 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Don’t forget Pawty Palace in Katy sells Natures Variety Prairie, Instinct and their Raw line……thanks Jim! Jen

  2. Jim Burwell

    October 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Great – another good resource for great dog food!

  3. Know the Facts

    October 17, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Merrick has had three recalls in the last six months. They’re not a brand that should be recommended. Look for grain free food that is free from artificial colors and flavors (e.g. The Honest Kitchen).

  4. Caramoan Island :

    October 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    the dog foods that we use are certified organic as we do not want to use those dog foods contaminated with chemicals”–

  5. Can Crusher ·

    November 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

    i always look for those calcium fortified dog foods because they make my dog healther ;,;

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