|I've been researching dog foods as I'm switching from feeding raw. Link is very active, he's my service dog, exercises outside multiple times a day, runs on the treadmill, and I'm also training him to pull a dog powered scooter which we will be using as our main transport. On raw he hasn't been conditioning as well as I like. He's not thin or anything, but he's kind of plateaued physically. When he was boarding with his sheepdog trainer he was on kibble and came back really built so I know it's possible.
So, I've got it narrowed down to two brands which are very different. The first is Orijen, I know it's a very good food and I'd feel comfortable feeding it coming off of raw. The thing that worries me is that they tout low carbs, which pets don't really need, but working dogs do need the carbs for sustained energy. I can always add carbs myself, but I don't like the idea of spending $80 on a bag of food that isn't complete for what I need.
The other food I'm looking at is Redpaw X-Series (2-3). I've heard good things from numerous working border collie people, and I know sled doggers really like it as well. The quality of ingredients isn't anywhere near Orijen, but I don't think it's too bad. Redpaw makes their food in Fromm facilities too so that is a plus. Here is the ingredients for X-Series 3 since it's less known that Orijen.
Chicken, menhaden fish meal, chicken meal, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pearled barley, beet pulp, pork blood meal, chicken liver, pork meat meal, dried whey, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, salt, sodium selenite, folic acid, Vitamins [vitamin A acetate, Vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin E supplement, Vitamin B12 supplement, choline bitartrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, L-Ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin], Minerals [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganous sulfate, magnesium sulfate, copper sulfate, cobalt carbonate, calcium iodate, sorbic acid (preservative), ferrous proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate], dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product.
Input on Redpaw would be very much appreciated.