I'm using K9 natural freeze dried beef formula and the natures variety frozen chicken medallions.
the bags really aren't clear,
also the puppy is on Taste of the Wild currently from the breeder who allows free feeding...
just looking for a baseline, I dont want to feed too little nor do I want to give too much.
I understand the concern for a gradual change but I do not want to feed kibble, I am going to be feeding the two products I mentioned above at least at first. They are both 5 star foods, I'm slightly concerned about mixing because some stores say you shouldn't mix and others say its no big deal. I may wait to do the switch until he is settled into our home as to not have so much change at once. Thank you for taking the time to respond!
also I hear many people say you shouldn't feed to high of a protein diet, I'm wondering what exactly should I feed in its place?, as dogs dont need grains, and a minimal amount of fruits and vegetables. wouldn't it be wiser to just feed a good food and just not over feed with it? This is an honest question, if not protein then what?.
Too much protein is definitely not good for growing puppies. High protein can cause overly-rapid growth, which can lead to bone and joint problems.
Remember that free-ranging animals experience life outside in harsh weather conditions, with way way WAY more exercise than a human family will generally provide (unless you are on a working farm, hunt extensively, etc), and have very high parasite loads. Their nutritional needs are therefore different from a house pet who does not burn calories keeping warm nor feeding worms and ticks.
They also eat parts of the animal that are not very digestible (skin, hair).
Canids are considered carnivorous omnivores. Close relatives such as coyotes do, indeed, eat lots of non-meat items. Finally, the direct ancestors of dogs were more likely scavengers than hunters (or else they would not have followed around humans looking for their garbage) and dogs have been selectively bred for many generations to thrive on diets consisting of human cast-offs.
So, I guess the point is to feed what you like but do be aware that I've heard of several instances of high-protein diets causing problems in growing puppies. Dogs are omnivorous and can digest many things, including fruits and veggies and yes grains. Given free choice, mine will readily eat all veggies and fruits we have ever offered, and also eat wild plant material that they find growing outside. Were they "free-ranging" scavengers, they would do the same, as most likely did their ancestors.
My obligate carnivore cat, on the other hand, is not impressed by proffered pieces of vegetables. Fruit makes her curl her nose and walk away. Orange peel can actually be used as a deterrent to keep cats out of garden beds. My dogs eat orange peel given half a chance.
In other words, take what you read on internet food sites with a very large grain of salt. :-)
Oh, and if feeding kibble in the 400 cal/cup range, a good baseline for growing pups is 1.5 cups a day divided into three feedings. Add or reduce according to pup's condition.
I can't give advice on amounts for freeze-dried or frozen meat products, as I've not fed them.
Oh, and puppies (like human babies) should have DHA in their diet for optimal brain development.
Neither chicken nor beef are great sources, which is why better commercial puppy foods add fish oil. So if you are not feeding puppy food, you might want to look into supplementing with some fish (canned salmon and sardines and mackerel are all good, though they tend to be salty) or fish oil.
With puppies, you also need to be very careful about calcium levels, so make sure what you are feeding is approved for All Life Stages, not just adults.