Hello everyone! As the time for my puppy to come home draws nearer, I find the list of supplies I need to get dwindling. One thing I'm still kind of stumped on is what to do for a storage container for my kibble. I was going to use just a big plastic storage bin with a lid, but I like the idea of the grey ones with the screw on lids that make it air tight...
What do you guys use? I don't want to just scoop directly from the bag.
Look forward to hearing input from you guys! :)
I've used the grey ones with the screw-on tops before. They work well for keeping rodents and bugs out of the food. I favor keeping the food in the bag inside the container, though. Easier to rinse/clean out the container between bags. If you're not using the bag in the bin, make sure the bin is BPA-free. Kibble keeps a long time and has plenty of time to absorb weird chemicals from plastics.
Since Mishka is on prescription food now (allergen-free, as in hydrolyzed proteins - not just limited ingredient) I don't really have the option of buying in bulk. I get a couple 8lb bags at a time, and they last a couple months (also, the food is always fresher). I have a large ceramic canister with a silicone gasket on my countertop that holds about a week's worth at a time, plus the measuring cup. Faster and easier than going into a cupboard or outside and pulling out a giant bin twice a day.
Depending on where you are keeping the food and where you are feeding the pup, you'll probably end up adjusting over time. When I got Mishka, I thought I'd be keeping all his food in the garage/entryway and feeding him there. Pretty quickly I realized I needed my morning routine less spread out through the house, so moved to the kitchen....which didn't have room for the big bin.
One thing I'd suggest is getting a cheap set of measuring cups just for feeding the pup. That way you always really know how much he's eating, and it's easy to adjust up or down. Also, you don't have to wash kibble out of a measuring cup before you bake cookies.
We have big airtight bins. I think we got them from Target?
I use on of those giant sized popcorn tins...keeps it fresh, bugs and cats out. The can is on the basement landing where I keep all the critter food plus that's where the cats eat so the dogs don't get their food. Graycie the cat loves dry dog food even tho she gets the same quality stuff only in cat food.
This is what I use;
I like that it has wheels in case I have to move it. It's airtight. I too put the bag inside.
I know walmart and sams club carry the big airtight bins. I got the one from sams.
We keep the bag inside a plastic bin (from a hardware store - RubberMaid or similar)in the basement and fill one of those cereal keepers (Tupperware or similar) to keep in the kitchen for daily use. We just refill it as needed. I, too, recommend a dedicated set of measuring cups for the kibble. Easy to keep tabs on how much you're giving. We have to be especially careful with Sophie's weight due to her seizure medications; don't want her weight fluctuating and affecting the medication levels.
We're prepping for our new puppy as well so I can't comment on what type will work best, but I got a plastic bin with a locking lid and casters this past weekend from PetSmart. Unfortunately I can't find it on their website, but it also comes with a treat jar and measuring scoop. It holds 26.5lbs of food and it was on sale for $27.99.
Get AIRTIGHT containers. I use a plastic bucket with a tight lid, and keep the big kibble bag inside that, with extra air squeezed out and the ziplock sealed. I use a smaller container on the counter for a week's worth of "ready ammunition".
I used to save those silica dessicant pouches to keep it dry, but this may not be worth the danger; they will smell like dog food, and your dog will eat them if it ever gets a chance. Not very toxic but I don't want my dog swallowing them.
There are various sizes of chemical buckets-- 2.5, 5, 10 gal. -- stouter than regular buckets with threaded O-ring lids. Perfect for dog food if you can find ones that had safe chemicals in them.
I keep Griffin's dry food in a tub I got at Petsmart. Since I don't keep the food in it's bag I try to remember to cut off the expiration date and lot number in case of recall.
To be honest check out amazon they have lots of options I use the vittles vault (bpa free) in combination with a raised food bowl that also acts as a storage container for food since I have a puppy and a dog. There are many options available like Bergan and IRIS I would personally recommend try those instead of the vittles vault only from my experience of the gasket on ours breaking (to be fair my boyfriend jams the lid so tight I sometimes can't feed the dogs until he wakes up to undo it). So here is a checklist to help you figure it out.
I hope that kind of helps you prioritize your search (DO NOT GET THE RAISED FOOD BOWL STORAGE CONTAINER I USE THAT FOR A BORDER COLLIE NOT A CORGI)
EDIT: Be sure to check that it does have an airtight seal not all of them do
Thanks for all of the input guys! I will definitely be keeping an eye out, I still have a few weeks! The food will probably be kept near where her food bowl is. I'm in an apartment so I don't really have other storage areas where I could store the food.