This balance can be achieved over a number of days and doesn’t necessarily need to be covered in every meal. We understand that every dog is different and may require a variation on this to reach the right balance. For example, it is possible that your dog will require a slightly higher or lower percentage of bone; you will need to find the balance that works for your dog. The key to knowing you’ve reached the correct balance is “poo watch”! A perfect poo should be firm, not sloppy and not crumbly. Too crumbly probably points to too much bone. Too sloppy could be not enough bone or too much offal/rich meat, amongst other things.
It is important that your dog gets a good variety of proteins regularly, ideally at least 7. Your dog also needs eggs and oily fish in their diet. They need approximately one day’s food allowance of oily fish per week, but it is best to spread this out over a few meals as too much fish in one go can be a bit much for some dogs!
A healthy adult dog should be fed between 2% and 3% of their ideal body weight daily. The actual amount that your working dog will need depends on whether you want them to lose or gain weight and how active they are. Many people choose to split the daily food allowance between two meals but again, you’ll know what works for you and for your dog.