Choosing the Right Food for Your Dog

This post has been sponsored by Purina ONE. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
Check out Purina ONE® SMARTBLEND® Lamb & Rice Formula Natural Adult Formula Dry Dog Food at Sam's Club!

I became a dog mom a little over 10 years ago when we adopted Griffey from our local animal shelter. He was just a 10 week old ball of fluff, with gangly legs, a little curly tail, and the cutest pink nose I'd ever seen. He's grown into a handsome, smart, sweet dog who I love to pieces (and he still has that pink nose).

I've been thinking a lot about his first few days at home lately because one of my best friends just adopted a puppy! As she was getting ready for her pup's arrival she asked me about things you need for a new pet. I probably gave her way more advice than she really needed (but hey, I owe her for all the mom advice she's given me). After gushing with her over the excitement of becoming a new pet owner, we started talking about the logistics of being a new animal owner. You know, potty training, vet appointments, sleeping schedules, and of course food, too. While these are all so important to consider as a new pet parent, I always have a lot of advice when it comes to dog food!

Choosing the Right Food for Your Dog

Whether you are adopting a puppy or an older dog, or getting ready to transition a pup into adult food, choosing the right food is critical to keep your dog healthy. It's easy to do when you know where to shop for food your dog will love at a price that will make you happy.

One of the most important decisions that you'll make when it comes to your new dog is what to feed him. As your puppy transitions to adulthood, you'll want a food that can support their health with real nutrition that works as hard as they do. That's exactly what you'll find in every bag of  Purina ONE SmartBlend Lamb & Rice Adult Formula Dry Dog Food at Sam's Club.

Since my family includes two dogs, a cat, and twin boys, I don't have time to run from store to store to get the things our family needs. That's why I love shopping at Sam's Club for all my pet essentials, like Purina ONE SmartBlend Lamb & Rice Formula dog food and so much more.

Shopping at Sam's Club means that I know I am getting a great deal on quality items from brands I know and love. Sam's Club members even save over 10% annually buying Purina ONE at Sam's Club.

Sam's Club makes shopping super easy for busy moms like me with free in-store pickup and online ordering. I can get the things that my pets need alongside our groceries and health care needs. It's a total mom win!

Savings calculated by comparing average retail price per pound at leading U.S. retail outlets vs. average per lb. at Sam’s Club. Purchase frequency is based on recommended feeding instructions for average size dog.

Griffey can sometimes be a picky eater. He will turn his nose up at treats that other dogs love (who doesn't like peanut butter??). But something Griffey has always loved is Purina ONE SmartBlend! It’s perfect for transitioning your puppy to adult food because it’s specifically formulated with the nutrients for adult dogs, since adult pups need different nutrients at the adult stage.

Transitioning to Purina ONE SmartBlend adult food is simple. When you're ready to make the change, add approximately 1/4 a serving to your dog's regular meal. Over the next few days, gradually increase the amount of Purina ONE SmartBlend as you decrease his previous diet. Within a week to 10 days, your dog should be fully enjoying his new diet while looking and feeling better than ever!

Back when we first transitioned Griffey, he didn't hesitate to check out his new food. I remember him even being excited to check out the new food and was soon picking out the Purina ONE and leaving his old food in the bowl. It made for such an easy transition for both of us!

As an older dog owner, I'm always concerned with keeping Griffey as healthy as possible. I can tell he is getting what he needs from Purina ONE as his bright eyes, shiny coat and healthy energy are all results of the real, recognizable ingredients. He's acting like a dog half his age and keeping me on my toes!

Purina ONE SmartBlend starts with ingredients found in nature that are crafted into foods that make a real difference for your pet. Every ingredient serves a purpose and you can tell! 

Just look at that nose. Seriously, this dog is too much. I love that I've found a food that makes him happy at a price that makes my wallet happy too.

More New Dog Essentials

It’s so important to have a plan for your pup’s food when you’re a new dog owner. If you’re new to pet parenting, be sure to do some research to get all of the essentials! When you're heading out to shop be sure to grab your Sam's Club card - and if you don't have one yet, be sure to add it to your list of new dog must haves!

You can find all the supplies your new puppy (or new adult dog) needs on my FREE printable new dog checklist. Whether you’re welcoming a puppy or an adult dog, this list covers all of your needs as a new pet parent! 

I've made it easy for you to download and print this handy checklist so you can take it shopping with you, and there is even a place for you to make any notes you need about your new puppy's recommendations. To download your new puppy checklist, simply click here.

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