We purchased a chocolate lab several weeks ago, we pick him up in a few weeks. To help pass the time, I have searched any and everything about labs. I have seemed to hit a snag as far as food goes. I have read so many articles about not feeding him anything with corn, grain, and chicken is not a good choice because of how it is weighed before cooking and losses most of the meat weight during the cooking process. Am I making a big deal over it? I don't want to feed him the mega-store brand starting with by products and fillers. Any suggestions on the right food to feed him?
don't overthink it. Keep the puppy on the food the breeder is feeding at least a few weeks to a month (they are going thru more than enough changes, best to not mess around with food).
If you have researched breeders and made sure to pick a reputable one that knows what they are doing (and prove the parents in a venue, do all the health clearances on both parents prior to breeding) then talk to them. They generally breed to keep a puppy so have lots of experience with food and what works for their lines and have seen the growth of their dogs on a various foods to know what works.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
What Tanya said. A reputable breeder will advise you what to feed that works for their lines.
If what she comes home eating is working, stick with it. Molly came home just fine eating Innova, then it was recalled. I "switched" to a better food, disaster. Went to bland, transitioned back, still no good. Did the same with a different food, still having issues. Sometimes it's worth it to leave the things that are working alone, unless there is a specific reason to change.
Agree with Tanya.