We buy the 40 lb bags of food to save money, and keep the bag inside a trash can (with a lid). *Since we only have one dog eating from such a big bag, we also usually take about half of the 20 lb bag and put it in big ziploc bags to keep it fresh longer. *It's kind of a pain to store, but it stays fresh longer and saves us money and another trip to PetSmart. *
I store the large bags in a trashcan w/ a lid in our basement. *I keep the food in the bag and fold the bag up really tightly and use several clips to seal it. *
I also keep 7 - 10 days of food in a large rubbermaid container in my kitchen. *That way I'm not having to open the large bag of dogfood more than 4 or 5 times before it's all used up. *Basically I'm trying to minimize the amount of air that gets to it.
Should you decide to use a container to store your dog's food in, make sure that it's food safe.
We buy food by the 40 pound bag for Toby and we use one of those big popcorn tins to store some of the food and roll the bag to keep the rest fresh. We haven't had a problem with it that way yet. we are more than 1/2 way through the bag and he eats it just fine.
Whether it's "good" or not all depends on your household needs AND your Lab.
My Puff began rejecting food from a 40 lb. bag about halfway through its being opened.
When I discovered this was a prolem for my Puff's appetite. I thried a number of paritally succesful measuers.
Since Puff eats only 1¼ cups 2X/day (daily total about = .65 lbs.) a 40 lb. bag lasts us about 61 days.
I tried "decanting" the kibble into 3 plastic garbage bags, twisting the tops tight, and sealing them into 3 large RubberMaid containers with snap lids. I suppose each one held about 13 lbs. *That way I could pop off a lid, scoop out what was needed with a measuring cup, snap the lid back on and serve Puff her supper,
Ahh, but my gourmet Lab was not pleased.
It worked okay maybe through the first container but by the time we were halfway through the second, she often walked away from a meal and just picked at it intermittently.
That's when I came to my present method of immediately sealing the contents of the 40 lb. bag as soon as it's opened *into 10-11 *ziplock freezer bags.
With this method, Puff often gives her compliments to the chef.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]