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Hi. :) Congrats on your new addition first of all!

Lots of things to consider when selecting a dog food such as does the dog have any known/suspected allergies, do you want grain inclusive or grain-free--and what price range do you want to be in? (just to name a few).

dogfoodadvisor.com has a list of most dog foods and rates them from 1-5. (5 being what they consider best, 1 least). Not every dog requires a 5 star food to do well and not all 5 star foods are the most expensive.

Personally, I stay in the 4-5 star range and I avoid corn/soy/wheat in all foods because I do have a golden with some allergies. Some foods that I feed and/or would feed to my dogs are:

These are also broken down by lowest price to highest price category--at least for my area:

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul
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Taste of the Wild


Hope this gives you a start. Welcome and good luck!

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Just as a general guideline, make sure to read those ingredient labels, and stick with a food that has a meat meal rather than a plain meat as the first ingredient(unless it's wet food), plain meats can come after the meals. Avoid foods with ambiguous or "mystery" meats and by products(ex: meat by-product meal, poultry-by product meal, bone meal, etc) meats should be specified(turkey meal, chicken fat, lamb, beef heart)also avoid corn, wheat, and soy.

Here are a few, any of these would be good choices, you should be able to find one that works well for your dog.

Natures Variety: http://www.naturesvariety.com
Natura Foods(Innova,EVO, Cal Natural): http://www.naturapet.com/
Taste of the Wild: http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/
Wellness: http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/
Canidae: http://www.canidae.com/
Blue Buffalo: http://www.bluebuffalo.com/
Champion Foods(Orijen,Acana): http://www.championpetfoods.com/
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