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Bone Appétit with Chef Sundstrom, Seattle

It’s not every day you get the chance to dine with your dog. In collaboration with Lark’s very own, Chef John Sundstrom, we’re hosting Seattle’s first pop up restaurant for pups and their people. This free public event will feature a tasting menu of K9 Natural products from our doggy degustation menu while pet parents enjoy delicious bites inspired by Chef Sundstrom’s celebrated Capitol Hill restaurant.

Who are K9 Natural?

Inspired by our beautiful New Zealand environment, guided by world leading science, K9 Natural provides the Best Blends of Nature in nutrition for dogs.

We combine only the best ingredients to create a grain free, high-meat diet packed with energy and nutrients. K9 Natural only use sustainable, free-range, and grass-fed ingredients. With taste a top priority, our truly unique blends of dog food and cat food are ones that your pet will crave.

New Zealand is one of the cleanest food suppliers in the world. All our wholefood ingredients are sourced in New Zealand, are of human-grade quality and can be traced from the farm gate, to your pet’s plate.

Bone Appétit!

South Lake Union Discovery Center Park on Saturday

June 10, 2017

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Bone Appétit, Sydney

Ever fancied dining with your dog? Now’s your chance. We’ve teamed up with Centennial Homestead and Queens Park Shed in Sydney to bring you our Bone Appétit event. Over four weekends, you’re invited to bring your four-legged friend along to the two venues, and receive a complementary dine in or takeaway meal from our doggy degustation menu.

The menu will feature our nutritious Toppers range, which are designed to make your furry friend’s meal just that little bit more delicious. Helpful for when your dog’s a picky eater.

The catch? There’s none, really. This one’s on us.

K9 Natural is made fresh in New Zealand with sustainable free-range and grass-fed meat. Packed with fresh wholefood ingredients, selected vitamins and minerals and naturally free from grain, gluten and artificial preservatives.

Bone Appétit!

Centennial Homestead (7am – 5pm) & Queens Park Shed, Sydney (7am – 4pm)

June 10, 11 & 12 | June 17 & 18 | June 24 & 25 | July 1 & 2

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Jonty’s Journal: Scout in the Backyard

Lately Scout has been digging holes in the backyard and dad is not satisfied with it. I would say he has dug about seven holes and the biggest one he has dug would have probably been nearly a meter deep. Scout has also been doing another cheeky things all puppys would do, steal your shoes and run of with them till they break.

Another one of his hobbies are stealing all my soccer balls and trying to run off with them so then I have to chase after him till I get them. I’ve got to say he is a pretty good side-stepper. Scout kept getting faster and faster till he smokes me in a race that’s a worry because he loves nipping you so if you’re playing out there with him you have to be careful or else he will hurt. When scout tries to bit me I have to jump up on our concrete wall so he can not bit me. Scout can get a bit over loaded with excitement some times so you have to be careful.

When Scout is finished running around he comes in the house and gives you puppy dog eyes until you give him his special puppy food for dinner. Then he eats it all up quickly. I would get told off if I ate like that.

That is all Scout does in the backyard.

By Jonty

Age 10

Read more of Jonty’s adventures with Scout here

Feeding Your New Puppy

Can you picture that moment you met for the first time, the puppy that was going to come home and live with you? For most of us it was the same; two big eyes, an impossibly small ball of fluff, and so (sooo) many questions.

Yes, one of life’s greatest joys can be bringing a puppy into your home. And to ensure it stays that way, lots of new routines and habits will need to be formed, both for your new puppy and your family.

One of the best things you can do for your new puppy is to ensure that you set them up with a diet that is complete for their age, and full of all the nutrients a growing dog needs to thrive.

Puppies require more nutrients than an adult dog, and because of this they need a good Puppy Food that has been formulated to support healthy development. A complete and nutritious diet in their early years will ensure that your dog will be happier, healthier and able to enjoy a full and active life.

 

GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT PAW

There are a lot of sights, smells and experiences for your puppy to get used to in the first few weeks they’re at home, including a new feeding schedule. To avoid any stomach upsets, we recommend continuing with the food and schedule that they are used to for their first three days at home, after which time you can slowly transition them onto a diet and schedule that you’ve determined to be the best fit for their needs. Introducing a new food slowly will not only reduce the amount of stress on your puppy from all the changes, but save you a lot of clean up time if it doesn’t agree with your puppy’s tummy!

We recommend moving your puppy onto K9 Natural Puppy food over the course of a week, starting by “topping” their current food with K9 Natural Puppy, and gradually increasing the amount into their daily meals until you are feeding 100% K9 Natural Puppy.

Of course, if your breeder/shelter has already been feeding your Puppy K9 Natural, you will not need to undergo a transition, you’ll just have to get them used to their new feeding schedule.

It is unlikely, but if your puppy seems to not be taking on the transition well, you can slow down your rate of transition, and if symptoms persist, talk with a trusted veterinarian.

FEEDING A PREMIUM DIET

A premium high-meat diet is what dogs are naturally drawn to, which is why we recommend feeding your puppy K9 Natural’s Puppy Food, available either as freeze-dried raw pellets, or in cans. Both are easy and convenient for you, and contain the same nutritious, whole food ingredients that your puppy loves.

We may be a little biased, but it’s hard not to be when you see the results of feeding your puppy a complete diet, full of nourishing proteins and fats that they need for balanced health and development.

K9 Natural Puppy also includes;

  • DHA & EPA from natural oils – supporting healthy brain and eye developments
  • Guaranteed levels of calcium and phosphorous in every bag that supports a puppy’s strong teeth and bone development
  • Premium quality protein for healthy muscle growth

In line with K9 Natural’s philosophy of natural better nutrition, both K9 Natural Puppy Freeze-Dried and K9 Natural Puppy cans are grain, gluten and starch-free, carbohydrate limited, and free of any fillers that are of no nutritional value.

It’s important that your puppy is receiving enough of the nutrients they need, to support healthy, regulated growth.

Our online feeding calculator has been formulated to provide optimum portion sizes through each of their crucial growth stages, and is a great start for any new puppy parent! You can check it out here

We advise you to remember that each puppy is an individual, and that their appetite and needs may vary as well! We always recommend that you use your best judgement when feeding your dog, and suggest that you begin feeding your puppy from the lower end of our feeding guide, using their individual physical appearance to determine whether they need more food. We trust that you are the best judge of your dog’s condition.

WHAT NOT TO FEED

Just because we love some foods, doesn’t mean your puppy will too.

We strongly recommend you don’t start feeding your puppy little titbits from the kitchen or table, because once you do it never stops!

This is not just because human food is meant for humans, but because we want you to end up with a happy, healthy, and obedient member of the family. Feeding puppies from the table teaches them bad habits like begging, whining, and helping themselves to food that’s not theirs. Once these habits are set, they’re hard to break.

Dietary-wise, table scraps can not only be an unnecessary source of calories, they are also unable to provide balanced nutrition for puppies or older dogs, or essential vitamins and minerals that dogs require. Table or kitchen scraps may fill them up and make them happy in the short term, but by substituting their core diet they are essentially taking away from the nutrients a rapidly growing puppy needs. Not to mention they can cause a whole host of nasty side effects, such as diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal problems – none of which are fun to deal with!

Some foods may also be dangerous or toxic to dogs, and should never be fed, regardless of whether you allow them human food or not. These include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Apple cores (more specifically the seeds)
  • Bacon
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Cheese
  • Cooked Bones
  • Grapes, Raisins
  • Onion, Garlic, Chives
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Sugar
  • Yeast dough

In some cases, feeding you dog these foods may not show up straight away as a digestive problem, but can lead to health issues longer term.

We recommend leaving optimum pet nutrition to the experts!

TREATS

Receiving treats is an important part of growing up for puppies, just as it is for humans! But as with our own diet, they should only account for a small portion of it. We recommend that treats form no more than 10% of your puppy’s caloric intake, which can be a surprisingly small amount. Your puppy’s main diet is his or her sole source for the nutrition they need, and treats are the little extras on top.

Instead of “filling up” your puppy with treats, we suggest using them more as a training and reward system. The K9 Natural Snacks range has a variety of nutritious treats suitable for your puppy that contain whole ingredients, with no additives or preservatives. Smaller treats such a K9 Natural Lamb Treats or K9 Natural Green Mussel Snacks are great to use in obedience training. By providing a treat made from whole food ingredients, you are able to add beneficial variety to your puppy’s diet and reduce the need for “filler” based alternatives.

Hard chew treats like K9 Natural Venison Chews keep your puppy entertained and may improve dental health by exercising the gums and scraping the teeth. It also satisfies your teething puppy’s need to chew, saving your shoes, furniture and stress levels!

HYDRATION

Puppies may seem like they drink an awful lot of water for their body size, but that’s because they do need it and shouldn’t be deprived of it.

A dog can lose almost all of their body fat and half of their protein mass and still survive, but can only lose up to 15% of their body water before dying. It goes without saying that water is the most important nutrient of all.

Puppies also need more water for their weight than adult dogs because they are growing. This is because the growing processes produce waste and by-products that need to be eliminated, and water helps to flush them through your puppy’s system.

Providing fresh, clean water is important, as it also reduces the risk of waterborne diseases. If your local water supply isn’t safe and clean for you or your family to drink, it isn’t safe for your puppy either.

K9 Natural’s Puppy Food varieties (freeze-dried and canned) are both intended to ensure that your puppy receives a healthy start by getting the maximum amount of hydration possible through their diet. We do recommend that your puppy has access to fresh water, and is able to consume this whenever they need throughout the day.

CREATING YOUR OWN PUPPY FEEDING SCHEDULE

Introducing a new member of the family will always mean change, but you want to work them into your lifestyle, and not the other way around, so your puppy’s feeding schedule will be somewhat dictated by your own family’s schedule.

In saying this, puppies do need more care and attention in their early months, as well as more regular feeding times. Building habits also means creating good routines. This is best accomplished by feeding your puppy at specific times on a specific schedule. By doing this, your puppy will learn that food is regularly available, reducing the urge to beg, and they will also regulate their toilet times on a more set schedule, which makes housetraining easier and faster.

A puppy’s meal schedule must include three measured meals a day, preferably at the same time each day. A good example of a regular schedule would be to start puppy’s first meal at 7AM, noontime for lunch, and 5PM for dinner. A puppy’s last meal should be scheduled earlier in the evening so that they will have ample time to digest his food and go to the toilet one last time before bedtime.

We do not recommend leaving your puppy’s food out so that he or she can eat it whenever they want. A puppy should ideally eat their meal in one serving, with your supervision to ensure that the they aren’t having any issues with their food. This is also a great chance to occasionally pat your puppy while they are with their food, discouraging possessiveness or food-related aggression.

If your puppy appears to be reluctant about eating his food, you might try feeding him inside his crate so that he can eat without feeling threatened or distracted. This can be very helpful if there are other pets or young children in the house that may take their attention away from eating.

You should also make it a habit to give the puppy some quiet time after a meal. Don’t let children play vigorously with them for the first hour or more after eating. Too much play straight after meals can lead to stomach upsets.

Having a dog in the household is an incredibly rewarding experience, and with care, consistency and love, you can have a dog that is not just a pet, but a valued member of the family.

Jonty was one lucky guy who received a puppy for Christmas, and you can follow his (and his family’s) journey through puppyhood and beyond in his very own blog – Jonty’s Journal.

Jonty’s Journal: Scout’s first days

Dear Blog, I’ve had Scout for three days now and when he gets in his crate he starts barking but hopefully stops soon. Scout is the most playful dog ever. I love when he plays with his ball he is like a lion striking it’s prey.

Over the last three days he’s been going to the toilet lots inside our house. Mum isn’t happy because our new rug has to be washed all the time. When we first got him he didn’t even want to come out of his cargo crate because he had a big journey on a plane from Tauranga to Christchurch. But we fed him some of his special puppy food and he chased the bowl across the floor to lick it all up and then went to straight to sleep. Scout is heading off to puppy school in a few days because mum said he shouldn’t eat her shoes. He sure is chewing everything.

By Jonty

Age 10

Introducing Jonty’s Journal

Jonty’s your classic kiwi kid, full of love for playing outdoors and fish and chips on a sunny day. This Christmas he asked Santa for a puppy.

‘Dear Santa,
Can I please have some of this stuff. Thanks for the presents.
Love you Santa from Jonty.
p.s take our cookies, beer and mini present.’
Jonty, age 10

Jonty made sure he always did his homework and that his bedroom was clean (well, sometimes). Little did he know that Santa had reviewed his list and thought that, on balance, this year Jonty had been very good, and granted him his Christmas wish.

Soon after Christmas, Jonty was able to go and pick up his very first puppy, an adorable labradoodle, Scout. He is the latest addition to an already busy family, with mum, dad and his brother all excited for the new arrival.

Every new puppy-parent knows those first days of toil & trouble, clumsiness & cuddles. From the halting first steps in a new environment, to the inevitable chewed possessions and the joy of watching a tuckered-out puppy dream, we get to follow along on their journey as they become life-long best friends.

Join us and follow Jonty’s (and his family’s) journey through puppyhood and beyond in his regular blog posts.

Jonty’s Journal is inspired by our new K9 Natural Puppy Range

 

K9 Natural Puppy is Now Available!

Just in time for Christmas, K9 Natural has launched it’s new Puppy food range. Welcome your newest fur baby to the family with specially formulated food for your puppy to thrive. It’s packed full of nutritious wholefood ingredients, with nourishing proteins and fats for healthy growth and development.

•DHA & EPA – supporting healthy brain and eye development
•Guaranteed levels of calcium and phosphorus in every bag that supports a puppy’s strong teeth and bone development
•Premium quality protein for healthy muscle growth
•Grain free and carbohydrate limited

K9 Natural Puppy food is now available at selected retailers.

See the K9 Natural Puppy food range here