Review | Lily's Kitchen for Puppies
When my dog Juniper was a puppy I tried many different brands of wet and dry food for her. It wasn't that she was a fussy eater, I discovered in the end that in fact she was just really clever.
Believe it or not, dogs are not stupid. Puppies in particular are wildly underestimated for their intelligence. They are little geniuses. They will drive us crazy with worry by refusing their food (boring and often low quality kibble) so that we offer something different in fear that they will starve - and hence they train us to feed them more yummy food, like the table scraps they discovered at the weekend after your Sunday Roast.
I remember spending all kinds of money on different food brands not realising that we were in fact teaching Juniper that "variety is the spice of life", instead of "be grateful for what you're given", and it wasn't until we noticed that she was sucking the wet food off and disregarding the kibble in a brand that offers both and recommends you mix the two together, that we decided to look for a good quality food that resembled human food - because never did she turn her nose up at anything offered from our dinner table!
Lily's Kitchen was an immediate hit. I loved the fact that I can recognise all of the ingredients, and that they are 100% natural and human grade. I loved the fact that the website is so informative and transparent, not to mention pretty to look at. And I loved that I didn't have to worry any more that my growing pup wasn't eating well. What's more, it was great to know that Lily's Kitchen actively work to support charities by donating good food.
"We’ve donated over 650,000 meals to cats and dogs in need at over 100 amazing charities." Lily's Kitchen
Now that Juniper, and also Fig my cat, both enjoy a fully raw diet, I don't feed Lily's Kitchen as their main meals, but I do really like their selection of 100% natural treats. They have a lovely variety to choose from, including chewy beef gnaws, chewy capelin bites, crunchy fish rolls, crunchy tripe sticks, crispy pork bites, little liver rewards, mini venison sausages, and even natural snack booster bars! Find out more.
A fully raw and natural pet diet isn't for everyone though. I know that there are not many dog owners, let alone new puppy owners, who can stomach the idea of feeding their little darlings the raw and bloody innards of dead animals spread all over the kitchen floor. Getting the portions right is also very important on a fully raw diet, and many people just prefer a simple and fairly clean approach to feeding their pets. So I always recommend a high quality soft or dry food, and Lily's Kitchen is a great way to make sure that your pup is getting all the right stuff from their daily meals.
You can find out more about the story of Lily's Kitchen on the website, along with detailed information and descriptions of what Lily's Kitchen believes is "proper pet food".
PUPPY TIP: Dry Food
If you are feeding a diet of kibble, like Lily's Kitchen Free Run Chicken and Salmon Dry Food for Puppies, you can use the kibble in place of extra treats for your puppies training rewards. This way you can easily make sure that they are not being overfed, and that they are being made to "work" for their food, which provides a perfect source of mental stimulation throughout the day.
Don't forget to keep training sessions short and fun, ending on a positive note to set your puppy up for success, and they will be eager for the next training session to come around!
Puppy Tip: Wet food
Wet food like Lily's Kitchen Organic Dinner for Puppies which contains a nourishing variety of organic meats and fish, can be fed in a slow feeding bowl which helps to make dinner time last longer for those cheeky pups who like to basically inhale their food like a hoover. It also helps to stimulate their brains as they have to try and work out how to get those pesky last scraps out of the bowl. These kinds of bowls are also great to serve your puppy's kibble and other dry food or treats.