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bernese mountain dog puppies in a wooden basket outside in lawn

What Sets Our Large-breed Puppy Formula Apart?

Someday, your large-breed puppy will insist they’re a lap dog, even when they’re over 60 pounds. They’ll be able to knock a water glass off a coffee table with a single tail wag. But for now, your puppy is relatively small, and growing rapidly. They need a puppy food that can support this growth and set them up for a lifetime of optimal health.


If you’ve got a big love for big dogs, IAMS™ Puppy Large Breed is specially made for your puppy’s nutritional needs. Here’s what sets our large-breed puppy food apart.


The Right Levels of Nutrients 

Many large-breed puppies tend to grow very quickly. Unfortunately, if their growth is encouraged by overfeeding, the puppy can experience developmental bone problems. To avoid these problems, you’ll need to carefully manage your puppy’s mealtimes and make sure they’re getting:

  • The right amount of quality protein sources
  • Not too much fat
  • Precise calcium and phosphorus levels


Our specially formulated large-breed puppy formula makes feeding management easier because it’s designed for fast-growing, large-breed puppies (those with an expected adult weight of more than 50 pounds).


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The Right Ratio of Protein 

Puppy food containing a ratio of about 27% protein promotes healthy body condition in your puppy and balances the protein with the reduced number of calories in the food. The protein in our large-breed puppy formula, sourced from chicken and egg, helps support strong, firm muscles and normal skeletal growth.


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Lower Calories and Fat 

Fat contributes more than twice as many calories to a diet than proteins or carbohydrates. By reducing the fat content of our large-breed puppy formula to about 14%, the metabolizable energy (ME) of the diet can be kept to a low level of about 1,800 kilocalories per pound, which helps safeguard your puppy against overconsumption of energy.


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Calcium and Phosphorus 

Reduced calcium and phosphorus levels with a normal calcium-to-phosphorus ratio promote proper bone development in rapidly growing large-breed puppies.


Life with your large-breed puppy is never dull. You’ve got backyards to explore, walks to take, lakes to swim in and snuggle sessions to schedule. By feeding your puppy a diet designed to support healthy growth and development, you can make sure your large-breed puppy reaches adulthood ready to take on the world. We know they’ve already stolen your heart.

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    Could Your Dog Escape Your Yard? Here’s How to Secure It

    For some dogs, a simple fence isn’t enough to keep them in the yard. Maybe you’ve got a little escape artist that’s too smart for their own good. Maybe you’re raising a brave explorer who loves to get lost. Or maybe you’ve been unlucky enough to have your dog stolen from their own backyard. Creating a safe and secure space to keep your pet can be a challenge, but we’re here to help. Understanding the common reasons dogs get out and what you can do to prevent it from happening goes a long way toward keeping your furry friend safe.



    Why Does Your Dog Want to Escape?

    Securing your yard starts with understanding the impulses that drive your dog to see what’s beyond your property. Spaying or neutering is an important first step in curbing a dog’s desire to roam, but there may be other factors at play. Creating a safe yard for a lonely Labrador in search of a friend is an entirely different exercise than securing a burrow-happy beagle on the hunt for a squirrel. We’d recommend trying to learn as much as you can about your dog’s breed and underlying instincts. The most common reasons dogs try to escape are:

    • Feeling socially isolated
    • Lack of stimulation (think toys)
    • Desire to escape something that scares them, like thunder

    Countering these behaviors starts with understanding which one is at the heart of your dog’s desire to break free. Once you’ve got a theory of what’s motivating your pup, it’s time to give your safety measures a second look.



    How to Keep Your Dog Safe and Secure in Your Yard

    Microchip Your Dog and Scan Their Nose

    If your dog is committed to getting out, your most useful tool will be the ability to track and locate them wherever they’re found. There are a huge variety of products and services designed to help you keep your dog safe, but the most important thing you can have is a plan. You’ve most likely heard of GPS tracking chips that can be implanted in your pet, but you may not know that you can also scan their nose. Through a new app called NOSEiD, you can capture your dog’s unique nose print, which will give whoever finds them a faster, simpler way of reuniting the two of you. It’s that easy! Just download the app, call your pup over and start scanning.



    The Best Defense Is a Good … Fence

    Even though they’re not technologically impressive, a sturdy wooden or metal fence still plays an important part in protecting your dog while they’re in your yard. Not only does it keep your dog from wandering, it also keeps unwanted animals and people away from your dog’s space. If your dog can leap over it, you’ll obviously need to raise the height, or you can add an overhang that makes it harder to clear. You might also consider planting some shrubs along the inside of the fence to discourage jumping. If your dog is burrowing beneath your fence, consider adding a barrier beneath it or putting a bumper collar on them, which makes it harder to squeeze into small spaces.

    If you have a particularly territorial dog, you may want to cover any open spots in your fence that your dog might spy adversaries through. A solid fence may help them feel safe and diminish their need to patrol their surroundings.

    When it comes to electric fences, using one successfully depends on your dog’s personality. If your dog has recently been ignoring the electric fence, you may want to consider retraining them or investing in a physical barrier.



    Make “Yard” Mean “Yay!”

    Making your yard a dog-friendly and entertaining space is a huge part of keeping your dog safe at home. With enough toys, space to burn energy and ideally a friend to play with, your dog won’t have any reason to see if the grass is greener elsewhere. A few popular dog-pleasers you may want to provide are:

    • A bit of shelter or shade
    • A source of water
    • A rotating lineup of toys
    • Their favorite playmate (you)



    Use Your Yard Wisely

    Last, but not least, if you leave your dog unattended for a long period of time in your yard, there’s a good chance they will get bored and look for a way to burn off some energy. To prevent them from getting mischievous, limit the amount of time they’re out on their own, and check in frequently. Also, for dogs with separation anxiety or that may be afraid of loud noises, your presence will help keep them calm and close to home.

    With your dog chipped or their nose scanned, you’ll always have an option in the event that your dog strikes out on their own. Beyond that, understand what makes your dog unique and check your yard’s safety features regularly for holes or weak points. As usual, a little preparation now can save you a ton of time and energy in the long run.

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