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@Rain: I talked a lot with the breeder and a few local pet stores, and have decided to go with a brand called "Carnivora" - however, I do have plenty of time to change my mind, if that isn't a good brand! I also picked up a daily multivitamin to start him on right away as well. I have decided to definitely buy commercial, rather than try to go the raw diet way myself - I figured I'd be missing something essential (and prefer the relative convenience of the patties...)
The commercial diets are very convenient, and a great way to start. You might want to start adding a few raw meaty bones for his teeth before too long (and so he learns, or remembers, how to chew correctly). I predict you will probably at some point you will want to switch to a prey-model raw diet, especially with a larger dog, as the pre-grounds can get expensive. It's just a logical progression and the dogs really like it.

Regarding boarding etc...most boarding facilities are used to raw feeding by now, and should have no problem with a pre-ground that is portioned out. If for some reason they won't feed a refrigerated product, the freeze-dried products are a good back up (another good reason to get him used to that). I don't see any reason to introduce kibble, and not sure it's a good idea, as kibble can cause digestive problems if he's not on it continually. If at all possible, feed him what he is used to!

Just looked over the Carnivora products, and I actually like it a lot. I like the simplicity of the meat products, also that you can buy the vegetable and fruit, and green tripe products separately. Personally I think just a bit of vegetable and fruit is helpful for the diet (dogs often eat grass and other greens), but there is some disagreement on whether it is necessary. You can even use vegetables such as carrots or blueberries (high in antioxidants) as training treats. Mixing up the meats and using other products such as tripe once in a while is a great idea to keep the diet balanced.
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