Making food at home is easy and in most cases, less expensive. Many of the ingredients are those that you normally buy. Buying in bulk saves money. For example, if you are purchasing chicken, you can purchase a large bulk package, putting some aside for you and some for your Boxer.
The main ingredient should be fresh, wholesome, real meat. This is what a Boxer needs. 35-45% of the mixture should be one or a combination of:
- Lean, white breast chicken
- Lean hamburger
- Fish - Tuna, Mackerel
Next are vegetables. This should make up 25-35% of the home-cooked meal. This can include wholesome, fresh veggies which you can mix in raw or steamed including:
- Sweet potatoes
- Sweet peas
- String beans
Next will be starch in the form of rice (white or brown) and/or pasta. Pasta is fantastic for a Boxer, offering great nutrients and wholesome real food for health and energy.
Finally, a good daily dog vitamin and mineral dog supplement should be mixed into a meal each day or given in tablet form. This should be given whether home cooking or giving commercial food.
How Often to Offer Meals
How often should you feed your Boxer puppy? From 2 months to 6 months, your dog should be eating 3 meals a day.
Different types of food have varying levels of calorie density; however in general each meal will be 1-2 cups of dog food.
Free feeding is not recommended. This is a method in which a dog's food is left out, so that the dog may eat when the desire. For maintaining good health
and avoiding bloat
and other issues, food should be given at allotted times throughout the day; this is best for the dog.
Most owners find it easy to feed their puppy the 3 meals at the same time that they eat their own breakfast, lunch and dinner.
6 Months to 1 Year
During this time, despite appearance, your Boxer is still considered a puppy. During this 6 month time period, work your way down to 2 meals a day; 1 in the morning and 1 in the early evening. At the 1 year mark, your dog should be eating 1 good and healthy meal a day (plus additional healthy snacks).
Snacks and treats will be needed for many training techniques; having your Boxer down to 1 meal will allow room in his or her diet for the extra dog treats.
2 Years Old
Congratulations! Your Boxer is now considered an adult dog. One good meal a day can be given, along with snacks. Your dog is done growing now, so do be careful to not overfeed. Extra calories are not needed, as growth spurts are done.