We have Holley on Wellness Puppy Food after much research. We also purchased the Wellness puppy treats for training. She seems to respond well to them. She gets just regular milkbones as a normal treat though since that is what the breeder started her on.
I've been feeding Riggs Wellness puppy treats as well since 8 weeks, he's now 16 weeks and absolutely loves them. String cheese and carrots have recently been added to the treat menu, which he also enjoys.
As far as food goes, I've fed him Origen large puppy kibble and Wellness large puppy.
Additionally to all the great suggestions, we like to use chicken breast. Cook it in plain water, or bake it. Allow it to cool. dice it. Make plenty, and save it frozen in small batches to defrost as needed.
yea, baby carrots are good, Axel loves them. Dog food is another issue, there are so many different brands now, and certain companies promote there brand. I stuck with what the breeder gave me (Purina pro plan) and was going to switch to another brand (blue buffalo) cause I heard good things about it. My vet stated you should gradually switch so not to upset puppies stomach, as well he actually recommended the purina pro plan so we will keep it for now, the last thing i want is runny diarrhea. Also just make sure not lots of preservatives and corn, look for natural products in the ingredients. (that's what i researched anyways)
we actually used cheerios as treats for training (still do, actually, and maggie just turned 1...she loves them!)...our vet suggested them because you can give her a bunch. like someone else said, small chunks of cheese really work--maggie will sell her soul for some cheese. she knows the sound of the deli bags coming out of the fridge.
for crate training, we used the iams puppy bones. we also used them whenever she'd steal something off the table or counter, she'll drop whatever she has immediately.
for food, maggie really liked the blue buffalo lamb formula.
as a general rule...she'll eat anything (which is why she just had surgery to remove an obstruction in her intestine...part of a toy)...so be careful!