American Journey Active Life Formula Large Breed Puppy Salmon, Brown Rice & Vegetables Recipe Dry Dog Food, 28-lb bag

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Start them on the path toward an active, adventure-filled life with American Journey Active Life Formula dry dog food. It’s specially crafted for large breed puppies with real, deboned salmon as the first ingredient to support lean muscle growth, calcium and phosphorus to promote normal bone development, omega fatty acids for skin and coat health, plus DHA and ARA—naturally occurring fatty acids that support brain and vision development. Every meal delivers a complete and balanced diet for puppies with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and contains only nutrient-dense ingredients like sweet potatoes, blueberries, carrots and mineral-rich kelp. And there is never any wheat, corn or soy, or chicken or poultry by-product meals.

Key Benefits
  • Specially formulated to support healthy growth and development in large breed puppies.
  • Real salmon is the first ingredient to support growing muscles and provide the delicious flavor dogs crave.
  • Precise balance of calcium and phosphorus helps support proper bone development in puppies, for all those adventures ahead.
  • Arachidonic (ARA) and Docosahexaenoic (DHA) acid help support healthy brain and vision development.
  • Crafted using only nutrient-dense ingredients and never any wheat, corn, soy, chicken or poultry by-product meals, or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

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  • Item Number
  • Lifestage
  • Brand
    Chewy Exclusives
  • Breed Size
    Large Breeds, Giant Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, No Corn No Wheat No Soy
Nutritional Info

Deboned Salmon, Menhaden Fish Meal (a source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Brown Rice, Peas, Rice Bran, Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed, Dried Tomato Pomace, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Salt, Dried Egg Product, Carrots, Oatmeal, Sweet Potatoes, L-Threonine, Choline Chloride, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Dried Chicory Root, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Iron Amino Acid Complex, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dicalcium Phosphate, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Caloric Content

3,506 kcal/kg, 345 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein25% min
Crude Fat15% min
Crude Fiber6% max
Moisture 10% max
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)0.1% min
Phosphorus 1 % min
Phosphorus 1.6 % max
Zinc 120 mg/kg min
Calcium1.20% min
Calcium1.60% max
Selenium0.35 mg/kg min
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.5 % min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 1.0 % min
Taurine0.08% min
Chondroitin Sulfate 130 mg/kg min
Arachidonic Acid (ARA)0.2% min
Glucosamine 225 mg/kg min
Feeding Instructions
Weight1 1/2 - 6 Months Old Daily Feeding (cup)6 - 12 Months Daily Feeding (Cups)
3 lbs3/41/2
6 lbs1 1/31
10 lbs2 1 1/4
15 lbs2 1/21 3/4
20 lbs3 1/4 2 1/4
30 lbs4 1/33
40 lbs5 1/33 1/2
50 lbs6 1/3 4 1/4
60 lbs7 1/45
70 lbs8 1/45 1/2
80 lbs96
  • For pregnant or nursing dogs, we recommend free-choice feeding. For puppies over 80 pounds, we recommend feeding an additional 1/2 cup for every additional 10 pounds. Always provide plenty of fresh water.

  • These guidelines are recommendations only, and should be adjusted based upon your dog's health, body condition, life stage, sex, activity and climatic temperature.

Transition Instructions

Gradually transition by adding a small amount of American Journey to your dog's current diet, reducing the amount of the current diet and increasing the amount of American Journey for 7-10 days until the transition is complete. For sensitive dogs, we recommend a 10 - 14 day transition.

About American Journey Active Life Large Breed Puppy Food

AJ - Crafted for Growing Explorers

Crafted for Growing Explorers

Help your puppy get set for all the adventures ahead with the right nutrition from American Journey. These flavorful recipes are crafted with all the nutrients large breed puppies need to grow big and strong, starting with protein for lean muscles and a balanced blend of vitamins and minerals for healthy development.

Always Real Protein First

American Journey Active Life recipes always start with protein. That means real, deboned salmon or chicken to provide growing puppies the delicious protein they crave, and the essential amino acids they need for lean muscle growth.

SALMON - Source of omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA.

CHICKEN - Lean source of essential minerals and B vitamins like niacin.

Nutrient-Packed Ingredients

Every ingredient is carefully selected for its nutritional value, including antioxidant-rich vegetables and whole grains. You won’t find any poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy or artificial preservatives on this list.


A healthy source of beta-carotene and other naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.


Rich in plant phytonutrients, beta-carotene and natural fibers to benefit digestion.


Provide omega fatty acids to help maintain a healthy skin & coat.


A whole-grain, hearty source of complex carbohydrates for clean, sustained energy.

Adventure-Ready Nutrition

Growing Muscles - Rich in animal protein for the essential amino acids needed to support lean muscle growth. 

Strong Bones - Calcium and phosphorus to help support proper bone development.

Brain & Vision Development - ARA and DHA help support healthy brain and vision development.

Skin & Coat Health - Balanced omegas to help maintain a radiant skin and coat.

Healthy Immunity - Antioxidants and phytonutrients help support immune system health.

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About American Journey

At American Journey, we know any day can be filled with adventure. That’s why from treats to dry and wet food for dogs and cats, we craft recipes to fuel everyday adventures – wherever they may take you. We always start with real, deboned protein plus nutrient-dense fruits and veggies, and manufacture our products right here in the USA, using domestic and globally-sourced ingredients from trusted suppliers.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Dog refuses to eat it

    By DogMom on Mar 31, 2021

    It seems like it has a great formula, but my golden retriever puppy refuses to eat it. He's had salmon food before which he was a little picky about, but this brand he refuses to eat without extras (bread, cheese).

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    my picky puppy

    By mzarate on Feb 4, 2021

    I’ve been switching my puppies food for various reasons. She is a picky eater. I bought this one since the ingredients seemed like good ones and American made. My puppy itching so I was trying to switch to salmon. She managed one large bag and now I still mix a little of this with Merrick Beef and Merrick beef can and she still doesn’t like it. I will give the almost full second bag to the dog shelter. I am lost. I think I’ll go back to Purina Pro plan Salmon. Maybe it’s the large bags are not as fresh.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars


    By ROME on Apr 6, 2021

    My dogs were not fans of this kibble. They found it hard and dry seemed like it was an older batch of food. No major issues like mold or anything like that just not very appetizing for my two dogs.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    My husky pup loves it, but it smells

    By Kbar on Apr 6, 2021

    My puppy loves it, but the salmon flavor definitely has a fishy smell and his breathe stinks. But at the same time he already had stinky breathe so as long as he is happy.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Ziggy loves it

    By Amanda on Feb 16, 2021

    We have a 9 month Golden Retriever that has been on this for a few months now. He loves it, but he will eat any food you put in front of him. I was looking for a non lamb or chicken protein kibble and came across this brand. No complaints from him or us.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    ?????? IDK

    By melleephunk on Dec 21, 2020

    I’m extremely confused, this is supposedly a good, reputable brand. I looked at the ingredient list and it seemed Ok. I also have been doing my own research on youtube and other various pet sites. We have been on this kibble for 1 month so that I can write a fair statement/reviews. However, who and why is my 4.5 months GR is popping 6-7 times a day on this?? Does this food have too many fillers ? I am concerned ! She was on large breed RC, and she pooped only 3-4 times a day.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Puppy Approved

    By PitskeyMOM91 on Apr 2, 2021

    He loves this flavor and it's amazing for his hair and growth, it's hard with such picky eaters like my Huskey/Pitbul.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Dog thought it was ok

    By BoredNeko19 on Dec 2, 2020

    I thought I would try this since my pup was trying to steal my other dogs food which is the adult version of this, but i got her this and she didn't really like it as it took a few days for her to finish the four cups she gets a day. She ate it, just not with the enjoyment of her normal food.. but she did stop wanting my other dogs food after this bag. Assuming it was just a case of wanting what she can't have and now that she got it, it wasn't as good as she thought.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My pup loves it!

    By Allison on Jan 20, 2021

    We had to switch from a chicken based diet and this seemed like the best option that we could find for our large breed puppy. He loves it! Changing to something that agrees with his tummy has increased his energy levels!

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Pups don't care for it

    By Angela77 on Feb 27, 2021

    My two 6mo Heeler/Shepherd pups don't like it. They will only eat it (reluctantly) if I mix it with something else. What a bummer.

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