Corn. It's in almost every dog food you can find. The trouble is, it is a very low-quality ingredient. It should not be high on the list of ingredients in your cockapoo's food, and it is better if you can avoid it completely. Corn and other low-quality grains can be allergens, take up valuable space in your dog's diet that could be filled with more nutritious options, and are not something dogs were designed by nature to eat and digest.
Kibble with fillers like corn can lead to canine diabetes, allergies, obesity, bloating, skin problems, cramping, nutritional deficiencies, and excessive bowel movements. Most veterinarians and dog experts have reached a consensus: corn has little to no nutritional value for your pet. So what are your options?
Luckily, there are more than you think. Corn-free foods are becoming quite popular in smaller pet shops, along with larger pet supply chains. Look for a food that doesn't include corn, meat by-products (mostly gristle and bone,) or vague sounding ingredients "grains" or "meal" which may be either of the above. Instead, look closely at the ingredients, especially the top 5, which are the main ingredients in the food. These should include wholesome, preferably organic, meat and vegetable food sources. Think salmon, duck, turkey, sweet potatoes, venison, etc.
While I am not going to recommend a specific product for your cockapoo in this particular post, you can start your search by browsing the internet for organic and corn-free dog foods. Use Google and you are bound to get lots of hits!
These foods are bound to be at least slightly more expensive than cheaper, corn-based foods, but each meal will be smaller and more nutritious, making the food last longer. The benefits to serving your dog corn-free foods are myriad. Your dog will be healthier, his skin and coat will look better, he will have less waste to eliminate, and he will have more healthy, natural energy.
NOTE: Make sure that if you switch dog foods that you do so slowly, incorporating the food a bit at a time until it takes your old food's place.