The goodest pups deserve the best dry puppy food

Skip the stores and get your pups food direct from Scratch. Without the retail markup, we designed a business model to put dogs first and make the best puppy food.

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Why choose Scratch for your puppy food?

Puppy eating puppy food from a bowl

Better for your puppy

Tons of Aussie meat, whole veggies, healthy oils, and extra vitamins for a resilient gut, shiny coat and tough immune system.

Dog Food Meat

Meat from local, more sustainable sources

Scratch contains more meat than just about any kibble in Australia.

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Whole Aussie vegetables with max. nutrition

Most pet food ingredients are powdered from China. Scratch is up to 97% Australian whole ingredients.

Made fresher than store-bought food

Our direct to you model puts freshly-made dry dog food in your pups bowl – not bulk stuff made months ago.

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Avoid skin & gut problems later in life

High fibre to promote beneficial gut bacteria, and high quality low-allergen proteins.

Salmon Dog Food

Healthy brain development

With plenty of DHA from Australian salmon oil.

Puppy Dog Food

Easier for you

Skip the stores and get your pups food direct from Scratch. With warehouses around the country, your puppy food ships free and fast, with complete flexibility.

Free Delivery

Free shipping to most of Australia

Scratch ships free on subscription. If anything comes up or if you want to mix feeding, you have instant control.


A personalised feeding plan as they grow

Take the guesswork out of feeding with their personalised feeding plan and dashboard as they grow.


Speak to the people who make your puppy kibble

We’re sure they’re nice but those big dog food giants are so hands off! We know your pup from the start.

Dog Food Subscription

Money back if they’re not into it

Occasionally we meet a pup we can’t win over. You’re covered if your little mate is threatening a hunger strike.


Set from pup through to old gal

All Scratch recipes are 100% nutritionally complete for puppies and adult dogs. We’re in this for the long haul.

Dog Food Donations
Plus, we donate 2% of every order

to Australian environmental & dog welfare initiatives

How Scratch puppy food recipes stack up to others?

Dog Food

Priceper kg


Single animal protein


Grain free
Gluten free

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Australian owned
Suitable for large breed puppies
Scratch Grain Free Kangaroo 8kg
  • 84% Australian produce
  • Supplemented with Glucosamine & Collagen for joint support
Scratch Grain Free Turkey, Lamb & Beef 8kg
  • Only whole ingredients
  • 97% Australian produce
Scratch Pasture-raised Lamb with Ancient Grains 8kg
  • 91% Australian produce
Billy & Margot Chicken Puppy Superfood 9kg
Savour Life Grain Free Lamb Puppy 10kg
Ivory Coat Grain Free Lamb Large Breed Puppy 13kg
Meals for Mutts Gluten Free Salmon & Sardine Puppy 9kg
Royal Canin Puppy Maxi Junior
Hills Science Diet Puppy 7.03kg
Advance Puppy Plus Growth 8kg
Black Hawk Large Breed Chicken Puppy Food 10kg
Eukanuba PuppyLarge Breed Chicken 7.5kg
Taste Of the WildHigh Prairie Puppy 12.2kg
Compare Puppy Food

Scratch recipes include better ingredients from the start, and are suitable from puppy through to adult dog

Turkey, Beef & Lamb

Our most popular option for dogs of all ages - even large breed pups.

$79 PER 8kg

Sensitive Kangaroo

For any woofer that can't seem to shake tummy, skin or joint issues.

$90 PER 8kg

Pasture-raised Lamb

Delicious new recipe with plenty of hypoallergenic lamb and some nutritious ancient whole-grains.

$87 PER 8kg
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Duke the Labrador

“Since starting Duke on Scratch he isn’t scratching so much & no more runny #2’s!!! Now onto the customer service. Hands down THE BEST, customer service around!”

Rory dog

“Turns out, our puppy IS food motivated, when he actually LIKES the food! Scratch has made training him so much easier”

Murphy dog review

“Changing to Scratch was the best decision we ever made for our puppy Murphy. We had tried so many different brands and all of them left him with an upset stomach.”

4.9/5 Average Rating from
over 20,000 Aussie dogs

Common questions about puppy food & Scratch

We’ve got large breed pups & their quick-growing bones covered too, but only on our Turkey, Beef & Lamb Recipe.

Our Kangaroo and Lamb recipes have a calcium:phosphorus ratio slightly too high for us to recommend for large breed puppies.

Find out more about Scratch large breed dog food.

Puppies require at least 22.5% protein (on a dry matter basis).

A high-quality protein provides the essential building blocks for muscles and organs. But not all protein is created equal. Dogs do better with plenty of high-quality animal protein. The best puppy food should have a specific animal protein as the first ingredient – for example ‘Turkey’, not ‘poultry’ which can suggest a mix of animal leftovers.

Both Scratch recipes only use specific animal proteins and have more meat than most other foods and would be classed as a high protein dog food.

This one’s a tricky one.

Adult food is just a worse version of puppy kibble, not requiring as much protein and DHA. But a healthy adult dog will thrive on high protein diets and DHA comes from salmon oil, so a really good puppy food should be ideal for a dog through their adult lives.

A puppy is technically an adult for feeding requirements once they physically mature and stop growing in height.

Good question. It depends on their age, breed & expected adult size. A Saint Bernard is a puppy for a lot longer than a Chihuahua for instance.

The food they’re eating also changes things as different foods produce different energy. Scratch feeding plans are tailored to the recipe that they’re eating (which you can also switch up if they’re fussy and seek variety).

When you get started with Scratch, we’ll ask some questions and calculate a feeding guide for your puppy based on this information.

As they grow, you can update their weight via your pups plan webpage for their instantly updated feeding guide. You can see our suggested feeding guide prior to signing up if you’re curious.

Sure can. We have plenty of customers mix feeding Scratch with raw, or even wet food in their younger years.

We’ll give you a feeding guide upon signup, and you can change how often you’d like Scratch sent to suit your mix feeding habits.

Puppies should get solid food starting at about four weeks, when they’re not able to get all the calories they need from their mother’s milk. Most puppies are weaned by six weeks.

Sure will – and that’s generally a very good thing. A healthy tummy should mean at least 2 bathroom breaks per day, but Scratch dogs average about 3. We’ve got some biodegradable poop bags to make that easier for you if you decide to go with our high fibre dog food.

Sure! Puppies love treats and they can be an essential tool of teaching and rewarding good behaviour. Try to avoid the excessively salty (learn about salt in dog food) and sugary treats that they’ll love, but do their health no good.

Natural body part treats such as our kangaroo dog treats and lamb dog treats are delicious, high in protein and contain plenty of healthy fats.

All 3 of our recipes use our 4-oil mix – coconut oil, salmon oil, sunflower oil and flaxseed oil. Is oil good for dogs?

Some tips in evaluating our best puppy food versus options at the store

German Shepherd Puppy

Dog food is unregulated. Ask questions of brands

Yep, it’s true. Despite our furry compadres meaning so much to us, dogs are still objects in the law and their food is completely unregulated. Scratch is the only brand to reveal every % of every ingredient, and get to know your pup from day 1.

Food can contain as little as 5% of the meat advertised

Crazy, huh. Store-bought foods are members of the PFIAA (code for pet food industry of Australia). Being a member gives the green light to promote a meat in the name, but to have as little as 5% of it in the recipe. A little dodgy we think!

Avoid anything showing ‘and/or’

Recipes change all the time without anyone being the wiser. Look out for ingredient lists that say vague things like ‘may contain’, or ‘and/or’ that suggests brands switching to whatever ingredients are cheaper at the time. Scratch uses the exact same ingredients everytime so you know what’s really in your puppies food.

Make sure everything is weighed evenly

Ever wonder how some foods promote over 60% meat? They’re sneaky buggers dog food companies. In kibble, all food is dehydrated before food is made. Sneaky brands compare meat when fresh (and weighing more) to vegetables when dehydrated (and light) to make the meat content seem more than what it really is.

Start them strong and see why over 10,000 Aussie puppies have switched to Scratch

Full control over if, when or what food you want
Two freshly sealed 4kg bags at a time
Money back if your pup isn’t into it
Free delivery to metro areas
Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy