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    Good links Riley.

    Sort of what I said but tighter and more precise and maybe more complete. Hey - I use a mug. I also use scales for the main portion tho.

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    Thanks guys some good advise. I'm definitely planning on keeping her on the science diet formula for a while I've heard up to 6 months for puppies but we'll see how she goes, I'd like to start introducing small raw meaty bones once she's settled and then very gradually start increasing the amount of raw food as I decrease the kibble.

    LOL Hyacinth, I didn't like the cup measurements because it sounded too hard when dealing with cut up raw meat etc, and I'm a perfectionist freak I love using my scales especially if I'm dealing in ratios - I've even started a spread sheet I can't help myself, I have too much experience in admin and government services, everything has to be measured and recorded.

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    everything has to be measured and recorded
    This is a good thing to do if you're looking to improve your dog training skills...
    video works best - tho I find watching the video back profoundly embarrassing. Who is that old bat with the big bum and knees knocked together?

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    OMG! noooo.... you can video or take pictures of my dog, but no way you're getting me in the lens!

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    You don't have to let anyone else see the video... it's just for you, but I still find it hard to watch. Like listening to my own voice recordings too. Squeaky high pitched and naïve and too enthusiastic. erm.

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    I just can't do it, when I was doing singing lessons my teacher wanted me to listen to recording but i just can't do it!!! If i'm at a party and people start wanting to take photos I say 'ok as long as I never have to see it!'

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    I think if you just push through the discomfort - you either tune it out or get used to it. Worth it for the knowledge you get.

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    Well the best laid plans... yup I just chucked the idea of measuring everything and started to just eyeball amounts. I know it seems quick but she's already on to the raw diet and doing brilliantly. Two days ago was the last time we used the Science Diet Puppy kibble and she hasn't looked back. I started slowing adding things like the kangaroo mince, chicken necks etc and it soon became very clear that here was a puppy that would eat anything and not give a damn.

    Had no problems with upset tummy, she drinks far less water now (the kibble was probably making her thirsty) and loves her diet of chicken necks, frames, hearts, liver, kangaroo mince, grains and the Vets all natural supplement. Her poo is much better and not smelly at all thank goodness because before it was pretty damn ripe!

    She has even grown better on the raw diet with more energy and better muscle weight gain. So proud of my little darling. She's going to need a bigger collar soon.

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    Glad she's taking to it so well.

    If you're adding VAN, you shouldn't have to add any grains. In fact, dogs don't need grains or carbs at all.

    And I used to just eyeball what I fed my dog. Until I noticed that she had gotten fat. And then it would have been really useful to know how much I'd been feeding her, to then decide how much less to give.

    So I'd recommend now and then just chucking the food bowl on the scales after you've filled it, just to get some idea.

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    I'm not using the VAN pre-mix I'm just using the supplement powder. There's a lot of discussion about whether dogs should have grains or not but I'm happy with the advise on Dr Bruce's website and have added them in. It also stops her wolfing down the meat so quickly which is a good thing. She is beefing up nicely, all muscle, getting lots of good walks and just looking stunning. So proud of her.

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