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    Default How Much to Feed?

    Hi all,

    Geoff the Airedale is 6 months old and weighs 16kg. His breeder said he has always been a bit of a guts He has been raised on a raw (but I don't think BARF) diet.

    I am currently feeding him morning and evening. Morning = a chicken frame or some brisket bones. PM = about 250gm of home made food made up of mince (human beef or kangaroo) mixed with some cooked brown rice, some tinned sardines, ground up veges(whatever is on special excluding onions), a couple of eggs - shells and all, some kelp powder, natural yoghurt and a dash of vegemite. I have done this because i just make a big batch of food and freeze it. I take it out in the morning, it is ready to go in the evening.

    He has never had kibble and his breeder told me to avoid it because they have sensitive skin and can get allergies.

    Is this enough, too much, balanced, unbalanced?

    I know there are many opinions on food, but I thought you are probably better informed than I am.

    Regards

    Curly Girl

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    I don't know. There are some websites dedicated to barf diet.

    You'd want to check with vet or dog nutritionist for balanced. Looks ok to me - chicken carcass for calcium, vegies for assorted vitamins, and lots of protein.

    The only way to know if it's enough is to weigh dog on a regular basis. I get on my scales holding my dog, it zeros out, I get off, put the dog down and get back on and it tells me how much the dog weighs (in negative kg). She's about 22kg.

    You could clicker train your dog to stand on the scales ie click & treat when he puts one foot on, repeat lots. Then click when he puts two feet on, repeat lots. Etc.

    So if dog is losing weight, or you could try a tape measure around the waist before dinner, then you feed more - up by 10% for a week, then check again, and up again if necessary. You can also go by how fast the dog eats the food. If he walks away without finishing, he's getting too much - take the left overs away and feed the total amount less the amount of left overs (but including the left overs), ie if you feed 500gm and he leaves 100gm behind, feed 400gm next time.

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    I don't feed raw so can't offer any advice on that aspect. If your dog is anything like my Hamish, it is never going to be enough! if we let him I'm sure he'd eat until he'd burst

    Everyone is different, but I have fed Hamish predominantly holistic kibble his whole life (he is 3 in a couple of weeks) and have never had any problems with his skin.

    Just out of curiosity may I ask where you got your pup from? and when are we going to see some pics??

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    You are missing the offal in the diet. You need to add the heart, liver, kidney etc.
    I think with raw it's 3-5% body weight is how much you feed.
    You want them on the leaner side. So if he is too thin increase the amount if he looks like he is putting weight on feed less.
    Not every meal has to have all the ingredients, it's over all the diet.
    But if you have any real concerns contact the breeder.

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    Thanks for your input and yes, he is a typical Airedale in that too much is never enough. But I think he looks a bit too thick behind his ribs. He is not obese, I just think he could be a little leaner. Because he is only 6 months old, I'm not going to take him for too much hard and or long exercise, so we stick with walks of about 30 minutes. Sometimes longer, but that is usually with the kids, so we stop a lot - to greet other dogs, to smell things, to wait for the kids, to find the kids, etc etc.

    Cat, he has come from rural Victoria. As to pictures, I'm not the most computer literate so I haven't attempted to load them. He looks like hamish, but not so woolly. I plan to keep his hair short because we have bad ticks here.

    I use dried beef kidneys (home dried in the oven - not a job for the faint hearted) so he gets a bit of offal. I will keep that in mind

    Regards
    Last edited by Curly Girl; 10-13-2010 at 10:04 AM. Reason: Typos :(

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