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    Nope OH is a stock agent. We are moving to a different area soon where OH will need a working dog. We got Boss from a blue heeler breeder thats breeds blue heeler as house pet not working dogs.

    I know alot of farmers that have self-feeders in their dog pens. This dry food not wet food

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    I don't have food on "tap". I want to build a good food drive and with multiple dogs it would cause WWIII and I'd end up with fat dogs eating because they don't want the others to get it.

    At 2.5 wks of age the 7 puppies started to get solid food (dog food mashed with divetalac) twice a day to help out mum. At 3 weeks they were having a meal at 6:30am again about 12noon, 5pm and 10pm. Now at 6 weeks they are back to 3 meals with the portions increased. By 12 weeks they will have two meals/day.

    Adult dogs are given a light meal in the morning, unless we are training or showing, and a full meal at night.

    The only dogs to get on tap food are nursing bitches. Who will have a constant supply of dry.

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    To update I cut it back to two feeds yesterday, and I feel I will end up being happy with that, at this stage.

    Inca usually spends most of the morning asleep. That seems to be her pattern. Come lunch, she is up and about and running around for the afernoon into the evening. Usually after a short walk or training, she will crash again until later in the evening, when she's 'alive' again.

    I didn't bother with breakfast, and fed her just after lunch when I could see her wandering around looking for her food bowl.
    I fed her again late last night, and both times all food was eaten with not a scrap remaining, which is great re wastage.
    Will continue with this for the week and see how things go. Trial and error, I guess.

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    When I was feeding four meals/day these were quite small meals as I didn't want to overload their stomachs.

    When breeders say they feed 4, 5, 6 times a day you will find these can be small meals and the puppies rush the bowl because it's one in, all in, to the same bowl.

    My Gordon was a horrible dog to feed as a pup, drank a lot but didn't eat much yet she still grew to over the standard. I also got her in January, when it was very hot and she had been raised in a/c.

    I found she preferred to eat in the cool of the day so I would feed her at 5am when she was very active, again at about 8pm at night and another small meal about 10pm just before she was put out to bed. It wasn't long before she was content on two meals.

    She is now a pig - go figure??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    She is now a pig - go figure??
    I am sorry I just had to lol at this

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    "Go figure" just about sums up this dog. She tried me and tested me for 3 years, suddenly at about 3.5yrs of age she matured and we came to a truce.

    I've trialled dogs to UD level and Agility, but this girl tested me with CD level work and it was ages before we trialled, but when she discovered the dumb-bell in CDX work she took to it like a duck to water.

    She isn't dumb, we're just on a different wave length her and I. If it is important to her she'll learn it in a heart beat, if it gets a laugh and attention, she'll learn it in a heart beat.

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    PMSL@MAC's posts.

    Yeah, the morning meal was recommended to be two spoons. Nah, she's not interested. Lol.

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    Woops, I meant two spoons of meat, not two actual spoons.

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    WOW I would love to do that kind of training... Im just not that compeditive and I dont really like our local club Not to mention my dog I was going to do it wht broke his leg and now I cant put him through that kind of stress ... I am hoping to get a Border to do it with though

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