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Thread: How do I help my new Staffy get big and muscular?

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    Default How do I help my new Staffy get big and muscular?

    Just wanting to know what I should be feeding her to make sure she gets all the vitamins and energy she needs to be a muscular looking and healthy dog?

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    Good Diet.

    Raw is preferable. Dry foods and processed dog foods are terrible for them. Especially as you have a Staffy, who are prone to skin issues.

    If you want to feed dry food I would look at holistic dry foods such as Artemis, Canidae, Black Hawk, Eagle Pack or similar. They have more meat product and usually avoid preservatives, grains/corns, colours etc which are no good for your dog.

    I would also then feed some raw food. I use minced chicken frames (from Leonards), chicken frames, chicken necks, chicken legs, turkey, lamb offcuts, raw meaty bones, raw egg, tuna, sardines and some veggies mixed in.

    A good diet is the best starting place.

    At only 9 months old your dog is still growing and her growth plates have not closed, over exercising her could cause joint problems down the track, so please do not get into high intensive training yet.
    2 x 15 minute walks per day. (Don't do more than 15 minutes at a time)
    Free running (ie: playing chase, fetch etc) in the backyard but allowing her to stop when she lays down to rest (you can use these times to teach a cue for her to rest, ie: she lays down to rest you say "Have a rest", eventually when playing if you want her to take a break you can cue her by using "Have a rest".
    Swimming is a great low impact high energy burning exercise, so if you can get her swimming regularly do it. (5 minutes of swimming = 30 minutes of walking without the stress on the joints). Start small ie: 5 minutes only then work up to longer swims. Swimming will build more muscle and stamina so you can start harder training after 12/18 months.
    Playing with a flirt pole in controlled, short spurts.

    In the end I wouldn't be worrying about muscle until she is older than 12 months. Right now concentrate on feeding her a good diet, keeping her in a a healthy weight range and protecting her growing joints.

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    They are either going to be big dogs or they aren't, genetics plays a big part.

    One of my dogs I swear has 0% body fat but big muscular hind legs and he isn't only any sort of training or special diets, infact he spends most of the day sleeping on the couch. While another of mine used to do agility training and was on a low-fat high protein diet and she remains a little butter ball to this day.

    I would like to know the age of the dog before I made any reccomendations, age can play a huge part as well as most dogs will not bulk out and gain muscle until at least 2 years of age no matter what you do.

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    I heard raw egg isn't good for dogs? Is this wrong? I have never owned a dog before Gadget and I really want to do everything right to ensure she has a happy and healthy long life. I am feeding her dry puppy food at the moment mixed with boiled chicken and a little rice. Can I start her on raw meat tonight or should I wait until she is a bit older? Also when I adopted her (a few days ago) she came from a terrible home she had a severe parasitic virus amongst other problems so I don't want to upset her stomach with food she shouldn't eat until she is better. Thanks again for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeShoe View Post
    I heard raw egg isn't good for dogs? Is this wrong? I have never owned a dog before Gadget and I really want to do everything right to ensure she has a happy and healthy long life. I am feeding her dry puppy food at the moment mixed with boiled chicken and a little rice. Can I start her on raw meat tonight or should I wait until she is a bit older? Also when I adopted her (a few days ago) she came from a terrible home she had a severe parasitic virus amongst other problems so I don't want to upset her stomach with food she shouldn't eat until she is better. Thanks again for the advice!
    Raw egg is fine (I am lucky enough to live close enough to see some of the best vets in the Country, one who is trained in dog nutrition). Just don't overdo it. ie: I never feed more then 1 -2 raw eggs per week. Nothing more. Oh and feel free to give her the shell.

    I would hold off until she is completely recovered from whatever she was sick with before changing her diet. When you do change her diet, integrate it slowly...ie keep the same dry food and slowly add in the raw food, once you are out of the dry food you are feeding now and have integrated the raw food into her diet, change her dry food over. To be honest neither of my dogs have had any reaction to a change in diet, although they have always eaten raw so..but better safe then sorry.

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    Yep, like everyone else said, good diet.

    However, being a x, she may not ever be big and muscular. Even some purebred staffies have less defined muscles. We had a wee staffy girl when I was growing up and while she was muscular, compared to some other staffs she wasnt at all.

    I think someone else mentioned genetics. Dont expect to get a muscly dog just because she has some staff in her. Out of 2 staffy x's I have had, only one of them was muscly. The other was less so. Yet my labrador x is extremely muscular

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    And may I just add that some dogs do very well on some brands of processed food.
    It really is up to each individual dog

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    It all comes back to genetics, Harley on one hand is very long and lean - not stocky where as Bella is a walking muscle (so it seems)

    You need to feed them well, my dogs do great on biscuits (eukenuba, advance, hills etc), a little tinned food and bones. You just have to work out what works for you and her (keeping in mine the skin issue that come with staffies) and she will grow to as muscley as she is suppose to be.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    This is my boy winning best in show... He's on a processed food a lot of dog owners would make a cross with their fingers and hiss at before backing away
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    This is my boy winning best in show... He's on a processed food a lot of dog owners would make a cross with their fingers and hiss at before backing away
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    That's great that is! i love it.
    I dont use a special diet. My dogs are covered in muscle because they work those muscles. So whilst hereditary factors play the largest part, you can embellish what nature has given the dog with hard work.
    Like a muscle mary at a gym, your dog will increase its muscle bulk over time.

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