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    I'm feeding my nine week old dog "Roley" Supercoat dried puppy food. On the bag it says to feed a 2-3 month old puppy whose adult weight should be around 25 - 50kg between 190g -320g. I know I must sound stupid but how do I know when to up the amount to give him? When we first got him he was on 190g per day and he has put on a kilo in weight so I thought I would put his food up to 240g. Does this sound like enough? I've not had a puppy for 20 years so feel totally out of the loop.
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    Northolt

    how much to feed the puppy depends on lots of things. Like how much exercise the puppy is getting. And whether it's desexed or not. A desexed dog can need 1/3 less food than the pack suggests. A working dog might need more.

    I go by how the puppy is looking and what my vet tells me. If I think my dog is underweight - I up the food by 10% ish for a couple of weeks and then again if the puppy is still underweight. I think I mostly fed about 2/3 what the pack said and increased it as the puppy got older as per what the pack said. Advance puppy food has good instructions on it but if you use a different brand - the amounts you feed will be different. I actually weigh out the food and then mark how much that is on a tin mug or similar and use that as a scoop.

    I did puppy preschool so my puppy was getting weighed every week at the vet. I also worked out how to weigh her on my scales at home ie - pick up dog, stand on scales to zero them out, then put puppy down on the floor and see what the difference is.

    What should I feed my puppy? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

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    When I asked my vet she said feel her ribs, they should be easy to feel but not boney.
    It is tricky when you haven't had a dog for ages, it's a bit like children, it is normal and healthy to be hungry (and they mooch so well) but they need enough for energy and growth. It's easier for them to get too much with biscuits as they are carb high. I fond a guide on here I think I will have a trawl around my files and see if it is still there.

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    I have some pdf docs you might like if you pm me your email

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    northolt’ - you are asking questions - so how can you say that you are stupid ? So take that word out of your future descriptions of yourself – please !
    As 'farrview' said – we forget what it is like to have a puppy in our lives ! Probably just as well sometimes !

    Did your breeder give you a puppy pack with heaps of information in it for you ? Anything on the feeding of your pup ?

    As a rough guide – puppies need between 3 -5% of their actual body weight in food per day – this total amount is then divided up by how many times you feed the pup per day.

    The variance is because of the individual pups themselves. I used to weigh my pups - up to the 12 week mark once per week and then after that didn’t bother.

    'farrview' and 'Hyacinth' have said you look at the puppy and feel the ribs to gauge how your puppy is going. This really is a good guide.

    Also - look at the overall health of your pup – clear eyes, gums, teeth and ears OK, also take note what comes out the back end, and overall energy levels. This, I used to do on a daily basis – and still do it to a certain extent now with Riley.

    Just remember that Roley is a baby ! So if you are going to make any changes to his diet – you need to do it very slowly.

    Here are some links for you – so have a good look at these links for information on feeding puppies and adult dogs - and also around the rest of the website:

    Dr Bruces Vets All Natural - Natural Pet Products, Healthy Pets - Home

    My New Puppy

    Perfect Puppy Nutrition
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    Just a thought, what sort of dog is Roley? Mainly because if a bigger breed is involved there are considerations about not letting them grow too fast, not my area but I know it's a new set of things to consider. A Great Dane has different nutritional requirements to my border collie, it's not just about amounts.
    Last edited by farrview; 09-29-2013 at 07:23 PM.

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    Thanks everyone for your great replies. I've decided that I'm getting worried about nothing as I've felt Roleys ribs and all is fine there. He's lively (Oh God is he lively) and bright eyed and bushy tailed. I'll just keep weighing him weekly and make sure he is putting on weight. It is like having a human baby isn't it! You worry if their getting too much or too little. Roley starts his puppy training next week, its a bit late but all the classes near to me were full so I've had to go further afield. So I've got to go now and clean up the newspaper he's just shredded while I'm not watching. Hey ho a dog owners life is never quiet

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    Quote Originally Posted by northolt View Post
    Thanks everyone for your great replies. I've decided that I'm getting worried about nothing as I've felt Roleys ribs and all is fine there. He's lively (Oh God is he lively) and bright eyed and bushy tailed. I'll just keep weighing him weekly and make sure he is putting on weight. It is like having a human baby isn't it! You worry if their getting too much or too little.
    Pleased to be reading this - ^^^^^^^^^^ - particularly the parts I have put in bold !

    So - no - you are not worrying over nothing ! You have bought home a pup - and I am sure there will lots of 'WTH was I thinking moments' before Roley even gets to his 1st B'Day !

    Enjoy puppy classes !

    Ummmm - have you put up a photo of this pup yet ? Would love to see one - please !

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