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    Hi I have a 9 month old German shepherd and she is being really fussy atm I'm not sure if she's just going through a fussy stage or not she has been getting raw chicken mince with kibble how much should she be getting a day and meat and kibble she weights 30kg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhiannon185 View Post
    Hi I have a 9 month old German shepherd and she is being really fussy atm I'm not sure if she's just going through a fussy stage or not she has been getting raw chicken mince with kibble how much should she be getting a day and meat and kibble she weights 30kg
    Hi Rhiannon and Welcome to the forum,

    I've had three GSDs and never had a fussy eater...Chloe my soon to be 3 year old girl and 31.6 kg is fed three small meals per day...a total of 2.5 cups ( a cup about 227gms).

    She also gets three tins of sardines per week and a brisket bone once a week and a desert spoon of canola oil every few days and a 2x2 dog biscuit before she goes to bed.

    My GSD boy Rex who's nearly 12 yrs old gets 3.5 cups per day etc. They are fed three small meals per day because GSDs are prone to bloat so it's much safer to feed small meals...they are also not allowed outside a half hour before and after meals.

    You maybe feeding her too much...I never feed mine chicken mince...wings...necks... hard bones or too many bones either. A few years ago I saw in the supermarket a pack of diced pet meat...thinking this would be a treat I gave some to my dogs...the next thing I know they've all got very bad Diarrhoea...I learnt my lesson. Pics please
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    Welcome Rhiannon185

    Would love to see some pix of your GSD - if you can get one looking top down of her standing - that would give us a really good clue about whether she's underweight (feed more) or overweight (feed less) or just right - feed her Goldilocks.

    Or we'd just love to see some of her being cute.

    About 9 months old is when they really start to push their boundaries and your patience. They may also enter something called a "second fear period" where they're scared of random things for no reason you can see.

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    I'm not sure I entirely agree with Steve's approach which is to show confidence as a handler and ignore the dog's fears... Personally I get better results just waiting patiently without attention while dog figures out you're not scared... so no reason for dog to be scared. If you force a dog into something when it's frightened - you may just give it a reason to be frightened because you pushed. So I don't let the dog back out but I don't push it forward - I just wait. Forcing my dog - on walks - took 2 years to re-train her to be happy and confident on walks.

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    Rhiannon,

    Here's a weight chart that might help.

    http://webs.dogs.net.au/kazkiri/uplo...SD_Hedberg.pdf

    Over the years I read some strange things about GSDs by these "Experts" and I take no notice at all and doubt they've ever owned a GSD.

    All GSDs aren't the same and have very different personalitys...as far as pushing their boundaries that starts from day one...thats why we need to train them and go to GSDL training at 4 mths of age.

    I've never heard of the "second fear period" or the first or third for that matter as my Tara was scared of nothing and now Chloe isn't either and that includes thunder too.

    It is most important to keep your GSD at about the correct weight especially where their hips are concerned as a fat GSD could end up with hip and elbow problems.
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    Rhiannon,

    How's your GSD...haven't heard back from you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogman View Post
    Rhiannon,

    How's your GSD...haven't heard back from you.
    Yea she's a bit better but she will eat certain things such as she hates the good food she will eat tin food in a loaf style but nothing else. Even wellness tin food she won't eat it now so we went out to aldi and got one of there tins and she loves it so I guess I will have to feed her that

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