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    Default How Much Should New Puppy Eat?

    hi everyone

    Sally is an 8-week-old Golden Retriever. We brought her home 4 days ago, and I've been giving her the same food as she had at the breeders, but she doesn't seem that interested. She'll nibble on a little bit, maybe coming back a couple of times to nibble a bit more. She will also eat a small amount of dried food. The only thing she's really enthusiastic about is when I give her puppy milk, which I've been limiting to one small bowl a day in the hope that she'll eat her other food. She's been pooing OK, drinking plenty of water, and is happy and alert.

    I'm not sure if I should be concerned, as I was expecting a growing puppy of this breed to have a bigger appetite?? Sorry if I seem clueless, but I'm a novice at having a dog.

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    If she's hungry, she will eat.
    If you spoil her for choice to much, she'll end up a very fussy eater.
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    I totally agree. My 9 week old pups have a 24/7 supply of puppy kibble. They are usually given a chicken wing in the morning and they are getting a variety of things in the evening so they will accept anything their new owners will feed them. All eat anything or if they chose not to there is always the dry. Every dog I have ever owned in my 53 years, either parent's or mine has had the dry 24/7 and older dogs get a meal in the evening. The mother of these pups has gone back to her fussy eating ways again but she too has dry available so she will not starve. She eats enough.
    Even Jodi, who is the absolute fat guts pup from birth does not overdo the dry. I thought she might...nope.

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    There is also the fact that she is getting used to a new scary environment, it may not show outwardly. I would continue as you are doing as she will eat when hungry. DO NOT fall for doing any hand feeding to her or coddling as you will then be creating a monster. I have never heard of a dog starving to death when food is on offer and you know that she was eating at the breeders as well as what she was eating.
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    Our Gordon Setter also didn't eat well for some time when we first brought her home, I wasn't use to that at all having always had greedy Kelpies.

    So I put 1 tablespoon of microwaved tin food over the biscuits, the strong smell of tin food can entice them to eat and gave her 15 minutes to eat her meal or it was removed and no food was offered until the next meal time.

    As other have already mentioned your puppy is in unfamiliar territory without litter competition.

    It didn't effect the growth of my setter at all and in fact I have just had her de-sexed because she is too big for a bitch.

    At 4yrs Gemma now has the appetite of a pig.

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    You could try mixing the milk with the food. If puppy doesn't eat what you put out at breakfast time given between 2 and 10 minutes (use a timer), take it away until lunch time. Eventually puppy will be hungry enough to eat.

    Do not feed before walks, do allow about half an hour after a walk before feeding (google bloat in dogs - though not sure Golden retrievers have this problem). If you feed too close to exercise puppy may throw it all up. Also allow time before and after car rides - as some puppies get car sick and either throw up what they have eaten, or don't feel like eating for a while.

    Also walks - for puppies rule of thumb - about five minutes per month of age. And no walks in public places till after the (third) booster vaccination has taken effect - check with vet - is usually two weeks after depending on the type of vaccination.

    Until then, a bit of fetch in the back yard, puppy pre-school, and play dates with dogs you know have been vaccinated in their back yards or yours, would be the limit. But your puppy only needs 10 minutes at a time for now so should be easy.

    Hopefully you knew all that about walks - but lots of people don't. I think vets and breeders sometimes assume new owners know that stuff or will read the bit of paper that comes with the puppy.

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    Thanks for the replies. I think maybe she's just getting used to a strange new place. I also might try soaking her dried food in water, because she seems to have problems keeping it in her mouth when she chews it??
    Thanks Hyacinth for the tips about walking - she's starting puppy pre-school in 2 weeks, but apart from that we'll wait until after her last vaccination has taken effect.
    Vanessa

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    I was going to say, soak the kibble in water first. This is what we did with our puppy for the first month or so. Also gave her chicken necks to chew on for breakfast
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    Breakfast for Troopa when we brought him home was 1 cup of dry food soaked in boiling water and then about a cup of puppy milk mixed through. At first he would drink the milk and leave the food but he always went back to the food after a little while.

    He scoffs the whole lot within a few minutes now (at 17 weeks).

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