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Thread: How Much to Feed an 8 Week Old German Shepherd?

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    I agree on the milk, my pups were off it at 6/7 weeks or so.

    With all my dogs who so far (touch wood) are not gutses, I always have dry food available 24/7. At that age they were having 3 meals a day. Now at 5 months they have usually a chicken wing in the morning, a bone, or mince or meat or sometimes a can if I am too tired in the evening.

    The chicken wing or a bone in the morning is great to shove in their gobs as they are so excited coming out of the pen.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    Wow, ok..

    Thanks Megan & Mouse and Chicken, your information was very helpful. I have been giving her the same foods that she had with her previous owner and wanted to start slowly changing it, as you suggest.

    1. I did not get her from a breeder, so I do not have a diet chart, papers etc. If I had such I wouldn't have asked.
    2. I got her at 7 weeks, I took her to the Vet the day I got her and he advised me that while it was a little 'old school' to take a puppy home so young, she will be fine as I have an older German Shepherd who she will learn her 'dog behaviour' from. The elder dog has also mothered her and she is a very happy, playful pup.
    3. By "different foods" I meant that I give her bones on occasion as wll as her dry food mixed with her canned food which is what my Vet advised me to do.

    You got her at 7 weeks? It's against the law to sell a pup under the age of 8 weeks... that's whats always been said down here. Especially at the pet shops etc. They shouldn't even take in pups unless they are 8 weeks of age.

    Will get back to you shortly with what I recommend regarding feeding her.

    All the best till then..

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    For my Rottie puppy I always fed dry food in the morning and wet food (meat, veg and maybe rice) at night. For a large breed the rule of thumb is about the size of the dog's head. At 8 weeks you should also give a lunch time meal like minced chicken necks or whole chicken necks.
    Have fun with your puppy!! Such a fun time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I would be cautious giving too much chicken necks and carcasses to a large/giant breed. This is due to not wanting to give too much calcium which can then leave excessive deposits in their bones...not good for them.
    How often would you recommend giving them chicken necks?

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    I second what Clea says, I was told by my vet not to give bones more then once a week, and to limit calcium rich foods to larger/giant breeds of dogs.

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    I actually had to stop giving chicken necks because she woofed them down without chewing. I now give one marrow bone a week cut into threes so one on Monday, one on Wednesday and one on Friday. It keeps her busy and her teeth are sparkling!!

    Lisa maybe ring the vet and see if they will give you a feed advise sheet or even any advise over the phone. The vet nurse is always happy to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lscot136 View Post
    I actually had to stop giving chicken necks because she woofed them down without chewing. I now give one marrow bone a week cut into threes so one on Monday, one on Wednesday and one on Friday. It keeps her busy and her teeth are sparkling!!

    Lisa maybe ring the vet and see if they will give you a feed advise sheet or even any advise over the phone. The vet nurse is always happy to help.
    My Beagle does the same thing with chicken necks.

    We got some advice on this and now unfortunately had to take them off him as he nearly choked a while back. He is now back on the wet food and dog treats..

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    having been there with 8 wk old pup recently....
    How much depends of the type of food.
    Buy the best quality you can afford, and read the label for amounts.

    This next opinion is based on: we are not that well off, cheap is important. Our pups get fed scraps from the table after 2 wks. Varied diet. The dried food i prefer as wet attracts too many flies and stinks. So does the end result!

    For us, keeping weight on the pup was an issue. So we topped him up with scraps.

    The better the quality of food, the less **** to clean up.

    The cheaper the quality of food, the less smelly the **** is i find.

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    Great advice! I'm loving reading this. So helpful, thanks guys!

    I am so glad you mentioned about the chicken necks. My lil' pup loves lamb necks, chicken necks, raw bones, anything that she can sit and chew. I didn't realise it was bad for her.

    What are some examples of calcium rich foods that I should avoid? And what are good things to feed a fussy, growing pup that will give her more nutrition for growing etc with less food? (If that even makes sense... What I mean is, she has to be the most easily distracted pup in the world so I would like her food to be very nutritional considering she doesn't eat heaps. She nibbles a bit gets distracted and walks away, then nibbles a bit, gets distracted, and walks away. For those of you that have seen 'Up', my pup is 10x worse than Doug and his 'Squirrel!'

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    p.s. I am going to the vet tomorrow for another check up/worming/vaccination, I will ask his opinion on what I should feed her.

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