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

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    Hey there!

    I am wondering how much a German Shepherd puppy should be eating at 8 weeks? I alter what I feed her from day to day, I am slowly trying to wean her off of her 'pedigree' puppy canned food (because I am pretty well against feeding my pup canned food, but it is all she likes to eat so Id rather her eat that than nothing at all..).

    I also feed her bones and mince, but I was wondering how much canned food and dry food mixed together she should be eating per meal (i.e. 1/2 cup dry food mixed with 2 table spoons of canned food)? I can't tell if she is not eating enough because I dont really know how much she should be eating.

    Thanks!

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    Huh? I'm confused? At 8 weeks you should have only just got her, and you should have been given a diet chart from the breeder stating the food she's been on, how much, all that sort of thing.

    Sorry, bit lost here.

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    I agree with DA. You should have been given info on this from the breeder.


    When I got my GSD at 8 weeks he was on 1 cup of dry food mixed with 1 cup of puppy milk for breakfast.
    Dinner was 1 cup of dry food mixed with 1 cup of meat.

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    If you've only just got her and want to alter her diet from what the breeder had her on. (Not too many breeders I know add canned food anymore) Then do so slowly.

    Canned food has a very strong smell that's why lots of dogs like it in preference to other foods. My preference is never to change a puppies diet in the first week of it being in its new home. Week two is for that.

    Hot water over pet food can bring out the smell of the food and entice eating. Not soaking as food now needs to be hard to help with dental development.

    I not a GSD person so others on here will be better equipped to help you out with quantities, but I always suggest to new owners that they need to look at their puppy and decide on what it needs to eat as in it should be slim to look at just before the next meal is due, not skin and bone and not plump.

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    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.

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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.


    Did your vet not tell you how much to feed your puppy ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
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    Did your vet not tell you how much to feed your puppy ???

    Nope, which is why I'm asking..

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    There should be a feeding chart on the side of the dry food bag. It will tell you different weights, different ages and how much to feed for each. If you have the same brand of canned food as you do dry it should tell you how much to feed of each.

    I don't know your dog so I really couldn't tell you

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    I actually disagree about the milk aspect. Most puppies are weaned onto solids at about 6 weeks, so milk is uneccessary.
    Your pup should be having 3 or 4 small meals a day, you want your dog to always finish everything in her bowl.
    The amount you feed her should be determined by weight, age and how much activity/exercise she is doing. No two dogs are really the same, the table on the packet is just a general idea, nothing to go 100% off.
    Weigh her, get a basic idea from the chart on the packet and then determine more or less depending on how active she is.
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    Perfect! Thanks so much for the advice Aussiemyf7, and Angela's Gone batty

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