Is there an easy way to work out how much I should feed my dog? I don't know what breed(s) he is but we know he is a medium-large fellow. Now that my diet has settled with his system we are in a routine of this:-
Breaky handful of chicken necks, drink of lactose free milk (not measured).
Dinner 400g raw chicken mince (properly weighed out), 1-2cups of dog kibble(not measured, just tip the bag), plus any left over veges or tidbits from our dinner goes into his bowl. Once week he gets a raw egg, once a week he gets a small tin of sardines in oil.
Bedtime he gets 2 milk arrowroot bikkies (a bribe to make him go to bed), and also broken bikkie bits as treats for training.
Plus he gets handouts here and there during the day.
He does not snatch his food, he eats very sensibly and never leaves any behind.
He has put on just over 4kg in the 4 weeks I've had him (unless his foster mum did not weigh him correctly and could be out with figures).
I have now replaced his milkarrowroot biscuit treats with proper dog branded liver treats. But am I still feeding him too much? I want to do more exercise with Asher but he isn't a playing dog and won't run with us except when he's on lead, won't chase balls, won't do anything a young dog should be doing. I walk him everyday, gradually building up the distance (I need it too...lol), but I guess if he keeps on putting on the weight would you cut him back? I am just not sure with dogs how it works. I am actively attending training to try and get him to be more active. I don't want to starve him but just not sure. My german shepherd ate so much but never put on weight. Was in nice condition but sometimes would lose it very quick so I'd have to increase his food. He always played though. Even right to the day he died he'd chase the hose, balls, play tug-o-war and at night he'd chase shining lights across the lawn. He would never stop. But Asher strikes me as the type that will put it on very quickly. I throw a ball he stands there and watches it, turns around goes back inside. Once I caught him on camera playing in the backyard with the kids but that has been a one-of so far.