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Thewretched 01-01-2014 07:11 PM

What do I feed her, and am I doing it right?
 
I have a 7-9 week old GS, and right now we have her on 2 cups of taste of the wild, does anyone have any suggestions on brands (is TOTW good)? Is that the right amount for her, we give her 3 meals a day and make sure that we eat before her. And we make her wait until we set the bowl down before she can


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My5dogs 01-01-2014 07:17 PM

Totw is fine at 8 weeks I was feeding 1 cup 3 times a day. Now at 14 weeks he is at 4 cups total. I feed Fromm large breed puppy I add a bit of warm water and let it soak for a few mins and less than a tsp of Canned


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doggiedad 01-01-2014 09:13 PM

when my pup was 9 weeks old he 1 cup in the am, 1 cup noonish
and 1 cup in the pm. he a snack throughout the day and training
treats. i've never fed puppy food to my dogs. what does eating
before your dog provide?

Thewretched 01-01-2014 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by doggiedad (Post 4756546)
when my pup was 9 weeks old he 1 cup in the am, 1 cup noonish
and 1 cup in the pm. he a snack throughout the day and training
treats. i've never fed puppy food to my dogs. what does eating
before your dog provide?

I've read that it shows that you're the dominate one and makes them not get aggressive over their food.


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Wild Wolf 01-01-2014 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Thewretched (Post 4756778)
I've read that it shows that you're the dominate one and makes them not get aggressive over their food.


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In wolf packs, omega wolves are the ones that are forced to wait until the dominant animals eat (or risk being bullied at the carcass). The regular subordinate wolves usually eat along side dominant animals but give them space and respect.

Eating before them will not curb aggression, half the time they aren't registering the fact that you are eating and making a point to eat before them and simply are focused on the food they are waiting for. If you want to establish respect at meal time, most people ask for obedience from their dog before the put the bowl on the floor to encourage the dog to "work" for it's food and have respect at meal time.

I like to put the meal down and "release" my dog to eat (I give his release command). I don't really ask for obedience, I don't need to with my male. He has always been very respectful with food, zero issues when it comes to food.

Dr. Stanley Coren have a seminar here in Ontario once, and he used to recommend eating before you feed your dog (a cookie or cracker, is what he often recommended) but when I spoke with him about 3ish years ago he no longer used that method, but had started doing the obedience before a meal and release command to tell the dog it could eat.

Thewretched 01-01-2014 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Wild Wolf (Post 4756882)
In wolf packs, omega wolves are the ones that are forced to wait until the dominant animals eat (or risk being bullied at the carcass). The regular subordinate wolves usually eat along side dominant animals but give them space and respect.

Eating before them will not curb aggression, half the time they aren't registering the fact that you are eating and making a point to eat before them and simply are focused on the food they are waiting for. If you want to establish respect at meal time, most people ask for obedience from their dog before the put the bowl on the floor to encourage the dog to "work" for it's food and have respect at meal time.

I like to put the meal down and "release" my dog to eat (I give his release command). I don't really ask for obedience, I don't need to with my male. He has always been very respectful with food, zero issues when it comes to food.

Dr. Stanley Coren have a seminar here in Ontario once, and he used to recommend eating before you feed your dog (a cookie or cracker, is what he often recommended) but when I spoke with him about 3ish years ago he no longer used that method, but had started doing the obedience before a meal and release command to tell the dog it could eat.

Thank you, that is so helpful, so basically just make her stay on the other side of the room, and then let her come once it is on the floor?


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Wild Wolf 01-01-2014 11:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Thewretched (Post 4756954)
Thank you, that is so helpful, so basically just make her stay on the other side of the room, and then let her come once it is on the floor?


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No problem! What I recommend is to take the full bowl of food, issue some commands such as sit, lay down, sit again, then ask your dog to stay/wait while sitting and put the bowl of food on the ground. Wait a little bit, then give your dog the release command to eat their food. Do not mess with them once they are eating, let them eat in peace. Not only does it establish mutual respect but when you stick your hand in their bowl, keep taking it away, keep bothering them while they eat you can potentially create issues that otherwise wouldn't be there.

Hope that helps!


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