|09-07-2013 09:01 AM|
Every time a dog eats, he has to digest.
Free feeding means his digestive system is working multiple times during the day and not allowed to rest and prepare for the next meal. Over-taxing the digestive system in some dogs can lead to problems later. There is also the question of bloat. it will make it harder for you to house break him as puppies eat.....then puppies poop! The amount to feed per day is usually determined by his weight. Check the label on the bag.
As Jacybri said, leave it down for 10-15 minutes and then pick it up. You can do this 3 or 4 times per day depending on your schedule. Once he gets the idea, he'll eat.
Yes, please change foods! The base is corn, they use BY-PRODUCTS and UN-NAMED animal fat!
To keep you pup healthy, feed a high quality food.
Raw knuckle bones (MUST be raw NOT COOKED) from the grocery store keep them busy and are good for their teeth, BUT they have to be given for short periods of so that they don't get diarrhea. Keep in refrigerator in-between times.
Hope this helped!
|08-18-2013 09:02 PM|
i fed my pup 3 times a day. am, noonish and pm. he also
had a snack and training treats. i free fed my GSD with no
|08-18-2013 08:57 PM|
|Galathiel||If it's not always available, he should subsequently have more appetite at his set meal times. I fed 4 meals a day until my pup was 12 weeks old and then switched to 3 and will keep it at that until he's 6 months old. I would follow the guidelines on the bag, measured out. If he seems to be gaining too much, cut back (go by body condition, not weight), if his body condition is too thin, then add a bit to each meal (I usually add 1/4 cup to each meal).|
|08-18-2013 07:10 PM|
How much food should I feed him? He is currently on pedigree puppy food. (it does NOT say if it is a large breed food or not, but the package has golden retrivers on it, and the discription says feed large breed this food for X amount of months) I do plan on switching foods once this bag gets low. Any recomendations on a different food? Something that is resonably priced ($20-$50)
|08-18-2013 05:58 PM|
|08-18-2013 05:53 PM|
|dogfaeries||No, I'd feed him 3-4 times a day. Leaving food out for them to graze all day just makes it harder to potty train them!|
|08-18-2013 05:47 PM|
|Jaceybri||I never left my puppy food out. I feed three times per day and was advised to pick up the food within 10-15 minutes. I never had to deal with it because she ate it all right away. I tried many different bones, bully is her favorite but watch for diaherra. I don't get the plastic bones and my puppy doesn't care for antlers that much. I never put bones in her crate- only supervised time. I do put in a stuffed frozen kong to keep her occupied in her crate. Good luck- did you post a picture yet? Would love to see it.|
|08-18-2013 05:22 PM|
Treats and food
So I was told by a couple people that since hank is still a puppy (9 weeks) its ok to lesve his food out and let him est whenever he wants. Once he is older, then he will have set feedings. Is this ok? He eats a little takes a break for a while then eats again.. repeat.
Also, I want to give him some hard bones that will occupy him when he is in the crate. Which do you recommend being that he is still really young with baby teeth? Greenies? Or just those plastic bones? And ideas? Thanks
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