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Once a day question

My german shepherd puppy is 10 months old and I recently switched him to once a day feeding. He had gotten to where he never wanted to eat. Now he gobbles down his food when I feed him. He eats iams. My question is how much should he be eating at one time and since he eats once a day? I mean how many cups. Thanks very much.
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There is no real answer to "how much" since like people different dogs have different metabolisms, different activity levels, and also at 10 months he still is likely to go through some more growth spurts.

The only accurate way to judge how much to feed a dog is to look at the dog and determine if he is at an appropriate weight, or too heavy or too skinny. If you can easily feel his ribs when running your hands down his sides, but can't clearly see them, he is just right. If he feels overly boney or you can clearly see his ribs, he's too skinny and needs to eat more. If you can't easily feel his ribs without hunting for them, he is too heavy and needs to eat less. Since he's young and still growing, you will probably have to adjust the quantity of his food up or down on occasion to keep up with that until growth stops and his metabolism evens out.


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My german shepherd puppy is 10 months old and I recently switched him to once a day feeding. He had gotten to where he never wanted to eat. Now he gobbles down his food when I feed him. He eats iams. My question is how much should he be eating at one time and since he eats once a day? I mean how many cups. Thanks very much.
this thread may be of interest to you:

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...meals-day.html

i would eat like crazy too if i only got to eat once a day. perhaps cutting the quantity and sticking to 2x/day would work? i also worry about the possible connection between consuming large amount of food all at once and bloat.

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I agree with Derek. Why are you only feeding 1x a day?

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because once a day no matter what amount I put in the bowl he will not touch it before 7 at night. I kept trying for 6 weeks but he would not touch the food at all until 7. Also according to the chart above he is just right size wise.
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none of the charts can really tell you if a dogs weight is right (since those are just average numbers and gsd's will fluctuate all over that chart). the only thing that really matters is body condition. of course a dog may fall right on the numbers on the chart and be perfectly lean.

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My first question is always,"How much exercise is he getting?". Real appetite nurturing exercise.
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I'd still feed twice a day. But if he didn't eat in the am, not double up the food for the pm.

As in if I feed one cup in the am, if the dog leaves the bowl, up it goes until dinner time.

Dinner time is again 1 cup of food, the same 1 cup if she didn't touch it.

Then the next day for breakfast, just the 1 cup and pick it up if it's not eaten, and so on.

Bloat IS connected to our dogs eating larger meals. Since that's a true medical emergency involving surgery or death, I'd rather feed smaller meals.

Additionally, our dogs appetite, when they eat, how much and what is 'normal' for them is a HUGE indicator for their health if they are ill. One of the first things the vet will ask when we take them in. I'd rather have TWO times a day that I stop and watch and see what is 'normal' then the one time. Gets me 12 hours (or more?) ahead of the 'oh my gosh she is really sick curve.




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I feed my dogs at about eight AM and about 12-2AM. Sometimes only 5-6 hours between. But it does break it up into two meals. I am hoping that that helps with bloat.

If you put the food down, then pick it up 15 minutes later, he should get the idea that he better eat it or it will go away.

And I agree too that I know immediately if any of my dogs are sick.

Except for Joy. She eats if she feels like eating, and does not eat if she does not want to and it really does not matter if she is sick or not. Weird puppy.

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