We're having problems feeding our two very different german shepherd puppies. Our older boy is 13 months old. He weighs about 85 lbs. and is long-legged and lean. He's a very picky eater.
Our puppy is 5 months old today, is short and stocky and weighs 60 lbs. He'll eat anything he can get his paws on.
Their current feeding regimen is kibble in the morning (with plain yogurt on it for the older one, since he won't eat in the AM without it), a chicken leg quarter (sometimes a 1/2 lb. of beef instead) and kibble for supper.
The older boy gets offered 6 cups of kibble a day. We've cut back to five ups for the younger one. I always feel bad because the younger one acts like he's starving even after cleaning his bowl.
Their kibble is Diamond Brand Naturals for large breed puppies. Please don't suggest that I look for a "better" food. We live in a very rural area, with few resources for food. We have to drive an hour to buy their food as it is.
We'd like to put some weight on the older boy and it's become obvious that the younger pup is going to have to be cut back even more, since it's getting hard to feel his ribs.
We're thinking of switching to the naturals extreme athlete. Since it has more calories we're hoping the older one will put on weight and the younger one will be more satisfied with what he gets. We've also considered giving the older one some nutri-cal daily. The younger dog is (as far as we can tell) allergic to corn and wheat. He also can't tolerate yogurt.
Both dogs are parasite-free and are brothers (same sire, dams are sisters). I posted about this problem on another forum I belong to (not dog related) but am still unsure.