Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: Feeding Guidelines from puppy to adult
I have never paid any attention to feeding guidelines on dog food bags. They are averages at best, and don't take into account important factors like individual metabolism, activity level, and growth rate. IMO, there is no formula or strict guideline for how much is appropriate for a pup of a specific age. It varies widely from pup to pup based upon many factors.
The surest way to gage weight and know if food needs to be increased or reduced is the Rib Test – standing over the dog, run your hands down his sides from front to back. If you cannot easily feel the ribs, he needs to lose a few pounds. If the dog feels boney, you can see the ribs, or the spine is pronounced, he’s too thin and you need to feed more. If you can easily feel the ribs without trying hard, but the dog doesn’t have a boney feel or appearance, things are just right.
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