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My pup is 9 months old in 6 days. He is 28 inches to the shoulder top and he is 95 lbs. He has a yard to play in and we excercise as much as we can when I am off work. This is mainly about 3 hours of fetch a night.

Anyway, let me know if i need to ease up on the puppy chow.And should he still be on puppy chow or reg food.

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It's impossible to tell without pictures. A side view and a top view are good.
 

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My 15 month old male is about 27.5 at the shoulder and weighs 82lbs. I would absolutely get away from Puppy Chow, basically it's McDonald's for dogs. Try switching to a really good grain free. It may seem expensive, but you will save that money in vet bills later. We feed Instinct, Chicken. We also like Orejen, Acana and Taste of the Wild.
Without pics it's impossible to gauge whether your pup's weight.
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If that's a recent shot of your pup at the start of that, I have to say he looks a bit too heavy to me. Looking straight down at my dogs I like to see definition where the ribs stop. From the side I like to see a definite belly tuck. I also can feel my dogs last ribs and hip bones, not covered by a thick layer of fat I have to push on.

Look at this white GSD, see the 'dent' between the last rib and the dog's thigh? That's what I like to see, with the up tuck of the belly.



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My 15 month old male is about 27.5 at the shoulder and weighs 82lbs. I would absolutely get away from Puppy Chow, basically it's McDonald's for dogs. Try switching to a really good grain free. It may seem expensive, but you will save that money in vet bills later. We feed Instinct, Chicken. We also like Orejen, Acana and Taste of the Wild.
Without pics it's impossible to gauge whether your pup's weight.
Good luck,
Agreed. But at that height your pup may be slightly chubby........ and maybe not.
 

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9 months is too young for most of the grain free formulas out there. I believe the only one thats ok is orijen LBP
Based on what information?
We switch ALL of ours to adult food around 5-6 months at the latest.
They don't NEED the grain at any age, so why would you say a young dog shouldn't eat the grain free foods?
We have raised at least 50 large breed dogs here in the last 20 years (about 15 Beaucerons and the rest GSDs) and have not had a single one get Hip or Elbow dysplasia. All have remained relatively trouble free until old age (over 12 or 13) and a few remained active duty K9s (that we raised, trained and sold to area units) until well past when most other dogs in those departments had retired. We have been active in dogs for longer than 20 years, but that is about the time we got very interested in diet and nutrition and changed how and what we fed.
Our vet, who is one of the few vets in the country with advanced degrees in nutritional science as well as holistic medicine along with her traditional veterinary degree, totally agrees with our feeding regimen and raises her own dogs in a pretty similar manner. Although she feeds more raw than we do(we feed raw once a week or so).
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How about we look at the dog and answer his question rather than get into the age old debate of grain free or not (BTW my dogs do well with some grain in their diet :) ) and instead watch the very start of the guys video (if that is the dog in question) and just comment on the dog's size.
 

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Its not about the grains, the problem is the calcium in the grain free kibbles. Its too high for a fast growing large breed pup, and can cause problems. If you ask the companies they will tell you to not feed to large breed pups.

In a raw diet, as long as its not premade raw, you are in complete control of the phosphorus to calcium ratio, so its not the same thing as the kibble at all.
 

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There's no way to know without photos if your dog is chubby.

However no matter if he is or not, I'd definitely get him off puppy chow, especially if you're talking about Purina but even if you're just talking about puppy-specific food in general.
 

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wow what a hot topic I have started. Thanks for the replies. I will put him on adult food next week. The chart on the bag said from 1 year to 1.5 years.

My vet said that purina is ok, and I fed my last dog (gray wolf-shepherd-husky mix) alpo for 14 years and she was good with it, so whats the dealio on the food?

Funny thing, every other dog I ever had, I just free fed and they were in a nice weight all their life. this little pooper wants to eat constantly.
 

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It was the first video in the OP's youtube sig. If you play it, the first few frames show a GSD.

yeah...I know. That doesn't explain the rest of the video with political content.
 

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If he truly is 95lbs and only 9 months old, thats too heavy for those young joints. Please look into a better quality food other than Puppy Chow. There is many quality dog foods that fit even the tightest budget. If you are not certain what kind to look into, ask some of our members or do some research here on the forums. Lots of good info here. Good luck.:)
 

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My vet said that purina is ok, and I fed my last dog (gray wolf-shepherd-husky mix) alpo for 14 years and she was good with it, so whats the dealio on the food?

If you saw or smelled the stuff that goes into normal grocery store dog food you would likely barf. The bag might say that some sort of "beef product" has been used in production, but who knows what sort of product that might be. Often times the truth of the matter is that the beef is in fact a wad of cancerous flesh that was cut out to make the beef meet USDA regs for human consumption. It boils down to that the cheapest bits of castoff are used to fill the XX% real beef numbers the bag brags about. There are no real standards for what manufacturers can toss into the mixer for dog food.

Also CORN Dogs really can't digest or process it. Look at the ingredient list for Purina. I'll bet corn is in the 1, 2, or 3 slot, possibly even one or more of those slots. Ingredients are listed by percentage of amount. So, if corn is near the top of the list it's a big percentage of the bulk. Many many dogs react poorly to corn as well, manifesting in bad coats, digestive issues and a general depression of the immune system. It's bad for dogs is the bottom line.

The higher-end foods cost more without a doubt. HOWEVER one will not need to feed as much of a high quality food as the ingredients will be better utilized by the dog. Also by using a high quality kibble or raw diet the animal has a better chance of being generally healthy and incurring fewer vet bills. German Shepherds are prone to some pretty nasty issues that can be very expensive to mitigate.

Finally, 20 bucks extra a month for a corn-free low grain diet is not asking much. The 'net is awash with places to order and have the food delivered for free (often on orders over 100 bucks or so) there is no reason or excuse not to treat your 4 legged friend to quality food.
 

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Finally, 20 bucks extra a month for a corn-free low grain diet is not asking much. The 'net is awash with places to order and have the food delivered for free (often on orders over 100 bucks or so) there is no reason or excuse not to treat your 4 legged friend to quality food.
so can you offer me a list of food that i can get for my little 95 lb buddy? Something that i could find at the grocery store would be awesome! What is a good amount to feed him? Like i said before I have free fed all my life and none of my previous dogs got fat, but he likes to eat more than the ones in the past.

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so can you offer me a list of food that i can get for my little 95 lb buddy? Something that i could find at the grocery store would be awesome! What is a good amount to feed him? Like i said before I have free fed all my life and none of my previous dogs got fat, but he likes to eat more than the ones in the past.

Many thanks!
Maybe it's the grocery stores I go to but I wouldn't buy any grocery store food unless it was Costco's Kirkland brand.

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I would check out that site ^^^^ to see what food might be best for you, your budget and your pup...most of the prices can be found online (just do a google shopping search for the food/bag size, etc - it may not be 100% accurate to your area but it will be close).

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