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He's 9 weeks old and I feed him twice a day total of 2 1/2 cups of blue puppy food but he looks so skinny in his back or is this normal?
 

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I work from 5 to 4 every day feed him at 4:30 and 6 I would if I had the time. Should I up his food to 3 cups??
 

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I would take him to the vet to make sure he doesnt have worms
 

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I don't think he looks to skinny. With a GSD you should see the ribs or at least feel the ribs. It is normal for GSD to have a waist line. People accused me of starving Fiona because of her tapered waist. But coming here I was assured she was normal. What does your baby weigh? A vet visit isn't a bad idea.


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I took him last week when I just got him and he did get dewprmmed and I gave him some medicine for it too he weighes 12.5 pounds
 

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He looks great to me. A vet would be able to better assess. I can't give input on the amount of food because I always free feed unless it becomes a problem. I would definitely say your dog doesn't look sickly.
 

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He eats a lot. I'm afraid to free feed him because I think he'll over eat how'd you get your puppy used to free feeding I've wanted to try it but afraid he'll end up eating too much at once
 

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Put the 3 cups out. If he eats it all up, the no more til the next day. I free feed Fiona. Put 2 cups out in the morning. Usually not eat much. Then at dinner eats some more. I put one more cup out. When I get up in morning usually gone.


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He looks fine - if anything, a little thicker than my pup at the same age.

Everyone who doesn't own GSDs think the pups look skinny, when really they're just that way at that age. They fill out when they get older. Make sure your vet checks him for worms and keep track of how much weight he gains. My boy put on about 9 pounds in 3 weeks from 10 to 13 weeks old.

I free feed him - he's growing fast and still looks skinny, and his food dish is always full. But there's nothing wrong with feeding him a couple of times a day if that's what your schedule permits.
 

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I work from 5 to 4 every day feed him at 4:30 and 6 I would if I had the time. Should I up his food to 3 cups??
Where is the puppy for 13.5 hours a day?
Is someone watching him?
What about potty times?

Is there someone there to feed him during the day?
 

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Hi,
The link below will take you a a condition score chart which will take you through how to tell if your pup/dog is over or under-conditioned. This is the way that vets get taught to assess dogs. I cant really tell you he's too skinny without feeling him so this will be really useful for you.

Dog Body Condition Score Chart

I prefer not to free feed with any puppy that is a large or giant breed. I don't know what you feed him but the recommendation is to feed a specific large breed puppy food and follow the amount guidelines on your package. This is because excess calcium and/or energy intake in large/giant breed puppies can lead to developmental orthopaedic disease. That said you will still need to assess your puppy (using the chart) and alter amounts accordingly.

Sorry If I've told you anything you already know. If the link doesn't work just google 'Purina body condition system'. Hope that helps!
 
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