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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-14-2011, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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How MUCH do you feed your adult dog?

I wonder how you determine how much to feed your dog? I have a dog who seems hungry all the time, even immediately after eating. I know she is gaining weight and have her on some grain free kibble 1/4 cup plus some green beans for filler... but she still seems hungry. Her treats are mostly romaine lettuce.. she is 5 years old and was with a breeder who told me she easily goes to fat.
So how do you measure HOW much to give the dog a day, do you feed it all at one feeding or divide it up?
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Tucker stays between 17 & 18 lbs. We feed him 1/3 cup of California Natural Venison Grain Free twice a day. He also gets treats such as apples, carrots & green beans. If we feed him more than this he'll start to gain weight. We can feel his ribs easily and the vet says Tucker is at a good weight for his size. BTY, he's 2 1/2 yrs. old.
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Kodi, also 2 1/2, and 16 1/2 lean pounds gets 1/4 c (measured in a measuring scoop) AM and PM. He also gets a fair amount of training treats, but I am pretty sure he gets more exercise than the average Hav too.

Normal dogs are ALWAYS hungry. Don't let her suck you in. We even have a "system" so we know whether someone has already fed him in the morning, because when the next person comes down, he'll go through the "starving puppy" act all over again!


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Tillie is about 9 lbs and gets 2 tablespoons of homecooked meat/veggies and 1 tsp of sweet potato twice a day. and she will lick the bowl for a full 10 minutes after it is empty!! LOL she has been holding her weight steady for 6 months now, so I'm assumming she is getting the right amount for her size.

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Bumi is about 15 lbs. He gets 3 chicken necks in the AM and about ½ - to ¾ cup of Beef mix in the afternoons. At about 8 PM he gets 1 or 2 pieces of chunky chicken breast treat or Turkey heart treats.

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Whimsy is 12 1/2 lbs and gets 1/3 cup dry kibble with 2 tablespoons of canned food mixed in twice per day. She only gets one small dog treat a day. She is at a good weight for her size. She's a little over a year and a half.

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Both the boys have been getting a good rounded 1/4 cup kibble and treats during the day. Dexter has stayed at 16 pounds and Jack has stayed at 12 pounds for about a year. I usually add just a little bit more food to Dexter's food.

Dexter loves to eat! He will beg for a treat after supper each night and I usually have to call him out of the kitchen to get his mind off the food. This is usually right after eating.

Dexter and Jack have been clearing their food bowls out pretty regular. In the summer, they have both skipped some meals.

I wonder if the cooler temperatures have anything to do with food intake...I am beginning to think yes.

Oh! There is a big difference in 12 pounds and 16 pounds! Dexter is heavy compared to Jack when I carry Dexter.



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Flynn,

A couple of years ago I put together a class (for people) on how to calculate exactly how many calories a day they needed to hold a desired weight. Just for the heck of it I researched how to do the same thing for dogs. I know I have the formula around here somewhere and I can give it to you if you'd like.

I keep Mojo at 16.5 pounds and to do it, he can have 324 calories a day. Right now I give him 1/4 cup kibble three times a day. Less on days with lots of training treats. The amount changes if I change the kind of food he's getting (it seems like a lot right now because it's high fiber).

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I feed twice a day, about 1/3 the total in the morning and the rest in the late afternoon. Of course our get treats also, but we don't overdo the treats. I feed by handsful. My dogs are fed communially (several together). It seems like sometimes they miss meals and others eat everything. When they miss a meal, others usually eat it. I check the dogs and no one is fat and if they need to gain a bit of weight, add a little more. "Teenage boys and girls" seem to be the only ones that need to gain ever. My oldest is 8, so don't have any old dogs, but anticipate with time will have to cut back when they get less active.

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Flynn,

A couple of years ago I put together a class (for people) on how to calculate exactly how many calories a day they needed to hold a desired weight. Just for the heck of it I researched how to do the same thing for dogs. I know I have the formula around here somewhere and I can give it to you if you'd like.

I keep Mojo at 16.5 pounds and to do it, he can have 324 calories a day. Right now I give him 1/4 cup kibble three times a day. Less on days with lots of training treats. The amount changes if I change the kind of food he's getting (it seems like a lot right now because it's high fiber).

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Yes Cindi I would love to have it for ME and Mia...thank you so much. Oh, what brand of Kibble doyou feed?

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