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Nature's Variety Amount for Growing Puppy
I know this was talked about in recent months and I can't seem to find the thread - determining the amount of NV medallions per day for a puppy and whether the recommended amount is right for a Havanese.
Violet is 3.4 pounds (or was at her vet visit a few days ago), and she seems like she's chunking up already. I'm feeding her 3 times a day from the portion that I calculated on the Nature's Variety website for a puppy who is less than half her projected adult weight, which is 4.7 oz a day for a 3lb. dog, basically almost 5 medallions a day. It just looks like a LOT of food to me compared to the 1/8 cup kibble 3 x day the breeder recommended, but I know the water content adds to the bulk. She acts like all she wants to do is eat, regardless. I can still feel her ribs, but she felt tinier and almost a little skinny to me when I brought her home only 5 days ago, and a bit more solid, now. She has had a few tiny, pea sized or less treats in between meals to encourage her to go in her crate, learning "sit," etc.
Any thoughts? And at what age should I transition her to 2 x day?
I know many raw feeders say no treats, but I don't think I can do that.... she is just so food-motivated (at least right now) that I know it will be a valuable training tool.