I have a question about how much to feed per day. We have a 6-mos old Havi. She came to us at 9 weeks and 3 lbs. She now weighs 8 lbs, and I want to keep her weight within a healthy range. She primarily eats Instinct raw lamb, rabbit, or duck. How many ounces per day? The package says for puppies to double the adult maintenance amount. That seems huge. Currently Im giving her 3 ounces in am, and 3-4 oz in pm. She also gets a little Honest Kitchen with water in pm. I am not giving her any kibble right now. Should I?
You never HAVE to feed kibble. The best that can be said for kibble is that it is convenient. Even the best kibbles are lower quality food than what you are currently feeding.
As far as amounts are concerned, dog food packaging almost always suggests more than is needed, because... wait for it... they are in the business of selling food. The more you buy, the more money they make!
Every dog will have a slightly different "best weight". and the best way to tell if your puppy is at a good weight is to feel them. You should be able to feel their ribs without poking hard and they should have a good "tuck up" behind the rib cage (once they are past the infant puppy "Buddha belly" stage
) Their hip bones and spine should be padded. Remember that it is much better for your dog's health to be slightly underweight than even slightly overweight.
As far as the amount to feed is concerned, I'd look at what you are feeding now, and figure out the calories she is taking in on this amount of food. Then adjust slightly up or down (or stay the same) based on how her body feels. I have a baby scale that I use to keep track of my adult dogs, because I know, as adults, what each one should weigh. But while it can be fun to track puppy weight, you can't really determine a "good adult weight" until the dog is fully mature, which is well after their first birthday.
Below is a chart that might help you feel whether your puppy is in good weight. It is really unusual for a puppy to be overweight.