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So Leo's been home since Saturday night. He ate a quarter cup of kibble when he got home but since then he will eat maybe an 1/8 cup at breakfast, a very small amount midday, and an even smaller amount in the evening. Subsequently, he only poops about twice in 24 hours. He will drink water off and on all day so I don't worry about that. I want to start some basic training using boiled chicken as treats but am concerned about him filling up on chicken and not eating his kibble? I offered TINY bits of chicken to "prime" the clicker yesterday which he caught on to in about 3 minutes. I then stopped with him looking for more. He was on Eukanuba Small Breed puppy food at the breeder's and I have just started switching him to Fromm Puppy food as my other dogs are on Fromm Grain-Free and I would prefer they all eat the same food. Any thoughts about the amount he's eating. He weighs right at 4 lbs. and seems to have plenty of energy and zest for life?


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So Leo's been home since Saturday night. He ate a quarter cup of kibble when he got home but since then he will eat maybe an 1/8 cup at breakfast, a very small amount midday, and an even smaller amount in the evening. Subsequently, he only poops about twice in 24 hours. He will drink water off and on all day so I don't worry about that. I want to start some basic training using boiled chicken as treats but am concerned about him filling up on chicken and not eating his kibble? I offered TINY bits of chicken to "prime" the clicker yesterday which he caught on to in about 3 minutes. I then stopped with him looking for more. He was on Eukanuba Small Breed puppy food at the breeder's and I have just started switching him to Fromm Puppy food as my other dogs are on Fromm Grain-Free and I would prefer they all eat the same food. Any thoughts about the amount he's eating. He weighs right at 4 lbs. and seems to have plenty of energy and zest for life?
If he's eating some at each meal, I wouldn't worry about it. And I wouldn't worry about the chicken as training treats. That is good food too. He's still very small, and may just not need more food than that.


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Tiny puppies eat tiny amounts of food. Check his teeth to make sure they're in! If it is hard kibble a brand new puppy may not have their teeth in enough to chew it. Many breeders actually put the kibble through a blender so it's much smaller pieces than how it comes in the bag.
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When Lola was around that age/size she ate 1/8 cup of kibble three times a day. Once they are 6months old they can transition to two larger meals a day, once in the morning and once at dinner. She's now 9months old and around 8.5 pounds and eats 1/4cup kibble twice a day. You can always call your vet and ask what he/she recommends. Also, the food he was on probably has less protein than what you're giving him now so take that into account as well. By the way, he is SO super cute! I love his coloring! Congrats on your new furbaby!

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Thanks all! I feel better about his food intake. Just took him to the vet for his well puppy check-up and he weighed 4.4 lbs so I guess he is getting what he needs. Everything went very well at the vet and he handled everything beautifully!


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