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Old 05-06-2007, 02:55 PM   #1
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Question Puppy feeding and treats

Got some puppy feeding questions. Hardy is starting to eat a full portion of food rather than just nibbling now and than. It is time to start feeding him at scheduled times. 3 times a day for a young pup seems to be the norm. I think feeding him first thing in the morning is standard but what about the next 2 feedings? The last feeding I guess would be the big question? with the second half way between. I could use common sense for this one but I would like to here some experienced input. He's a 9 wk old Shepherd rotti X. he is eating a vet brand dog food. He seems to poop about 1/2hr after a good meal.

Puppy treats? I was told buy the lady we bought hardy from, not to give him puppy treats for 2 weeks as not to upset his stomach. He is learning much faster than I anticipated, and seems to love being trained. To keep his attention we use bits of his food (is this a good idea?). with this he has learned "Sit" and "shake a Paw" but "lie down" is a bit hit or miss. Is there any puppy treats you recommend? Do I have to wait 2 wks to give him treats?

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When Ozzy was eating 3 meals a day, I was feeding 7am, 1pm, 7pm ... and the meal in the middle was the smallest (more like a light snack). I started training with treats immediately but did try to make sure we had high quality, meaty snacks for him (as opposed to some of the not-so-good-for-him goodies that he occasionally gets now).

Editing: I forgot to say, when I switched to 2 meals, he now eats around 9am & 6pm.
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When we got April from the breeder she was to have 4 meals per day until 3 mths, then 3 per day til 6 mths & 2 per day til 1 yr. From memory one of these was a puppy milk/porridge meal.
Being a large breed you need to grow slowly using a large breed puppy dog food. Another good way to feed puppies is a Barf type diet with plenty of raw meaty bones.
Treats for training can be roast chicken/beef, cheese anything soft that can be broken into tiny pieces, they don't need a meal while training buy be sure to take out the same amount from his dinner so he doesn't become overweight.

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We fed Rudy as a pup twice a day. Then he lost interest in his mrningn meal and the cat was eating it so we stopped and started to feed him once a day. So we have stuck to once a day since then.

As for treats, you should be find just giving them, as long as you are not feeding lots. I used cheese for training.

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