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Old 11-20-2012, 09:30 PM
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Am I feeding my dog enough

He is a 5 month 38 lb bulldog/beagle mix. We feed him Authority Grain free puppy food. He get 1 1/2 cups of food in the morning between 8 and 9am then another 1 1/2 cups at about 5 or 6 in the pm. He gets treats in between when we do our command training and when he is being a good boy. I just dont know if I should be feeding him anotehr bowl during the day around lunch or jsut give him more food during each serving.
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whats his body condition look like? Is he pudgy? Slim enough to maybe see the last rib or two when he moves? Skinny?

Is he acting starving when he's done?

I do usually recommend 3 meals a day for pups, its easier for them to get enough food that way.
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Hard to say without a pic. What's his activity level also. That matters a lot. We free feed and it's always worked out great for us but if you choose not to, I'd say 3 meals a day.
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Yes, activity level definitely matters, and body condition also. I feed my high-energy dog the same amount of food some folks feed their larger, more laid back dogs and she's still nicely slim.

Here's a quick and easy guide from this article:What to Do if Your Puppy is Overweight | Dogster

"It's simple to do a weight test at home with your puppy. If your puppy is underweight, his ribs will be visible with no palpable fat. Pelvic and collar bones will be prominent. If your puppy is an ideal weight, you can feel the ribs easily but they are not prominently visible. His waist is distinct when viewed from above and his abdomen slightly tucked when viewed from the side. If your puppy is overweight, the ribs are palpable with difficulty and there is a distinct cover of fat. You will probably start to notice fatty bumps around his ribs and tail. There is no waist."
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Ok here my pup Odie. You can see his ribs sometimes when we is playing around but not when he is just sitting or standing
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He looks fine to me. Ditoo on what idealist fire said.
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He looks good to me!
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Alright maybe I can just give him a 1/2 a cup of food in the middle of the day. I will eventually free feed him but we are still house breaking him so I have to know when and how much he eats as of right now. He is a pretty lazy dog so I dont want him getting chunky, even more so now bc of winter.

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I like to monitor is food also. I don't free feed.What your doing is good. Once they get fat its alot harder to shape them up
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