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Good morning! Jasper (cockapoo) is 5 months old and is almost 15 pounds. His projected adult weight is 20-25 pounds.

He has been eating a high quality dry kibble (Canidae Pure Foundations Puppy) and was getting 1/3 cup three times daily, then we switched to 1/2 cup twice daily about a month ago. I increased it to somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 cup because he was inhaling it in 3 minutes at both meals. His body condition looks great but I just wonder if he should be getting more, or if he is just a fast eater. Of course the bag is recommending way more than that but I know they tend to over recommend to get you to buy more. Activity wise, he goes on one long walk per day (45 minutes or so) and 3 short ones around the block.
 

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Since he is only five months old, his food quantity needs will be substantially higher now, then they will in a year and a half. The recommended quantities are only a general guide, and every dogs metabolism is different. Our dog Samantha, can only manage about half the recommended, or she puts weight on. Once your dog is an adult, you adjust food quantity to maintain their ideal weight.
 

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I've been going by Ringo's body condition. He's up to 2 cups a day (Acana Heritage) because he's really active and was starting to look thin. He looks good now, and is 28 lbs at 5 months. I'm sure that amount will change as he grows. Our adult dog, who is 47 lbs and moderately active, looks great on 1 2/3 cup of the same food. My dog will inhale his food, too, if I give it to him in a bowl.
 

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I've been going by Ringo's body condition. He's up to 2 cups a day (Acana Heritage) because he's really active and was starting to look thin. He looks good now, and is 28 lbs at 5 months. I'm sure that amount will change as he grows. Our adult dog, who is 47 lbs and moderately active, looks great on 1 2/3 cup of the same food. My dog will inhale his food, too, if I give it to him in a bowl.


Do you feed him in a kong? I thought about ditching the bowl but haven't tried another method yet. I have a kong and a tricky treat ball I could try.
 

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I use the Kong wobbler or the tricky treat ball, and he gets some of his meals via training sessions too. Sometimes I use his bowl but he does eat it super fast.
 
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