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Hammer67 08-30-2007 10:46 AM

Puppy feeding thoughts...

My wife and I got a Choc. Lab puppy a few months ago (at 8 weeks). He is now 7 months old and we recently went from 3 meals a day down to two, morning and evening. Everything is great with our dog. He is growing and is at a healthy weight. We feed him the recommended cups for his size and breed and only use high end Nutro food.

So, we are having a discussion a number of months ago with my wife's sister. They have a Puggle. They would just free feed her (leave food out at all times) and said this is "less cruel". Needless to say, they ended up with a fat Puggle that is about 20 lbs over its healthy weight. She thinks our dog is skinny and that we should feed him more. LOL!

So, I guess this is an informal poll. How often do you feed your dog(s)?? I know this is totally dependant on breed and size. I know I can't just leave my Lab's bowl full at all times as he devours anything we give him and he would be fat in a matter of weeks.

Oh….and just discovered the absolute joys of a prong collar for training! Wow…what a difference it makes. We were against using a choke collar but the prong is humane and much easier!

Also...the dog crate is a housetraining godsend.

The Duke 08-30-2007 02:59 PM

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I left food all day out for my dog(RIP) and he never got fat or anything, and he didn't do much exercise. I think it depends on the kind of dog, mine was small and I'm not familiar with the race of yours so perhaps it's a dog that has to eat more or one of those dogs that eats as soon as they see food. Good luck with the dog

memphissteelergirl 08-30-2007 03:42 PM

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I hope to get a dog in the not-too-distant future, so I have doing a lot of research. From everything I have read, Hammer, you are doing the right thing.

steelersfanmx 08-30-2007 04:02 PM

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Labrador retrievers are amazing dogs, and they are always full of energy...!:thumbsup:
I have and adult black lab...(8 years old) and hi loves run and run and run in the forest!...LOL
I ve always feed him twice a day.. since he was a puppy.

He was overweight once, but due to some medication... now hes fine and eat as usual.. 2 meals...
and sometimes when hes alone, a let him a cup full of food...

I think you are doing right, but if your lab is an hyperactive dog ( as I think it should)
maybe you can feed him with high-proteine food, or asking to the vet, what
amount of food he needs, it can variate depending the level of activity of your dog..

But as I said, 2 meal a day is fine for a averages dog like labs or shepards.

Steelerstrength 08-30-2007 04:11 PM

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We've owned two Labs, and are now down to one 13 year old Wolf. (He's 86% Timber & 14% Malamute. We have this great geneology report) The labs will eat, and eat, and eat, if you let them. Our Lab Sparky, who passed away a year ago, became overweight, so we bought the Hills K/D because it's lower in protein & calories, but filling to the dog. Can & dry is available, for adult dogs. Our Labs also loved baby carrots for snacks! No shit!

No way would I ever recommend leaving food out for a Lab! :drool: Twice per day is perfect!

We've also been very fortunate in training our dogs. A strong Alpha-Male figure has worked very well for all commands. Especially with the 120 lbs. Wolf.

Never tried the crate training. I hear it works very well! We have always tied a small bell to their collar, and took them out every time they woke up. This lasted about two weeks, and they were trained not to go in the house. There were a few accidents along the way. :poop:

Please post a pic of your pup!?

MACH1 08-30-2007 04:57 PM

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Well, I have a 3 year old choc as you can see by my av.
He weighs 125lbs and I only feed him once a day at dinner time and he's not over weight. Twice a day should be fine in moderation but don't over do it. As stated above they'll eat till they bloat themselfs.:popcorn:
Just spend as much time with them as you can training them and make it fun for them, its goes faster. And if they act like they get tired or bored of what their doing just stop. Go back and start again a little later. Remember the key is to try and make learning for the dog as fun as possible for them. Keep it fun and the longer they stay interested. And yes I did us a collar in the beginning and depending on how smart your dog is, it shouldn't take long. I had one that would also make noise when you used on em and after a couple times all I had to use was the noise button.

MasterOfPuppets 08-30-2007 05:08 PM

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i say... let him gourge !!!! :toofunny:

MasterOfPuppets 08-30-2007 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by MACH1 (Post 285796)
Well, I have a 3 year old choc as you can see by my av.

wow !!! i thought that was a freakin star wars character !!!! :sofunny:

MasterOfPuppets 08-30-2007 05:17 PM

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:toofunny:just look how happy this one is....
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Hammer67 08-30-2007 06:56 PM

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MasterofPuppets: No joke...that's close to how my Sis in law's dog got!!

But, I have researched more then I care to elaborate. I probably read the equivalent of two books on labs. And, talked to countless lab owners and different vets.
One thing I am amazed at is how uninformed some people are who own dogs.

We have him going to a great obedience school (3rd week out of 8) and I had him trained to sit, lie down and stay early on. Crate training is the greatest as it house trains them in a matter of days. You just have to be careful and gradually get them accustomed to it. It becomes their kennel and they end up spending free time in there when you are home and the cage door is open. We were leaving him in during the day as both my wife and I work weekdays. She would come home at lunch to feed him and let him out. Now that he is going on 8 months, we leave him the entire workday. Not one accident in the crate.

He used to sleep in it at night but now he is so well behaved that he sleeps either under our bed or on it. We don't worry about chewing things like cords and furniture...he has enough toys that he knows is his.

I totally recommend researching the type of dog you want before you buy. Get a crate to make your life easier (especially if you don't have a fenced in yard to let them roam free in.

Plus, our trainer just showed us a prong collar. His only behavioral issue was pulling on the leash. I could control him but he is pushing 50lbs now and the wife can't handle him. So, we got the prong. it basically simulates the mother nipping at their neck skin. It doesn't choke them, it lightly pinches the skin if they pull. So, he ends up walking so nicely at our side now. What a great invention. he no longer tries to choke himself by dragging us!

Here he is:

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