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Should I be feeding more?

I feed chester 2 cups per day 3 times per day. But to me and a few other people it seems like he should be getting fed more. I'm pretty sure he's going to be one of those big golden's since his dad was pretty big and so was his mom. I was told i should be feeding him at least 3 and 1\2 cup of food but im not sure. i don't want him to be overweight but i also don't want him looking too thin. What do you guys think?

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Rumor whispered she wants to come live at your house....
(She has never had more then 3 cups of food a day!)

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I think the rule of thumb is if you can see a waist when you're looking down at him (straight above) and can feel the ribs w/o seeing them, he is an appropriate weight.

Bear is about the turn 3 months and we just upped his food from 2 cups to 3 cups a day. But I'll probabely scale it back a smidge b/c he's starting to get a food baby belly.

I've seen ppl on the board recommend feeding less than what's listed on the bag. I think it depends alot on the dog. Sorry, that seems vague and unhelpful.

If you do decide to increase his food amount, I would recommend doing so gradually and in small increments. He might be in the middle of a growth spurt. I've noticed, Bear will get chubby then gangly then chubby then ALL legs. All over the coarse of a week.

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Thanks guys. I just need some suggestions since I don't know what to do


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He looks very healthy. I feed Vinnie 4 cups a day in two meals but I think I should cut down to 3 at some point. He's 7 months.


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I should clarify I feed a total of 4 cups. 2 in the am and 2 in the pm. Are you feeding 2 cups per meal or 2 cups total?


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I feed Murdock 1-1/2 cups, 2 times a day, thus a total of 3 cups.

If he acts on occassion like he is still hungry, then we will either give him another 1/2 cup or we will put some dog food in his rope/bottle toy and make him work for it.

Murdock is much more of a food wh*r* than our last golden. Sometimes I wonder if it is because Murdock has been getting grain free and it doesn't fill him up like a grain based food would.
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Honestly I would suggest buying a different food. I would assume your feeding pro plan because your breeder was feeding it as do many other breeders because they get it for free... If you switch to a different food that is a bit higher quality you will notice a huge difference. I was feeding pro plan and switched to blue buffalo and I fed the same amount and lily would have huge soft stools. Then I read that if you switch to a higher quality food that you will need to feed alot less because of the higher meat content.

If you do decide to switch to a different food you will have a problem with loose stool and alot of people will tell you that the food you are giving is " too rich " and I think that is total bs. A dogs diet should be mainly meats then a some vegetables not the other way around. And alot of people don't want to deal with loose stools and just go back to a brand like purina and their stools will firm up, then problem solved.


I now feed Lily Fromm and I switch between proteins so she does not develop a food alergy to chicken which you do not have the choice if you stick with a purina food because I think most of their foods are made with chicken. I also buy a Digestive Enzyme supplement and her stools are very good once i started giving it to her.

Obviously you don't need to buy a very expensive premium food if you cant afford it, theres lots of great other foods aswell, or even you could consider a cooked or raw diet at home. Purina is just all advertising and little substance unfortunately and I would suggest switching to a different food because 6 cups is alot of food and what worries me most is when your little pup eats 2 cups of dry food and drinks a ton of water the food expands and could cause bloat.

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Honestly I would suggest buying a different food. I would assume your feeding pro plan because your breeder was feeding it as do many other breeders because they get it for free... If you switch to a different food that is a bit higher quality you will notice a huge difference. I was feeding pro plan and switched to blue buffalo and I fed the same amount and lily would have huge soft stools. Then I read that if you switch to a higher quality food that you will need to feed alot less because of the higher meat content.

If you do decide to switch to a different food you will have a problem with loose stool and alot of people will tell you that the food you are giving is " too rich " and I think that is total bs. A dogs diet should be mainly meats then a some vegetables not the other way around. And alot of people don't want to deal with loose stools and just go back to a brand like purina and their stools will firm up, then problem solved.


I now feed Lily Fromm and I switch between proteins so she does not develop a food alergy to chicken which you do not have the choice if you stick with a purina food because I think most of their foods are made with chicken. I also buy a Digestive Enzyme supplement and her stools are very good once i started giving it to her.

Obviously you don't need to buy a very expensive premium food if you cant afford it, theres lots of great other foods aswell, or even you could consider a cooked or raw diet at home. Purina is just all advertising and little substance unfortunately and I would suggest switching to a different food because 6 cups is alot of food and what worries me most is when your little pup eats 2 cups of dry food and drinks a ton of water the food expands and could cause bloat.

Hope this helps !
I don't feed purina pro plan because my breeder did. She was actually feeding royal canine and i switched him to purina. i plan on switching him eventually I'm just doing research as to what food to feed him. I don't feed him 6 cups of food a day he gets a total of 2 cups a day divided into 3 meals. thanks for the suggestion.
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I don't feed purina pro plan because my breeder did. She was actually feeding royal canine and i switched him to purina. i plan on switching him eventually I'm just doing research as to what food to feed him. I don't feed him 6 cups of food a day he gets a total of 2 cups a day divided into 3 meals. thanks for the suggestion.
sorry I read that wrong my fault. And I just assumed your breeder used it since there are so many breeders out there that use it.
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