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How much should I feed my pup? How many times a day?

Hello, all! I'm the proud new owner of a soft, sweet, ENERGETIC 12~week old pup I've named Odie .. Just wondering how much my growing boy should eat, and how often? Oh and P.S.: does Odie look purebred? Just wondering because the breeder was more than a lil' shady.. Basically, got Odie for $300.00... No papers. Dam and sire were "getting fixed" when I showed up for my Pup. Just a little off.. And off-topic, sorry! Thanks!!!Name:  ImageUploadedByPG Free1357352205.895631.jpg
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He is very cute and looks all Golden to me. Welcome to the forum! I'll let others more experienced answer you feeding questions.


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Looks like a Golden to me.

I feed my pups whatever the amount they will eat in 10-15 minutes and then that is it til the next time.

Mine get 3 meals a day til they are at the most 6 months- Dog dependent- Then 2 meals a day for life.

Mine get ALS forumla after 12 weeks of age.

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Sorry, kinda unschooled here lol, what is ALS Formula??
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ALS is All Life Stages....no worries I scratched my head over that one the first time I saw it...lol
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Your boy looks Golden to me...he's very cute!

Sage is 8 wks I feed her 3 times a day as much as she will eat in 20-25 minutes as she is slow. I also feed her in her crate. She does have access to Emma's food sometimes as I forget to pick it up right away as Emma eats even slower if you can believe that.

edit forgot to say that I give her 3/4 cup per feeding and let her eat as much as she wants of it for that 20-25 minutes....she usually won't eat it all, except at supper time!!!!!

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Welcome to the Forum. He looks all golden to me. Has he been to the vet? You could give him a moderate food, Purina Pro Plan Chicken and Rice is a good quality food. I would look on the bag and give slightly less than the recommended amount divided into 3 meals. Please remember what is recommended on the bag is for the whole day, not per meal. My foster pups are usually eating 2/3 to 3/4 cup 3 times a day by the time they are 11 weeks old.
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I feed mine three times a day. Right now at 4.5 months he gets 3 cups a day. If I'm remembering correctly I fed 1.5 cups from 9 weeks to 12 weeks then 2.25 cups from 12 weeks to 18 weeks. Then 3 cups until now. All these are split into three even meals.

I think it also depends on what food your feeding. A lot of people say the guidelines on the bags are too much but ours normally falls right in the middle of the guidelines. But he does get a lot of exercise.

I normally start off with the smallest portion on the guideline, and watch the puppy for a week. If he starts getting chunking I decrease the amt of food and vice versa.


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We fed Max Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy food. We have always fed him twice a day. We pretty much followed the guidelines on the bag/web site. Max did well on the Eukanuba--we fed it until he was about 16 months old.
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When I took my puppy to the vet last week they calculated the calories in the brand dog food we are using and what she needs. It came out to be 2 1/8 cups total for the day. She still seems hungry on some days after only that amount. She was 8 weeks last week and 13 pounds. Her breeder had food accessible to the puppies all day long. I do not want to do that for two reasons 1) don't want her overweight and 2) difficult to house train without consistent mealtimes/outside time.
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