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He looks great!

For me it is all about activity. In the winter DH and I are much less active so we cut back on the food because the dogs suffer our wimpy can't go out when it is so cold moods. In the summer they are ACTIVE so we up their food to make sure they do not suffer there either. We fluctuate between 1 cup twice daily to 1.5 daily.

Teddi recently got a bit 'heavy' on TOTW because it was so rich, and we got a bit focused on getting Belle through her ordeal not exercising as much. We cut her back to 1 cup, changed her food to Blue Chicken & Brown Rice, and she looks GREAT again. We plan to walk the dogs to the vet and weigh them once the humidity dips below 90% and temp below 99.

My lab Belle got REALLY skinny after her FCE she lost literally 10 pounds in 10 days. We upped her to a hefty 1.5 twice a day. She was REALLY active up north recently but not sure at home we will be able to maintain her at that activity level. She gained her weight back, I think we may need to cut her a bit. She will never be as active as she was. She has gained the 10 back I am pretty sure. Our vet said to get her back up.

It is a constant adjustment in our house. Our puppy is a bit thinner she is still burning calories growing. She is 8 months. I am reluctant to feed her more she is a lab, but I don't want her too thin either. I can still feel but not see her ribs unless she stretches on the floor. They do tend to 'mature' and fill out between 12-24 months of age, grow "up" the first 12.

Oh we also feed a fair amount of treats at home for a variety of reasons. You need to factor that into food quantities.


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Your pup is adorable! His face looks a lot like my boy. Tucker is 10 months old, and when I had him at the vet last month, he was 63 pounds, and the vet said he looked great. I think your pup looks perfect! I also give Tucker a kong on very active days as a little treat. I think you're doing everything perfect. If he starts to gain weight, cut down on his serving amounts. If he stays the same, leave his amounts alone. I'm sure all will be fine.
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Thanks for all the replies and compliments!

Laurie, Lincoln's body actually looks similar to Jack's! Lincoln may be a bit longer, but very similar in their skinniness!

Based on all your advice, we'll just keep doing what we're doing and supplement with a little extra on the days he's really active. His body just looks so thin to me, but I'm sure I'm used to seeing overweight and/or more mature goldens. I'm sure once his body matures more he'll look less like a skinny-minny. I've heard that once their chest drops (I think that's the right word) they stop looking so skinny.

I know that a little leaner is always better, but I somewhat worry about impacting his growth if we're keeping him too lean. Is this just a ridiculous concern?

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Jack looks great! He's still a growing pup, so don't be too concerned with weight, but as others have mentioned, better to err on the lighter, leaner side - which he is now. Great job!
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I think the only way you can cause problems by keeping them too lean, is when they are unhealthily skinny...like ribs/hips showing. Unfortunately, my aunt and uncle got a chesapeake bay retriever and they're a bit show-offy and braggy and look down on others who aren't as active as they are. So they were out to prove to everyone in the family that THEIR dog would be the best trained dog ever.

They kept that poor puppy skinny to the point of starving it. Poor puppy would CRY in hunger but they "didn't want a fat dog" (which was a shot at my family's golden retriever at the time - he was 10 and while not heavy, wasn't in the lean, muscled condition that they wanted THEIR dog. They took their PUPPY running and biking for MILES, all the time bragging that their dog was such a natural athlete - "she's only 4 months old and can keep up on ten mile runs!" Poor thing was a neurotic mess and by the time she was 6, had developed diabetes from lack of good nutrition in her youth and had severe arthritis in her hips/elbows/everywhere. She could hardly walk when she was 8 years old.

So, I'd say your safe even if your dog is a little underweight due to sporadic growth spurts. Ranger was a skinny-minny around 9 months and he filled out after he hit 12 months or so.

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Gilmour is the same way. He can eat like a horse and not gain weight.

He is 65 pounds at 18 months (or close to it), he eats 4 cups of California Natural a day. Two in the morning, two at night.

That's a lot of dog food.

Plus snacks.

He does not gain weight. His weight is actually perfect though.

CN is pretty high calorie food too. I think it's upwards of 700c/cup.

Of course G-Man is a major ball of energy and is almost constantly at it from 6am to midnight. He tends to rest most between 11am and 3pm. If I could harness it, I could probably power a small city

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