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Our sweet 17 week old boy is on the skinny side and we are trying to plump him up some. I was wondering how much food you are giving your young pups per feeding and if you are feeding twice or three times a day? Thanks so much!
 

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You sort of want your puppy to stay on the skinnier side but no one wants to feel like they are starving their dog. I went by how easily I could feel Rukie's ribs and I still do. It changed often when he was a puppy, feeling a little too thin and increasing then a little less thin and cutting back. I fed Eukanuba Large breed puppy food and Pro Plan Large Breed puppy food and the amount on the Eukanuba bags was way too much. The Pro Plan seemed about right. I can't exactly remember when I quit feeding him 3 times a day maybe a little before 6 months old.
Here's a good guide:
https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/sites/default/files/files/2018-02/7-Purina-Body-Condition-System_Version-3.13.pdf

Keeping your dog thin reduces the chances of cancer and joint problems and they say it can add to their life span as compared to overweight dogs.
 

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Look up the Rhonda Hovan Hovan Slow Grow Plan. It's especially important for puppies. As cwag noted, there seems to be sufficient evidence for the benefit of not having your pup grow too fast or having your dog overweight. We weigh our puppy (11 weeks) each week and adjust from there. Currently she is on 2 1/2 cups / day. Our breeder is the one who taught us about this. And since I am such a skeptical person by nature, I looked up the info myself. This is our 5th puppy and the first one that we have followed this plan with. It makes a lot of sense.
 

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Great thread I’ll follow. Tucker’s “European” lines are throwing me off, perhaps??. His pops is a MASSIVE Golden in my opinion. Tucker came to us at 25lbs at 12 weeks. He’s now 43 lbs at 21 weeks. I’ve done the same and increase or decrease factoring what’s happening in the training area that day (calories equal gains so I watch that). I’ve found him to be plump looking to thinning down and so forth. He’s a challenge to me because he’s prone to be a large dog due to his genetics. Big boy. Mine is twice a day at 3.5 cups total (1.75 per feeding) and will go DOWN to 3 cups and I alternate. I hate when it seems he’s starved so fortunately he loves cucumbers and bell peppers which he gets some of those in moderation and an occasional slice of banana (watching sugars) and a slice or two of an apple. For example now I feel he’s gained too much this week so back down I go. Head spinning. But like above I follow the visual chart. Pic of Pappa and one of tucker below 🙂
 

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I’m in the same boat as y’all! I’ve been following the size chart and some days we can start to see his ribs, and other days he’s a little fuller looking. Aidan’s 22 weeks and around 46lbs. His mom was average, but his dad was really large. I also feed PPP, and vary his food based on how he looks each day/activity level...usually between 3-4 cups. He acts like he’s starving and I really do think He’d eat the whole bag of kibble if we’d let him. I give him an occasional carrot, apple/banana slice, but haven’t tried cucumbers! I’ll have to see if he likes those!
 

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Great thread I’ll follow. Tucker’s “European” lines are throwing me off, perhaps??. His pops is a MASSIVE Golden in my opinion. Tucker came to us at 25lbs at 12 weeks. He’s now 43 lbs at 21 weeks. I’ve done the same and increase or decrease factoring what’s happening in the training area that day (calories equal gains so I watch that). I’ve found him to be plump looking to thinning down and so forth. He’s a challenge to me because he’s prone to be a large dog due to his genetics. Big boy. Mine is twice a day at 3.5 cups total (1.75 per feeding) and will go DOWN to 3 cups and I alternate. I hate when it seems he’s starved so fortunately he loves cucumbers and bell peppers which he gets some of those in moderation and an occasional slice of banana (watching sugars) and a slice or two of an apple. For example now I feel he’s gained too much this week so back down I go. Head spinning. But like above I follow the visual chart. Pic of Pappa and one of tucker below 🙂
He is so handsome and big!
 

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I’m in the same boat as y’all! I’ve been following the size chart and some days we can start to see his ribs, and other days he’s a little fuller looking. Aidan’s 22 weeks and around 46lbs. His mom was average, but his dad was really large. I also feed PPP, and vary his food based on how he looks each day/activity level...usually between 3-4 cups. He acts like he’s starving and I really do think He’d eat the whole bag of kibble if we’d let him. I give him an occasional carrot, apple/banana slice, but haven’t tried cucumbers! I’ll have to see if he likes those!
This made me feel better lol. Your boy is big like mine. Hahaha wow he’s handsome !!!

My breeder just bred their other female with Tucker’s pops lol. So adorable! I’m not getting another one ! LOL 🐾🐾💕
 

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Great thread I’ll follow. Tucker’s “European” lines are throwing me off, perhaps??. His pops is a MASSIVE Golden in my opinion. Tucker came to us at 25lbs at 12 weeks. He’s now 43 lbs at 21 weeks. I’ve done the same and increase or decrease factoring what’s happening in the training area that day (calories equal gains so I watch that). I’ve found him to be plump looking to thinning down and so forth. He’s a challenge to me because he’s prone to be a large dog due to his genetics. Big boy. Mine is twice a day at 3.5 cups total (1.75 per feeding) and will go DOWN to 3 cups and I alternate. I hate when it seems he’s starved so fortunately he loves cucumbers and bell peppers which he gets some of those in moderation and an occasional slice of banana (watching sugars) and a slice or two of an apple. For example now I feel he’s gained too much this week so back down I go. Head spinning. But like above I follow the visual chart. Pic of Pappa and one of tucker below 🙂
He is so handsome and big!
Thank you. 🙂 your boy is too 🙂
 

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When feeding a good quality food WITHOUT corn and other fillers,you can feed less and your dog will get better nourishment.
less poop too<img src="http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Hehe yep!!! And the poo is quickly dried up easy pick up daily hehe. Even with my pup and my senior 💕
 
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