welcome to you, your furry friends and your dh. and please thank your dh for being in the army and defending our country. we love to see pictures.. so can't wait
beth, moose and angel
beth, moose and angel
I think I would keep him on the Newmans and put some green beans in there to help fill him up. The green beans are empty calories. Two cups a day is good. Goldens are known to be chow hounds so you have to be careful to make sure they dont get overweight. If you can increase the walks too that will help. Do you have a place that you can safely let him run off leash to help burn some energy and tire him out?
Thank your husband for his service to our country. And you too for your sacrifices spouses are just as important. My husband was in the in Marines for 22 years.
Would love to see some pictures of your pups.
Hey there! We are military too! My husband is Navy and we just moved from Hawaii to Washington state!
My pup Leonidas was a big fat round thing just a few months ago! He also gained about 10 pounds a month for awhile and at 9 months old he weighs in at 67 pounds and is 20 inches tall at his shoulders. My Maximus was a pudgy thing too...and really tall! He is normal weight now (about 70 pounds or so) but is 26'' at the shoulder so he looks super skinny!
Sounds like your baby is in the ballpark for normal, as far as I know! There is such a range of sizes and the growth pattern is so different from dog to dog! Some dogs are tiny as pups and HUGE adults and some are just the opposite! Did you get to meet his parents? Were they average size or tall and beefy?
You said you are feeding 2 cups twice a day right? If you are worried you could take it down to one cup plus a cup of fruit and veggies twice a day, or two cups once a day and give him fruits and veggies as treats throughout the day. =)
Leonidas was sooooo round for a while I swore to everyone he was a lab but he has grown proportionally! You know your dog best and if he is happy with the feeding schedule now and isn't having tummy problems don't change it to much!! I would try to excercise him a bit more though, as a pup he needs as much running/walking time as he can get and it is a great time to work on loose leash walking too!!
Welcome to the forum! We can't wait to see pictures and I look forward to getting to know you and your pups better!!
I would be concerned about his weight as well. My pup is over 6 months old and 43 pounds. Although size does vary considerably, the breed standard for full grown male dogs is 65-75 pounds and at 18 weeks, Tucker has a whole lot more growing to do!!!! I don't think you can judge how much to feed by how hungry the dog seems. I know with my dog, she would eat the whole bag of dog food at once if I let her! The recommendations on the bag are also generally more than a dog needs. Retrievers do have a tendency to be overweight because they love food so much (and they are so irresistible!) You don't want to have him overweight at such a young age, especially because it is really hard on growing bones and joints to have that extra weight. You should be able to feel his ribs really easily. A little while back there was a great post with a scale with images of dogs of different weights, from too skinny to overweight. I wish I could find it. I think it might be useful to you to be able to visualize what the ideal weight looks like on a golden. I would definitely be cutting back on his food. Did you say he gets 2 cups twice a day or 2 cups total? If it is 4 cups a day, you could definitely cut back. If it is 2 cups a day and you can really increase exercise a lot, that might be the way to go. Either way, I would strongly recommend that you slow down his weight gain. Good luck!
You could also order a better product online...just make sure they're able to deliver to an APO address (provided it's worth the added expense). Also with the Commissary, you might be able to talk to the manager to see if you could do a special order & get a better quality food.
OMG Tucker is a doll!! What a face!! =) He looks like a normal golden puppy to me...but I am not an expert by any stretch of the word!
Oh, and Leonidas is 9 months old and currently weighs 67 pounds and is 20 inches to the shoulders! His body(nose to tip of tail) is really long though... Gosh, could you imagine if he were that big as an 18 week old with a short puppy body?! Holy cow that would be a sight! lol!
Thanks and thank you to your family. i might try some lunch. He doesn't really act hungry or look for food in the day time, only when it's close to meal time and after he's eaten. I do think that the Newman's is really helping, it's been a week now and I think it's more filling than the SD was. I feed him half of what he used to eat. Makes sense as it's real meat and veggies rather than by product and fillers. Hopefully in the next week or so he will start to look a little more trim.Welcome to the forum and thank your husband for his service. We all appreciate what it takes to keep up safe here at home. And thank you for your service along side him. We're former Navy parents!
I wonder if a 'lunch' of cooked carrots and green beans might not help take the edge off his appetite. We had a dog who lived 8 years (after a diagnosis of cancer) on homemade food and vitamins. Hamburger boiled with instant rice and frozen peas and carrots.