I have 2 gorgeous black standard poodles, my female Sadie and my boy Teddy. I absolutely adore them, I have had my girl for about 2 years now and my boy was just rescued from a home where he was forced to stay in a kennel for at least 18 hours a day on average. He just turned a year old and I have had him for about 2 weeks now. He is kind of in arrested development because of all the time in the cage, and he is HUGE! What a moose....he is into everything all the time and doesn't know how to stay out of trouble. Although he is the size of an ox and as stubborn as a donkey he has already attached himself to my heart and has become a permanent member of our family.
I was hoping for a little bit of guidance on his diet. My female has always been a lady and she makes trips back and forth throughout the day to her food dish eating small amounts each time. She has a very firm, beautiful physique no weight problems- and I don't have to ration out her food. Now on the other hand, my Heffer eats anything and everything in sight, and inhales it faster than can be digested. I saw someone's post about a slow feeder...and I am going to look into that but now I can't leave food out for Sadie because Teddy eats it all and I don't know how much to feed them and how many times a day and at what intervals. I want to make sure they have a balanced diet so they don't gain weight. So, Sadie weighs currently about 40 lbs. and Teddy is about 70 and still growing. Any suggestions? Also, I feed my dogs purina one lamb and rice.....I had heard good things about it like it doesn't contain as many fillers as other dog foods but I never realized how greasy it is until I had to start hand feeding Teddy to keep him from eating till he throws up. Which has helped him to slow down immensely. So I am open to suggestions about a healthier brand of food as well. I'm so excited to have found a community of poodle lovers like myself! I can't wait to hear your feedback
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First a big thank you and a hug for getting that male out of the home.
Now, I would feed them two meals a day. Look on the bag and it wil tell you how much to feed for each dogs weight.
If your female is not used to eating a meal and she walks away before finishing, take the bowl up and she will have to wait until meal time again. She will soon learn to eat when it is offered. The male will learn to slow down when he is sure his food will always be coming. I am guessing the little guy has been hungry a good amount of that time in the crate... so sad.
We go around and around about dog food on here and some only feed a raw diet. I do both. I think it is best to switch dog foods , go from brand to brand. I have about 4 that I use, Fromm, Natural Balance , Blue Buffalo and Wellness. I feed raw meat for the 2nd meal of the day.
I too, just adopted my 2nd spoo. I have a 8 year old Blue and a new 2 year old Cream.
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Aww thanks so much for your feedback! I have heard a lot of good things about blue buffalo as well, I am going to look into that, and I have a deep appreciation for anyone who feeds their dogs a raw diet, I think that is truly the best way to go.....I am apprehensive about doing that just yet only because of how little I know about it but I have read that no processed dog food is ever really the best for a dog for many reasons such as the preservatives, the low quality ingredients put into it-and dogs in their natural habitat are carnivores and wouldn't never eat the cornmeal and rice and everything else they stick in those foods if they had to decide for themselves....it's like a human trying to live on a strict diet of Taco Bell lol but I'm sure the more time I spend reading up on the forum and researching it I won't be as nervous and I've honestly never met anyone who does it, but I love the idea. The more I hear about it from everyone who does it will probably make me feel more confident about it though, you guys are all so smart! i have already learned so much from the responses on the few posts i have read today. well that gives me a lot to think about. Thank you for everything!
Hi Missy! What a great thing you have done and I am sure your new boy will pay you back many many times for what you did. 18 hours a day in a crate!!! Unbelievable. I am sure he is like a new puppy, exploring and trying everything!!! There are lots of opinions on this forum, and each diet recommended works for that poodle, and may not for yours, so don't get intimidated!!! I have always fed grain free kibble and premade raw, but I have had mini poodles, so the cost has not been an issue. With larger dogs, premade raw can get pricey. Sunny is on Acana and they have several varieties and he does well on it. Honestly I tried many different foods that worked for others, but just didn't work for him. Good luck and hope you get lots of good advice here.
Oh, and do post some pictures!!!~
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Another Thank You for rescuing Teddy! How joyful he must be to be able to run free! With the food, I too feed my girl Blue Buffalo,and I change it up with other brands such as Solid Gold, Natures Variety Instinct, Earthborn,& Dr. Tims. And then a couple of times a week she gets a raw chicken wing to knaw on. I don't have a weight problem yet as she is still young & very active. Carley's Mom's advice about feeding is spot on! There are many people here with good advice! So welcome to you and your wonderful Poos!
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