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Old 02-10-2013, 06:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hahaha!
And people consistently accuse me of not feeding my dog. Im tempted to make a sign and bucket saying something to the effect of "Think you can do better? Help me feed my dog". I go through so much food so fast! Maybe I'll try some yoghurt too. :P

Eight months tends to be a lean, gangly stage right before he starts to fill out, so don't give up hope!

I've had a lot of people suggest I keep him crated more, but then you have a very large, grumpy puppy who starts bouncing around in the crate. We've also had people suggest less exercise....but that's darn near impossible too. I don't think people understand higher energy puppies.
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Being a little lean isn't the end of the world. In fact, for a growing pup, being slightly underweight, I've heard, can be better for proper bone development than being slightly overweight. I'd let him eat as much as he wants (within reason). He will fill out as he matures.

If you are planning to show him, exercise is SO important! Keeping him in a crate will not be conducive to showing well. Show dogs, even puppies, need to be well conditioned with muscle tone.
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I tried the first recipe. I'm not sure if it helped overall because I feed him that as a treat during a whole week and all I noticed is his belly was bloated. I'm a little worried about leaving something in the fridge for too long and since Teddy is only 4 pounds I ended up with like a months supply. I ended up just giving up the satin balls after a week.

I was free feeding so people in this forum recommend scheduled feedings. Now I feed him 3 times a day and I see fat covering his ribs now.
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Being a little lean isn't the end of the world. In fact, for a growing pup, being slightly underweight, I've heard, can be better for proper bone development than being slightly overweight. I'd let him eat as much as he wants (within reason). He will fill out as he matures.

If you are planning to show him, exercise is SO important! Keeping him in a crate will not be conducive to showing well. Show dogs, even puppies, need to be well conditioned with muscle tone.
He has good muscle tone, but is slightly underweight. He gets loads of exercise, probably why I can't get the weight where I'd like it. He is given as much as he wants to eat, but that tops out at about 3 cups dry, 1/2 can wet a day. I did stop adding warm water to his food and he is eating it all now. I also discovered he doesn't like the fish oil capsule. Twice i have found a clean bowl with a soggy capsule smushed on the side. I think I will try olive oil instead or snip the capsule and squeeze it in. What a PIA this all is.
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He has good muscle tone, but is slightly underweight. He gets loads of exercise, probably why I can't get the weight where I'd like it. He is given as much as he wants to eat, but that tops out at about 3 cups dry, 1/2 can wet a day. I did stop adding warm water to his food and he is eating it all now. I also discovered he doesn't like the fish oil capsule. Twice i have found a clean bowl with a soggy capsule smushed on the side. I think I will try olive oil instead or snip the capsule and squeeze it in. What a PIA this all is.
Well I wouldn't think a dog would want to eat a fish oil capsule! Either pierce the capsule and squeeze the oil on the food or buy some fish oil in a container with a pump and squirt it on the food.
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I had a bottle of fish oil capsules for myself. Double dipping, you know. The whippet thinks of them like candy, but he is a man of very little brain. I assumed the poodles would, too, but they're a tad too bright to buy it.
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As for me, I swear by the satin ball, but I have changed the recipe to one that I like better. I don't do certain grains so many cereals are no go for me to have in my house. :( Not malted or barley of any kind and you would be amazed at what does have that nowadays.

Anyway here is my recipe: I freeze it in balls or ice trays and then take out at need. SO it is never long term in the refrigerator. I use silicone ice cube trays and have enough that I put them in to freeze. I bought little heart shaped ones and they make a great snack size. Angel likes them frozen even. They are not terribly hard even frozen due to what they are made from. And the silicone makes them easy release.

hamburger meat
ground flaxseed
cream cheese
peanut butter
oats
coconut milk I soaked the oats in the coconut milk
egg yolks
coconut oil
gelatin

I am not sure where my amounts are, but you could use the other recipes as a gauge. I have miss placed the actual recipe. I have tried other ways of freezing, but for me the ice cube trays are the best I have found.

I mix with my hands in very long rubber gloves, I have found that works the best as I don't have a mixer that is strong enough to work it.

Good luck if you do decide to try them. Angel is also on the light side and these keep her just where I prefer her to be.

I agree that people don't get high energy dogs, unless they are a high energy person or have high energy dogs. It is all a balancing act. And a crated high energy dog is just unhappy and skinny, instead of just skinny.
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