Amount of food

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I have a 7.5 week old male dobe puppy, Brinx. I feed him 3 times a day. Approx how much should I be feeding him at each time?

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I have a 7.5 week old male dobe puppy, Brinx. I feed him 3 times a day. Approx how much should I be feeding him at each time?

What food are you feeding and what does the bag say?

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I am feeding blue buffalo dry, and it says for dogs 1-3 months and 1-20 lbs 1/4-1 cup a day. I am feeding him a little over a 1/3 per feeding 3 times a day, but he still seems to be hungry. At the vet approx 5 days ago, he was only 10 lbs

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Hi, trophy13, I have been otherwise occupied for a while, but with your last question, I looked back at some of my records. I got Princess at the age of 9 weeks and her first visit to my vet weighed 13 pounds at the age of 9 weeks. She gained approximately 2 to 2.5 pounds per week for the next 4 1/2 months. I had occasion to either board her or take her to the vet every 2-4 weeks in that time. Here is her weight record.

Date          Weight  Age  Approx. Wt. Gain/wk
1/20/2009    13      9 wks
2/13/2009    20.6    12 wks      2.2
2/21/2009    22.8    13 wks      2.2
2/24/2009    23.3    14 wks      1    (case of diarrhea)
3/9/2009      28.2    16 wks      2.5
4/20/2009    42.2    5 mo        2.3
5/21/2009    50.0    6 mo        1.7
6/1/2009      54.4    6.4 mo    2.9

She was weighted again a week ago Friday when she was being boarded and she now weighs 69 pounds at the age of 10 months.

While she was young and even to this day, I tend to feed her as much as she wants. Good nutrition at an early age is critical. You should not the rounded belly after Brinx has finished eating and the hollow look on the sides when it comes time for the next feeding. If he goes through the amount you have given him in less than 5 minutes, they increase it slightly. If he takes more than 10 minutes, consider reducing it a little. This takes observation, because sometimes they get to a point and get sidetracked. If he walks away from it, the next time give him a little less.

I prefer watching how they eat rather than going by a formula based on if weight = x, feed y. All dogs, like people, are different. As long as you can't see his ribs and he is healthy, they you are doing ok. Of course as he grows, he will constantly eat more, so the amount that was right last week is too little this week. When he gets to about 6 months his gain will slow down, and when he gets to 12 months, his weight should be stable for a good period.