Feeding advice needed

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Lyfe of Odin's picture
Joined: 2017-09-02

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Hello all,

I was hoping to get some good advice on feeding our Odin! He is currently 13 weeks and  26lbs(just weighed on Friday).

We are new to all this so any information is welcome! We did quite a bit of research bit still feel like we are in the dark. So, this our current feeding regimen- we feed him Fromm grain free puppy food 1 cup 3 times a day. With lunch he gets a tablespoon of coconut oil added for his skin and coat and for dinner a teaspoon of cod liver oil added to help build cartilage for his ears-given to us by our crop vet.

Our question are - is this ok? Is it enough for our growing boy? Should he be eating a puppy food or is that bad? Is he within normal weight range? Has any one tried freeze dried raw? This is something we are seriously considering.

His coat is beautiful, shiny, and soft but still has dry skin. His stool formed.

Again any advice is welcome!

It sounds like what you are feeding is working well - I would not change food. I would plan on switching to an adult version in a few months - they really don't need to stay on puppy food for very long. I usually transition to adult food by 6 months. You can add some fresh food later. I feed eggs (cooked), plain yogurt, cottage cheese, veggies and fruits along with kibble. 

I do think for his size, that a tablespoon of coconut oil is a bit much. I'd reduce to a teaspoon and increase as he grows to a tablespoon.

The cup 3 times a day is good for now. Amounts are always just a guess as every dog is different. You should be able to see a faint outline of his last two ribs (not all of them) - adjust how much he gets based on how he is looking. He will obviously need more at some point. You can cut back to 2 feedings a day in a couple more months. 

A young adult male may eat in excess of 6 cups a day..... but at maturity it will usually reduce again.  My almost 10 year old male eats a lot less than he did at age 5!

Lyfe of Odin's picture
Joined: 2017-09-02

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Thank you so much for the advice. We have cut back to a teaspoon of the coconut oil and plan to add to his food once he's off the puppy food. 

He seems like he gets board of his dry kibble some times. There will be days where he eats everything in his bowl in a few minutes and other days he will take a few bites and walk away and not touch it again until his next meal. I s this normal for puppies, should we add a little bit of wet food to change it up every now and again?

Joined: 2016-04-25

Dobermans are very very smart.......

just like little kids....the children have milk..then once you give them flavored milk....look out...they never want regular milk again.....

Keep your pup on a good kibble ..I use Earthborn Dog Food.....they have several brands but highly recommended by my Vet. 

Just like babies...create a schedule ....and keep the schedule..... if its 6am then leave the food for consumption for about 30 minutes ....after that pull it away...do not worry if they miss a meal.....Dobermans pick up on patterns real fast.....your pup will figure this out real fast.....within days....seriously.....Dogs will never allow themselves to starve. 

Including "Mommy will add extra stuff if I hold off on eating".......don't do it!!!! LOL 



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Joined: 2014-11-06

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Additions to kibble like cooked egg, a little veg and fruit, plain yogurt etc add good nutrients for your pup's overall health!

Changing food every time they seem bored, will create a very picky dog! It is ok to rotate kibbles and I know people who do so. However changing to another food can result in gastro issues, so do so slowly. 

Leaving food down for a limited time is the best - my dogs know to eat when the food hits the floor. If they don't eat, I pick it up and try again at the next meal. Make sure you have a schedule as they will learn it... I swear that my dogs can tell time - haha. The two I have now inhale their food as soon as it hits the ground - a missed meal with these two would result in an immediate vet visit! That said, I've lived with picky eaters, and most of them do outgrow it if you are patient.