Feeding and bathing frequency

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Diesel is now almost 7 weeks old, I would like to know how often to feed him? is it better to feed him one cup twice daily or 1/2 cup three times daily? he weighs about 12 pounds or slightly more now.

Also how often do I give him a bath? I did twice a week and he seems to have tolerated the water well, he didn't love it but went through it without any hassle. How often do dobermans take baths?

thank you so much

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In my opinion, you should feed 3 or 4 times a day when they're that old. I got Tayoh when he was 10 weeks (he'll be a year on Sunday), and I fed him 3 times a day until he was like 6 months, and I'm still feeding twice a day. 

I definitely wouldn't give baths more than once a week, and if possible, once every 2 weeks. Most groomers will recommend once every 4-6 weeks. If you over bathe him it'll strip his coat of the natural oils it needs.

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I might be out of the norm, but I hardly ever bathed my Dobies. Usually it was when they got skunked, or rolled in something stinky.

They never smelled "doggy" and their coats were beautiful. I always figured it was better to leave them alone if they looked and smelled nice! (I never had a problem with fleas, either, so no need for flea baths.)

Gabe, being an Aussie, gets combed a lot, but only got a partial bath when he stepped in something stinky.

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Bathing too regularly washes the oils off of their skin that keeps the coat healthy.

 

I bathe my puppies, usually, the second day home. Then if they swim in a particularly disgusting looking lake, roll in something, or the mud from the previous walk hasn't dried and crumbled off as it should...

 

Kay was last bathed about 2 months ago.

 

I have NO idea about feeding. My dogs eat when they're hungry, and stop when they're full.

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2 cups per day for a very young growing puppy?  To me that doesnt sound like enough.  I'd spread it out over at least 3 meals per day, if not 4, just because he's so young he cant hold a lot at once.

About the bathing---yes, you can bathe them too frequently and strip the natural oils from their fur and skin and then you'll have to deal with dry skin issues like itching and dandruff.  If your pup is a little smelly, you can wipe him down with an unsented baby wipe.  DJ is 10 months old now, and has only had a real 'bath' twice....both times it was because she rolled in a really stinky thing she found in a field.  Other than that, she stays really clean and her coat is very soft and shiny all the time.

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Thank you for all your comments, they are helpful. :)

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Totally on board with the infrequent bathing comments. We do rinse Sofia's feet when we bring her in from a run, the sand gets into her pads and irritate... she gets brushed almost daily and unscented baby wipes take care of her ears and the rest of her. She's been rinsed off a couple of times since her last full bath ( Tropiclean Oatmeal) a couple of months ago.

Feeding:

Because she does have a low thyroid we feed her three times a day; a cup of grain free kibble topped with white chicken meat.) We have found three feedings helps with a low metabolism.

We use a mixture of Skin So Soft by Avon and water ( 3x water to 1x SSS) spritz and rub it in her coat.. makes for a good moisturizer and helps keep mosquitos etc off. Plus she loves the massage.

Sofia is a rescued girl and is probably 7 or 8 years old.

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Thank you, I will try the SSS and water mist :) 

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Wait a minute.  First of all welcome to the site.  I'm glad you're here since there's some things wrong with your scenario already and we'll be here to guide you.  You said your pup is 7 weeks old and you've been bathing him twice a week?  How old was the pup when you got him?  It's important that you have them on a quality food.  There is a feeding guide on the bag, but it is only a guide.  At 7 weeks, he needs to be on at least 3 feedings a day.  If he leaves some in the dish, you're giving him a touch too much.  If he acts hungry all the time, up the amount.  Of course this changes frequently as he grows.  It's not unusual for a dobe to gain 10 lbs. a month during a growth spurt.  He needs to go to the vet and get worming meds a few times, and of course his vaccines.

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Good luck with the pup. The only thing I can add is nothing.  All of the great answers are on top.  Dont forget to share pics.

 

Tess

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I got Dexter way too young and fed him 4 times a day at that age. I think he might have been on formula as well. 

I did not really bath him, but did rinse him in the tub (room temp. water, no shampoo) once a week. Just to get him used to it.

Now we only bath when it is needed 

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I haven't given my Dobe a bath yet.  We got him May 5th this year.  He doesn't smell bad, and we have pet wipes & unscented baby wipes as well as skunk odor remover in his supply cupboard just in case.  We also have the recipe for home made skunk remover on hand that uses various ingredients found on this forum ready as well.  Most dog shampoo found in department stores are way too harsh.  Stay away from Hartz brands.  They are horrible!  As for my past Dobes, they all had a wading pool and occasionally waded in themselves never forced.  Lake romps are fun if they wish.  This summer my Dobe helped get my friend's male and female Doberman's  to over come their fear of the lake & waves by watching mine romp with his min pin sibling.  No forcing involved.  But they really got water crazy when a lab joined in!

We have used a real chamois wet and wrung out to wipe the dogs down in the summer.  This was also good for taking out loose hair and cooling him down after a warm day of playing.  Regular brushing with a good quality dog brush to remove the hair they shed.  I picked these up at a C.K.C. Dog show from one of the venders.  Although my dogs are registered purebreds, we don't show them & never intended to. ( We spay / neuter every pet)  I thought the beautiful show dogs with such beautiful coats, that dog shows would be a good place to get tips & advice for my own babies and it was.  Good quality grain free food has made our dogs fur glossy like the dogs at the dog show.  Dog show people are excellent sources of information as are the people on this forum.  ( sometimes I think this should be called a "fur-um" instead of forum.)  I find the dog show people friendly & talkative about their dogs.  ( don't bring your untrained dog to the dog show would be my only tip if you plan to attend a show)

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It is not very good to give a bath very often. Normally is twice a year, if, certainly doggy did not het in some dirt. 6 months puppy should be feeded 4 times daily but smaller ammounts of food. After 3 months you can give food 3 times daily