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    Just wondering when you switch your dogs from 3 meals per day to 2. Eric and I come home at lunch regardless but it just occured to me that I have no idea when we switch over to two meals per day.
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    You could always call your breeder and ask.
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    Ender can kind of give you an indication too...but from my experience about 15-16 weeks is a good time to do it (Rider lost interest at about 3 months at the lunch time feedings), and we then switched him to adult food at 6 months.
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    I switched between 4 and 5 months ... you just gradually, over the course of a few days, reduce what you are giving at lunch time. At the same time increase that amount in the a.m. and p.m. meals, so that Ender gets the same amount of food.

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    Our vet said to see how he's growing and then decide. We tried to wean lunch out around 4 or 5 months, but then he was just ravenous at dinner, and I'm always worried about bloat :

    So, the vet said if we're home and want to divide his rations into three parts then keep on doing it if it keeps him from being a pig at night. Just now, at 9 months he's losing interest in the mid-day meal. It's not like he'll refuse the food (haha) but he's not looking for it, and he's not starving at dinner (and by not starving, I mean he takes 45 seconds to eat 1.5 cups, not 15 seconds).

    See what Ender tells you, you'll know when he's ready - and as long as you're home and he's not overweight or having loose stools our vet said there's no reason they can't have three meals until they're ready to switch.

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    Well... he is having loose stool but I think that's our fault for feeding too much and our feeding schedule got screwed up over the weekend.

    He'll eat whatever you put in front of him and he'll never say no, or at least he hasn't yet.

    Our little tanker is 32 lbs but NOT fat at all... when looking at him top down, you can see the indent at his waist... you can feel his ribs easily but not see them... he's just growing FAST.
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    Jinx and Shelby both told me at around 4 months. They just stopped eating their midday meals.
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    Fergus just turned 9 months and we just got him off the lunch time feeding. I'm home at lunch everyday so it wasn't an inconvenience, he is just so into his routine, it's like he has a feeding alarm clock that goes off in his brain!! It's been about 2 weeks now, and so far he hasn't asked for it.

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    We've actually switched CoCo already... With no adverse effect.

    Its because somedays she is home alone in her ex-pen all day... we were giving her lunch portion to her in her kong when we went to work in the morning, which she would start eating right away of course... so she basically was eating two breakfasts and a dinner.

    So now we've divided her kibble evenly into breakfast and dinner, and in her kong I mix a little kibble w/ green beans and seal with PB. I might switch up the kong stuffing, maybe do a frozen one once she's big enough to lick out the insides of it (for now she tosses it around until the dry kibble falls out).... but it won't be her lunch portion any more.
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    We stopped giving Frankie lunch at 4 months.

    Make sure you mention to your vet how fast he is growing. He'll recommend if you should switch to adult food early or not. Mine had me switch over at 5 months because he was growing too fast. Bad for the joints.
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