Does anyone have a website or materials that would detail a feeding schedule. By a feeding schedule I mean when to increase the amount of food you feed your dogs at certain age intervals. Pi is looking a little thin and I emailed our breeder and he said he was feeding the puppy he kept behind 2.0 cups per meal. Now we have been feeding Pi the same thing but he seems too thin. Any suggestions here would be great!
Here's a good place to start. Follow the links. after that, Google.
How old is Pi and how much are you feeding him now?
Too thin = Bad
Thin - Good
General rule of thumb for mid - large size dogs...
Less than six months - feed 3 times/day
More than six months - feed 2 times/day
More meals are better than fewer meals. If you can pull of 3 meals a day forever, then go for it...but it's not usually practicle.
Pups under 6 months require just under 2Xs the amount of food as an adult. As the pup gets older the amount will decrease to the normal requirment...unless the dog is very active.
We're feeding Pi twice daily. We were feeding 1.75 cups a meal. We have since bumped it to 2.5.
If I didn't say it earlier Pi is 5months.
At 5 months he is at the peak of his growth...the time when he needs the most nutrition. My dogs were on 4 cups a day at that age so I think bumping Pi's food up to 2.5 cups 2X a day is a wise move. At 6-7 months I would cut him down to 4 cups.
No one should be talking cups...it is soley about calories/cup.
Some foods have 300 cals/cup, some 600 cal/cup.
A CUP IS NOT A CUP.
Hi Jason - I knew it was you when I saw your pups name! ;D
A lot depends on what food you are feeding him - different foods have different amounts of calories. Maybe the breeder is feeding his littermate something with more calories. I don't think there's a magic amount either, go by what he looks like. If he's looking a tad thin, bump his food up. If he's getting pudgy, reduce it.
Good luck with him. He's a cutie Pi!