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    DefaultHow often to feed?

    We've been feeding Harley twice per day, about a cup and a half per bowl. Now this seems like too little to me, and he seems to be thinning out, but I can't decide if that's the worms being gone combined with just plain growing, or if it's because we're not feeding him enough. The wifey and I agree we would like to give him more. I don't see ribs, but he seems thin. That could just be my ignorance of how a dog should look. You can see the difference between now and my signature pics a week and a half ago. Is this how a 12 week old puppy should look?

    He is not lacking for energy, that's for sure. We went to the lake again and he was all over the place. I had to settle him down after about 20 minutes of play and convince him he had to go back on the leash.

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    When mine were puppies they got fed 3x a day.
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    i feed my 10-wk old 3xday, and about 1 cup per meal.

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    If you're there and can feed 3x a day, as long as the amount of food is right for your dog, go ahead. I wasn't able to feed Abbey 3x/day when she was a pup because of work/school and she turned out fine!

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    Dozer is 11 weeks old. We feed Dozer 3x per day. He gets a total of 3 1/2 cups of food per day.
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    Puppy that age should get fed 3 times each day. Spread it out over three feedings.

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    So we're giving him the right amount, just split it up over three times, not two. I'm going to go with three times a day...

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    3 times per day until Harley is 16 weeks old is my advice.
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    Kdryan,

    I'm no expert but I agree with you he does look too skinny. If it were me I would increase his daily intake by at least a half of cup. I think you want to make sure that he doesn't get too fat but you don't want them too skinny either. I would follow your instincts. You are the one that lives with him everyday. If he starts to gain too much weight you can always feed him less.
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    He looks extremely thin to me. I would up it to 4 cups divided over 3 feedings.
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