thank you for your help
|I suggest you start with a half cup mornings and evenings. We feed ours on a very regular schedule of 6AM and 6PM. You dog's breeder should have given you this much as the very basics. Contact them if you can.|
I also suggest you read through every thread in the Getting a Puppy section. Seriously. There is such a wealth of info here...
Get some photos posted - we love puppy photos!!!
And welcome to the OES.org forums!
Vance, from near Dayton, OH
|Thank you! sooo much. Unfortunetly my husband just bought him from a friend of a friend that had puppies, so all he came home with was with his shot records and litter certificate. My girls were so excited and the puppy was is so cute that I didnt want to argue with my husband. Now at the moment the girlz and I are working on getting him potty trained.|
I will definetly be reading the puppy section you mentioned. I will be taking him to the vet for a check up, and chip.
I will be posting pics!!!!
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I agree!!!! Congrats on the new pup! Our Angus is an owner surrender and was 1 at the time. It was 13 years ago that we did have an OES pup and I can't say I remember what we fed him, so I'm no help! Sorry.
|Our puppies got/get fed 3 times a day, morning and evening only is a long time between meals for all the energy a puppy burns.|
Our breeder told us they will decide when they no longer need lunch, Dexter quit lunch at 6-8 months. Winston will eat as many meals a day as you can put in front of him but he's not quite 5 months old.
I think it is important to feed puppy food rather than "all ages" food for about the first year, some people say 18 months. The amount of food you give them varies by food. The bag should have an age/weight chart on it.
Welcome to the wonderful world of having an OES as a family member!
|As far as "HOW MUCH" ...that is completely dependent on the type of food and the weight of your dog. I'd rely on the back of your doggy food bag ...and then taking away or adding as you see necessary. My adult dog food says 4 cups a day for her size ...but she requires 6 cups or her ribs protrude out. They say you should be able to feel their ribs but NOT have them come out. |
Welcome to the board! Congrats on your pup!!
|Congratulations! It's going to be busy and exciting for you for a while. |
I second the advice to check the feeding recommendations on the food bag. Also, take a look at the "Grade Your Dog Food" thread: (http://forum.oes.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=9674) It will help you choose a good quality food for your new little furbaby.
We are fortunate that Benson really self-regulates her food intake. We started her on a schedule (which helps with potty training), but now just fill her bowl whenever she empties it. She has NEVER eaten the full recommended amount, but has plenty of energy and is quite fit. (She is also the only animal in the house, so she has no competition for her food either.)
Oh yeah . . . PICTURES PLEASE!!
|Actually as far as puppy food goes, it's better to stop it at about 6 months for OES. For sure stop before a year old. These guys don't need the richness of puppy food that long. This is assuming you are feeding a quality food as the adult ration.|
Feeding 3 times a day is better than 2 meals. They have small stomachs, so 2 feedings is not good for them. Think of a human baby - they eat every 2-4 hours, only as we get older do we do OK on 3 meals a day.
Good luck with your surprise puppy!
|We feed Fromm's large breed puppy here, twice a day.|
|Sprocket stayed on 4 meals a day till he was 4 months as he had an "upset tum" if gave the same amount but in 3 meals-his tum couldn't handle it-basicly he had runny poos!!! On the 4 meals he was fine,then we gradually uped the 3 day meals and cut down on supper. He is still on 3 meals at 9 months. Dogs just vary so much. Our other sheepies were on 2 meals by now and then just 1 but I think I will be sticking to 2 meals a day for Sprocket.x|
|Wow! I love this. all this feedback is so helpful sorry I havent been quick on responding we have just been so busy with his trainging, plus my husband says the girls and I are spoiling Champ. |
So we decided on half a cup 3 times a day. On our brand we had purchased the Purina puppy chow (blue bag) because thats what they had told my husband Champ had been feed, but know I am questioning the quiality of the Puppy chow ,should I change it?
|My mom always said Purina dog chow was the worst stuff, please don't feed that. Don't feed pedigree either. I know some here feed the Purina Pro Plan though, with good results. There's a good thread about dog foods here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=37956|
I like Fromm's for my puppy and Blue Buffalo for my older dog because she needs grain-free. Better quality foods cost more, but they are totally worth it.
Whichever food you decide on, be sure to get the large breed puppy variety, and it will tell you on the bag the reccomended amount of food based on the weight of the puppy. Eevee, at 6 months and 50 or so pounds, gets 3 cups a day. Bailey, at a year old and 35 pounds, gets 2 and a half cups. They eat different foods, and both foods have different amounts of calories, so they need different amounts. Each dog is different of course, so you can always adjust the amount if you feel like they are losing or gaining too much weight. Just start with the reccomended amount and go from there.
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