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|04-03-2016 09:40 AM|
For me, the feeding guidelines on the bag are a starting place. If he is too heavy for his frame, just cut back a bit. I would wait a while, though, and see what he looks like in a few weeks since you just cut back. Don't go by what his siblings eat - each dog is different, has a different metabolism, etc. Go by what your dog looks like and what his needs are. |
I like my dogs lean, with a bit of the last rib showing. I want the least stress on their joints possible. Your guy doesn't look fat, though it's hard to tell from the photos. Ignore the general public - they have no idea what a fit dog looks like!
|04-03-2016 08:27 AM|
|DreamingDoberman||Gosh, he is so gorgeous- what I lovely boy you have!|
|04-03-2016 05:55 AM|
|havenminx||I don't think he looks bad. Different dogs are built different ways, and even dogs from the same litter can grow so very differently. I wouldn't stress over this; you sound like such a caring and attentive owner, I have no doubt he is in good hands.|
|04-02-2016 11:24 PM|
Originally Posted by 4x4bike ped View Post
He was 62lbs last week. Born 9/5/15. Guess I left that out.
|04-02-2016 11:17 PM|
Handsome guy. Honestly, I would not get caught up in the diet hoopla. Just keep an open eye. |
With respect to "filling out", don't even think about it until your boy is 2 yo. some dogs closer to 3.
|04-02-2016 11:09 PM|
Recent pics don't show his waist well but here are a couple if they help at all: |
(that was my girlfriend who stole his dignity with the bunny ears on easter)
|04-02-2016 11:04 PM|
|4x4bike ped|| |
Originally Posted by EvanR View Post
Just find the kibble that works best. Don't sweat it. There is so much good food out there. Or do what lot's of folks do here.. Feed raw.
|04-02-2016 10:58 PM|
Originally Posted by Darkevs View Post
I will certainly monitor his thyroid. It's not enough weight for me to be concerned about a medical issue yet. I doubt most pet owners would even notice it. I've only heard he's overweight from people who are in the confirmation ring every weekend.
From the general public I've gotten "he's a skinny boy" and last week a friend asked me "do they ever fill out when they reach adulthood???" and I had to explain a doberman should be more on the greyhound side than the lab side of the figure scale. Ha. Pretty funny contrast in what I hear re: his weight.
|04-02-2016 10:46 PM|
Originally Posted by greenkouki View Post
Google brings up 449 calories per cup for Pro Plan Chicken & Rice. 489 somewhere else. I can't find it directly from Purina which is annoying.
The Acana Lamb & Apple he's on now shows 395 per cup on the Acana website.
421 for Pacifica and 434 for Wild Prarie on the Acana website. Those are the 3 he's had.
I only list that because it's the first thing I checked.
I can find everything else in the analysis but the calorie content directly from purina. Anyone know where to find it? I can't see it on their website.
|04-02-2016 09:10 PM|
I think you are feeding too much now that his growth is slowing down. Just as a comparison my two adult dogs eat 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups of kibble a day and they both get a good bit of exercise... |
acana is much more calorie rich than pro plan too
|04-02-2016 09:02 PM|
that is pretty laid back for a 7 month old male Doberman pup, at least any I have known. |
most have been pretty wild and on the go.
well hopefully you can get the extra weight off with a little less food and a little more exercise.
if he has trouble keeping extra weight off into adulthood, you may want to have his thyroid levels checked.
|04-02-2016 08:50 PM|
Originally Posted by Darkevs View Post
He's pretty laid back for a doberman puppy I'd say. He loves walks, adventures, and playtime...but he also loves naps. His morning routine is to eat, then his eyelids get heavy again.
He's got a lot of energy in the afternoon, but after walk/play/etc he will actually beg for us to sit down on the couch so he can nap on our laps.
|04-02-2016 08:26 PM|
maybe he is saving up some fat to feed his next growth spurt. |
is he a high energy dog or is he normally a laid back dude?
a handsome 'chubby' boy he is too...
|04-02-2016 08:19 PM|
|melbrod||You can try adding canned or cooked green beans (no salt, pureed or whole depending on what he’ll eat) for more bulk to keep his tummy full without adding a lot more calories.|
|04-02-2016 07:54 PM|
Chubby at 7mths
Stockton has a little bit of extra fat on him, around his butt/waist. Not much, but it's noticeable to his breeder and several dobe people at a show we walked around today. He's a lumpy hourglass from the top.
He's been back to 3 cups of Acana (he was on Pro Plan Chicken and rice until 5 months) a day for over a month and he's still got the chunkiness. Treats have been cut way back (though he was over treated in puppy kindergarten....). His main treat is frozen carrots. His siblings are eating 5-6 cups a day and they ain't chunky! 3 cups seems like very little to me, but he sure isn't starving.
He was eating 4.5 cups a day until we realized he was chunky.
The only thing we can figure is he's not getting enough high-intensity exercise. I take him on 2 good walks a day and we play with him in the yard and in the house a lot, but his littermates all live with other dogs and apparently they just go all day long. Stockton is an only dog so he doesn't get that kind of workout.
Thoughts? I like the Acana. He loves it, good poops, good coat, etc. I switch protein sources each bag. Wild Prarie, Pacifica, and right now lamb and apple. Plus a locally-owned small feed store sells it and I like them. But if enough people think I'd have better luck switching foods I might do it.
We came up with the idea of "borrowing" dogs from friends more often so he can play more.
No good picks of his chunkiness handy, but here's him just being handsome on a camping trip just for kicks.