Tomorrow I am rescuing a 4 month old pure Australian Cattle dog from a local shelter. The dog has a good history, and was from a young couple who bought him from a good breeder but could not afford upkeep, so turned him into the shelter. Tomorrow he is coming home with me, and I am a bit worried as to what behavior to expect. From what I've seen so far, I know he is a jumper(already have plans to take care of this), and we plan on crate training him. One thing I am not sure on however, is how much and how often I am supposed to feed him. Any advice on this and any other things I should know(especially regarding the breed) would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Tom
Best advice as far as feeding is go with a quality dry kibble. Follow the feeding guidelines suggested on the back. If he acts hungry all the time and seems to be getting thinner, increase the amount of food. Try and feed him 2 or 3 times a day instaead of 1 meal. ACDs can be very dominant dogs, obedience training is a must for this breed.
it's not if you spread it out dogs shouldn't have just large meal a day, the gases could cause the stomach to flip n then he'd need surgery to get it corrected ( saw it a few times on Animal Planet on 'Emergancy Vets')...give him like a cup n a half in the morning, one or two at noon and one in the evening. that way u are following the directions and ur not really over feeding him/her. hope it helps! :)
the guidelines on the back of the food bag are just that. guidelines. you can start out feeding that much and then adjust it according to his appetite, if he is putting on too much weight, etc. 4 cups of food daily which you can divide into 2 meals of 2 cups each doesn't seem to be an excessive amount for a 4 month old growing puppy. when my girl was 4 months old she was eating sometimes 6 - 8 cups of food a day especially when she was going thru a growth spurt. now as she's older she has cut herself back to 3-4 cups a day. acd"s are a very hard headed breed and not always the nicest dogs to strangers. must be the dingo in them. lots of early and continuing socialization and obedience is a must for this breed. good luck with her!!!!!!