my puppy is 6 months old and i feed him more then the recomended amount for his age and weight but e still seems hungry. I dont want to over feed him but omg! i think if i let him have the whole bag of food ( 40#) he would eat it all in one sitting. please help with any ideas. Thanks
you can feed him once in he morning and once at night if he is getting exercise in the day. 2 cups each feeding. thats what we feed our greater swiss mountain dog. how old is the puppy? maybe 1 cup for each feeding if it is young but if it is 8 plus months then 2 cups for each feeding would do fine.
It really depends on the quality of food you are feeding him. There is a great list at the top of this page - Wiley's list of dog foods. Rate the dog food that you are currently using. If you decide that it isn't a very good food, switch it gradually to something that ranks better. Bullies should have a high protein and calorie content (not over 25 protein, but not under 20). If the food is good, then I would supplement some fruits and veggies into his diet. This should help curb some of those puppy cravings. I have a bullmastiff that I fed Diamond (I know, most people don't like it because of the problems they had 3 years ago) large breed lamb and rice puppy food to for about a year. I always fed her two cups in the morning and two cups in the evening (this was actually 1/2 a cup less than recommended on the bag, but what my breeder recommended). She did O.K. on it, but when I switched her food to Premium Edge lamb and rice (also made by Diamond) - she seemed to flourish. Since that time I have added fruits and veggies, eggs and fish oil pills. She has the softest, shiniest coat I have ever seen! And just to let you know - they ALWAYS act hungry! They use those cute little faces to convince you that they are starving to death. It took awhile for me to convince myself that she wasn't going to wither away :) Good luck with your new puppy, I hope this was somewhat helpful.
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There is a huge variation in the amount of food needed during the first two years of a Bullmastiff's life. Type of food is important but so is activity level and whether in the midst of a growth spurt. I have 2 nine month old bitch pups and even tho they are litter sisters they do not eat the same amount of food each day and haven't since they were very young. Smudge is a nibbler and eats a total of 4 to 4 1/2 cups of food a day divided into two feedings. Smude will finish her morning feeding just shortly before her evening feeding is due. Ruby eats 5 cups of food total divided in two feedings and gulps her food down quickly and is always looking for more to eat. Ruby is more muscular than Smudge and heavier boned and seems to be maturing more quickly.Boredom can also cause a dog to become too fixated on food. Make sure your pup has plenty of exercise and the chance to flex the "brain muscles" also. This is a very intelligent breed that often is left to vegitate instead of being challenged mentally. Obedience and tracking or scent work are good ways to keep them busy and non-destructive. Having an active child in the household is also good as long as they aren't sharing cookies!!!