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PostSubject: growth and weight question   Tue May 13, 2014 6:03 am

Hi,

Inuk is now almost 9 months old and he weighs 51.8lbs (23.5kg) and he is 22.8 inches (58cm) tall.

I think he has a little bit too much weight, so I cut down from 2.5 cups to 2 Cups of Taste of the Wild per day.

You can't feel the ribs unless you apply a little bit of pressure. With 2 Cups per day I don't think that he is acutally going to gain even more weight, but my question is if I should reduce the food even more, so that he starts loosing some weight.

And my second question is how much more growth can I expect now that he is 9 months old. I know that they all grow differently but maybe someone with experience can give me an idea.





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PostSubject: Re: growth and weight question   Tue May 13, 2014 9:35 am

Well my pup is 14 months, and has definitely put on some weight and grown a little in height since he was 9 months, but honestly it really depends more on your dog's genetics. Some mature very quickly (like my guy), and some are slower maturing. You'll find out in a few months!

They do slow in growth around that age. So instead of putting on 2-3 lbs a week, he will put on maybe 1-2 lbs a month. After he hits a year, and up to about 2 years, he will start to put on weight, gain muscle and lose puppy fat. He might gain a little height after the two year mark, but not much at all. I noticed that Dizzy got longer in body, but not much taller in the last 3-4 months.

In terms of his current weight, I think he looks pretty good. I guess he could lose maybe a pound or two, but I wouldn't drastically reduce his food unless you think he's still gaining weight. If it helps, I feed Dizzy 1-1.25 cups a day depending on activity level. He was on 2 cups and definitely got chunky, especially since we are doing a lot of training. I do feel bad giving him what seems like so little food, so I add no-salt green beans to his food at night to help fill his tummy.

If you want to keep your pup on 2 cups, I would just increase his exercise and maybe do some conditioning walks. For me that means, walking at a fast pace (3-4 mph) for 30-40 min straight, no stopping to sniff, or pee or whatever. Two of those a day will make a huge difference in the way he looks.
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PostSubject: Re: growth and weight question   Tue May 13, 2014 9:38 am

Also, he's very pretty, I love his dark face!
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