Puppy feeding fiasco
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Trifan,'index.php?page=Thread&postID=193769#post193769 Wrote:Well, no I wouldn't really expect them to know better particularly if the dogs seem happy enough with that arrangement (for now). I mean we often don't learn until something goes wrong and then we say, "oh, I should have thought about that more". Skye is still a pup herself but as she matures and the little guy is also not recognised by her as a pup, things can change. You also never know what the future may hold in respect to other dogs being around. Learning to respect each others space particularly around food is a very valuable safeguard.

I got the shock of my life on Jaspers first day home. It wasn't an ideal day as I had a house full of stay over guests and 3 extra dogs. Max was accustomed to being alone most of the time so the other dogs were already addition enough for his sensitivities. While I was away picking Jasper up, my partner had given Max a pigs ear which he didn't eat but instead left it in a corner in the kitchen. It was nevertheless a high value item. Not knowing it was in the vicinity I put Jasper down on the floor and as he walked past the area where the pigs ear was, Max attacked him with no recognition of his puppy status at all. It really shocked me as Max is a sweet, sweet natured boy. Lesson learned by all in the household and a reminder that the sooner we taught Jasper his manners the better.

My friend often stays over with her dogs and feeding all 5 of them in the same vicinity with no dramas or anxiety gives us a weird pleasure LOL as it represents success in teaching manners and boundaries. It also shows us that each dog knows the humans have their backs (NOT to be mistaken as meaning the humans are Alpha).
Valuable lessons have been learnt today by all ,again thanks for the advice could have been a ticking time bomb for the future if it continued
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#12
There is absolutely NOTHING in puppy food that adult dogs can't have. The only difference is that adult dog food is usually lower calorie, so an adult dog will need more of it than they do of puppy food, and the minerals are not balanced as well as they are in puppy food. So why not switch the older one to the puppy food until they are both able to eat the other food. And so you know, All Life Stages foods are also puppy foods, in case you see one of those that you want to try out.

Personally, I feed ALS foods for life, and I never feed any food for longer than one bag.
Gotta love 'em.
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Trifan,'index.php?page=Thread&postID=193766#post193766 Wrote:The adult food isn't going to hurt him, it's just an inadequate formula for a puppies growing needs, particularly with respect to phosphorous which is needed for growing bones.

Here, in the US, adult food may actually harm a puppy. Puppy foods have both minimums and maximums on the mineral profile, but adults foods only have minimums, because the adult body has a mechanism to restrict mineral uptake that isn't developed in the puppy. So feeding adult foods to puppies can cause all kinds of growth issues.
Gotta love 'em.
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#14
You have had some great advice
Meal time maxes out in less than 10 minutes . What is not ate is removed. Only my girl sometimes misses her meal. Each dog has its own feeding spot and are NEVER allowed to "visit" another
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Quirkydog,'index.php?page=Thread&postID=193782#post193782 Wrote:You have had some great advice
Meal time maxes out in less than 10 minutes . What is not ate is removed. Only my girl sometimes misses her meal. Each dog has its own feeding spot and are NEVER allowed to "visit" another
I have had great advice as always many thanks to everyone , supervised feeding time myself today only way I could get them both to eat was one on either side of the child gate , I would happily feed them the same food but Skye has a delicate stomach and I don't want to risk another bout of diarrhoea
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#16
In simple country boy knowledge puppy food is fatnin to big dogs. Growing dogs need more callories. What we have done in the past is feed both dogs puppy chow. We always also feed em people food and treats and such. Puppies are ravenous eaters and will eat tehirs the older gogs and a chair leg with the same gusto. Most older dogs will eat what they need and not much more. Cept for one chubby ole guy we had.Right now both dogs get puppy food and puppy biscuits treats and snacks and etc. Jollie is growing like a weed Beaux da brat is still 12 lbs. Keeping up with Jollie keeps him in shape.
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#17
Sometimes in multi dog households there will be a time when different food will be needed for your dogs. Age, health, allergies,
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#18
Never thought it would happen he is finally leaving Skye to eat in peace


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#19
Very nice! Sounds like he has the perfect bowl for him there LOL! Sweet guys!
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(03-19-2017, 01:55 PM)Ember Wrote: Very nice! Sounds like he has the perfect bowl for him there LOL! Sweet guys!

And to think he used to like eating out the pink princess bowl I think he's been shamed
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