|Barked: Sun Dec 29, '13 7:23pm PST |
|How about starting here? I haven't had a large breed pup but understand that one starts a bit faster than for an adult dog. Feed bony chicken until poop is firmed up and start new proteins and organs as his gut allows.
Max and Ginger both started out on raw overweight. I feed chicken with no fatty skin, leaner cuts of meat and best of all, big and harder to eat bony bits. I have been lucky enough to have access to smaller whole prey like feathered chicken, rabbit and fetal lamb/goat. Stuff like large bits of pork neck, pig feet and racks of ribs might work too. Ribs are fatty but so much fun to feed it is worth the splurge.
I was extremely surprised when Ginger ate her fill of feathered chicken two times in a single month and went from 17.2 to 16.5 pounds in one month. Either it was so much work she just got tired or it was spending 45 minutes for a meal instead of 5 was that much extra exercise I don't know and this worked for Maxwell too.
I also feed according to the size dog I think they need to be. If my dog was 60 pounds and would be healthier at 50 pounds I would start him/her at 16 ounces a day including treats which is 2% of that 'ideal' weight. Now whether that 50 pounds is correct or not is another matter. I put my hands on the dog instead. It is possible the dog would gain a lot of muscle on raw so he/she might still be 60 pounds but the ribs, shoulder/hip/chest points are easily felt. Max's ideal weight was 33 pounds on low protein kibble but 38 pounds on raw!
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