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Old 02-24-2010, 01:08 AM
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Oh my, Clara Bow is a piglet! I free feed Luna and she eats like a bird so I have not worried about her weight. Clara Bow on the other hand will empty both bowls of food and then search the floor like a vacuum for crumbs. She spends a majority of the day searching the floor for food. She is still little size wise but is about as big around as she is tall. Obviously I can't free feed anymore but should I put her on something with less calories? She is only 3 months old and that seems extreme. Once she has her last set of shots next week we will start going for walks so that will probably help some. I just can't believe how different she is from Luna.
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Just stop free feeding. Feed them separately and only feed Clara the amount she should be getting. If she doesn't lose the weight then cut her food back a little. The problem at the moment isn't what she's eating its that she's a piggie! Haha.
If I free fed Schroeder I know he would eat himself to death. As a pup Phoebe was free fed at one point because she had NO appetite so I had to just get her to eat when she wanted. She literally would just NOT eat. But now that Schroeder is in the picture she eats! Off topic, but point being every dog is different, but generally I never recommend free feeding. So stopping that should help your issue.
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Just stop free feeding. Feed them separately and only feed Clara the amount she should be getting. If she doesn't lose the weight then cut her food back a little. The problem at the moment isn't what she's eating its that she's a piggie! Haha.
If I free fed Schroeder I know he would eat himself to death. As a pup Phoebe was free fed at one point because she had NO appetite so I had to just get her to eat when she wanted. She literally would just NOT eat. But now that Schroeder is in the picture she eats! Off topic, but point being every dog is different, but generally I never recommend free feeding. So stopping that should help your issue.
I agree with Quinn,you can't free feed a puppy that is food orientated,it will do more harm than good,and lead to lots of health problems
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I also agree! We used to free feed Matilda but had to stop when Milo came home because he also would empty the bowl constantly. And yes, no need to use a diet food as cutting back her intake should do the trick. Milo weighed 6 1/2lbs (at 18 weeks) when we brought him home & after scheduled feedings he stayed at around 7lbs until he was 7/8 months old! Good luck!
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Yeah, I agree with everyone. Free feeding's out for her. You're going to have to monitor her intake, and go with strict portion control. I don't think you need to change foods just monitor how much.

Tango could have been free fed his whole life if I hadn't gotten Jazz. He monitored his own intake, eating just enough to satisfy him I guess, because he never overate and he never gained weight once he reached his mature weight. But once Jazz entered the picture (who WILL eat until she bursts) Tango became very interested in the Merrick puppy food I was feeding Jazz and started stealing it at every opportunity, gaining a couple of ounces in the process...which doesn't sound like much, but when you've a dog who's only 3 lbs 8 ozs, every ounce counts.

I did portion control with Jazz after about 2-3 weeks because I could see what a pig she is. I rescued her at 11 weeks, and by 13-14 weeks she was eating a very strictly controlled amount, separate from her brother who was on a different food and kept trying to steal hers.

They're both eating Evo now, which makes it easier, but they still try and eat each other's food...don't know why coz they're fed the same thing lol! And Tango's lost that couple of ounces he gained, which is good. Jazz is still gaining, but she's lean and muscular, and I expect her to continue to grow for some time yet.
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I agree that free feeding is obviously not working for Clara.

Neeci is such a delicate eater that I could leave her food available 24/7. Elli is free fed her own food as she just picks at it but I have to keep Neeci's food up because Elli will pig out on it until she is so round she waddles. LOL.

She obviously prefers Neeci's food but she still needs puppy food so I just keep their food in their seperate dens. I can't wait until they are on the same food so things will be simpler. I know then though that Elli won't be able to free feed if she still loves the adult food as much as she does now.
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Agree with all here. Willow loves her food to. First thing she does when I let her out of the kitchen is she runs to our table to check for any crumbs lol!!! I can't free feed her at all. I could leave food out all day for Ivy and Fern and they never over eat, but Willow would probably eat herself to death!!

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Just gotta love these hungry piggies, I guess I will just have to put them on a schedule for feeding...darn, it is so easy to free feed. I can't wait until we can start walking as well, that should help.
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