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We've had Dexter on Barking Heads puppy food for a while now and its certainly been successful in terms of righting his 'loose' movements, but this last couple of days he's been a bit slow to eat it, whereas normally its all scoffed in seconds. I've even taken to letting him eat it out of my hand to encourage him to eat)

Is this normal for a 16 week dog to slow down on the speed he eats food ? Before this I've been wondering whether to increase his food (he is on 50g 3 times a day) but now I'm thinking not - but 150g per day doesn't seem very much.

On the packet the recommended range for his age & current weight (if the weight guide is for the current weight of dog & not the projected adult weight) is quite a wide range. How do I know how much to give ?

He's not been weighed for a few weeks officially but he is certainly growing & seems bright & happy.
 

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Daisy eats hers slowly. Sometimes she will take one piece of kibble in to her crate to eat it and then goes back for another one! I wouldn't worry to much. I weigh Daisy on my bathroom scales...I weigh myself first and then pick her up and weigh myself again so I can work out the difference! I think it helps if they are digital though :)
 

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Hi. I sometimes put on a couple of teaspoons of probiotic yoghurt if gisgo does not eat it all in one go. He does have days where he eats it all straight away & seems like he would eat more. Other days he eats less. He is now almost 18 weeks & I give him between 180 and 200g per day. I thought the recommendation on the bag was for projected adult weight but the range is so wide anyway!!!
 

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I feed Barking Heads and my girls are not big eaters really but thriving on this food, both a good size and weight ..

Yes natural or probiotic yoghurt may get him interested in it again, but as you said he is growing, bright and lively which all sounds good ...
 

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Hi. I sometimes put on a couple of teaspoons of probiotic yoghurt if gisgo does not eat it all in one go. He does have days where he eats it all straight away & seems like he would eat more. Other days he eats less. He is now almost 18 weeks & I give him between 180 and 200g per day. I thought the recommendation on the bag was for projected adult weight but the range is so wide anyway!!!
I emailed them to ask but no reply :( !!!
 

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I can't remember how much I gave mine now as puppies, I aimed for an expected adult weight of 12kg for Monty. ( he is normally 10.4-11kg)

Milly went onto the Adult Barking Heads at 10 months as she stopped eating her puppy and kept wanting Monty's so I switched her over then.

Monty went through a funny stage with his but as an adult. Kept taking one kibble out of the bowl at a time!!! and not fussed about eating it some days.:rolleyes: All I did was ensure I got all the flavours and rotated them so once one bag finished of Tender loving care then had Bad hair days etc... and also added a dollop of pro biotic yoghurt on which soon stopped the fussiness. You could try adding a dollop of probiotic yoghurt to his puppy food and see if that gets him eating again? Sure they do get bored to be honest, but you don't want to encourage fussiness by keep changing brands if you can help it.

Now they have both Barking Heads ( breakie) and Raw ( evening) so no more of the fuss stage. Milly has never been fussy - she just gobbles it all down!!

Mine are on adult Barking Heads - Monty has 60g and Milly 50g per meal - ( twice a day at weekends as no raw usually at weekends)
They also have a carrot a day or an apple/ banana. Plus occasional treats.
 

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I've even taken to letting him eat it out of my hand to encourage him to eat)

He's not been weighed for a few weeks officially but he is certainly growing & seems bright & happy.
Dogs aren't daft! Eating out of your hand means he is getting attention and that's nice. Maybe, thinks Dexter, if I don't eat tomorrow you might add a bit of chicken to encourage me!!! ;)
If he is growing and has plenty of energy then please stop worrying. Missing or not finishing the odd meal won't hurt him! Maybe he's having a few more treats at the mo during this training stage? How many meals a day is he on? Maybe he's telling you he's ready to drop a meal. Lolly did this - she stopped being so eager to eat her midday meal so we dropped to just 2 meals a day and that's what she's stayed on since.

Lolly is on Barking Heads and loves it. She eats it all every meal. I only weighed out the amount when we first put her on it, looked at how full the bowl should be and have never weighed since. So I'm sure she gets more some days than others (especially if the kids are feeding her!) But I too look at the amount in the bowl and think it doesn't look much but remember that dried food swells in the stomach.
 

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I am so glad this is not just me... Jarvis doesn't eat much somedays and I too resorted to hand feeding then he eats the whole lot... Or occasionally he will lean forward shakily take a mouthful and walk off to eat it!!?? I even thought he was scare of his bowl as when I scattered it on the floor he'd eat it!! I don't give him any other food and don't really want to resort to it to temp him to eat as I dot want him to expect it all the time and really become fussy. However I will try the yogurt... He does get reward treats and a cream cheese filled kong.

I do take it up his feed after about 45 min as I don't want him to graze as his toileting is like clockwork.

He's growing ok so I guess if he was hungry he would eat it....

I seem to remember going through the exact thing with my son (now 8) when he was a baby he would hardly eat enough to keep a sparrow alive then some days he would eat non stop... I think it's a growth spurt thing :) x


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We've been on Barking Heads for just over 2 weeks now and Biscuit goes crazy for it! He has approx 130g a day over two meals but he is older and his growth is slowing.

At 16 weeks, Dexter has hit the teething age and this might be having an affect if his mouth is more uncomfortable as the kibble is quite hard to crunch.

I also do the bathroom scales thing with both of us on and then just me!
 

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We've been on Barking Heads for just over 2 weeks now and Biscuit goes crazy for it! He has approx 130g a day over two meals but he is older and his growth is slowing.

At 16 weeks, Dexter has hit the teething age and this might be having an affect if his mouth is more uncomfortable as the kibble is quite hard to crunch.

I also do the bathroom scales thing with both of us on and then just me!
 

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Yes the tape measure time, Honey has not changed in height since approx 8 months old but she did continue to put on weight and fill out for a few further months ... I do like to keep an eye on her weight seen she has been an adult as she is not a big eater really, but her weight alwasy seems quite stable.

Picnic is coming up 8 months so it will be interesting to see if she continues to grow in height after 8 months, she looks slightly bigger than Honey .. cant wait to get the tape out ...
 

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Mine is 2kg pack of Puppy Days so I wonder if that's why it's different. It does have a table but it clearly says Weight of dog.


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I'm in the process of getting Cara off nature diet and onto barking heads. At the moment she's 10.4kg and 10 months old. She gets 195g nature diet and 100g BH. For adults of her weight it's expected to be between 100-200g per day. She still likes it on a mat on the floor rather than n a bowl.

So far we are on day 4 so fingers crossed. I hope the works as it will be a lot cheaper to feed BH when Poo II comes along in October.

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Mine is 2kg pack of Puppy Days so I wonder if that's why it's different. It does have a table but it clearly says Weight of dog.


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I have same bag, I'm sure on this pack it is the weight of the puppy now and not adult weight - but will have to check later as Dudley napping in crate and I don't want to wake him yet! - i'm just changing over to it now and its quite tricky working out how much of each to do as there are different amounts recommended on the different foods - daft thing is Dudley had his first soft'ish poo tonight when everyone says Barking heads makes them firmer, perhaps its just having a change, or maybe because he had a worming tablet yesterday, can that give runny poo's?
 
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