Re: How much should I be feeding my V?
A|ll the above posts have been interesting. Emily, you didn't actually say whether your V was thin or not. Mine is 14 weeks and 10.5Kg/22lbs (we Europeans have to think in Kg now), and on the thin side, although gaining weight nicely now we have the diet right. I agree that every dog is different so you can't compare my pups weight with yours.
As mine was so thin I had a great dilemma as to what and how much I should be feeding him. As the others say the back of the pack is a guide line, but for me it wasn't helpful and he didn't put on weight even when we put him on the amount for a dog 5Kg heavier than he was.
Some one on this forum suggested giving him some raw meat, that it was great for putting on weight. Based on some research I did a mature dog should eat no more than 3% of its body weight and that can vary as to whether you feed kibble or raw. Puppies should he between 8 - 10% of their body weight. I found a great raw diet that an American has just started over here called Natural Instinct which comes in 1Kg boxes - beef, chicken, tripe etc. They go in the freezer and they are great. I feed 8% (200g 4x a day) of his body weight which is a 1/4 kibble and 3/4 raw and I have to say he has really put on weight, his coat shines and is so soft.
Although, he is old enough to have just 3 meals a day, my dog trainer suggested he stay on 4 as he was having large quantities and it would help his tummy digest it all. He is nearly at a good weight for him (still a bit too ribby) but probably next week he will go on to 3 feeds and we will increment his feed by how he looks.
Pictures would be good :-X