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Old 22-11-2016, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am in Canada where our feeding instructions are by the measuring cup I have a scoop that's the right measure for one meal and I use it twice a day, a level scoop.

But many, most, of you have instructions by weight. Do you really weigh your food at each meal? Or do you weigh it out once, fill a measuring cup and then find a scoop that's the right size? I did weigh when I fed raw and I weighed as well for some home cooked recipes but it sure slows things down to weigh instead of scoop.
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Old 22-11-2016, 02:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you really weigh your food at each meal
Nope! I work on "Hands full" so I know I'm feeding pretty much the same each day and can easily add or subtract a little if my dogs start to look a little thin or fat. I'm betting none of you weight your husband's food each day, you just feed according to his waist line and exactly the same applies to dogs. I often feed a little on my leftovers, and when I do I just guess how much of their food to reduce by. This morning for example they had some leftover Macaroni Cheese and I skipped half a handful from their normal food.

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Yes, but I do DIY raw, so I'm also weighing (roughly) so I get the right offal, bone, meat, combination.

I increase/decrease their total amount depending on the look of their waistline still though.
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I weigh colas food, it's easy enough and only takes a few seconds really. I just put her bowl on the scales
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Bowl on digital scales and food poured in to the correct weight each meal nowadays. I measured once and then used a mug to give that amount before BUT it was too variable and the amount slipped upwards! I can't afford for Luna to gain weight like she did using the mug measure so each meal is measured out. I do allow for leftovers and/or treats and activity levels but still use the scales.
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I imagine weighing IS more accurate. When I was making up home cooked dog food recipes it was obvious one batch of rice, say, retained more liquid than another. When I put the stuff in containers to freeze and store they'd be full to different levels. Kibble probably isn't as bad though. And in winter when we are more active and I have to up the food I just guess at adding a bit more, don't measure or weigh it. Instead of a level scoop I might feed a rounded one.
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We (me and OH) always used a measuring vessel with previous labs. OH feeds mornings an' Me evenings and (love OH to bits) but OH did pile it up a bit.
With Juice I decided to go weigh and scales!! I have a little sealed box so we can weigh and leave the next meal for each other 😀 It becomes an easy habit 😀
TBH, I've got big hands for a female and couldn't resist measuring a handful, it can vary between 30grams and 50grams!!! (No discussions on a handful please, this is a public forum 😈 )
If a new owner happens to read this discussion, please weigh the food, depending on exercise and not on how much you love them or their cute face 😏 🐾

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I will weigh out a new food then pour it in my usual scoop to see where it comes to, from then on I do it by eye but check the dog regularly for loss or gain and adjust accordingly.
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What does it matter if your dog gets a little more one day and a little less another? I'm sure you do with your own meals. In fact I'd add that in all possibility it's more healthy for your dog, and certainly mimics what would happen in the wild.

There is so much rubbish talked about feeding dogs, and much of it by the dog food manufacturers who have a vested interest in dog owners becoming a captive market. One of the big myths is that you must always feed the same food or your dog will get a gippy tummy. Follow this myth and it will become a self fulfilling prophecy! Feed the same thing long enough and the dog will loose the ability to process anything different. But dogs by nature are opportunist feeders. In the wild they will eat whatever presents it's self, be it what it has caught and killed, whatever carrion it finds or even nuts and berries if that's all it finds that day. The same thing can be said about a balanced diet. There is simply no need for every single meal to be balanced. As opportunist feeders it certainly would not be in the wild, but like us, their bodies are capable of balancing out over the longer term. Think about yourself. One day it might be a full roast meal, another day a salad and another day fish and chips. Not exactly balanced, but over the course of a few days, unless you are living on crazy food, your body will get everything it needs, and exactly the same thing applies to your dog.

I never weigh my dogs food any more than I weigh my own. Yes I feed a proprietary dog food, but I also add in any of my leftovers and just guess the amount of dog food to allow for the human food. As to what human foods, almost anything. Some human foods, onion for example can be dangerous in large quantities, but the little onion they will get from my leftover liver and onion is certainly not going to be enough to do any harm, so I just pick out the obvious bits. Yesterday it was macaroni cheese, today was a little gravy from my roast chicken and tomorrow will be chicken pasta with tomato and basil sauce. I started Chloe in this just as soon as she came home at 8 weeks old, just as I did with Amy and all the dogs which came before. The dogs love the variation and have rock solid digestion systems.

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Think the problem is a little more one day tends to creep into a little more the next day and then the next John! At least in my experience!
Luna's arthritis is so bad nowadays that half a kilo up and her discomfort and activity levels decrease. I know when she is a low weight because she is a nightmare in terms of behaviour and the word bonkers and crazy come out my mouth a lot more. So she gets leftovers in her daily kongs, gets scraps of lunch and training treats galore, sardine additions to meals etc BUT her main kibble weigh out remains the same within a couple of grams or is reduced if she is on rest from injury or similar.
Have had to learn to control her food intake for her own good and <cough> to ensure I lost some of my own excess kilos earlier this year I was weighing my own portions of food too!

People are so unused to seeing labradors the correct weight where we seem to walk/visit that I regularly get
1) told they aren't actually real labradors but crosses!
2) told they can't be 8 and 6 years old as they look like puppies!
I shall keep weighing
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