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    As many of you know, Tank is our foster boy. I don't know much about Tank and his previous life and I've never had a dog that eats like he does, I'm at a total loss and need some advise.

    The vet said he shouldn't be fed more than 1 3/4 cup of food a day.

    Here's what I've been doing to get him adjusted to me and our house rules. During the day he has been tethered to my computer desk with a 6' leesh. He has access to his bed and water and food in the am and pm. Mona has always had an open bowl, and because of that I've had to keep Tank tethered to keep him out of her food. We've since decided to feed them both only in the AM/PM, no more open food bowl.

    Today is the first day I've let Tank roam the house without being tethered and he's doing very well. He is constantly looking for food, though. It completely breaks my heart! I don't know what to do. I wonder if I should just let him have at a full bowl of food, thinking he'll get his fill and leave the rest alone and learn that A. he can eat what he wants B. the food won't go away C. it is his food and I won't let Mona touch it. I've actually thought about one of those food toys you can get where you have to work at it to get you food to help him slow down to eat.

    Any advise/ideas are greatly appreciated!
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    Default Re: need some advise on Tank

    I'm wondering why only 1 and 3/4cup of food per day? that seems like an awfully low amount. Is it a health issue w/Tank? I know bullies can be eating machines but if Tank is constantly searching for food, he may not be getting enough. Also, how is his weight?




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    What does Tank weigh? Dudley would always like treats...but he's not looking for food all day? Maybe that's not enough.

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    Default Re: need some advise on Tank

    Are you feeding him twice a day? If not that's what I would feed him. If his weight is fine then stay with the amount you are feeding him. If he starts loosing weight then you can increase the amount a little. Some bullies would eat all day if you let them. He will figure out the schedule before long.
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    Default Re: need some advise on Tank

    excellent questions about his weight! Sorry I forgot to include that in my original post. DUH!
    He went to the vet on 7/25 and weighed in at 54 or 57 pounds. I can't remember which and don't have his paperwork in front of me at this moment.
    Tank is a longer bully and although I think he's put on a tiny bit of weight in the back area (behind the ribs and up to the butt area) he still looks thin to me. The chart on the Taste of the wild bag says feed them 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cup of food a day for a dog between 40-60 pounds. The vet said he was happy with his weight. Although I loved this vet, and I am certainly not educated in vetinary medicine, I think Tank is a little on the thin side.

    Any ideas? Feed what's on the bag?
    Oh, he gets 1 cup in the am and 1 cup in the pm and a tiny treat when he goes in his create at night.
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    Well, that weight is certainly fine for some bullies but may be low for others. For instance, Finn weighs 57lbs and he looks good at that wt. b/c he's more petite than his brother. Tate weighs around 65lbs and could stand to lose a few lbs, but he's a bit more "big boned". The vet would like to see Tate at 60lbs maximum. Can you see Tank's ribcage? That's usually the sign that he's a little underweight. Definitely monitor the wt and like what @Davidh said, if he starts losing then u know he needs a bit more food. (Like maybe 1.5cups twice a day OR an extra treat during the day).




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    Default Re: need some advise on Tank

    David is right on the money.

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    Default Re: need some advise on Tank

    I agree with everyone's advice above. Our guys get 1 cup in the am and 1 cup in the pm, they both weigh 45 pounds and are 17 months old.
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    If I free fed Vegas I swear he would eat til he literally burst!!! Vegas is 4.5 yrs old and gets fed twice a day. 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup in the evening, then a bedtime snack of some fruit or veggies. Lately he has been getting plain fat free Greek yogurt that has 3x the probiotics because he has been yeasty. Since the age of 2 Vegas has weighed 56-60 lbs. so he has maintained this weight for over 2 1/2 years. He gets a little heavier when our summers are 100 plus. The vet thinks he is perfect weight...... but then again I already knew that!!! lol

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    Default Re: need some advise on Tank

    you really have to go with the bully as they are all shapes and sizes. start with 1 cup am and 1 cup pm and if he loses weight then you will know its not enough and if he gains its to much. these things also go with how much exercise the dog gets some are more active than others. my gosh sarah would burst if i free fed her lol. once you get to know him you will know if he is fooling you he is hungry or he truly is.

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    Default Re: need some advise on Tank

    I agree w/everyone above... That does seem like a small amount of food. Gosh if I free fed Winston he would weigh 100 POUNDS!!! LOL

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    I agree as well. What about looking into some calorie free treats here n there during the day? Like some fruits n veggies or obviously something he isn't allergic to. I hope things settle for him - and you soon. We give Brie a kong w a great inside but it doesn't take her long to get it out. If we really stick it in there she eats what she can get n then gets bored n leaves it alone. Maybe Tank will be more diligent tho?

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