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      not every breeder will insist on such. I, for one, spend the money for a GOOD vet well check just before pups leave and give the owners the info to contact vet should they want. I'd rather my pups not be stressed for the next 10 days - 2wks outside of all the new stresses. There are no right or wrongs if the breeder is doing a good vet well check prior to release.

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      So if he has his first vet appointment with you tomorrow, but you've had him 2 weeks? Typically breeders insist that you take the pups in within 2-3 days of getting them home for the first exam, to make sure your vet gives them a once over. If the dog is from hunting lines or pet lines, he may just always be a thinner lab, not the big bulky style of the show labs.
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      I would stop letting the puppy just lazily eat. Put the food bowl down for 10 minutes and then take it away. A puppy won't let itself starve, and will learn that meal time is for eating. Hard to tell condition from these photos. I like to keep my puppies plush -- not butterballs, but with some padding. Their immune systems are immature, making them susceptible to things. For a young puppy, getting a little sick or off their food for a short time can impact their body condition. With some reserves, I know my puppies won't be affected negatively if they lose some weight because of teething or a stomach bug.

      I don't understand keeping lean puppies. You wouldn't tell someone that their human baby needed to be kept lean. If you want your Lab to grow up to its potential in terms of size, bone, coat, you have to feed it properly. Growing teeth and bones and a nice double coat takes calories. After the early months of puppyhood, when teeth are all in and the growth stage slows, then you cut back on feeding. You can always lean a dog out later, but you can't go back in time and regrow a puppy properly.

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      Okay he is 26.1lbs at 14 weeks 2 days (math isn't my strong suit lol).

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      Quote Originally Posted by dxboon View Post
      I would stop letting the puppy just lazily eat. Put the food bowl down for 10 minutes and then take it away. A puppy won't let itself starve, and will learn that meal time is for eating. Hard to tell condition from these photos. I like to keep my puppies plush -- not butterballs, but with some padding. Their immune systems are immature, making them susceptible to things. For a young puppy, getting a little sick or off their food for a short time can impact their body condition. With some reserves, I know my puppies won't be affected negatively if they lose some weight because of teething or a stomach bug.

      I don't understand keeping lean puppies. You wouldn't tell someone that their human baby needed to be kept lean. If you want your Lab to grow up to its potential in terms of size, bone, coat, you have to feed it properly. Growing teeth and bones and a nice double coat takes calories. After the early months of puppyhood, when teeth are all in and the growth stage slows, then you cut back on feeding. You can always lean a dog out later, but you can't go back in time and regrow a puppy properly.
      I completely 100% agree with this! ^^^^

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      Quote Originally Posted by windycanyon View Post
      not every breeder will insist on such. I, for one, spend the money for a GOOD vet well check just before pups leave and give the owners the info to contact vet should they want. I'd rather my pups not be stressed for the next 10 days - 2wks outside of all the new stresses. There are no right or wrongs if the breeder is doing a good vet well check prior to release.
      This is what Oban's breeder does too. Her Vet sees the pups just before they start going to new homes and is just as qualified as mine to say if a pup is healthy. New owners get a copy of that Vet's report with a list of what shots puppy has had, from what manufacturer, and when next shots are due.

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      You mentioned that he will "inhale" your other dog's food so this tells me he has a good appetite.

      Perhaps, he doesn't like the food you are feeding him? Just a thought.

      It may be better to feed him three times per day until he is about six months old.

      You can take the total amount you feed in one day and divide it into three meals..

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      He is eating roughly 4 cups of food a day right now. I say roughly because I add 2 more cups in the early afternoon and he sometimes rarely eats all of it but at times eats up to a cup of it. And I have been trying the leave it for 20min and give it back awhile later but it doesn't faze him. So his next vet appointment I am asking about his food and if it would be okay to change it or something.

      Until then I will try the dividing method with him. He is growing and not showing any signs of failing to thrive, he has all kinds of energy and no obvious signs of malnourishment.

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      You mentioned that he will "inhale" your other dog's food so this tells me he has a good appetite.

      Perhaps, he doesn't like the food you are feeding him? Just a thought.

      It may be better to feed him three times per day until he is about six months old.

      You can take the total amount you feed in one day and divide it into three meals..

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      -moosejr030718a-jpgHonestly, he looks fine to me (as far as I can tell from the pics). Moose is on the lean side too, and not because he isn't being fed a great puppy food or has worms. He's from working parents, they are lean dogs as well, but not thin. Last vet appt. she said he was doing great, 19 lbs at 10 weeks, expecting a weight gain of about 2 lbs per week, so your pup is right there. I thought Moose looked a bit lean too, but then, I thought the rolly polly puppy stage would last longer than it did. You should be able to see a "waist" behind the last rib at this age. And Moose is a bit of a grazer too, rarely does he finish a bowl of food at one time, but I limit him at night (no food after 7:30) so he usually sails right through that first bowl in the morning. I doubt you can tell much from this pic, but vet checked and approved Moose standing on my son's lean, healthy lab.

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