What should I be feeding my chow?

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What should I be feeding my chow?

Postby trry » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:41 pm

I have a 4month old chow coming here (New Jersey) on Thursday and this little guy will be my first chow. So, I want to be prepared for his arrival...

1. How many times should I feed the guy? I have been reading some say 2 or 3 times which is ideal?

2. What brand should dog food should him?

3. At what age do I stop feeding him puppy food and put him on a adult diet?

4. What is adult age for a chow and should I go to 1 meal a day after he hits it?


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Re: What should I be feeding my chow?

Postby micheleA » Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:15 pm

Since no one has answered you I thought that I should post something for you.

All I can do is tell you what I do for my Chow Chow.

I tried SO many different brands and ultimately ended up using BLUE

I fed my Chow Blue Puppy for almost a year and a half. Then I switched to Blue Adult. We have water delivery and so she also has always had Ozarka water down.

Blue is a dried food and I have NEVER followed any feeding schedule. I place food down for her in the morning (about a cup full) and have always kept her bowl full, so that there is no set feeding time.

I know I'm probably too late, but the way I did it was that the food was down from the first moment she entered my home. I just showed her where her food and water was.

When she ate (which will not be the first thing they do when they enter the house instead they will explore) Promptly fill the bowl with another cup. For the first week make sure you place the food down no longer than 1 hour after they eat. My result was she never turned into one of those dogs that GULP their food, from the moment she walked into my home she knew that she would always have food which turned into a situation that she only eats when she's hungry.

My vet LOVES the weight she is. He told me that most Chow Chow owners tend to have overweight dogs. Mine is not...

I need to also add this, ALL ANIMALS are different just like people :-) But where you get the upper hand is unless they have starved the dog, chances are when it first enters your home it's not going to gulp the food, and remember Chows are smart, it will take note that the food was already down and that you are not denying it, which is what leads up to it understanding that food will be there, but just like people if you get an overeater you might have to feed the way the bag tells you...

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