One of the first questions we get from new clients is “How much do I feed my dog?”.
And there isn’t an exact answer to that, as there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ rule for feeding, because every dog is different! Just as humans don’t all eat the same amount, neither do dogs.
What we look at instead is age and activity level, and then make adjustments if any need to be made.
Generally you should start by giving your dog a percentage of their ideal body weight.
Adult dogs, age 4+ yrs: 1.5%
Younger, active adult dogs, age 1.5 – 4 yrs: 2.0%
Teen Dogs, 1 – 1.5 yrs old: 2.5%
Puppies up to 1 yr old: 3.0+%
Dog’s Ideal Weight x % according to age, activity level = Total food weight per day
50 lbs x 0.02 = 1.0 lbs per day
If after a couple of weeks your dog has gained or lost more weight than you would like on the raw food then you can increase or decrease the food a tablespoon at a time until they maintain the weight you would like. Also, no one says that you have to feed your dog the exact same amount every day! You can give your dog more food on an active day and less food on a lazy day.
Please remember that these are suggested amounts, and can vary between dogs.
If after a couple of weeks your dog has gained or lost weight on the raw food then increase or decrease the food as needed. Also, no one says that you have to feed your dog the exact same amount every day! You can give your dog more food on an active day and less food on a lazy day.