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Mini Australian Shepherd Feeding

by Brianna
(Memphis, TN)

1st day I got him- 6 weeks old

1st day I got him- 6 weeks old

I have a 6 month old Mini Aussie that always seems to be hungry. So much so that I invested in a slow feeding bowl because he could down his food in seconds. I've seen all sorts of measurements and I was just looking for some advice.

How much should I feed my Aussie? How often should I feed him? Right now he eats about 1 1/2 - 2 cups of food spread out over breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I've tried transitioning him to two meals a day, but he in super insistent about eating. I've asked the vet and his advice was 'you can't overfeed him at this age because of his energy level'. Somehow I want something a little more concrete than that. Any advice?

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Aussie feeding
by: Erwin's Aussies

When our female mini was this age, it seemed like we were starving her to death. When we fed her, (which we did 3 times a day) she devoured her food in a blink of an eye. We took her to the vet to get advice and he told us to get a self feeder the one where you dump the food into and they can eat whenever the want to eat. This helped a lot! It drastically changed the way she ate. After the first few days of having her new self feeder, she slowly started eating slower and more calmly; instead of eating 3 times a day with the amounts we fed her at each feeding, she began to eat several more times a day with smaller portions it seemed. Took her back to the vet and he said she's still one of the healthiest Aussie pups he's seen around. He also told us to start feeding her PenPal dog food once she got about 6 months old.

Veggies
by: Anonymous

i had the same problem with my mini. I feed her mixed veggies (from the frozen section) mixed in with her regular dog food. It slows her down and keeps her fuller longer. I also do kongs with yogurt apples and different healthy mixtures. I also have trained her to sit by the bowl until I say ok so she's not so crazy when she eats.

Feeding a pup
by: Anonymous

Try feeding your pup a high protein and a high fat diet. Also quality food not Old Roy

Feeding your Aussie
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have a mini aussie too. I feed him as a adult 1/2 a cup of dog food twice a day. I keep him pretty lean. But you could go to 3/4 cup twice a day. My aussie will always act like he is hungry and when its close to the time he gets dinner he starts bugging me, begging to get food...

Aussie is to heavy she is mini about 21/2 yrs old
by: Anonymous

I feed 4natural

add carrots for a fuller dog!
by: playnjane

I also have a mini Aussie and she is moderately active. Some days she is very active. I feed her 1/3 C of Adult 'no grain' food mixed with 4 or 5 of the mini carrots per meal. (4 x a day) My vet says this will keep her trim, healthy, and will help to keep her teeth clean. Her teeth are very white, so I think it's working. She is trim and strong! The carrots add to keeping her fuller, too.

Feeding a older aussie
by: Janet

We rescued a 8 yr old miniature Australian shepherd 5 months ago, I feed her three times a day half a cup of dry with a little of mature consult wet, Twice a week a (in water) sardine, once a week a cooked egg, she cares not for fruit or veggies . She was a breeding female prior to her living with us. loves her food and is a chunky monkey. Is exercised daily.
We would welcome your comments on feeding her .
She was very nervous when we got her and is working well on her fears., a work in progress. Thank you.

Miniature Herding Aussie
by: Anonymous

I have a 5n 1/2 month old tri-colored Female Aussie. Very active. When we can't walk or run her we give her projects to do or figure out she is so smart and eager to learn. I am feeding her a high protein dry with freeze dried chunks plus raw actual dog patties. Her coat is beautiful. Very bright shine and texture......she eats 3 times a day 3/4 cup including one raw Pattie. All muscle and lean. It's all about the diet. Very satisfied and doesn't beg

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