How Much Should a 6 Month Old German Shepherd Eat?
The last of the three pups we got, our 6-month-old German Shepherd called Biscuit, just kept going. We knew she was in good form but when she was a puppy she used to get so worked up that we’d try to tire her out. She’d take a little bit of dog food and run all over the place, bark at you, and generally be just a pain.
Now, she’s almost fourteen, she’s been pretty healthy except for a hip issue, and we’ve tried lots of different dog food brands to find one that seems to work the best at suppressing her appetite.
How much should a 6-month-old German Shepherd eat? That’s the question most dog owners start asking when they see their pets doing the same things they do. The answer, surprisingly, is as much as possible. The good news is that your dog can handle a lot of food, it just takes some awareness to make sure the food you choose isn’t just choking the dog but also doesn’t lead to digestive issues that may be worse than they already are.
Dogs are in general a lot less tolerant of changes in their diet than people are.
Although most people change their diets more or less annually, there are plenty of instances of dogs refusing to adjust if they feel like they are being “reduced” on the food list. As with human diets, there’s generally nothing too extreme that your dog can’t handle. A six-month-old German Shepherd, as long as she hasn’t gotten over lactose yet, should be fed the same food as an adult.
You probably want to start with a very basic food with a variety of high-quality proteins and carbohydrates. By this point, your German Shepherd should be growing out of the puppy stage and eating more canned food than dry food.
Start to mix some raw foods into the mix (without changing the protein and carbohydrate percentages) because this will allow her to get used to some of the different food tastes. When your dog shows interest in a particular vegetable always feeds it to her without hesitation. Never force a taste you don’t want her to have on the food you’ve chosen to give her.
If your dog is still a bit small, you will need to start taking her to a dog daycare center even if she is only half a year old.
She will need to get a lot of socialization so she develops the skills necessary to get along with other dogs and people. This is especially important if you live in a large apartment where you don’t have any kind of play area for your dog to be used to. She will need plenty of opportunities to be able to get to know the other dogs living there and make friends.
Another important thing that you will need to know when teaching your German Shepherd how much should a 6-month-old German Shepherd eat is how much she needs to chew. Puppies can’t chew on adult food because their mouths are too small to fit anything in. So they must get used to getting their food from you. You can either make it available to them all the time or you can place small amounts of it in their dishes while they are eating so they can learn to keep their mouths closed when they chew.
It is a good idea to let your German Shepherd get into the habit of doing this early on so it doesn’t take a lot of time for her to develop the habit.
You can also make the food you give them in the dog bowl sound different. For example, instead of calling your dog’s name every time you give her a food reward make her bark instead. Or you can change up the sound each time by changing up the volume. This will train your dog to associate the sound with getting food from you.
A good rule of thumb when determining how much should a 6-month-old German shepherd eat is one tablespoon of dog food per pound of dog. That is a very safe amount. You don’t want to overfeed your German Shepherd because you don’t want her to suffer from health problems later on. But you also don’t want her to become too small because then she won’t be able to carry on exploring all the things that a normal, growing dog is capable of. Keeping an eye on your German Shepherd’s weight is one of the most important things you can do as a pet owner.