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One way to know if your dog is eating right for his weight is to check his waistline. You should be able to clearly distinguish between you canine's ribcage and abdomen. However, his ribs should not be showing through his coat (especially if he is short haired) or this would indicate an underweight dog. If you were to run your hands along the sides of his body, should be able to feel his ribs between his shoulders and his hips.