I had the same thing with a young dog. Lived with a trainer. Terrible stools. Dull coat. Etc. tried every premium food available, plus all the additives. Worked with my vet who sent blood to Texas A&M for some fancy work-up, consulted nutritionists and the consensus was he wasn't processing the higher fat levels. Put him on Science Diet ID (9% fat ) to calm his system down and started introducing PP large breed, also low fat. It worked!!! I always worried he wouldn't be getting enough energy from these low fat foods, but not true. He ran back to back tests this last weekend in the 90degree heat and held up well and recovered quickly. We made the change in December and all is good since then.
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My first dog has the same problem. Stools were fine most of the time but every now and then he'd have a runny stool. He was on Euk Performance 30/20 and couldn't keep the weight on. At one point he was being fed 6 cups a day and that barely maintained his weight. When he came home from the trainers he would finally put on weight. I know for a fact it wasn't the trainer not feeding him. My dog was a kennel pacer to the extreme. If he wasn't out on the truck or training he almost never sat down and relaxed. It was so bad that he would get very tender paws because of the constant movement. He eventually had to be kept in my trainers back yard so he could see what was going on and the soft dirt/grass would'nt tear up his paws. To this day whenever he is at the trainers he is constantly moving and has a hard time keeping the weight on. He's 9 now. When he is at home he eats half as much food and gains weight. In the beginning we had the Vet do all sorts of test for parasites and anything else we could think of. Everything was always fine. No hormonal issues or anything.
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Rule out (via your vet) the obvious such as parasites (just because he was wormed as a small pup does not mean he could not have them again) and Giardia. Then I would try PPP Sensitive Skin and Stomach (salmon) as he may just be a dog that does not handle basic foods. Some probiotic sure won't hurt pup either. If none of this helps then a more extensive work-up by vet would be in order. Pumpkin is helpful for an occasional bout of loose stool but sounds like this has been going on for months so doubt it will fix this.
Had the same issue with my male. He was a kennel pacer and was always amped up while the other dogs were being trained. Even to the point of wearing his pads down on stall mats. He started out on Diamond, then we switched him over to Victor High Energy which helped a little. His stools were off and on loose and then firm. He was very muscular but wouldn't put on weight. He's on Blue Buffalo Wilderness now and is doing great. Only issue is the price of the food. He's 20 months now and is really filling out nice. I feed about 4 cups a day once a day and his stools are firm for the most part. This is what he looked like a couple of months ago.IMG_20130722_154248_701.jpg
Believe me listen to the rtfers that tell you probiotics and have your vet or a vet contact texas a&m university and get this taken care of. In my situation it had to do with the pancreas. Good Luck
Got a kennel pacer in the pack myself. It's a constant battle to keep weight on him.