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How often should I feed my dog?

Updated on May 6, 2013

Dog owners would naturally love to have a healthy pet. Maintaining the health of the pet involves a lot of work…work that goes beyond providing the pet with food regularly. Dogs are intelligent creatures but it is beyond their ability to know that it is time for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dogs that have skipped a meal cannot open the fridge to get some snacks. In the same manner, dogs would not know when to stop eating thus it is not fitting to allow the pet free access to food. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure that the pet is provided with the right amount of food at the right times. Dog owners have to take advantage of the fact that dogs are creatures of habit. Dogs will learn to anticipate the food if they are feed at a set time. We carefully choose the brand of food we give to out pet. It would just be fitting to carefully consider the dog’s feeding schedule.

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Feeding a puppy

Puppies always seem to be hungry thus they should be allowed to feed more frequently. While still with the mother dog, puppies would nurse every now and then. This kind of feeding must be continued after the pup was weaned. Free feeding allows the puppy to eat anytime it wants to. Puppy foods are formulated to provide the needed nutrients while the pup is in a growth mode. At three months of age, free feeding must be discontinued. Over feeding a puppy can result to diarrhea. The puppy has to adapt to schedule feeding. The puppy’s daily food ration must be divided into three feedings. The pet owner will notice that the puppy cannot consume all the contents of the food dish. The pup, accustomed to the endless supply of food would not bother getting is full share. Moreover, a puppy’s stomach can only contain small amount of food. As the puppy gets older it can comfortably consume its ration. Once the puppy realized that food can be obtained only during the next meal, it will learn to consume the contents of its doggie bowl.

Feeding adolescent dogs

Adolescent humans and adolescent dogs have one thing in common…they are constantly hungry. If teenagers can consume unimaginable amounts of food, so can teenage canines. Feeding this age group is usually done twice a day – one meal in the morning before the family leaves for work and one meal in the evening after the family had dinner. However, because of the rather large food requirement, it would not hurt the dog to give snacks in between the scheduled meals. Feeding too many times though should be avoided lest the pet become obese. As we know obesity can result to canine health issues.

Feeding old dogs

Geriatric dogs would need lesser amounts of food as activity and movements are significantly reduced. Frequency of feeding can be reduced as well. You can feed your aging dog once a day but make sure that the ration is sufficient so that the pet would not go hungry. It is also very important to ensure that the quality of the food provided for the aging pet is not compromised.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      I have 3 dogs and 3 different personalities, including eating times. One doesn't like to eat in the morning. His sister does. The younger one is greedy and will eat anytime.