When doing so, it’s important to remember that a puppy feeding schedule will be different from adult dog feeding! And your dog’s needs will change as he gets older.
Not only will he be able to wait longer between meals, he will require different nutrients, as well. Puppies are growing rapidly and require more calories and nutrients than their parents.
At some point, their needs slow down. If you don’t change your dog’s diet to suit his needs, he will start to gain weight–a health problem, if not addressed.
Feed your dog once a day?
Years ago the custom was to feed a dog once a day–often in the morning.
However, the thinking on once a day feeding has changed somewhat in recent years. While feeding your dog once a day may be more convenient for owners, the general consensus today is that it is better to feed an adult dog twice a day.
Small dogs may even benefit from being fed 3 times a day. But, if you work or need to spend much of the day away from home, your dog will adjust. Two times a day will work just fine!
Feed Your Dog at Specific Times
Dogs are creatures of habit. Because of this, it is best to feed your dog at very specific times. He will be fine with this, and his body will adjust to your schedule.
In fact, when mealtime rolls around, your dog will eagerly let you know that it is time! Your dog will adjust to his feeding schedule and will expect to be fed at his regular times. If you are home, he may even come to remind you that it’s time.
Usually owners of adult dogs feed their dogs early in the morning, then again in late afternoon. This seems to work out well for both owners and dogs.
Remember that your dog will need to go outside approximately an hour after eating. A dog’s digestive system works fast and is very predictable.
Letting your dog outside to “go” at the right times, will help him to avoid accidents in the house.
Which Canine Feeding Schedule
What works Best for You?
So, when you are considering how often to feed your dog, consider carefully what will be best for both you and your dog. Does a regular dog feeding schedule work best for you or will you do better with feeding on demand? In some cases, it will be better for you to feed on demand.
However, if you choose to feed on demand, and your dog is gaining too much weight, you’ll need to rethink your decision and figure out how to put your dog on a regular schedule. This may take some juggling of schedules for family members, but you don’t want to end up with an overweight dog!
Whatever you decide, work your dog gradually into the system, and stick with your decision so your dog won’t be confused by inconsistency. And always make sure that you are giving your dog a high quality dog food.
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