Confused about dog feeding time? Don’t know how much or how often it should be? Or do you feeling guilty while taking three yummy meals and snacks in a day and giving the dog just one or two scoops of dry kibble?
It isn’t the right way at all. You should maintain a healthy way to feed your dog to live them healthy. In this article, we will discuss some healthy ways to feed dogs considering their individual needs. So let’s start!
Let You’re Dog Decide
If you have a healthy dog that doesn’t have any problem, then you shouldn’t worry about him. In this case, you can follow the free-choice feeding method.
It means, leaves out the food all day and let the dog feed while they wish. It’s a good process for a healthy and active dog that burns more calories than its couch-potato friends.
Keep in mind if you are willing to follow the method, it will be better to leave dry food as it won’t spoil.
On the other hand, this free choice method is also ideal for a nursing dog. These dogs usually need more calories so that they can make a constant flow of milk for their pups.
Downsides: leaving dog food for all may attract several rodents, insects, or raccoons. So if you are leaving food for a dog on the outside, try to keep eye on it.
At the same time, it may put you in a problem if you have more dogs as they may bicker over the food. Even this process won’t be good for a diabetic dog.
If you have a dog who it continuously, then this portion control method will be ideal for you. First of all measure the dog’s ideal weights.
Then, printed the amount on the bag if you are using commercial dog food. However, sometimes the recommended amount can be more than your dog needs. So consult with the veterinarian to know the exact amount to feed.
Feeding the dog one or two times a day will be better. Even you can make it at 8-12 hour intervals to make it twice daily. Before starting the method ensure that you are split the recommended amount found on the bag, otherwise, it can be double the dog’s needs.
Watch the Clock
If you don’t have any problem with your dog’s overeating but you don’t want to leave out the dog food for all day, then you should follow the timed feeding method.
All you have to do is leave the food for a certain amount of time to let them it and when the times up throw out the food that he hasn’t eaten.
After 8-12 hours later when you will offer the food, your dog will eat it as it will be hungry.
What about Treats?
Dog treats should comprise 5% to 10% or even less from the dog’s daily diet. Consult with your vet to know the number of treats that will be ideal for dogs. It usually varies considering the dog’s weights and activity level.
Besides, if you had to use treats often for training, using very small pieces will be better. You can set aside a few of your dog’s regular portion of kibbles so you can use them as treats when you train the dog.
They Look Great but Are Always Hungry
Most of the commercial food comes with the guideline. You can follow the guideline as a starting point to decide the amount of food of your dog.
Besides, if you find them hungry constantly then you should feed them more. Remember some seem always hungry and they get overweight. In this case, following a diet food will be helpful.
The needed amount of dog food may change if:
- The dog becomes pregnant, more active, or nursing
- The weather is very cold or hot
- The dog recently recovers from surgery or an infection.
So while giving them extra food ensures that they aren’t just looking for love and attention. But if they search then serve that up instead.
Hope you now alert about dog feeding time. While giving food keep in mind that they also need extra care and attention depending on their health and habit.
So following a proper feeding method will help them be happy and healthy. However, we have provided detailed information but you should consult your vet to know the specific requirement of your dog if there have any.