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    Default How much can a dog eat?

    I've never tried this experiment with my dog but right now it's tempting...

    I've just made a big batch of dog food, I have lots of kibble available (about 15kg)

    I'm wondering if I put down an "infinite" amount of food for my dog to eat...

    how much will she eat (kg?) before she stops because she's full...

    as far as I know she's a bottomless pit.

    usually I feed her about 450gm of casserole
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    250gm of dry.

    and maybe some treats.

    Right now she's probably had about 550gm of casserole cos she got to lick the pot I cooked it in and she says she needs to eat all the rest of it (10x that) plus the pumpkin soup I made for me, and maybe some kibble and a banana to finish.

    So I'm really not game to try the experiment...

    Has anyone else measured how much their dog ate during a free feeding opportunity?

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    My cattle dogs would keep eating untill they exploded. I remember one broke into the food storage room and by the time I found her and stopped her she was so round that she could hardly move. I thought I might have to take her down to emergency but she was fine and it all exploded out the back end the following day. They dont care, dry food will do just fine. The family whippets however just graze so you can free feed them. When we vist my dogs make short work of anything still in their bowls.
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    Dodge would graze at it. If she was left with access to food over a long time (a week or two) she would gain weight because she would over eat. However she wouldn't guts herself to the point of exploding.

    I know for a fact that Koda can eat double his normal daily intake in one meal. I wouldn't be game to test how much Koda could eat... I'm not going to waste food (money) on that :P

    Koda eats ridiculously slow, but he will eat whatever food is in front of him... slowly.

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    My Border collie makes me laugh, he has a good apetite but he is the slowest eater ever, one biscuit at a time, even with raw food he does one little bit at a time and he struggles with anything large. He cant eat more than avout 2 cups of dog biscuit in any one sitting. The polar opposite of my cattle dogs and not in danger of gorging himself, it would take him all day.

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    Well I was back at the vets and evil hound has managed to drop a bit over half a kilo since I had to take her in to get rid of the boarding kennel poo infection...

    So I guess the diet is working but we're a bit limited on our walks at the moment. vet said not allowed to get bandage wet -so she's not allowed to sit on anything wet... cos that part of her ankle/hock would get wet.

    Our previous cattle dog x - we did try free feeding and I think she did eat until it looked like someone had inflated a basketball inside her and she couldn't move. End of that experiment.

    I guess the ones that are a bit closer to the "fend for yourself" dogs - would binge eat because they didn't know when they were going to get the chance to eat again...

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    Kuro will only graze a little if he feels peckish. Kiri will eat just a bit more than Kuro, so they could have food at the ready for then all day. BUT, they can't as Chouko just needs to look at food to put on more kilos, and she will just keep eating as long as food is there to eat.
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    Zeus will never over-eat. He gets roughly the same amount of food ever night and that's what he eats. If you give him more he just walks away from it.

    He has dry food available to him 24-7 and he very rarely touches it. If he does he usually grabs a big mouthful and then runs off with it and then it must go down the wrong hole as he coughs and bickies go flying everywhere. Then he can't seem to pick them back up off the floor. I think it's because his jowls hang down in the way. A normal dog would lick them up but nope not Zeus. He won't lick the floor. Ever. For anything!

    Occasionally he'll eat a treat. Most of the time he takes it from me and then leaves it on his bed. Then when I come home from work he picks it up and trows it around in the air like it's a toy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Our previous cattle dog x - we did try free feeding and I think she did eat until it looked like someone had inflated a basketball inside her and she couldn't move. End of that experiment.

    I guess the ones that are a bit closer to the "fend for yourself" dogs - would binge eat because they didn't know when they were going to get the chance to eat again...
    I think most cattle dogs come made that way. Will eat till they inflate but ironically are super good doers.

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    I think the binge against starvation is probably something in the ancestry / history of cattle dogs... and some humans that experience famine on a routine basis - all the bad doers die - so only the ones who can binge and store it for hard times - survive.

    So in a land of plenty - they can get fat if we're not careful.

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    Both Nero and Rox used to be 'grazers' when I was still feeding kibbles. Now that I switched to raw there is no such thing as grazing anymore. They scuff down what I give them in record time and then go checking the others ones bowl for leftovers. I never need to clean their bowls these days. They're licked to sparkle.

    When they have made absolutely and 100% sure that there is really no more in either bowl they'll come to demand their share of my dinner.
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