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    Default How Often?

    Just wondering how often everyone feeds their pups?
    I have a 7 month old male, he gets 2 feeds a day but some people say 1 meal is enough?
    Also, how much is the right amount each feed?
    I want to make sure he is happy and healthy!!!

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    It depends on the individual dog, I think. A young dog, especially one under six months, needs frequent feeding (usually 3 meals a day). For a 7 month old, twice a day is fine. Their metabolisms are very high at that age and he isn't going to gain a lot of weight, given he will be burning it off with puppy antics! Unless you have an extremely placid, lazy puppy, twice a day is perfect.

    Dogs naturally go days without eating in the wild so it isn't a bad idea to have one day a week designated as 'detox' day where the dog eats little to nothing at all. It cleanses the system and gives it some downtime as a dog's stomach is not engineered to digest 24/7 like a herbivore's might be.

    Some dogs (working dogs like kelpies and Border Collies especially) get by on just one meal of dry kibble a day. Others, like mine, won't let you rest until they get their two squares, morning and night.


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    At 7 months my dog was getting two meals a day.

    I changed over to one meal when she was about a year and half, but could have done that sooner.

    The amount you feed is based on the weight of your dog now and the likely weight it will be as an adult. It's usually written on the side of the dog food packet. But if the dog is desexed you can reduce that amount by one third.

    If dog starts getting fat (can't see waist or feel ribs) you need to cut back. If dog doesn't finish the meal inside 10 minutes you can probably feed less, and/or take the bowl away after 10 to 15 minutes or if the dog wanders off without finishing.

    I weighed out how much food my dog was supposed to get and found a measuring device (yogurt tub) to see how many "scoops" that was, so I am always feeding the same amount. In winter I find she needs a bit more food, and if she isn't getting as much exercise, I cut back a bit - though if she's missed a walk she also misses the treats that go with it. Treats should be included as part of the daily allowance, ie if you're feeding treats, cut back on the "recommended" food amount by about the amount of the treats. Note that treats (bought ones) are usually higher calories than kibble.

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    I feed twice a day...I like the fact the food is split over the day
    Last edited by Cleasanta; 07-28-2010 at 06:31 PM.

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    I also feed twice a day and my dog is 2yo.

    I have trouble with her weight and she is VERY active so find it easier to split it up over two meals.

    Its more personal preference I think....more so for the dog owner than the dog itself, unless your dog has weight issues or something similar.

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    Thanks everyone, I think my boy has decided for himself as he doesn't really touch his breakfast any more. Its just with so many recommendations from so many books/vets/breeders/websites/packets its hard to know whats best!

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