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    Default How Many Meals Do Your Dogs Get?

    Hi all,

    I am wondering if anyone has any advice/comments on how many meals you feed your dog? My boy Bear is a 9 months old Keeshond who has taken to barking at 6am every morning and i believe it's because he's hungry and 6.30 is breakfast time. To try and stop this barking I was thinking about changing his feeds to one meal at night (I currently split his daily requirement in to two feeds, breakfast and dinner) but I'm not sure if this is a good idea?

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated!

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    Hey there,

    We have two Amstaffs in the house and they get fed twice a day. Morning feed is anytime between 7.30-9am and night feed is anywhere between 6.30-8pm. I have never fed at exactly the same time nor have we ever woken/walked etc at exactly the same time. The routine is pretty similar but the time varies.

    I've never found that they are 'looking' or 'asking' for their food at any specific time.

    They are vacuums though so I feed two meals so they are less likely to suffer bloat and if they go too long between meals my big boy has a tendency to puke up gunky stuff. This has only happened a couple of times, but from my research I've found this to be the likely reason why.

    My two are still happily snoring at 7am in winter and sometimes as late as nearly 8am. No chance of them asking for breakky at 6am, LOL
    Cheers Aleesha
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    My three can graze on dry 24/7 and have a bone, meat etc at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    My three can graze on dry 24/7 and have a bone, meat etc at night.
    LOL how different dogs can be, I could do this for Boof, Lilly on the other hand would be the size of a house. She wouldn't know when to stop!
    Cheers Aleesha
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    I am though considering limiting it. One dog is a guts but then she was the fattest pup when born and a totally different shape to the others, throwing back to the border collie build in her mother's linage. Her head looks like a bear, lol. The oops mating when her mother was owned by my father in law was only to the one sire.

    I thought she may have been a swimmer pup but she eventually got on her fat little legs way behind the others.

    Sorry, went off topic there.

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    Thank you for your comments! It's good to know that there maybe a risk of bloat if I feed him all at once. Maybe I should try feeding him at different times rather than the exact same time every day, this may help to settle him down.

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    My parents feed their dogs at 6pm every night, on the dot.
    The dogs start to get quite antsy just before 6 because they know they are about to be fed.

    My dogs are fed at a different time every night. Sometimes it will be 6pm, other times 10pm etc And they are given a handful of dry when I think of it through the day.
    The never cry or beg for dinner, so that method worked for me.

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    Because I have giants i feed twice a day......Some studies say that it reduces the risk of Bloat
    Pets are forever

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    Twice per day for my boys.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Twice a day, once in morning and once at night.

    They get fed roughly round 6.30am and 6 pm...however, they never start asking for tea or brekky because the routine hasnt aways been there (it is now due to work etc) and in the weekends it doesnt exist at all.

    I did have a dog (Chevy) who would start letting out single barks 2 minutes apart when it went about an hour over her usual feeding time. But she only stated doing it when she was 10 and tea time had never been regular then lol

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