Do you follow the instructions on the bag of dry food to the letter?
I use that as a starting point, I weigh my dog and figure out how much the people who want to sell more dog food (quoting my vet) recommend, then I reduce that by 1/3, then divide it by half for morning and night serves. And I often mix the kibble with plain yogurt for extra calcium and cos she likes the taste better.
If you feed raw and/or your own home made food do you carefully weigh and measure all ingredients or does it vary from meal to meal? Do you base amounts on your dog's weight or simply judge by eye?
I measure most of the ingredients for chicken casserole but the veg tends to go by eye - between 1/2 kg or 1kg. 1kg meat, 1 kettle water (1.8 litres approx), and bran and rice and oats - gets measured. Then I take the cauldron of dog food and spoon that into 300ml or 600ml plastic storage boxes (like you get from chinese takeaway) - 1 serve is 300ml. And freeze.
Of interest the kibble packet recommended amount does not take into account exercise quantity, treats fed during training, marrow bone calories, or the casserole I feed as well as the kibble. So theoretically I feed her too much but given how much time we spend exercising - she's athletic not skinny at the moment. If she starts to pork up (muscle definition and waist start to disappear) I will cut back the food.
Do you leave a constant supply of dry food for your dog to nibble at during the day?
How many meals a day do you feed your adult dog?
Do you feed your dog his main meal night or morning?
Puppy dog is 12 months old - and I feed morning and night - 1/2 the daily amount each time.
Do you feed at a regular time?
Do you fast your dog regularly?
Time is not very regular - more when convenient - mostly I feed her after our walks and before I feed me. I make her fast 12 to 24 hours if she gets the runs persistantly, and then she goes onto small serves of boiled rice and chicken.
Kitchen floor for meals, outside for bones, sticks etc and she eats her bed in the office. Sigh.