I know you got your pups already, just wanted to throw this out there for anyone else or for you if you decide to continue free-feeding when they are able to eat together.
My pups were free-fed in my parents household with 3 other dogs.. that's 5 dogs free-feeding. They set their own schedule for when they wanted to eat. Our rescue would eat at night by getting off the bed and bringing the food back to the bed lol. My pups would usually nibble throughout the day. None of them really bothered the other because they knew there was always food there to eat and if one was eating, they would just eat from another bowl (because we had like 4 bowls out at a time lol) or wait until whoever was eating stopped so they could eat from the same bowl. Sometimes they would take food and move away so another dog could get kibble too! (Sharing goals)
Now, living with me, I schedule feed them because it's easier on me to know when they need to poop during the day. I feed them once per day and anytime after we go for a long walk or they play outside for a long while (20-30 mins). The food I feed them is 1/3 cup per dog for the full day if fairly inactive to 1/2 cup per day if very active. However, I now eye-ball how much because Perse eats way less and Bella will eat 1/2 cup on a very active day lol.
I also mix high quality kibble food with freeze dried raw food so they get the amount of protein and everything they need daily (and I can make sure Perse eats at the scheduled time since she sometimes wont eat it). If I see them eating the cat food (because the cat is free-fed) I'll give them their food. Therefore, my set time schedule is not as strict as 5pm every day. I make sure to feed them between 2-5pm since they wont eat before that time unless they went for a long walk/played outside. Even with 1/3 kibble they dont eat it if they have been sleeping all day, so if that happens I give the rest of what is left (plus more if they want more) to them between 7-9pm depending on when I last put down the food.
Last edited by Mordnacht; 08-25-2015 at 05:01 AM.