Free feeding.VS.scheduled meals! - Page 3 - Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums
 
Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums


Chihuahua-People.com is the premier Chihuahua Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.

Go Back   Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums > Chihuahuas > Chihuahua Questions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #17  
Old 08-12-2015, 09:41 AM
Jessicashield's Avatar

chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Name: Jessica
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 1,581
Thanks: 3
Thanked 148 Times in 147 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chiluv04 View Post
I agree on the no free feeding. This just doesn't work in most households where there are multiple pets. Plus, more often than not, one pet is getting more than the other (which can lead to obesity). And furthermore, dog food gets stale! People don't realize this. But how would you like it if your food sat out on a plate all day lol? It also helps regulate their bowel movements. Another thing you can benefit from is getting to learn each pups food habits, and what I mean by this is, one may be a total foodie and one may not be, he or she may be more of a finicky eater. So schedule feeding will give you the chance to be more observant of each dogs eating habits. Mine would kill each other if I left food out. As they are piglets lol. A set schedule for the three will def make things much easier on everyone.
Thankyou for the great advice meoshia I will take this on board!
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #18  
Old 08-12-2015, 10:33 AM
chi person
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Name: Shelley
Location: Surrey, England
Posts: 32
Thanks: 8
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cait93x View Post
Youre a lucky one! I can't ever imagine free feeding Neeva she would be a little ball of fat ive never had a dog so greedy in my life she's currently laying in front of the snack cupboard throwing a tantrum because she's not getting anything! Lord help me ha.
lol, my Penny throws herself at the cupboard if I take to long putting her meat in her bowl.

Pixie is just about the cutest ball of cutesy cute I've ever seen!

Last edited by UninvitedBatCat; 08-12-2015 at 10:36 AM.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 08-12-2015, 05:27 PM
Jessicashield's Avatar

chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Name: Jessica
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 1,581
Thanks: 3
Thanked 148 Times in 147 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by UninvitedBatCat View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cait93x View Post
Youre a lucky one! I can't ever imagine free feeding Neeva she would be a little ball of fat ive never had a dog so greedy in my life she's currently laying in front of the snack cupboard throwing a tantrum because she's not getting anything! Lord help me ha.
lol, my Penny throws herself at the cupboard if I take to long putting her meat in her bowl.

Pixie is just about the cutest ball of cutesy cute I've ever seen!
Aw Thankyou! she is adorable! I love how the breeder keeps me updated with regular photos
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
 
  #20  
Old 08-12-2015, 07:47 PM

chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 5,089
Thanks: 75
Thanked 884 Times in 846 Posts
Default

Hahaha, I've always wondered how much they would eat if they had non-stop acess to food! I feed the younger ones (Ivy and Jewel) in their own pens to make sure they eat everything. The others eat in the kitchen. Everyone eats at the same time. I sneak the younger ones extra ZP squares during the day.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 08-12-2015, 09:46 PM
Jessicashield's Avatar

chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Name: Jessica
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 1,581
Thanks: 3
Thanked 148 Times in 147 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jayda View Post
Hahaha, I've always wondered how much they would eat if they had non-stop acess to food! I feed the younger ones (Ivy and Jewel) in their own pens to make sure they eat everything. The others eat in the kitchen. Everyone eats at the same time. I sneak the younger ones extra ZP squares during the day.
Haha I can imagine! The thing is with millie though she doesn't eat a lot at all total opposite to greedy, I'm surprised how little she actually eats. I was looking at your gang before I honestly can't get over how beautiful every one of them is <3
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 08-18-2015, 08:17 PM
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Illinois, USA
Posts: 5,665
Thanks: 33
Thanked 36 Times in 30 Posts
Default

I believe it depends on the chihuahua.

Two of my chihuahuas were free fed because they ate only when they were hungry.

Four of my chihuahuas were/are fed on a schedule because they will eat the entire day's food at one time. They were/are foodies.
__________________

Bella is chocolate blue tri-color. RIP my precious Lina - we miss you so very much.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 08-19-2015, 01:06 AM
Jessicashield's Avatar

chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Name: Jessica
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 1,581
Thanks: 3
Thanked 148 Times in 147 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BellaLina's Mom View Post
I believe it depends on the chihuahua.

Two of my chihuahuas were free fed because they ate only when they were hungry.

Four of my chihuahuas were/are fed on a schedule because they will eat the entire day's food at one time. They were/are foodies.
Thankyou for the advice. I agree with you as millie didn't eat a lot before Gucci came but she started showing signs of being greedy so I've put them on a schedule. I'm finding it helpful to as I can monitor their food intake.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 08-25-2015, 04:58 AM
Mordnacht's Avatar
chi fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Name: Alyxandra
Location: Ontario
Posts: 79
Thanks: 6
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Default

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.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT. The time now is 02:20 PM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright 2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Chihuahua People 2004-2009
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum