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Old 02-28-2010, 04:06 PM
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Is it better to have certain times of the day to give food or leave it out all day? I was just curious about this because I leave Bella's food out all day, and was wondering if it is better to start only giving it to her 2 or 3 times a day.

What are the pros and cons of each? And what do you do?

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Old 02-28-2010, 04:09 PM
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i feed mine twice a day - morning and night

i never leave food out all day as it can make them fussy eaters
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:17 PM
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I feed meals. One in the morning and one in the evening. I do this with all my adult dogs. Puppies may get lunch as well. I do this because it's much easier to potty train if you know exactly when they ate. It's also easier because I work so I know if I feed them breakfast at 7:00 am then they will be ready to potty and be empty for the rest of the day by the time I leave at 8:30. I can also keep a close eye on weight. If someone starts getting chunky I immediately cut their food some or if one starts getting a little ribby I can up the food. And I know exactly how much they are eating.

Leaving food down means they will graze all day and you can't predict their potty habits. I think it's also easier for them to get overweight if they can eat whatever, whenever they want. One other downside to free feeding is that if your dog gets sick and the vet asks if they've been eating then a lot of time, unless you actually saw them eat, you don't know. I've talked to plenty of owners who say "I don't know when she ate last, I just leave food out all day for them". The other dog could be eating it and the dog in question not getting proper nutrition. If you feed meals then you know exactly when they ate last.

I know a lot of people with one dog will free feed because it's easy but what if you end up with dog #2 or #3 or #4 and #3 is a piggy? It's harder to transfer a dog from free feeding to meals. Easier to just feed meals from the start.

Just my $0.02.

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I fed Chico twice a day and also left food out for him all day. He ballooned in his weight and his Vet even commented on him being a fat chihuahua.....After listening to others here I took the free feeding bowl away. Chico is still overweight but it has more to do with ME... not him.... I feed him twice a day now but I have to be careful in the amount of food, treats...
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I feed twice a day also and don't free feed at all.
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I feed Darla 4 small meals a day, at set times.
Daisy gets fed 3 times.
I agree about knowing when they will potty better, plus Darla would most likely get fat cause she is a greedy wee girl, lol
Daisy isnt far behind on that score now aswell. x
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I feed Daisy 3 times a day... don't free feed or there would be wee and poo all over my house!!
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