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Feeding once a day

Loki, who used to eat everything at anytime, has decided in the last few weeks he is not that interested in eating. I feed Holistic Select wet food and rotate proteins. I also give him some Holistic Select kibble periodically in wobbler or puzzle ball but leave it out when we are training or days we go to a class....in other words I balance the kibble calories against training treat calories.

I was consistently feeding in a kong but he now turns up his nose. He won't eat in the morning at all but will eat at night. I am happy to feed once a day but worry about him having an empty stomach all day - I get home from work around 5:30. He was eating a small kong of his wet food when the walker came but I came home too many times to a full kong on the sofa so that is out. She does give him a few treats.

Should I leave some kibble in the wobbler in case he wants to eat or just not worry about it and feed him when I get home from work. The vet told me not to worry unless he was lethargic or lost weight - he is full of energy and a robust 14 lbs. I can't help it, I still worry!


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you'll have to figure what works for him. Every dog is different. I feed 3 times a day.
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I feed twice because my dogs enjoy meal time so much... and I can!

My son feeds his dogs once a day, and they are absolutely fine. I also know a Havanese breeder who feeds her adult dogs (not mothers either pregnant or with a litter, but everyone else) just once a day. Her dogs are fit as fiddles and have adjusted just fine to that schedule. I think yu need to do what works best for you and Loki!


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I feed once a day, in the morning inside their crate as I put them away and leave for work. That schedule just work for me better and they seem perfectly fine. I tried twice a day, once in morning and once in evening after I get home, and I ended up forgetting to feed time in the evening instead
When I am at home I am now feeding them using these wobbly food dispensers that make them work for their food

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Tux eats 4-5 times a day because I am home 24/7. He is two and weighs 8 lbs. I read the post prior to this one from abi38 and worry about dogs being left in a crate while at work. Wouldn't it be more humane to close off a laundry room or some area that the dogs could move around and play together?

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I don't believe it makes much of a difference. They spend most of their day sleeping if I am not actively doing anything with them. On the days I work from home they simply spend the day sleeping on the floor close to my desk, once in a while get up take a drink of water and go back to sleep. Hardly any playing even when I am there, I doubt they are any more likely to play when I am absent as they really just want to be with me. They are much more active in the evenings (maybe because they are conditions to be active then). All our activity time are schedule around evenings and weekends. It is interestingly to see how exhausted they get when we are out all day at agility trials and did not get their daytime beauty sleep.
As they are healthy and seem to well balanced emotionally with good relationship with me and other humans I think they are doing ok. They are not stressed when they are in crate which is the most important factor for me. I have had a dog that did not tolerate crating (a retired greyhound with separation anxiety), so I used a small baby gated room for her during the day.
In an ideal world I'd love to be able to take them to work with me or better yet never have to work and just be a stay at home mom for my children and dogs. I think they all turned out ok so far in spite of my limitations.
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I don't believe it makes much of a difference. They spend most of their day sleeping if I am not actively doing anything with them. On the days I work from home they simply spend the day sleeping on the floor close to my desk, once in a while get up take a drink of water and go back to sleep. Hardly any playing even when I am there, I doubt they are any more likely to play when I am absent as they really just want to be with me. They are much more active in the evenings (maybe because they are conditions to be active then). All our activity time are schedule around evenings and weekends. It is interestingly to see how exhausted they get when we are out all day at agility trials and did not get their daytime beauty sleep.
As they are healthy and seem to well balanced emotionally with good relationship with me and other humans I think they are doing ok. They are not stressed when they are in crate which is the most important factor for me. I have had a dog that did not tolerate crating (a retired greyhound with separation anxiety), so I used a small baby gated room for her during the day.
In an ideal world I'd love to be able to take them to work with me or better yet never have to work and just be a stay at home mom for my children and dogs. I think they all turned out ok so far in spite of my limitations.
I think one thing that people have to keep in mind is that although your dogs are crated during the day, they get MUCH more activity and training, so "quality time" than many (not all, for sure, but many) "pet dogs" get. While, as you said, in the best of all worlds, you would be independently wealthy, and able to stay home all day with your dogs and kids, I think you are a really good example of someone who has thought things through and found a routine that works for you and keeps your dogs happy and healthy. Unhappy dogs wouldn't have the relationship with you that yours do and, as a result, would not be as successful as yours are in competition.

I think that leaving a dog crated all day every day is IN GENERAL, not the best option. But you prove that if it is done in a thoughtful way, with plenty of activity when the family IS home, you can make it work.


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I just want to add that I am home with my pups and they spend a lot of time crated. They are in 10 to 11 hours at night and get two naps for a total of 16 hours sleeping. I think when they are older, one of the naps will be skipped. I read that the average pup sleeps 17 hours a day.

I tried to skip the second nap for Kosmo, but he just slept under the dining room table and had no interest in activity.

We go outside five times a day or more and take two walks. When we are together inside the house the there is a lot of play and little sleeping or rest time. Now that Joy is away with her handler, Kosmo and Zoey go in the same crate for sleeping. (They are aware something is different and have decided not to play fetch much, and they used to be tireless ball chasers. They are now more interested in belly rubs.)

I think dogs' needs for amount of sleep change as they mature just as the amount of food consumed changes.

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