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Skye is just over 5 months old now. I am still feeding him three meals a days. He finishes each meal in about 7 seconds and then sniffs all around the kitchen looking for more. When did you transition to 2 a days and then to 1 meal a day?
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Skye is just over 5 months old now. I am still feeding him three meals a days. He finishes each meal in about 7 seconds and then sniffs all around the kitchen looking for more. When did you transition to 2 a days and then to 1 meal a day?
Thatís funny because our 1 1/2 year old Hav does the same thing Most of the time I contain him right after meals because when heís sniffing around heís also kind of worked up. I think part of it is that heís so food motivated, mealtime is exciting for him. Iíve thought about trying something to encourage slow feeding, but I havenít really read much about it.

I did 3 small meals much longer than most people do - I think he might have been almost a year old but I lose track of time with these things already. Our breeder suggested 3 smaller meals a day for a while and since it worked with my schedule I just kept doing it. I read here on the forum that a lot of people switch much earlier, or went straight to 2 meals when their puppies came home.

When I switched to 2 meals I did have to increase the portions slightly. I didnít want to increase them too much too fast, but I could tell he thought he was going to starve to death around 3pm, so I increased his breakfast just a tiny bit and then made sure he wasnít gaining weight or anything before increasing his dinner. My meal portions have always been on the lean side to allow calories for treats each day.

I canít imagine switching to 1 meal a day. Itís probably a training issue Iíve created, but I think my Hav would go crazy. I try to be really careful about varying his dinner time so heís not demanding about it, but if he didnít get many training or grooming treats during the day, heíll start jumping up on me around 5 and spontaneously start rotating through all of his best tricks trying to get some food. Most days heís fine until 7-8 since we eat late, but if it gets close to bedtime and he hasnít eaten, heíll let me know.

Iím interested to hear other experiences with this!
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If I donít get home until after 9 or 10, sometimes heíll run up to me, greet me, then sit down and bark. I always know if he does this, someone forgot to feed him dinner!
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Many people believe that feeding once a day is best for the dogís health. There is a HUGE debate over this. I never take anyoneís word for anything so decided to try this myself. For quite awhile I fed my dogs one meal per day in the evening, however I did give them a light snack in the morning. This worked fairly well, however they occasionally would get the hunger pukes in the late afternoon (vomited bile) so I switched them back to twice a day and the hunger pukes totally disappeared. My dogs also seem more vibrant and energetic on two meals. They are both very active. My yorkie walks 4 miles per day! He needs lots of food and feeding all that at once was too much for him to handle. Therefore, my opinion is that every dog is different and we need to find what works best for each dog. The reasoning behind one meal per day is that the dogís body can spend more time ďhealing itselfĒ vs contstantly working on digesting food. Some people also believe that dogs should be fasted one day per week...I have never done this as I would have a riot on my hands!
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I asked this to Sabine years ago. ..." I don't think there are any particular studies, but if you consider the capacity of the stomach and how fast the metabolism is at a young age, more frequent, smaller meals make more sense, especially in small breeds. I wouldn't go to twice-daily feeding until a dog is at least 5-6 months old."

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Thanks for the inputs. I think I will try 2 a days after his 6 mo. birthday. He's eating now around 7 am, 12:30 pm, and 5:30 pm. He's eating raw frozen chunks so it will be easy to allocate his rations into 2 meals. First meal at the same time and move the second to around 4/4:30. Want to give supper early enough to get everything moved through the system and out the other end before bed time.
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All three of mine made it clear when they were ready to drop to two meals simply by stopping eating one meal a day. The minute I stopped feeding lunch, even though I increased their other two meals to compensate for it somewhat, they stopped skipping meals on their own.

I would not go to once a day feeding simply because my dogs enjoy their meals. It's a highlight of their day. They are my pets and I enjoy doing that for them.
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Perry has been on 2 meals / day since I got him (he's a rescue and was 8 month when I got him). I wouldn't switch him to 1 meal a day because he already will sometimes vomit in the evening if I am a little too late with his dinner (bile vomiting) - so switching to 1 meal I would assume would have the same affect just more often.
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Free feedind

My Havanese pup is coming home next week. I have always free fed my dogs (never had a Havanese). My dogs always regulated their food and never over ate.

Does anyone free feed (making food always available)?
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My Havanese pup is coming home next week. I have always free fed my dogs (never had a Havanese). My dogs always regulated their food and never over ate.

Does anyone free feed (making food always available)?
Free feeding is a bad idea. That's the best way to an obese dog.


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