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!