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do you feed 3x a day?

does anyone fed their dog 2-3x a day vs. free grazing all day? a vet/friend suggested we stop free grazing and put food down at specific times during the day. this helps monitor feeding and other things such as health, etc. we have always left our food down for the dog to eat at his leisure. she also mentioned that a dog should learn that food is not free and it's something that's earned. my argument has been that our dog is such a picky eater, she said he won't be in a matter of 4 days. any thoughts?
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we do not free feed our dogs our cocker would love us if we did though....she is a food nut.I do not like to free feed because then i can not monitor there food intake...we feed in the morning and then at around 4...they let me know when it is time...we do feed Jillee sometimes three just depends.

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I feed Kubrick 2x a day and he only has food available for 20 minutes before it's taken up. He has learned to anticipate the food coming and he knows that he better eat it or else it's gone. In general, he licks his bowl clean though once in a while he will "forget" that the bowl goes up and at the end of 20 minutes there are 3 or 4 kibble pieces left. When I pick up the bowl he acts all sad like "I was saving those!" LOL. The next time, though, he will eat it all until he "forgets" again. I think he's testing us.


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I started feeding Pablo 3x/day and went to 2x/day at around 4.5 months. He eats around 9 am/pm +/- 1 hour. I too think it's a better idea to feed at specific times for the reasons you mentioned.
My Vet said 2-3x/day is fine, just don't do it 1x/day, cause that really overloads the poor pup's stomach and that's not good for them. He also said, that if you feed 2x/day try to stick to a 12 hour plan, because it can get too long for the dog to wait from let's say today afternoon til tomorrow morning and it can lead to vomiting due to hunger.

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Maryam brings up a good point. That's why although we feed Kubrick at 7pm, give or take an hour, we always give him a biscuit or we do a training session with treats before bed so he never goes to sleep on an empty stomach. It's important to provide a little snack if you are not free feeding. We don't feed him in the mornings until around 10am, so the late night snack comes in handy.


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I feed 3x a day until the puppy decides he/she only wants two a day.

And, I agree with your friend. Django will be less picky if he knows he only has food available a couple of times a day for a few minutes. I recommend to all my puppy homes that the puppy only gets meals at specific times. It also helps you know how much he/she is eating in case there is a sudden stop.
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I'm not into the grazing thing. LOL. Feeding times are 6am and 5pm, respectively. They have about 20 minutes to eat until food is taken up. Both are not picky eaters.
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I feed twice a day and take the food up in about 15 minutes since usually everyone is done in about 3 minutes. Although right now I've got MeMe on the satin balls for weight gain and my old fat Pomeranian sure thinks that is better than his. So he sits and barks at her crate for her to finish or share!


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he gets 1/2 cup dry food in the bowl, to feed 2x a day, do i put all the food out each feeding and he eats what he eats or do i put down 1/4 food each feeding? the other issue we have had in the past is that he does throw up if there is nothing in his belly so i always make sure he gets a biscuit or two.
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