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Free feeding to feeding 2x a day

From the time Django was a puppy, I have always left his food out. Since his Addisons diagnosis, I have continued to leave his food out. His appetite is so unpredictable, sometime he would eat a little, sometimes a lot, sometimes nothing, etc. etc. I was happy to have an empty bowl by the end of the day.

Now, we have a new food that's from the vet, it's a more gentle formula and easy on the belly, no issues with anything so far, and best part, he loves it! He can't wait to have breakfast in the morning! A rare sighting in our home.

Vet recommended feeding twice a day but I am not sure how to go about doing this. If I put half his food out in the morning, he whines wanting more, if i give him the rest in the late afternoon, he whines wanting more. I put the kibble in the ball making breakfast and dinner last a bit longer since he has to work for it but I am torn with the fact he always appears to be hungry because he is not getting his full meal at once. He's 10.5 pounds and eats 1/2 cup each day. Any tips would be appreciated.
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Check out this article, Think You Know What a Hungry Dog Looks Like? Think Again.

I doubt Django is truly hungry. As stated in the article, "When veterinarians refer to hunger, we tend to mean what happens when an organism doesn’t receive the nutrients it needs to achieve its biological goals. Yet what dog owners mean by hunger has more to do with how their pets act when they're deprived of a satisfying resource they're accustomed to receiving." I think Django has you trained so if you want to change his behavior you will have to put up with whining until he adjusts to being fed twice a day. Good luck!

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I agree with Jeanne. The only thing I'd add is to check the caloric content of his new food against the old. We had a problem where our elderly cat lost a dramatic amount of weight in two weeks after switching her to a new food because she's in mild renal failure. It turned out that the new food only had about 2/3rds the calories of the old food, and she wouldn't eat enough more ti make up the difference.

It's PROBABLY just that Django is used to eating whenever he wants, but just check that he IS getting approximately the same amount of calories he was on the old food. (if you don't have the package any more, you can find that information for most foods on the manufacturer's web site)


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At what age do you go to once a day feeding? I'm not sure I like just once a day feeding. I know I would be upset if I only got to eat once a day.
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At what age do you go to once a day feeding? I'm not sure I like just once a day feeding. I know I would be upset if I only got to eat once a day.
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Most of us feed our adult Havs twice a day.

Django has been free fed since he was a puppy, which means his dog food is available constantly versus putting it down for a set period of time and then picking it up. His mom is now considering feeding him 2x a day on the recommendation of her vet, and not leaving the food around all day.

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I think as long you are measuring out the quantity of food your dog is getting per day that you can divide that into as many meals as you want. Molly likes to eat twice a day. My previous dog got three meals a day her whole life. She would eat all her food in the morning otherwise and then act like she was starving the rest of the day. By dividing it into three meals it worked out better for her.



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Both of my dogs eat twice a day as well. I have never done the free feeding since they are on a raw diet.

When they were little I fed them three times a day. My hav is the youngest so when he was on three times a day I had to go back to that with the older dog too. When I went to two times per day I was a little unpopular for awhile. They didnt whine but would go to their dining spots in the middle of the day and look around and then look at me with hope.
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I tried the 2x a day but at the time he wasn't eating much and then of course, he was diagnosed with Addisons, one of the issues is loss of appetite.

Eating everything in the bowl was never something that occurred in our home, that's why i always left his food out. We were lucky if he ate anything. Now with the new food, for some reason he loves it and is eating everything. I also believe he's doing better, we have a new vet who believes in western medicine for dogs and we have seen a huge change in him over the course of a few months. One being the appetite.

I have been dividing his food into 2 1/4 cup servings, giving half in the morning and half in the afternoon. Sometimes he just wants 5 more pieces of kibble to satisfy his hunger and he's good to go. Funny dog.
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I'll stick with the twice a day. Sassy seems to be doing pretty good with that. Right now I'm feeding her Acana Wild Prairie but I'm looking at raw or the frozen raw. Going to check if there's a thread about that diet.
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