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why twice a day feeding?

My puppy (10 weeks) likes being fed when we are (3 times a day). We've gone up to a cup a day of kibble (as vet suggested) but why must or should we do it in two portions? Any thoughts? Thanks

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I think most people agree that small puppies need to be fed smaller portions more often, rather than cutting back too soon. 3 servings a day or even 4 at that age seems reasonable to me. Also, does he really eat a full cup of kibble a day? That seems a bit much; my dog at 14 months and 10 lbs eats between 1/2 and 3/4 cup a day, depending on how active he is. If you feed more meals, from what I understand, he will probably gradually stop eating one of the meals and then it will be time to phase a meal out.

Remember, a vet is not a god-like being whose advice you always have to follow. You know your dog better than anybody else except perhaps the breeder. In fact, the breeder should have given you feeding instructions, what did they recommend?
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the breeder said

Actually the breeder also said to up the amount to a cup and serve in two portions when he turned ten weeks. He is big (6 lbs. 2 oz) I think for ten weeks so maybe he needs a bit more? He slept through the night really well last night. Maybe the larger portion is more satisfying. He's just looking for lunch now and I'm not sure why I shouldn't just give it to him. He has no treats yet (tried a liver thing and he threw up; a small bit of rice cake disinterested him) and he loooves his kibble. Thanks for your input.

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My breeder said, and everything I read seemed to be in agreement, that puppies should stay with 3 meals a day (same amount, just spread into 3 meals) until they are quite a bit older. Kodi was very clear when he was ready to drop lunch... he simply stopped eating it. If your little one is looking for lunch, I'd give it to him!


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Wow he is a big 'un!

Hopefully others will have more advice .
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My breeder said, and everything I read seemed to be in agreement, that puppies should stay with 3 meals a day (same amount, just spread into 3 meals) until they are quite a bit older. Kodi was very clear when he was ready to drop lunch... he simply stopped eating it. If your little one is looking for lunch, I'd give it to him!
I agree.
Mine are now eating 2x a day (Bumi is almost 3, Toby almost 6 months), but on the weekends I give them lunch (boiled egg)

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Brody is a year and he still usually wants 3 meals a day during the work week. He's just starting to occasionally skip the lunch meal. On weekends he usually only eats once or twice. He gets 1/4 cup at each meal. I've not pushed it and removed a feeding because it's not like he's getting fat. I just wish he would cut down a meal so he'd poop less. LOL

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Thanks All

Just had the pleasure of giving him lunch. THink we'll stick with 3 meals until he is disinterested in one.

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Leyla is nine months old and weighs 6.5 lbs. She gets 1/3 cup kibble---with some freeze-dried chicken liver crumbled in it---twice a day. Some days I give her apple or melon as a treat. Sometimes I mix in about a teaspoon of wet dog food in her kibble. On weekends she'll possibly have a couple of scrambled eggs with a few kibbles in it. She's been eating that way since she was about 4 months old.
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The notion of feeding a dog twice a day, in my opinion, should be reserved for adult dogs. Twice-a-day feeding often serves adult dogs well.

But a 10-week-old puppy? By all means, I suggest, feed three meals a day, and give a bedtime (or nearly) light snack. Even if your pup is big for a Havanese, that's still a small dog, and the metabolism suggests feeding more than twice a day!

I used to feed my adult dogs three times a day, with a light snack close to bedtime, and that suited them well, till one showed up with diabetes, which tends to require two meals a day and essentially nothing else - that's to match insulin injections twice a day.

I agree with those who are saying, give lunch, and let the pup tell you if/when lunch is no longer wanted!

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