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Feeding question?

How long do you give your dog to finish their meal?

I feed Benny twice a day - morning and late afternoon - and most of the time he gobbles it right down, but sometimes he just isn't that interested, so if after 20 minutes he hasn't gone back to it, I take it away.

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Tucker's 3 yr. now and I leave his food down for several hours. Some mornings he eats it right away, others he'll wait an hour or so. He he hasn't eaten after several hours, I'll take it up then feed him around 6 p.m. Tucker's a lazy boy in the a.m. and it takes him awhile to get going. I don't like breakfast until I've been up for several hours either.
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If Pepper doesn't eat within 15-minutes of being offered food, then I'll pick it up and offer it again a little later. Some mornings he just isn't ready (he's gotten that way as he ages and he's 6-yrs old now). He gets fed twice a day, about 12-hrs apart.

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Timmy hasn't been all that hungry lately either, perhaps it's the heat. If he doesn't eat his food in 5 or 10 minutes it's either taken away or eaten by one of my cats, I know bad, bad, bad. Sometimes I think Timmy doesn't eat his food so he can bait the cat to come over so he can bark at her.

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My 3 year old dog is not a big eater. When i just had her i would just top up her bowl twice a day. Sometimes she'd eat it all and some times she'd leave it for a day or two and then have a big feast. Then i got a havanese puppy that will eat everything and anything. After the puppy ate a cup of my adult dog's food I realized i had to supervise mealtime and take away the big dog's food as soon as the little dog finished her own and started going to town on big sis'. Now the big dog gobbles her food down so the little one doens't get it. So, the answer is to get a second dog....
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I think Brody has only once not eaten his breakfast. I put it in his pen at work and I'll leave it there for about an hour - usually he eats it right away. At lunch he gets the same hour I get (although now he quite often only eats a couple bits of kibble) and at dinner I put it down when I get home from work and will give him until about 7PM or so before I pick it up again.

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My 3 year old dog is not a big eater. When i just had her i would just top up her bowl twice a day. Sometimes she'd eat it all and some times she'd leave it for a day or two and then have a big feast. Then i got a havanese puppy that will eat everything and anything. After the puppy ate a cup of my adult dog's food I realized i had to supervise mealtime and take away the big dog's food as soon as the little dog finished her own and started going to town on big sis'. Now the big dog gobbles her food down so the little one doens't get it. So, the answer is to get a second dog....
Ha! Kodi went through a short "picky eater phase as a pup. As his breeder suggested, I picked up the food if he hadn't eaten in 20 minutes. But it continued to happen from time to time until I went toEurope for 3 weeks and left him with a friend with 3 large dogs. He was always Separated from the big dogs at meal time... He was fed in his ex-pen. But just the IDEA that the big dogs were around and MIGHT take his food taught him to eat right up. He has never again reverted to "pickiness".


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... just the IDEA that the big dogs were around and MIGHT take his food taught him to eat right up. He has never again reverted to "pickiness".
I love it!

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I was trying to fihure out what has changed that he isn't as anxious for his food.... it's the treats!

I have been working with him a lot this past week on the "come" command, and each time he comes, I give him a treat. He's learning quickly, but he's also enjoying his treats more than his food.

I guess I will start using his kibble as his reward.

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