Does the food indicate he should eat 3/4 cup per day? Like Dave, I believe that puppies should eat 3x per day until they are about 6 months old (thats what we did with Panda) then increase the food and switch to morning and evening meals.
Now we free feed her (since I'm home and can take her out more frequently). She still poops first thing in the morning and again later in the afternoon. She eats a little all day long - it works for us, but she was about a year old before we began the free feeding
Not a fan of free feeding. Sabine doesn't recommend it. It can work like you say but has some downfalls. Here's from Sabine on this ....
From experience I can tell you that free feeding is NOT a good idea. Several reasons:
1. Free feeding only works with kibble, which is simply the least ideal type of food to feed, due to its highly processed nature.
2. Very few dogs actually self-regulate well enough to just eat enough to maintain a healthy weight. Sure, such individuals do exist (I've had one of my own), but they are very rare exceptions. Also, see #1.
3. If you don't feed scheduled meals, it's much harder to realize when an animal is off their feed due to stress, discomfort, pain, illness.
4. In our times, with many dogs being couch potatoes and not even getting the mental stimulation of regular walks (let alone more vigorous exercise, like performing in dog sports or doing actual work), meal times are a major highlight of their day, something they very much look forward to. Why take away one more of the few major stimulants?
5. House training. If you control when food goes into your dog, you can reasonably predict when it's going to come out the other end. Not so with free feeding.
And 6. which I throw in...The biggest thing with free feeding is that your dog is not as motivated for food rewards when training. Nearly all trainers want you to bring your dog in HUNGRY when coming in for classes. It's the number one motivator with dogs,some definitely more than others. Kibble is the least motivating generally. And depending on the type of training situations ,it's better to use something more enticing than kibble.