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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2012, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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From three meals to two

Hi. Lucky is about 7 months old now and maturing daily. He's housebroken, occasionally (ok frequently) obedient, and attentive at all times. He impresses us daily if not hourly. In light of all this sudden maturity, we're thinking it might be time to drop from three meals to two (not that he's shown any less interest in his lunch). Thanks for help with the following questions-naiive as they may be.

1. Dropping from three meals to two a day is just for owner convenience right? No benefits to dog or am I wrong?

2. Does dropping to two meals a day mean he will poop less frequently? He's actually pretty much down to two poops a day and four pees Does that sound about right-sorry for graphics- or do real adult dogs do less or other?

3. It's the same amount (this seems obvious but double checking) right? We just split it into two servings rather than three?

Thanks for your help.

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When Bessie and Max turned 1 years old we started the two meals a day.
They are fed at lunch and dinner because neither will eat in the morning.
1/4th cup of food twice a day. Lucky is so cute.
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Tillie poops twice a day and I have never counted her pee's! LOL 4 doesn't sound like much, but Tiliie is home cooked for so her diet probably has tons more moisture in it than a kibble fed hav!

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Brody was over a year (he's 17 months now) before he started skipping the occasional meal. Because he comes to work with me and I feed him kibble (so it's easy just to toss 1/4 cup each into 2 sandwich baggies and bring it with me) I didn't worry too much about it.

He eats anywhere from 1-3 times a day now depending on the day and doesn't regularly skip the same meal (example: all this week he's not eaten his morning meal, but today he wolfed it right down). The dinnertime meal is the one he pretty much never misses unless he's being a jerk and holding out for MY dinner (which never happens) and ends up missing out on his own. He probably averages 2 meals a day now, but like I said, I still give him the opportunity for 3.

As for poop...his production has definitely slowed down, but I still think he poops more than others. He can be pretty much relied on to have a first thing in the morning poop and one around 5PM. He does quite frequently have a before bed poop too. As a pup he went anywhere from 4-8 times a day, so it's definitely a decrease in frequency. I feed him Orijen, which I've heard is quite rich so I'm sure that may contribute to his poop output (or maybe that's just his system). In any case, he really like the Orijen and has done well on it, so I've just put up with it and not really considered changing his food.

I've definitely gotten the impression that Brody was much later at giving up a meal than most other Havanese though.

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I would say it is time to drop the 3rd meal.
It is for puppy nourishment, like a baby who needs to be fed often.
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yeah I asked sort of question to Sabine a while ago. Her's her reply.
"My recommendation is to do what works for the dog. Some do well with only feeding once a day, others with meals twice daily.

Most of the dogs I've had would have kept bugging me all day long if they had only gotten one meal a day, and I've had two who would throw up bile if they went with an empty stomach for too long.

On the other hand, I've had some clients whose dogs were severely obese and needed to lose a lot of weight, and they did better with one larger portion fed once daily rather than two small ones.

There's really no "one size fits all" approach. "

Seven months should be OK. See how your dog handles two. Yes the advantages are what you stated.
here's her website article on feeding puppies as well. http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index....eeding_puppies

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