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Feeding Schedules

Feeding Schedules

Schedule 3 feedings daily and most puppies will potty within an hour after eating. When you establish his feeding schedule, you’ll have better control over his elimination habits. Schedule your puppy’s dinner times so that you will be available to let him out after eating.

Feeding your new puppy or dog a good quality food will go a long way in promoting overall good health, from muscles and bones to dental hygiene.

Dry food is better for dental hygiene vs. soft canned. Read the ingredients label; your first 3-4 ingredients are always important! For example, if you feed a food that lists corn as a 2nd or third ingredient, you may notice something like: your puppy / dog is constantly goin to the bathroom & they seem hungry all the time! Corn has no nutritional value to your dog, it is a cheap fiber filler, hence the constant pooping!!

With a good quality dog food, your puppy/dog will average 1-2 poops per feeding!! You should feed your dog measured feedings, not just by the handful or guessing how much they’ll eat.

Measured feedings, multiple times a day, will provide your dog with energy but will also keep them from begging for non-nutritional treats! Puppies should receive at least 2 regular feedings, preferably (3), a day; adult dogs, especially large breed dogs should receive at least 2 feedings per day to not only help prevent bloat and / or torsion.

Health issues, poor overall growth and even behavioral issues can result from a dog being hungry. Dogs, like humans, can develop gastrointestinal issues, like reflux or vomiting of bile from not having anything in their bellies to absorb the acids. Imagine having one meal a day; you are more likely to have less energy thru the day, be cranky, and one large meal per day can lead to weight control difficulties.

When feeding multiple times per day, especially if your dog is very active throughout the day, you would want the am feeding to be the largest; lunch and dinner can be smaller, again, having a bunch of food sitting in your belly can lead to unwanted weight gain. Measured & regular feedings will come in handy in helping to determine if your dog is just not hungry or has something medical going on, if they don’t eat one particular feeding or even for a whole day!

Regular feedings will go a long way in housebreaking/potty training your puppy or dog. Your Veterinarian will have an easier time narrowing down medical things going, everything from weight gain, thyroid issues and belly issues, etc., if they have a knowledgeable owner who can tell them what is normal and abnormal for their pet.