To stay on track most of us use a schedule to plan our day. The good news is, you can also apply it in planning your dog’s feeding schedule. Both you and your dog will be benefited by knowing how often you need to feed your dog and adding it to your routine. However, before starting the routine, you should know and understand first the question “How often should I feed my dog.”
What are the factors you need to consider when planning how often to feed a dog?
In deciding how often you need to feed a dog, you need to consider the following factors. First is check the packaging of your dog food. It should be labeled with instructions on how often you should feed your dog. It will be based on your dog’s size and age. Once you get the idea as to how much your dog should be eating, you can then divide the amount throughout the day.
How much dog food should my dog have to eat each meal time?
The quantity of food you need to give your dog may depend on several factors such as:
- Feeding plan
- Type of food you have chosen
- Age of your dog
- The activity level of your dog
- The health needs of your dog
Don’t overfeed your dog as this may lead to serious medical conditions. To avoid this instance, always check and study the feeding suggestions. Once you are able to come up with the total amount of food on a daily basis you can then divide the food. Furthermore, scheduling your dog’s feeding as well as the amount of food being given will prevent him from gaining unwanted pounds.
Should my dog eat 3 times a day?
It really depends on your availability. Are you home most of the time or only in mornings and evenings because of work or school? Most pet owners determine how often they need to feed their pets, is through their schedule. You can feed your dog two times a day or you can also divide the total amount of daily food into three meals.
If you still can’t decide, the best person to ask is your veterinarian. She knows your dog, therefore she will be able to give you the information you need.
When is the best time for me to feed my dog?
Although each dog has their own mealtime, it is best that you feed your dog 10 to 12 hours prior to a vigorous activity, such as before playtime or hiking.
Does planning my dog’s feeding schedule really helpful?
Yes. When you schedule your dog’s feeding pattern as well as the amount of food being given, it helps in regulating your dog’s digestive system. On your end, you will have a much better idea as to when he needs to go outside to do his thing.
The feeding pattern will help your dog expect when you will be home, preventing accidents and bathroom issues along the way.