Daily schedules are used to help keep us on track and plan our days.Did you know you can do the same for your dog by having a feeding schedule. Having a schedule for how often you feed your dog creates a routine that is beneficial for both of you. Do you want to know the answer to the question: “How often should you feed a dog?” If so keep reading to get that answer and others below.
What Does a Dog Feeding Schedule Look Like?
If you were thinking about some type of complicated calendar then let me ease your mind right away. That is definitely not what your dog’s feeding schedule will look like. Your dog’s feeding schedule will simply be the set times during the day that you will feed her each day.
Keeping the feeding times regular on a daily basis allows your dog to have a regular and predictable digestive system. This will make your dog’s need to go outside a little more predictable for you. By adhering to a schedule it will help your dog anticipate when you will be arriving at home so that she’ll have fewer accidents.
Often Each Day Should I Feed My Dog?
Before sitting down to make a schedule you’ll need to figure out just how often your dog will need to eat each day. Now you’ll need to take into account several factors including her activity level, health, and age.
You can use the serving sizes on your dog’s food and compare that with her age and size for guidance. The type of food you choose to feed your dog will play a big role in how much you are going to feed her and how often.
Once you have a good idea of how much your dog should eat each day you can then divide that amount into two or more meals.
Frequency of feeding your dog is going to depend a lot on your own schedule. If you’re someone who is going to be home during the day then you might opt to feed your dog three times a day. But, if you are like most people and will be working during the day you may choose to feed your dog twice a day.
After you choose a schedule monitor your dog closely for clues about how she would like to be fed. Your dog may prefer 3 smaller meals instead of two large meals.
What Time Should I Feed My Dog?
The timing of feeding your dog will depend a lot on your own schedule. You’ll also have to take into account your dog’s age and activity level as well. Think about when you like to eat, and it will give you some clues as to when you should feed your dog. You wouldn’t want to eat a big meal before going on a long run, and your dog is the same.
You shouldn’t feed your dog right before she’s going to engage in exercise. Doing so could be very dangerous for your dog and could cause bloat which is a life-threatening condition.
When In Doubt Ask the Vet
If you still have questions about how often you should feed a dog just ask your dog’s vet. The vet will know your dog and have a good idea of how much she should be eating based on her age, activity level, current health and history.
The veterinarian can also give you tips to help you improve your dog’s healthy eating habits. If your dog eats fast, the veterinarian can make suggestions to help slow her down while eating.