How many times a day do you feed? Or do you just leave the whola amount of food for the day available during the whole day?
I've been reading and most of what I found, advises to feed a pup younger than 12weeks 4 times a day, from 12 weeks to 6 months 3 times a day, and then on 2 times a day. This for big dogs like Akitas, but it actually makes sense to me to do it for pretty much every dog.
The two timeas a day thing isn't a problem, I'm worrying about te 3 and 4 times a day period, cause most of the time, we won't be home at regular interval to feed that often. I'm considering buying one of those timed feeding plates. Any thought son these?
We feed out puppies (Loa and Kona) three times a day, we feed Hilo and Ahi two times a day and the Shibas are feed once a day.
We have come to this plan due to the fact that the Shibas will stop eating if feed to ofter, well Maui will - Kaia will always eat but she it a bit plump so she is on a diet. Hilo is still a puppy but will not eat three times a day if we try so we just feed him twice a day. Ahi has always liked food, so we feed her twice, but really she could eat once and be fine - a lot of the times she will skip breakfast. The puppies are fed three times because they are puppies - we would feed Koan more often but he wouldn't eat that much. These breeds seem to do a good job of maintaining there preferred weight.
When we had a puppy and we both worked full-time Jen and I would take turns driving home to feed the puppy at lunch time - so the puppy eat three times a day.
Not the times plating thing, the times a day thing. I actually have to be with them the whole time they eat because Moto eats faster than Piglet and will then try to steal her food and that is never pretty.
I will do three times a day with the pup. I am having my sister come live with us for a couple months so that will make it easier to do the midday meal.
Ugh, no kids for me, I have dogs.
*sidenote*I did a wedding today. they asked if I had kids since I have been married for over 8 years. I answered "No, I am not a breeder. I leave that up to the pros." The bride actually did a spit take. I got champagne on me.
Nemo eats twice per day. He would eat 30 times a day if I kept putting food down.
Lucy eats twice a day. I have read on a number of Shiba sites (sorry, I'm not going to look up the references again) that puppy Shibas should be fed three times a day and adults twice a day.
In general, I have heard that feeding twice a day is part of getting them on a good potty schedule. I don't know how valid that reason is though.
Jessica - thats hilarious!
Heidi - All the dogs i've ever had, I was always told to feed puppies 2 times a day and adults once a day also. The breeder I got Portia from told me 2 times a day until she was 2 years old and then I can switch to once a day or keep the same schedule. Ninja's breeder told me the same.
So now im feeding them once in the morning and once at night.
BTW, when did you guys switch your pups from puppy food to adult food? I was always told at 1 year to switch to adult.
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