How often should I feed my dog?
Most vets and pet experts will agree with the fact that dogs needs to be fed twice a day. As they are creatures of habit they need to be fed at the same time each morning and evening. Puppies on the other hand need to be fed three to four times a day or as recommended by your vet.
Most dogs will eagerly wait for the time you place their bowl down for them to dig in. Apart from these avid eaters there are also the brand of finicky eaters who need to be slowly trained to appreciate the food you serve them!
One of the most important things for you to do when you bring home a dog is to set a feeding schedule and to teach them to eat on schedule. So, place the food bowl and give them 10 minutes time to finish and lick the bowl clean. If your pet is a slow eater then give them not more than 20 minutes time to finish their meal. Once their time is up remove their bowl even if they did not finish it.
During the next feed, place the food bowl and again give them not more than 10 minutes to complete it. They will quickly understand the routine and will try to finish their food within the set time limit. Once you have got the feeding time organized and a routine is established this will also give you the opportunity to monitor their health. So, if you notice a lack of appetite in a previously happy eater then you will know that your pet is not well. If their appetite does not improve even after a couple of days then you need to get them professionally checked by the vet.
Another advantage of setting a regular feed time is that your pet will poop on time too! Apart from this, it is also a known fact that leaving pet food unfinished and over a period of time is bound to bring home all kinds of creepy crawlies! So, in order to keep your home tidy and your pet healthy it is wiser to feed them on time.