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Feeding twice a day

Discussion in 'Dog Food and Diet' started by Pam99, Mar 13, 2021.

  1. Pam99

    Pam99 Member Registered

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    Please can someone offer advice on when to start feeding your dog twice a day instead of 3 times? I have a 5 month old boxer who i currently feed at 8, 12.30 and 5pm. Ive read varying advice about when to transition them that ranges from 6 to 12 months old.
     
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    At 7 months 2 feeds a day should be fine. Just wait a little longer.
     
  3. JoanneF

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    I think it depends on the dog a bit too. They sometimes show less enthusiasm for a meal so that's a sign.

    My dog has two proper meals but does get a few pieces of his food before his morning walk, and some on his walk as rewards, so you could say he sort of still has three meals. He is 10.
     
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    Mine have always decided for themselves by being unenthusiastic about the middle meal.

    I realise that certain breeds wouldn't ever be unenthusiastic about food!!
     
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    Or certain individual dogs!

    I can't remember what age I did it, but I weaned Jasper off his lunch by making it a smaller portion each day till it was just a few bits of kibble, then used them for training rather than in a bowl.
     
  6. Pam99

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    Yes i cant imagine Ruby not being enthusiastic for food at any time of the day! I'll certainly leave until shes a bit older and then gradually remove the meal. It seems cruel in a way, i cant imagine having to wait all day inbetween meals
     
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    For my benefit - assuming the dog is happy and enthusiastic about his 3 meals each day, would there be any reason to switch?
     
  8. JudyN

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    I have read that it's good for a dog's stomach to be empty(ish) some of the time to give the digestion a rest - and an athlete would be very careful about what they ate soon before an event. Whether that's based on research or assumptions I don't know.

    And of course, if you have the sort of dog who can start whining an hour before each meal, the more meals means the more whining :D
     

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