I have heard/read that feeding your puppy at set times and leaving the bowl out for only 20 minutes or so is a good way to train your dog an eating schedule. But sometimes, my puppy doesn't eat much and seems to be virtually famished when I feed him in the evening. Should I adhere to this method of feeding or should I leave his bowl out for him throughout the day with a measured amount of food?
in my opinion, if you have only one pet, and no one else will be eating up his food, it's okay to leave a measured amount out and let him eat when he wants. however, having set meals helps a lot with housetraining, since you can time their need to go better and get them outside in time. also, if he was wolfing down all the food for the day at once, or too much of it at one time, i'd go to set feeding times. you can do 3 feedings a day (if you're home) and he wouldn't be so hungry in the evening.
Depending on the age of the pup. For a young pup 6 weeks to at least 6 months i would leave it out, if like the pre. post said is the only one eating the food leave it out. Pups grow so much in teh first year, especially the first six months that they need all the food/nutrition they can get. It does throw off a schedual, i leave all teh feed my under 1 year old pups can eat, but the older dogs are on a routine. it will depend on your own schedual and circumstances. one thing to watch if you do leave teh food out for @0-20 minutes, at the end of the day when the pup is woofing down his food, you may need to take it away for a little while so that he does not get sick from eating to fast, tehn after a few minutes give it back. There is nothing gained from them eating and then throwing up.
I would keep the meals timed and down for a certain amount of time like 20 minutes. After a few days they start to learn that they better eat their food.And they will be hungry for their meals.Some dogs get the idea that the floor is feeding them because the food is always there when they choose to eat.The choice should not be their it should be the owners.Free feeding can start a dog guarding his food from people.Don't even give this habit a chance to start. sue
Thanks for the input everyone. I guess there are still conflicting views on the subject, though. Currently, I feed him in the morning while I am getting ready for work, and then again as soon as I get home with a few treats in between when I walk him, etc. But I feel like he doesn't like eating in the kitchen alone in the morning or is distracted and doesn't really eat. By the time I get home, he seems extremely hungry. A few nights ago, I got home late, and I think he got hungry and frustrated and gnawed on his bed and made a huge mess! (I've felt the same way while hungry and waiting on someone.) That is why I pose the initial question. Perhaps I should start feeding him in the bathroom? This is where he sleeps, and coincidentally, where I get ready in the mornings.
aesparza7, that sounds like a good idea to try and feed him in the bathroom while you get ready. i once had a golden retriever who would only eat when we were around. maybe it's the same with your little guy.