We've been feeding our mini dachshund puppy, Toulouse, three meals a day for the past two weeks. The man who we got Toulouse from advised us to keep food out for him the entire day. Is this a good idea?
I free feed because my pup does not eat his food when put down--he will nibble at it throughout the day. I know the solution is to put it down for 15 minutes then take it up and not feed any more until the next scheduled time. But, bottomline, I dont care if my pup wants to freefeed as he does not over eat. The only thing is that if you free feed, your pup will most likely not be on a regular elimination schedule. That is fine for me as I am home all day to take my pup out and he has a litter box for backup. If my situation were different, I may feel differently about free feeding.
I free feed both of my dogs and have not had any problems with them being aggressive towards each other while eating and they are not overweight. I have been free feeding my rottweiler for almost 4 years and just started free feeding my boxer. They both set their own schedule on when they want to eat. Both of my dogs eat in the morning and in the evening around the same times. Then during the day they may go and take a few bites. Some don't like having 2 dogs and free feeding because they are not sure who is eating what or out of whose bowl. So they are unsure if their dog is getting the right amount of food.
I would say dont free feed your dog just because it is a dachshund, and with this breed it's actually dangerous for them to be overweight. The extra strain of being overweight can be literally crippling in their case, unlike other breeds. Why take an unnecessary risk?
Most puppies are used to free feeding with momma anyway. They will eat until they are full and then quit. I have noticed that some dogs gobble their food when feed at certain intervals (which can lead to obesity) and a dog will most generally eat until full and then stop when allowed food fed free choice. I have had quite a few dachshunds--always fed them free choice--and they never over ate. --PuPz
i have always free fed all my dogs and have never had a problem with obesity, food aggression etc. if you decide to free feed that is your choice. i wouldn't however recommend it for a puppy only because you may have a harder time housebreaking him. once he is housebroken and he decides to be fussy about not eating all at once then go ahead and free feed.
I advise to never free feed; it leads to lazy eaters and/or overeaters. Put the bowl down, give the puppy 5 minutes to eat, then take the bowl away. If he doesn't eat everything, he'll be hungry at the next feeding and will eat his regular portion. He'll soon learn to be a good eater and you can control how much he eats.
I have owned and bread dog most of my life. Free feeding does have the draw back the the dog is not on a regular potty schedule, but if a dog is free fead it will never have weight issues as long as you leave the table scraps out and you do not feed a high protein food to an inactive dog. Some of the top of the line dog foods are great but they are high in protein and must be burned off so if you have a dog that lays around most of the time get them a food that is right for them.