All of you with small dogs, do you have a eating schedual for it? Since smaller dogs tend to vomit on an empty stomach, my dog is still free-fed. but i notice that he doesnt love his food (i've tried almost all the brands out there, right now he's on Timber Wolve Organics). He would go nibble a few kibbles once at a time.
Because i have to work and won't be able to feed him for 8+hrs, do you think it's ok for him?
I think you're probably OK as long as he's not too skinny or losing weight.
Bode has always been thin and he's not a huge fan of dry food either. I tried mixing wet and dry, adding broth, etc. to entice him to eat in the morning. He often wouldn't so I just ended up wasting expensive kibble.
So now I give him ~1/4 can wet food in the morning. That way I know he has eaten something before I leave for work.
Then he is free-fed EVO small bites. I leave out about 1/2 cup at a time. Though he usually doesn't touch it until after I've gotten home.
If you have not tried EVO or EVO red meat small bites, I recommend it. I used to buy Timberwolf's Wild & Natural, much prefer the EVO.
I feed canned food twice a day and leave dry food out all the time. My schnauzers will sometimes throw up bile if their tummies are empty. My little yorkie needs to have food she can get too in case she needs to eat. Their blood sugar can fall so easy. Even though she is 10mo. old now, I still watch for any signs of it.
I started breaking meals up into twice daily when they were younger. I used to free feed before that, my poodle was also pretty under weight because I had no idea exactly how much food he was eating. Now I use measuring cups for everyone, and they are at pretty good weights.
If the dog is hungry, it will eat. If he feels like being picky, and doesn't want anything to do with it when you put it down and it's chow time, give him about a half hour and take it up. Trust that he will eat next time, and that you are the boss. Dogs demand routine.