How often do you feed your dog?

@Masmasika (1922)
Philippines
October 14, 2008 7:54am CST
My friend feeds her dog once a day only and she advised me to feed my dog once a day also but I feel bad about it. I feed my dog twice a day. Sometimes three times a day. We also share our snacks with him if he wants our food. He loves coming to us and looking up at us as we eat our food and although he is done with his food, we give him just a little bit so that he will not feel so out of place. It seems cruel to feed the dog only once a day and I don't do it. I don't know how often dogs must eat I just know that dogs eat like people.
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@snowy22315 (52578)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I feed my dog twice a day and I think alot of people who have dogs do that. My dog loves to eat so I think it is nice to feed him when we all eat. He and the cat and I all eat at about the same time. People food is bad for dogs so I give him that sparingly. He just gets a taste now and then.
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• United States
15 Oct 08
I feed my dogs twice a day. BUt we do not share our snacks. The snacks can upset their stomachs. You also have to be very careful of what you share
@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
I think it all depends on the dog. I know people who feed their dog twice a day. I also know people who leave food out for their dogs all day long and the dogs eat when they want. It all depends, if your dog seems to over eat then feed twice a day, if it eats moderately then you can leave food out all day. But you have to watch not to over feed so that the dogs stomach does not flip. That can cause really bad pain. I feed my dogs twice a day. And feeding dogs people food is good in moderation. Unless you have the dog on a raw food diet then feed the dog people food sparingly.
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• United States
14 Oct 08
Our vet says dogs should be fed twice a day. Feeding more than that, can make them fat, under feeding can make them mean and ornery.
@hljnalx (27)
• China
14 Oct 08
myfriend feeds her dog ongc a day only and she advised me to feed my dog once a dsy also bot i feel bad adout it
• United States
14 Oct 08
My dog gets fed 2x a day. What I do is I fill his food bowl with enough food to last him all day. What he'll do is he'll come back and eat it throughout the day. I have to fill his water bowl about halfway at 2x daily, because he likes to drink a lot of it.
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• United States
14 Oct 08
I feed my dog twice a day like you. If me and my wife eat we will share a little with our dog.
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@Annmac (950)
15 Oct 08
Dogs eat like people only because we humans feed them. It's actually un-natural for them to eat 3 meals a day at set times. They are scavengers and hunters by nature and their digestive systems are designed to cope with infrequent meals. I've never allowed my dogs to beg at the table for food. Except for meat and vegetable left overs which are given in their bowl my dogs/cats are not allowed food made for humans. Once they are adults they get one full meat and veg meal a day and a light breakfast of home made dog biscuits or goats milk. In the evening or when training they get treats. It's only as pups they get smaller more frequent meals. That's not because I think it's right but because it's the most convenient for me! I know my animals well and the amount of food varies depending on the individual. Some seem to maintain their correct weight for their breed and size with less food than others. As long as your dog isn't putting on weight then you are probably giving it the correct amount it needs. How often you feed it doesn't matter!
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@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
My dog weighs just fine. I feed him twice a day and sometimes I give him snacks. I feel guilty when he have this look in his face that say’s I’m hungry feed me. Every time he looks at me like that my heart melts. Sometimes when we eat, he will sit besides me and wait till I give him some food. Although I feed him twice a day, sometimes more I make sure that I don’t give too much. Overweight dogs have lots of health problem that I don’t want for my dog to happen.
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@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
15 Oct 08
We feed our pets, dogs and cats, twice a day. I believe most dog foods, dry that is, have a recomendation of how much according to the weight of the dog. Some breeds, Saint Bernards being one, will eat until they literally are sick. I don't mean just sick either. They are known to get the stomachs twisted up which requires a trip to the vet for surgery. You have to be careful what you feed them also. Some things we eat will not only make them sick, they can kill them.
• United States
15 Oct 08
I feed my dogs their main meal once a day. They get a home made teat or dog biscuit every morning after they have done their "business" and an occasional homemade chicken jerky treat. I never, never share people snacks with them. That is cruel and a quick way to getting fat unhealthy dogs. Their digestive system is not made for "people snacks"
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@DeeRae (8)
• Canada
15 Oct 08
We have two dogs, a sheltie and a collie. They get fed twice a day, in the morning when we all get up and at dinner time around the same time my husband and I eat. They actually bug us less when we eat if they already have a full belly. I have had other dogs too and I always fed them twice a day. Our dogs also get dog biscuits throughout the day and sometimes a special dog treat at night.
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@lishen (32)
• China
15 Oct 08
I do not have a dog ,so I nrver feed my dog .But if I have a dog ,I will feed it three times one day .
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I have two Rottie puppies which the baby is fed 3 times a day and the older one 2 times a day. I also have a full grown Daschund who gets fed once a day. I follow my vets instructions even though I admit I give the Daschund some snacks and leftovers on occasion. I know I'm not really supposed to, but he enjoys them so much.
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@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Hi there! I have three dogs; 2 big ones and a small one. We feed our big dogs 2x or 3x a day but the small one which is a shih tzu, 3x. I don't agree about feeding them just once in a day because they might be hungry and turn agressive because of it. They are just a part of our family that's why we take good care of them.
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@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I think it depends on the type of dog you have. I have heard that beagles will founder themselves if you feed them too much.But once a day seems like it's not hardly enough to me. I have a husky and I feed him twice a day .I feed him first thing in the morning and then about 6:00 in the evening. He grabs a few extra snakcs here and there sometimes! LOL
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@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I dont have a dog. I have 3 cats. They always have dry food available for them 247 but i also give them canned food once a day. I think thats enough as long as they have dry food available at all times. My cats also come to check out what ever im eating. I give them a little taste but they usually dont want much of it. Funny Miss Kitty also loves mashed potatoes.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Also give them some of my food because they wont leave me in peace till they taste it. Most the time they dont want it.
@dhaarvi (147)
• India
13 Dec 08
i will feed street dogs
@RumDaisy (32)
• Canada
16 Oct 08
I have a degree in animal nutrition, and I am working on my masters degree in Pet nutrition. So, in answer to your question you should be feeding your dog twice a day, however you should refrain from feeding your dog table scraps. A dogs stomach is approximately 1/3 of the volume of their digestive tract and is designed to take in a large amount of food (evolved because food was not always available). That said, although a dog can handle being fed once a day, their digestive tract will tend to run much smoother if fed twice daily. Make sure that you are feeding the appropriate level listed on the dog food that you are buying. If you have a more active dog you will want to feed closer to the upper level for your dog's weight limit. Dog foods are specifically designed to meet the nutrient requirements for your dog. By giving human foods you can throw off the balance which the food has, as well as upset your dogs stomach from foods that it is not used to. You didn't say your dogs breed, but there are many breeds of dog which will continue to eat, even if they are full. Therefore A better measure of if your dog is receiving enough food is to monitor his weight, if he is not gaining or losing over a period of a few weeks (and is at a healthy weight) then he is getting the right amount of food. I hope this helps. Let me know if there is anything else that you would like to know. I tried to keep the information pretty basic
@ItsMeJen (17)
• United States
16 Oct 08
I feed my gal Oreo( a black lab mix) twice a day with some snacks added in there. Perhaps that is why she looks like a little sausage with legs. She is such a good girl and in her younger years was a trim and slim, lean -running machine... she could run so fast ...her little butt would wiggle as she was chasing a car down the road. She had a sister named Hershey that NEVER went on the road. One morning around the 7 oclock hour I was sitting at the end of my driveway waiting for a car to pass when I saw the first black streak headed toward the road. Shortly after that another black streak which turns out to be my pups... sisters and for the most part...best friends. Suddenly my eyes fixed on a car speeding down the road in front of me ....and just that quick Hershey was gone and the car never stopped. Killed on the road , right in front of me and her sister. Oreo and our family mourned for our little friend that always sat with her brown(Hershey colored)legs crossed. She was sweet, cute , smart and a wonderful watch dog and she was gone...just like that! Oreo quickly became the queen of the castle where she had to share the title before. She just seemed so sad and because of that she got lots and lots of attention. Because of the accident we tied her to a dog box in the back yard...I felt so bad because she was sad so when we were at home we let her loose as often as we could. The first place that she would go was to chase cars on the road or rather run in front of them and try to out-run the cars. One day my son and I were traveling down the road and Oreo thought she would try to out-run us. I was going slow and all of the sudden she turned around to look where we were and she ran into the front of my car! I heard a slight sound but nothing that made a loud noise.... BUT I saw a horrible sight when I saw my Oreo. Her eye was totally out of socket and was bouncing up and down on her cheek as she was RUNNING toward our home when I turned my car around and headed back up the driveway. I couldn't believe it..she acted like nothing had happened. I came into the house, screamed for my husband and called the vet. The vet said to bring her in as soon as possible so we opened the door of the car and in she went. I couldn't believe there was only 2 or 3 drops of blood in my car. The Vet was able to save her eye and put it back in ,he sewed up her eyelid for a short while and believe it or not it stayed in. Of course she has no sight in that eye. SO.... on that very day when she came home from the vet SHE BECAME A HOUSE DOG! If we would let her loose she would go directly to the road and for sure be killed because her sight was gone in one eye. I thought oh my goodness... she will rip my house UP because she has never been in the house before only for short visits when she and Hershey were much smaller. BUT...she is the perfect house dog. She NEVER gets on the furniture and has only dirtied on the floor 2 times since she's been in the house. SO..... back to your question How often do you feed your dog? The answer is as often as she likes....she is a great dog and a wonderful companion and our sweet little cookie!!!
@sarcos (201)
• New Zealand
15 Oct 08
When my dog was still alive I used to feed him one proper meal in the evening. But usually first thing in the morning he would get a couple of doggy biscuits and I would give him a cooked bone during the day for him to chew on. He was quite content wih that. I think it depends on what you use him for and how much exercise he gets. If a sedentary dog gets to much food the weight goes up and problems occur in the joints and such. but plenty of exercise and you shouldn't have to worry to much. Just keep a eye on the ribs and what covers them.