Advantages of Having a Feeding Schedule for Your Dog
We in the modern world are so used to having food available all the time, and to eating whenever we like. That’s perhaps why a lot of us leave food in our dogs’ bowls day in and day out. Unless your vet advised free feeding for your dog particularly, there are great advantages to feeding your pet separate meals on a regular basis instead.
The following are the key reasons fixed meals are better for your dog and even for you:
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Housetraining success has a lot to do with giving your puppy enough opportunities to poop and pee when and where he should. Knowing when he ate, you’ll also be able to predict when he’ll defecate. Say your pup has been out for a toilet break and has peed. If you’re unaware of when he ate last, you’ll also be unaware of when he might poop, and that makes it more likely that he’ll cause a scene inside your home. Not only is clean up disgusting, but whenever your puppy eliminates indoors, he’s also reinforcing in his mind that indoors is the right place to do it.
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Easier Dog Health Monitoring
Your dog and you will benefit from his regular, separate feeding, instead of his bowl staying topped up the entire day. Maybe your dog is up for his regular checkup, or maybe you just took him to the vet because he’s been looking quite under the weather lately. Note that dog food can be a haven for bacteria. So do throw the leftovers away and wash that bowl at least twice daily using soap and hot water.
Managing Behavior Issues
Say you have two dogs and one of them is always trying to bully the other. Most probably, the more aggressive dog is also hogging the food you provide in a communal bowl. As part of your plan to handle the dogs’ behavior, feed them regularly and separately. This means the less aggressive can get his share of the food, and the more aggressive one will not be rewarded for food hogging.
As Aid to Training
Feeding your dog regular meals keeps you aware of when he’ll likely go hungry. Knowing when he’s hungry is going to be a big advantage for you in terms of training. If you train when he’s hungry, food is going to be more important to him. In many cases, when someone says his dog isn’t working for food or isn’t motivated by it, it turns out the pet’s bowl is always refilled the whole day. These dogs are like people with a huge trust fund–of course, he won’t feel the urge to exert himself to earn money.