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Unread 11-13-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default Do you feed your dog his/her daily requirements?

....as specified on the dog food instructions? All dogs foods specify the amount of dog food you should feed based on weight, so in the case of my dog I feed him 4 cups total for the day, 2 in the morning, 2 in the evening (he's 70lbs).

my question is, how many of you exceed the amount required? My dog is a voracious eater and is always hungry. He inhales his food in less than a minute and always wants more. I've been tempted to up his daily intake by 2 cups, so from 4 cups daily to 6 cups, but I don't want my dog to become obese. I also feed him snacks throughout the day but that never seems to satisfy his hunger. I know dogs will always hunger for food no matter what but is there another way to fulfill his hunger without going overboard? Would feeding him 1 cup of food in between his usual meals be helpful, or is that too much?

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It depends. They do get one treat a day, which is not part of the daily requirement. I feed my dogs Blue Buffalo, so they get three cups per day. I also add canned food, so it must all equal 3 cups per day. I do measure out their food intake. During the months that my dogs are more active, I will bump up the kibble a bit. In the months they are less active, they don't require as much food. (by the way, I do not give my Chi 3 cups a day) They get fed twice a day.
Harley used to have an issue with his food. He was a resource guarder, and I tell you, he could down his food in seconds flat. What I did to break this, is make him work for his food. So as a puppy, I had fed him one piece of kibble at a time. He had to sit, stay, you name it, for that kibble. It didn't take long for him to understand that if he wanted food, he had to slow it down. He is no longer a gulper or has resource issues with food. As a matter of fact, sometimes he gets in the "I don't feel like eating right now" mood. This of course makes the other 2 dogs insane. They know they are only allowed to eat from their own bowls, so they sit and stare at Harley's food. I don't think feeding your dog more food is the answer. I know that what works for one dog, will not work for another. It will be interesting to see what others post.

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I feed my dogs less than the bag recommends. And my dogs are EXTREMELY active as they train and compete in canine sports. And my dogs are also wonderfully fit being on the trim, athletic side and loaded with muscle. And they also would eat as much as I could feed them, but then they'd be unhealthy and fat. Fat dogs is a huge issue in this country and I hardly ever see house dogs anymore that are the correct weight. It's one of my hot buttons...so I'll stop the rant before it gets going.
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....as specified on the dog food instructions? All dogs foods specify the amount of dog food you should feed based on weight, so in the case of my dog I feed him 4 cups total for the day, 2 in the morning, 2 in the evening (he's 70lbs).

my question is, how many of you exceed the amount required? My dog is a voracious eater and is always hungry. He inhales his food in less than a minute and always wants more. I've been tempted to up his daily intake by 2 cups, so from 4 cups daily to 6 cups, but I don't want my dog to become obese. I also feed him snacks throughout the day but that never seems to satisfy his hunger. I know dogs will always hunger for food no matter what but is there another way to fulfill his hunger without going overboard? Would feeding him 1 cup of food in between his usual meals be helpful, or is that too much?
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Not all dogs will hunger for food... all of my dogs have always been free fed and they eat the amount that satisfies them. None have ever been overweight! The last three dogs have been RCC's but not the ones before that. There's a lot of us here on the forum that free feed our dogs.

Not all dogs are candidates for free feeding, they each have their own temperment and personality quirks.

There's two ways of figuring out what works for him rather that a # of cups per day.

Have you ever tried free feeding him. Maybe if he knew that there was always food available to him he wouldn't be inclined to gobble it up right away. It might take him a few weeks to figure this one out btw.

The other method of figuring out how much the dog needs is by calculating kcals needed to either support the dog's lifestyle. Vagreys has some rather good calculations somewhere on here that allow you to do just that and the dog food bag will tell you the value for the food you're using.

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My feelings mirror those of Kenzie'sMom. My dog is free fed and it has worked out very well for her; and she is not overweight and cannot be due to her HD issues. She has never gobbled down a bowl of food and isn't hungry all the time.
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gaseousclay, as you can see, every dog is different. I WISH I could free feed. That would never happen in my house. All three dogs would be the size of a barn. They do love their food, but are not hungry all the time. I do change up their food. The Collies get 3 cups a day. If I have any leftover meat, chicken, or fish, I save it for them. So in the morning they get their kibble and a mix of left overs, which includes veggies. If I have no leftovers, then they get a tablespoon of canned food mixed with their kibble.

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I feed according to what keeps my hounds in great shape. Don't forget that the dog food makers are "selling food", so their recommendations are not always reliable...just loose guidelines.
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Mine get less than the bag recommends. They are also not candidates for free-feeding. My 3 boys are athletic dogs that train and compete with me thus keeping them fed to condition is my guideline. I want them to be a healthy weight above all. And yes, I get those 'hungry puppy eyes'... RIGHT after they have eaten their meal and full bellies and I don't fall for it. Personally I prefer my dogs not free-feeding because if they suddenly DON'T chow down I have a feeling something is wrong... it also means I can tailor their weight by increasing or decreasing as needed.

This is a personal and dog-by-dog choice... there isn't a right or wrong so long as the dog is the proper healthy weight.
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My Pointer gets about twice the amount of calories a dog of his weight should if you go by guidelines. He is high energy and has a high metabolism, he also needs high protein and fat compared to other dogs to maintain any weight (he's prone to getting very skinny)

He has a fish based kibble which has lots of fish oil, grain free and then he has a tub of meat per day (ie tripe/beef/rabbit or whatever i've picked up). The meat is raw, I buy big bags and defrost a tub full every night.

My collie isn't as high energy so she eats slightly less than the guidelines.

I go by how my dogs look and feel. If they're looking skinny they get a bit more, if they're putting on too much weight I cut it back. Thy also get treats (used as part of our training routine) and they get natural probiotic yoghurt on their dinner and various chews and bones for teeth.

Neither is fat, I would never free feed - it might work for my collie but my pointer would eat until he exploded, he was once a stray and he has a bit of an unhealthy obsession with food so structure is very important.

Guidelines are just that, it's important to use common sense and your senses (sight, touch etc) to monitor how your dog is doing and bodily condition, we've done a lot of adjusting of diet to get to where we are now which is stability and healthy digestion.
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hello

My dog is very small ,and up and until 6 months ago I used to give her a single portion of wet food mixed with some dry food and also left a small bowl of dry food out for her to eat if she felt the need. She also used to get quite a few snacks a day. This seemed fine but one day, after she was groomed with her 'spring cut' I realised that she had put on weight.

I became determined for her to get back to her best possible shape. So now I weigh her food according to the recommendations for her weight. This was very difficult as she was used to having freedom with food and I had to come up with some plans. I started treating her with snacks she didn't like very much (healthy ones like biscuits high in fibre.)
I have a naughty tactic as well after she has eaten and she still asks for food I would pretend that I am about to give her something very nice. It would be a piece of carrot and as she was so exited she would eat the first one and maybe chew on the second but that would be it. After a long struggle my baby has come to learn that once the carrots start coming that it would be all that would be coming and she gives up. Like with humans it takes a while for food to settle and after ten minutes or so she would realized that she actually had enough. If what she really likes is there for her to see then she would never stop asking.
Since I started doing this she has lost 200g of weight, which is a lot for a dog her seize. I have realized that now that she lost the weight she does not have the ability to eat as much as she used to anyway. So I promise you that the beginning would be tough but as time goes on your dog would require less anyway.

good luck and we are here to help you and we look forward to seeing how it goes for you.
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