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Old 04-22-2007, 08:02 PM   #1
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Default Negative Effects of Free Feeding

Writing this in light of my friend changing from free-feeding to scheduled meals.


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Pets that are free-fed tend to be sluggish, lethargic, and passionless about their food.*

Free feeding is not ideal for the digestive system. Dogs and cats in the wild have long breaks between meals. These breaks give their digestive system a chance to rest and prepare for the next meal.

* This makes training much more difficult, because they don't care about getting a treat, because they can eat when ever they like.


http://www.lucythewonderdog.com/free-feeding.htm


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Free-feeding dogs often become overweight or underweight after awhile.

Some boarding situations will require that your dog be able to eat on schedule rather than free-feeding. This would be especially true if a friend or relative with a dog needed to keep your dog for you.

Free-feeding a puppy makes housetraining more difficult. When a dog eats on a regular schedule, bowel movements occur on a regular schedule. That helps you figure out when your dog will need a potty outing.



http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1549 (Very good site on all dog feeding information; picky eaters, multiple dogs, free feeding, changing from free feeding to schedualed meals, begging at the table, dinner and a movie, make the calories count... All very good write-ups. !!!)


When you free feed your dog, food can spoil very easily, (because it is left out in the open for such a long period of time.) It is dangerous, because often people lose track of how much their dog has consumed (leading to obesity. ) You need to know how much your dog is eating, this is something EVERY dog owner should be able to tell a vet IMMEDIATELY upon any Emergency or regular visit.


Regulation of the diet and making sure that the dog has a proper and solid appitite when food is offered can be essencial, especially in a time of illness for the dog. Some breeds are prone to bloat or gastric torsion and as such they need to have their food intake controlled. Also, free fed dogs tend to be pickier eaters then scheduled dogs are.

One of the more important aspects of this is: The dog need to know the food comes from you, it does not appear in his bowl. The food does not come from the bowl, it comes from YOU! This established pack leadership and dominance.



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Changing from Free Feeding to Scheduled Meals


To teach a dog to eat at meals and not expect free-feeding, you have to take away the free food and feed only at mealtimes. You have to be completely consistent about it, so that the dog doesn't think it's "just for today."


It's always okay to feed more than twice a day, provided the dog eats promptly and well each time. This doesn't mean adding extra food, but rather dividing the proper amount of food into smaller, more frequent portions. One advantage to this can be with the overweight dog whose food needs to be reduced. On four feedings instead of two, the dog gets less ravenous between meals. Many people actually feed several times a day without realizing it, when they routinely use food treats for training.





Remember this: A dog WILL NOT starve himself. He WILL eat his meal quickly once he realizes that it will be taken away. Bear this in mind and don’t put his food back out and think to yourself “If I don’t he will starve”. He will be fine skipping a meal, and then he will get hungry and eat his next meal promptly.






Hope I didn’t repeat anything too many times… Thanks for reading!
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Always free fed the protection dogs I worked... Never noted a lack of passion in them.

Of course these are very high drive dogs... not house pets.

Also very bright dogs... quite able to put two and two together and figure out that the food and water comes from the guy who cleans the kennels, even if they weren't there to witness the event.

Further... not an obese one in the pack.

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Before I state my opinion I just want to say that I'm not saying anyone else's opinion is wrong just that this is what I have found with my dog,
I free feed and I have done since the day I have got him. I never had a problem with training him as a puppy, according to the vet he is in great physical shape. With regards to going outside and doing his business he tends to go first thing in the morning and last thing at night on a very regular basis, I control how much food he is able to eat in a day as I will fill his bowl and if he eats that I would fill it again, if he then ate it all again he would not get another bowl until the next day (he has never done this yet).
I also don't buy into the whole he needs to know I am the leader through the supply of food, he knows myself and the wife are in charge and he really doesn't seem to want to challenge it.
As I say this is just my experience, if I had a dog that was really highly food driven and would eat and eat all day (labrodor for example) then I would feed the meals at set times.

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I think it depends on the dog. If I free-fed Cassie she'd be 200 pounds, but she has some food issues (when we first got her she even had water issues - we believe she spent some time 'on the streets', as it were, and got her food & water when & where she could). I'm sure the right breed that was raised from a puppy, and was getting the proper exercise, would be just fine with being free-fed. In 'the wild', after all, food wouldn't come at regularly scheduled intervals.

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