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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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feeding purely via treats

Our govt came up with a food pyramid based on grains? and 3 meals a day almost 100 years ago. Does a dog or a puppy specifically really need 3 meals a day? I doubt thats natural, momma doesnt kill 3 rabits and feed them at a specific time. So Would it not make sense to make several training sessions per day and feed out of hand as rewards?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 01:40 AM
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Yes! This theory is along the lines of NILF c:
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I honestly don't know the answer to this question, but it kind of makes sense. For humans it's better to eat multiple small meals a day rather than 3 really big ones (especially because in America it's really common to eat your biggest meal at the end of the day, which makes no sense at all), so I imagine that it might be ok for dogs too. I doubt it's very feasible for most people, since most people work from at least 8-4:30 or so. I'm guessing that's why people feed their pets at just a few set times, exactly like how they feed themselves.

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Dogs were designed by nature to gorge themselves when prey is plentiful. If a dog takes down a deer it will try to consume the whole thing if it can. What it can't eat now it will try to hide so it can come back and finish it off later.

Because of our lifestyle I prefer to feed my dogs twice a day. This serves several purposes.

First and foremost - I know the last time my dogs had food and if they turn their nose up at their next meal I know if I should be concerned or not.

Second - since I work my dogs and play with them I prefer they are not gorged with food when they are running around.
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In regards to feeding out of hand - that's kinda hard to due if you feed raw. It would get rather messy.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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Ive been doing it, our training repertoire is limited so I basically ask sit then move to a new spot so she has to reposition repeatedly, and i wear a rubber glove. Its not nearly as bad as picking up poop. Which I hardly do- does raw fed poop ruin a yard? Today I worked on keeping my hand closed and when she looks at my eyes then its "Yes" and reward. Also visited a park with a wobbly bridge and she ran all over it no problem.
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