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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-12-2014, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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After feeding what do you do?

Crate? Play? Don't care?

For how long?

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Rule of thumb for me is no play one hour before and one hour after. Minimum time for me is 45 minutes on either side. In the morning I feed him right before I leave and he has all day to hang out. At night he eats and we just lay there. He doesn't play unless it's with me so I don't play with him for at least an hour.

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My girl is always fed in her crate, so she rests after eating. My boy ( 9 month old puppy) gets a treat ball that he rolls around, then we relax because the treat ball tires him out.

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One hour of down time before and after meals.
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Wondering what's the benefit of the down time?

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Always down time before eating. I don't really give him down time after eating because he's still a very small pup so within 15-20 mins of eating he needs to go outside to have a poop. I let him out in the yard rather than going for a walk and he typically strolls around the yard, sniffing all his trees and bushes and whatever else before he takes a poop. So no vigorous exercise or anything but no crating or down time either (else he'd poop in there!).

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I think the down time is because of bloat.

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Wow.

When I go to feed the girls with my bucket of food, they jump up and down and bark at each other, and I let them out one by one, and sometimes a few youngsters together to run in the fields, then I put down their food, while the others are yelling, "Me next, me me me!!!!"

After I get everyone fed, watered, and all the kennels clean, I will usually groom a couple, and maybe do something where I leave some out to run around again.

In ten+ years, no problem with bloat. I think bloat is more a genetic thing, and if your dog is prone to it due to its ancestry, it makes sense to be more careful.

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encourage no play and definitely no exercise at least 1 hour before and after feeding


if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.


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Wow...how the heck do you do that??

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