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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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can you feed once a day

Jack has been a really bad eater since we got him

I have found that if I give him a few snacks in the am and feed the whole amount of food at 3:30 he eats it all and then a few snacks before bed

so that is 2 cups innova and 1 can of evo vennison I just do not know is that really enough food for a 7 month old that is 60 lbs?

and is it bad to feed that much at one time

If I feed 2 x a day I throw so much away even if I do 1 c meal and a little wet

The wet evo 1.65 a can and Innova isn't cheap either LOL

What are your suggestions?

He is not overweight at all backbone prominent and he has the hour glass matter of fact maybe a little thin but would rather see him thin now and then fill out later

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He may just be going thru an NON growing spurt! I would still feed twice a day, to avoid bloat or gastro problems. What does he get for snacks?

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Re: can you feed once a day

Not sure how long you've had him but when I first got Chewy he was eating so little that I left the food out all day for him and just kept track of how much he got each day. After about a week he got onto a regular eating pattern.

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Jesse is now fed 2 -3 times a day via ball method, he was never a very interested in eating (especially in the morning) till we moved all his food dispensing from a bowl to a Tricky Treats Ball and now he eats all his daily quota and is dying for more. Now I am in the middle of training him to bring his "food ball" to be filled up. Loves his meals now and wants more...


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Re: can you feed once a day

Jolene, my GSD / Sheltie cross eats once a day. Every now and then she will eat the kibble I put out in the AM, but she does drink her water. She eats in the middle of the night while I am asleep.

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Another method to get your dog eat at his meal on time is get into the practice of leaving the food out for 15 to 20minutes. After that, take the food away till the next meal time. After a few days your dog will learn if he doesn't eat it then, he will have to wait till the next one to come around. Once your dog learn that on his own, he will go clean the food bowl out everytime you put the food down.

For this to work, you gotta be firm with it and not give the food back to your dog when he begs because once you do that, your dog will know even he doesnt eat within the time frame, all he need to do is beg for it later on. believe me, be firm with this for a few days and you will never have the problem of your dog not wanting to eat or be picky with what he eats. Just remember, your dog will not starve till death if he miss a meal or two. So it is better to teach good habits now and have your dog's meal time go according to your schedule, rather than you having to baby your dog around each meal time.

when I first got maximus he gone through the picky eating stage. What I did was give him the food first thing in the morning and then I go get ready for work, let him out to do his business and I take the food back (whether there is food left or not) when I leave the house. I feed him again when I get home from work and again, 15 minutes later, I take the food bowl back. After about a 4 or 5 days, Max learned those are his meal time and if he doesnt eat it then he will have to wait. Now I don't even need to worry about my boy not eating and he licks the bowl clean.

And yea, feed twices a day this will allow your dog to digest the food in small portions instead of one big portions.

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Some dogs just will NOT eat more than once a day. My 10yo female will NOT eat in the morning, she hasn't for YEARS. However as I said, she is 10yo so she also doesn't require much food per day(She only eats/needs about 2 cups a day.). If she was a dog that needed several cups of food a day to maintain weight, I would try different methods of trying to get her to eat at least twice a day so she wasn't eating a bunch of food at once.

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Re: can you feed once a day

thanks all
some really good suggestions
I do not leave it down longer then 20 minutes because of the wet in it,,, and maybe he really is like tracy's dog and only really wants once a day..... but as an adult not so bad but now I really am going to try to so the 2x.... but like today he really ate it all and was happy... maybe in the am a sweet potato or solid gold buckaroo patties a little high in protein but maybe just a small piece and a sweet potato his treats are cheese, green beans, one beggin strip. sometimes a bit of cottage cheese... and for a real treat a tiny bit of PB now that isnt all day or all the time that is the kind he gets we vary it gets varried he does not get a lot because he would eat less

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If I feed 2 x a day I throw so much away even if I do 1 c meal and a little wet

The wet evo 1.65 a can and Innova isn't cheap either LOL

What are your suggestions?
Instead of feeding once a day, keep to your schedule of twice a day and just continue cut back on the amount of food you are putting down. As previously suggested, leave it down for 15 to 20 minutes. This is one of those trial and error situations where you just need to find the balance. And you may end up going in the other direction and start adding back portions of what you previously cut out.

Is there any treating going on during the day? How much? Are you using his kibble to treat during the day/training sessions? If not you may want to consider using the kibble as part of his treating during training.


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Re: can you feed once a day

well this morning he woke me up howling and barking ran to his kennel thought he was hurt and he was ok ran him out and he has the hersey squirts really bad..... came in he went right back to door and out we went a little more

gave some water made the rice for later and gave a little kaopectate made an appointment with vet at 11 today....

I put him in kennel to make him rest if he is out he will stress himself and want to go out so will take him out every 20 minutes.

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