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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-18-2013, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Why feed 2 instead of 3 times

I feed my gsd 3 times a day and always have he is now 8 months old. Why do people go to 2 times a day? Will the dog gain more weight eating 2 times a day or eating 3 times a day? Is there a particular reason in going to twice daily?
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Young pups need to eat more frequently, so 3-4 times a day is recommended. As they age, their digestive system can process more at one time so going to twice, or even once, a day is what most people do.

As for why they go to 1-2 times a day, for most it simply fits their schedule better. Especially for those who work outside the home so feeding lunch isn't possible.
Fewer meals also makes it easier to plan training times around when the dog is hungry (and thus more willing to engage and work for food rewards). Bloat can also be a concern, as it is generally recommended not to let a dog exercise hard with a full stomach, and if the stomach is always somewhat full that could cut down on available time to exercise. Though with multiple small meals there probably isn't enough in the stomach at any one time to make this a significant concern.


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Because some people have to work and can't feed their dog 3 times a day


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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-18-2013, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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okay that's what I was wondering I didn't know whether there was a certain reason health wise or if it was just easier schedule wise
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Convenience, with Delgado I was working full time and couldn't come home at lunch and didn't want to add the responsibility onto my mom who was watching him for me for the day. He did fine and I just split the meal for the day evenly into two and added treats with our evening training session.

Now because I do twice daily feedings I am careful and limit exercise before and after he eats, but it works into my schedule fine so it's not a problem.

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I have always fed my pups three times a day until they are around 6 months old or so then switch over to twice a day. Some feed only once a day but I know I wouldn't want to eat only once a day. Also I sometimes have issues getting them to eat all there food feeding them twice or three times a day. I can only imagine trying to get them to eat an entire daily portion of food in one sitting.
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that is exactly what I thought I didn't want to just eat twice a day but I didn't know so I appreciate all the input
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-18-2013, 10:34 PM
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you can eat more than twice a day.

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that is exactly what I thought

>>>>> I didn't want to just eat twice a day but I didn't know <<<<<

so I appreciate all the input
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-22-2013, 09:52 PM
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I have always fed my dog only twice a day and the reason is because I work. I am not able to feed him three times a day, so I feed him only twice.
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