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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-22-2018, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding 2x a Day

Hey guys, I'm feeding 2x a day now, what times do you guys feed your dog? Just curious, what is most optimal for our pups
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Not sure what is optimal, but I feed at 8am following 10 minutes of outside play time at 7:30am and again at 5:30pm generally, which is around my work schedule. I get off work at 4:30 so we will have outside play time again then. I'll let him cool down for 30 minutes or so before feeding dinner.
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I was used to feeding dogs once in the morning and then maybe training treats. Feeding a dog twice a day is fairly new to me. I find that with my dogs, a small breakfast is good. That way if I want to teach something new with treats, or do a game with treats, they are still hungry...but still have a little fuel in the belly to work if I don't use treats. They get a bigger dinner in the evening when rowdy play is supposed to be done. They take a two to three hour rest after their dinner. After that we take our final walk of the day, get their daily brush out, do some little "trick" work and then they help my hubby check the doors before we all go to bed.
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I feed approximately every 12 hours. That can vary a bit, which is fine. And on days when I have to get up for work they eat earlier than non-work days when I sleep in later. Breakfast can be anywhere from 6:30 to 8 AM, sometimes later, dinner is usually between 6 and 7:30 PM.
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I feed him the 1st portion when I wake up and the 2nd 7-9 hours after.
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We feed twice a day as well. My wife feeds her in the morning anytime between 0830-0930 and I'll feed her in the evenings anytime between 5-7pm.

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Not sure what is optimal, but I feed at 8am following 10 minutes of outside play time at 7:30am and again at 5:30pm generally, which is around my work schedule. I get off work at 4:30 so we will have outside play time again then. I'll let him cool down for 30 minutes or so before feeding dinner.
Hope this doesn't go too much off topic, but I'd wait at least 30 minutes minimum before you exercise the dog after eating. I've read and heard horror stories of deep chested dogs, like GSDs, playing right after eating and dying within a few hours because their stomach flipped. Just something to think about.

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Hope this doesn't go too much off topic, but I'd wait at least 30 minutes minimum before you exercise the dog after eating. I've read and heard horror stories of deep chested dogs, like GSDs, playing right after eating and dying within a few hours because their stomach flipped. Just something to think about.
I totally agree, and that's exactly what I do, and for the reason you mention. Think you may have misread my comment, Mei. I didn't say FOLLOWED BY, I said "following 10 minutes of outside play time at 7:30am, meaning, we play for 10 minutes FIRST, then I feed at 8am after 10 minutes of morning playtime. In the afternoon, I do the same, we play at 4:30 when I get off work, then cool down from 5:00-5:30, THEN I feed dinner at 5:30pm.
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