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post #1 of 101 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Free Feeding - Yes or No?

Just curious with all of the topics/discussions about this how many people do free feed.

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I voted NO. It may be ok for a single dog household, but with 3 impossible. I also like to know how much was eaten and when so you can determine if it's time to go potty.

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I voted NO. It may be ok for a single dog household, but with 3 impossible. I also like to know how much was eaten and when so you can determine if it's time to go potty.
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No way, if I did they would be HUGE. They need a waistline.

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Nope. Don't free-feed myself either.


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Nope

Hand feeding is one way of being pack leader. If the bowl gave them the food, they'd mind that!
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My JRT would have to be rolled outside if I free fed, he would literally eat till he exploded.

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I attempted to free feed Luna when she was a pup because I thought it would make her eat more. The exact opposite happened: she ate less because she knew it would always be there, so there was no rush to eat. Who wants to eat when there's so many more FUN things to do? Putting her on scheduled feedings made her realize if she didn't eat then, she wouldn't get anything.

Now I have three dogs who are raw fed, so free feeding would get kind of stinky.

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Jager would eat himself sick if we free-fed.

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post #10 of 101 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 01:46 PM
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Feeding set amounts is much better for dogs.
You know exactly how much each one has eaten.

Funny...our foster home used to free feed her dogs, and finally ended up quitting it because her dogs were so overweight. Badly overweight. Our vet told her to quit it!
They don't have a big ol' bowl of food all day now, she does feed better quality (used to feed Iams) and her dogs are all much healthier!
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