Pets – Getting Started & Next Steps

Advantages of Having a Feeding Schedule for Your Dog We in the modern world are so used to having food available all the time, and to eating whenever we like. Perhaps that’s why plenty of us leave food in our dogs’ bowls the entire day. Unless your vet advised free feeding for your dog particularly, there are great advantages to feeding your pet separate meals on a regular basis instead. The following are the key reasons fixed meals are better for your dog and even for you: Easier Housetraining
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Housetraining success means giving your puppy enough chances to pee and poop where and when he’s supposed to. If you know when you fed him, you’ll have a better idea when he’ll likely defecate. Let’s say your puppy just went for a toilet break and he has urinated. If you’re unaware of when he ate last, you’ll also be unaware of when he might poop, and that makes it more likely that he’ll cause a scene inside your home. This isn’t only disgusting clean up, but each time your dog eliminates indoors, he’s also learning the lesson that indoors is where he should poop.
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Easier Dog Health Monitoring Both you and your pet will be happy if you feed him regular, separate meals rather than keeping his bowl full the whole day. Maybe your dog is due for his regular checkup, or maybe you actually took him to the vet because he seemed just a bit under the weather. Note that dog food can be a haven for bacteria. So do toss away the leftovers and keep that bowl clean by washing it with hot water and soap at least twice daily. Managing Behavior Problems Let’s say you have two dogs, and one of them is always bullying the other one. Most probably, the more aggressive dog is also hogging the food you provide in a communal bowl. As part of your plan to handle the dogs’ behavior, feed them regularly and separately. This means the less aggressive can get his share of the food, and the more aggressive one will not be rewarded for food hogging. As Aid to Training Feeding your dog regular meals keeps you aware of when he’ll likely go hungry. Knowing when he’s hungry is going to be a big advantage for you in terms of training. When you train when he’s hungry, food will become more valuable to him. Usually, when a dog owner says his pet won’t work for food or has no interest in food, it’s because the dog’s bowl is topped up all day long. Such dogs are l ike people with a fat trust fund–they won’t feel an urge to work to earn more money.