How much do you feed your dog?
Dogs need to have a well balanced diet, just like we do. How much food your dog needs will depend on a variety of factors. First how big is your dog?
Feeding size usually goes up with dog size. Larger dogs need more food. Smaller dogs tend to burn calories faster, so that doesn’t mean a small dog should get a tiny amount of food. But in general, large dog means more food. The next important factor to consider is age.
Young dogs need a lot of puppy food because they are growing and need the nutrition. As the dog ages, his food requirements will change depending on his level of activity and metabolism. Once a dog is considered a senior, his dietary needs may change again, accounting for metabolic changes and illnesses.
Over the course of a dog’s life, his need for food will likely change several times. Adjust the food based on the dog’s weight. Just like people, the dog should maintain a healthy weight, not too fat, not too thin.
When is a good time to feed your dog?
There are several feeding programs you could use for your dog. A dog can consume all their food at one meal, either in the morning or in the evening.
Or you can split their meals into more than one feeding. Many times, when a dog is fed depends on your schedule. Many people opt to feed their dogs in the evening when they get home from work while others choose to do this in the morning.
However, after a dog has had his daily meal, he typically wants to go to the bathroom. So feeding him right before leaving for work without giving him his needed bathroom visit might be risky.
Conversely, you could give your dog 2 or more smaller meals throughout the day. This spreads out the digestion for the dog and balances their system a bit better. But multiple feedings are sometimes too challenging for dog owners.