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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 veterinarian suggested such free feeding for your particular dog, there are significant advantages to feeding your pet regular and separate meals 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. Knowing when he ate, you’ll also be able to predict when he’ll defecate. Say your pup has been out for a toilet break and has peed. If you don’t know when he last ate, you also wouldn’t know when he might poop, making it more likely that he’ll have an incident in your living room. This isn’t just awful to clean up, but every time the puppy eliminates indoors, he’s also stronger in his belief that indoors is the place to go.
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Easier Dog Health Monitoring Both you and your dog stand to benefit from his regular, separate feeding instead of you keeping his bowl full all the time. 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 likely, the pushier dog is also hogging the food you have provided in their communal bowl. Feeding them separately and regularly can be part of your plan to manage the pets’ behavior. 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 If your dog eats on a regular schedule, you’ll know when he’s most probably going to be hungry. If you know when he’s hungry, you can use it as an advantage in your training plan. When you train when he’s hungry, food will become more valuable to him. In most cases, when a dog owner says his pet isn’t motivated by food, it turns out the dog’s bowl is always topped up. Such dogs are l ike people with a fat trust fund–they won’t feel an urge to work to earn more money.