Dog Feeding Schedules
There are several options you can choose when feeding your dog. It is important that you set up certain feeding
expectations. Dog feeding schedules mainly depend on your dogs’ way of eating.
You can choose to feed your dog ad lib (also known as free choice) or measured amounts given two to three times
Feeding Your Dog Ad Lib
Feeding ad lib means that there is always food available for your dog, and that the amount of food is not
measured. Your dogs’ food bowl is basically full all the time. Ad lib feeding is only a good choice for dogs that
do not rush when eating, and know to stop when they are full.
Being able to feed your dog free choice can save you time and is ideal for people that have busy lives. You can
fill the bowl before leaving work and fill it again when returning home. It is also easy for your dog to be cared
for when you are on vacation.
This way your pet care taker only has to go to your house twice daily to make sure your pet has adequate food
and water. Do not feed ad lib if your dog rushes into eating or over eats. This can cause an upset stomach and
other gastrointestinal issues.
Feeding your dog a specific amount at certain times is perfectly fine. One thing to remember is that once you
start a feeding schedule, your dog will be expecting his food at the same time each day. This means that you or
someone else will have to be available to feed your dog. Dog feeding schedules such as this one are great for pets
that are prone to obesity and dogs that have a tendency to eat fast.
Your dog will feel satisfied because he will eat throughout the day. This can be beneficial for dogs with
overweight issues as well as active dogs. Feeding two to three times daily will increase your dogs’ metabolism and
allow your dogs’ body to have more energy during the day. For more details, read this article on how much to feed a dog.
Feeding Your Puppy
Puppies require a special feeding regimen. You should feed your puppy three to four times daily. If your puppy
goes a long time without food, his blood glucose can drop and cause shock. Feeding small portions at a time will
provide your growing puppy with enough nutrients and energy to get through the day.
Many puppies are eager to eat and will eat too fast. This can cause your dog to vomit and the food will not be
digested properly. If you are feeding dry food, you can place rocks (big enough so your puppy can’t swallow them)
in the bowl to slow him down.
Dog feeding schedules should be created around your dogs’ special needs and your lifestyle. If you have a busier
life and your dog knows how to limit himself when eating, you can choose to feed ad lib.
If you are available throughout the day, and are willing to take the time to measure out your dogs’ food, then
do so. Remember that once you begin a feeding schedule, your dog will expect you to abide to the routine.