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Dog Food 101

How to Feed Dog Food?

how to feed dog food

Although most of commercial dog food provides a suggested daily portion, you should always feed your dog based on its individual circumstances.

 


Things you should consider include your dog's age, breed, activity level, nutritional needs, and the eating behavior. your dog should neither starving for the food, nor leave the food in the bowl.

Regular weight check is quite helpful to gauge your dog's overall diet over a period of time. Just remember to add or subtract 10% from total weight to adjust the seasonal fluctuation.

There are two types of feeding method you can choose from:

(1) Scheduled dog food feeding
You feed your dog at fixed time and frequencies every day. In general, puppy dog needs to be fed 3 to 4 times a day. Adult dog needs to be fed twice a day.

This method can control your dog's food intake and especially helpful if you are dealing with the dog obesity problem. It also prevents some dog behavior problems.

However, as a dog owner, you need to observe a rigid schedule and stick to it.


(2) Self-feeding
Self-feeding means the dog eats whatever amount it likes, and whenever it wants. A bowl of dog food and water will always be available.

This method works for some breed which can regulate its own food intake. However, for many dogs, they tend to be gluttonous by nature, and will not stop eating unless they are really full.

Most of the dog owners choose this method due to their busy lifestyle.