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Advantages of Having a Feeding Schedule for Your Dog We in this urbanized world are accustomed to having food around all the time, and to eating anytime we want to. That’s probably why several of us leave food in our dogs’ bowls the whole 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. Below are the major reasons fixed meals are smarter for both your dog and 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 the food went in, you’ll have a more accurate idea when it’ll come out. Say you just brought your puppy out for a toilet break and he has passed urine. 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 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. Perhaps it’s time for your pet’s regular checkup, or perhaps you’ve brought him to the vet because he looks a little under the weather. Remember that dog food is a good medium for bacterial growth. So do discard the leftovers and make sure to wash that bowl with soap and hot water no less than twice everyday. Behavior Management Say you have two dogs and one of them is always trying to bully the other. Most likely, the pushier dog is also hogging the food you have provided in their 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 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. These dogs are like people with a huge trust fund–of course, he won’t feel the urge to exert himself to earn money.