Feeding Your Dog – What is the Best Time for it?
Most of us have our breakfast about 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch between 11 a.m. and 1 a.m., and dinner at 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. We do prefer to have snacks in between and dinner could be about 11 to 12 midnight for those who work the night shift. But does this mean that our service dogs will still be having the same routine? This is one of the questions that newbie pet owners frequently pose, who assume that they should feed their dogs almost at the same time as human mealtimes. So, when would be the perfect time to feed your dog?
A Look at Standard Procedures Involving Feeding Schedules
You can get a range of answers to this very basic query if you look at the online tools. Unfortunately, the solution is neither correct nor wrong. As such we will seek to investigate some of the most rising dog feeding plan activities.
1. Feeding dogs twice a day
This guideline holds that the safest time to feed your dog is around seven in the early morning and about six in the early evening. It is because the canine digestive system’s anatomy and physiology take between 4 to 6 hours for the food to be completely digested and consumed. The receptors in the dog’s stomach will begin transmitting hunger signals to his brain after around 8 to 10 hours. That is why most veterinarians and dog experts suggest feeding adult dogs only twice a day, giving between feedings an 8 to 12 hour period.
Waking up in the morning and getting ready for work clearly means you will feed your dog right before you leave the house. And since mutts are usually known to defecate after a meal, supplying them with meals early at seven o’clock in the morning means that you still have time to walk them out to pass their feces. If this is done, then for the rest of the day you can go about your own business.
When you return in the evening from work, you can then first feed your pooch before taking them out for a long walk. It will encourage them to poop outside and at the same time quickly deprive them of having to rest and sleep as soon as you return from walking.
It should be noted that for good, mature adult pooches this is legally so. When you have a puppy then feeding twice a day might not be enough, because they should be fed at least four times a day. The same happens whether you have an elderly dog, or even a particularly energetic pooch. Their feeding routine varies slightly.
2. Feeding dogs once a day
There are also advocates that only feed the dog once a day, preferably at night. This is for the fundamental purpose already mentioned above. Feeding them at night will give them the nutrients they need to last for the rest of the night until the evening of the next day. This is ultimately up to you to carry them out after their evening meal for a stroll, but several pet owners have found this activity to be very useful.
3. Let your dog decide
When they should feed some pet owners would rather let their pets determine when. Their food is left in the food bowl of their cat, while their human masters are away during the day. That means the dog is able to eat whenever it feels like eating. This can be particularly helpful if you have a hyperactive dog who constantly needs lots of calories. This is suitable for rivers to nurse, too. The problem with such an approach is that the food is exposed to certain animals, just to name a few, including bees, cockroaches and rodents. This is not suitable for diabetic dogs, either.
Understanding Food Cycles over the Canine Lifetime
Because, there are no definitive answers as to what time is the best time to feed your dog, it would be beneficial if you know any of the feeding schedule guidelines based on the type of pooch you have.
For puppies, it is usually recommended that puppies be fed at least 3 times a day and should be factored into their feeding schedule for their housetraining needs. The standard schedule fits a pattern of elimination-feeding-elimination. As such, when you wake up early in the morning you should walk it outside the house before you start feeding it their first meal of the day. Then, after your breakfast walk it again about 30 minutes. Next is lunch time followed by a walk outside then a walk at approximately 4 in the afternoon until dinner at approximately 6 or 7. Then just before going to bed we walk outside.
For senior dogs
Aged canines have limited movements and you can either follow the one-day feeding schedule or still practice the twice-a-day feeding schedule but with slightly lower quantities of food. You will need to check with your vet the correct quantities of dog food you need to provide to an elderly canine, because their health conditions can need some dietary changes.
For extremely active dogs
Whether you have a working breed like a Border Collie or even a very busy mutt like a Terrier or Vizla, you would need to feed it three times a day beyond the prescribed puppy schedule. Both breeds have very high metabolic levels which basically mean that they digest their food much more quickly. That said, you should be feeding them more often.
For sedentary pooches
If you have a breed that likes to sleep most of the day, then a feeding once a day will be enough. Great Danes and Mastiffs are seen as living a rather sedentary lifestyle.