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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 recommended free feeding for your dog specifically, there are worthwhile advantages to giving your pet separate meals regularly 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 involves giving your pup enough opportunities to pee and poop where and when it’s right. If you know when you fed him, you’ll have a better idea when he’ll likely defecate. Say your pup has been out for a toilet break and has peed. Having no idea when he ate last, you’ll have no inkling when he could poop, meaning it’s more likely that he’ll make a scene in your living room. Not only is clean up disgusting, but whenever your puppy eliminates indoors, he’s also reinforcing in his mind that indoors is the right place to do it.
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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. 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 Issues Say you have two dogs and one of them is always trying to bully the other. The pushier dog is also most likely hogging the food you have for them in the 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. When you know when he’s hungry, that can be a huge advantage for you when you train him. If you train when he’s hungry, food is going to be more important 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. Dogs like these are like persons with a fat trust fund–they won’t feel the need exert themselves to earn more cash.