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How, When and What you Feed your Dog Matters

Most people have heard by now, they need to feed their adult dog twice a day. Puppies can’t go as long in between meals, so they need fed three times a day. What most people don’t know is why it matters when they feed their dog. Here’s a couple of reasons your should control your dog’s food.

1. Get A Healthier, Happier Dog

First, most vets agree, only feeding once a day is not the best choice for the dog physically. There are other important reasons for multiple feedings, though, such as training and satisfaction. Gone should be the days when dry food sits in a bowl all day and the dog “grazes” never hungry or full. Dogs feel best when they can have the satisfaction of being full after getting hungry. One cannot exist without the other.

2. More Effective Training

Also, if your dog has access to food all day, they are less motivated to pay attention to your guidance or learn behaviors you want to teach by using treats as a reward. When training dogs using food as a motivator, they will obviously be more focused and eager if slightly hungry. Right before dinnertime is the best time to teach tricks.

3. It’s a Must for Potty Training

Having regular feeding times is a must for house training with puppies or adult dogs. Eating meals at one sitting allows a regular schedule for potty times to develop. You will know when they need to go. Most importantly, you can time food and potty schedules to guarantee your dog won’t have the stress of “holding it” when you are gone or he is in his crate. When house training, the same holds true for water. Always make sure your dog gets enough water in a 24 hour period, but there is nothing wrong with you controlling when he drinks it. You are setting yourself, and your doggie family member, up for house training failure if they eat food and drink water constantly. You will be running all over cleaning up accidents all day – which usually ends up resulting in a frustrated parent and a confused dog.

Here’s How to Feed Your Dog Properly

For adult dogs, I like to take the proper amount of dry food per day (ask your vet for recommended amount) and divide it up into two feedings – one for morning and one for afternoon/evening. I put that amount into the bowl and add just a tablespoon or so of soft food, which I mix all over the dry food. Adding this small amount of wet food entices picky eaters to gobble it up at one sitting. Not to mention, I feel it adds much satisfaction to dog’s lives. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to make them happy.

Give them ten minutes to eat it, then pick up the bowl, whether it’s all gone or not. Do the same with the water if you are house training. After a few repetitions over a couple of days, and your dog will be cleaning his plate (bowl) when you set it down. Then, you will have time to put your dog outside after eating and then another time before you crate him or leave the house. Work out a system that meets your schedule. Remember, hungry – full…hungry – full, and you will have a satisfied dog and be a happy parent.

Ingredients are Important

As a society, our understanding of what makes a great dog life has been increasing…as well as the desire to have our best friends with us for as long as possible.  While we know they can’t live forever, proper nutrition can add years to their lifespan and also make those golden years as healthy as possible. This quest for longevity, along with a rapid increase in allergies, has prompted some dog food companies to go the extra mile and create foods that help, not hinder a dog’s health.  If you are still looking for the perfect food to feed your dog, this Reviews.com article can help guide you to the best fit for your canine companion.  I’m not spouting medical advice here – you need to consult your vet for that – but I can tell you as a dog behaviorist and parent, I’m convinced a diet consisting of limited, whole food ingredients is the best chance for all you desire.  A happy, healthy, long life; well lived and shared, with your beloved, dog family member.

About the Author:

I’m going to expose myself to you. I’m generally a fairly private person, so this kind of mass, personal exposure causes me some discomfort. However, I’m also a very straight forward person and I don’t shy away from the truth – I’m always happy to share anything I’ve discovered with others in the hope they can also benefit. My greatest desire, my absolute passion, is to change the world for dogs; and in order to do this, I must tell you my story. My journey started, like too many others, doing my best to ride out a very dysfunctional, abusive childhood. How I survived it, how I coped, was to escape into the natural world. I spent every moment I could, observing and caring for my much-loved pets. My family and friends would later remark they rarely saw me without, a cat, dog, guinea pig, horse, goat or rat! In my teens, I became obsessed with researching and planning how I could make things better for animals and protect them from abuse. Adulthood brought a career in real estate and construction and then the gift of two fantastic sons. My focus was on raising my boys to be kind, resilient, happy young men. Through the years, though, I was rehabilitating rescue dogs one or two at a time…the more difficult the case, the more I learned. The dogs were teaching me. I was honing my techniques until I was consistently able to cure dogs and bring back a happy dog mind. Like most moms, I did push myself too hard on all fronts and stress was my constant companion – eventually leading to a decade of various health challenges. I was very busy, and out of necessity, I developed a high tolerance for pain and kept pushing myself forward. Eventually, the universe dealt me a hand that would break me and demand I sit up and take notice. The short version is I was finally diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, a rare condition that delivers excruciating nerve pain in the form of “lightening strikes” in the face. I typical had around 30 strikes a day, which varied based on the number and types of incapacitating, medications prescribed to help me endure…to help me stay alive. Trigeminal neuralgia causes what is generally described as the “worst pain known to man ” and “the suicide disease.” If I tried to eat or speak, I got a strike. If I tried to brush my teeth, I got a strike. If I tried to go outside in the wind, I got a strike. I think one of the most devastating parts was not being able to cry…even crying brought a lighting bolt through my mouth. TN steals your life through extreme physical pain and starvation; and terrorizes you emotionally. After enduring it for 5 years, bedridden for the last six months, it was clear I wasn’t going to survive. The details of what happen next are extremely personal, but I was utterly aware I was living my final few days in this world. I had fought, furiously, to stay alive for my boys, but I felt the last energy from my cells slip away. I had lost my last battle. At that moment, I left most of my physical body and pierced the veil between our world and another world. I was instantaneously pain free and completely at peace; but it was not to be. How I was saved, though, is a whole other story. I will just tell you that I was not allowed to fully leave this world; while simultaneously and without my knowledge, a completely random set of circumstances and people were coming perfectly together to my rescue. By the next day, I was rushed to Pittsburgh for emergency brain surgery, preformed by gifted surgeons I had never met. I awoke from the ordeal completely cured…and with a clear directive. I was the recipient of a miracle; and I was to use this second chance to make the world a much better place for dogs. I realized I had to figure out, no matter how difficult, a way to spread this desperately needed information about the dog mind and heart everywhere! No longer was it just ok to save one dog at a time or help one family at a time. I had to make videos with clear, concise, common sense techniques and information; and get them into the hands of every dog parent. I will never stop working and advocating for dogs until my second chance time here is over. Please join me on this journey and help me spread the word!

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