How many times a day should we feed our dog?

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May 19, 2015

We just got a two-year-old golden retriever from an animal rescue. How many times a day should we be feeding him?

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Most vets recommend two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. Consistency with meal time is also very important!

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I've had dogs all my life, and personally, I feed them 3 times a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with a cup and a half of dog food. And, since they're spoiled, I'll throw them some Busy Bones in between. ;) But, of course, the amount varies on dog size and all that jazz.

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Twice a day

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I feed my 4 dogs twice a day. Two scoops each meal for my larger dogs and one scoop each meal for my small dog!

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You should probably feed him two times a day, unless otherwise directed by a veterinarian.

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Best thing is to ask your doctor. I believe it depends on their weight and age . Most docs say twice a day and the amount depends on their age. My dog is pretty active and doesnt eat much so we free feed him (I think thats what they call it) -Which basically means we just have one of those bowls with the upside down bottle type thing that constantly drops food. But I think my doctor said twice a day too but again, since I know my baby is super active, doesnt ever gain weight, and only eats twice a day anyway, or more times a day but only a tiny bit, I leave the food there. Im sure you can google it as well which a LOT of us dog owners do. Google is your best friend ! do a search with exactly what you need and Im pretty darn sure it will pop up ! :-) **How many times a day should i feed my two year old golden retriever?" They should have some kind of chart with maybe even ages and or weights, it will really help ! :-) Good luck !

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You should feed him twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. If he is underweight you may want to increase his cups per mealtime. If he is overweight, then you can decrease them. I would stick to about 2-2.5 cups per mealtime if he is in a healthy weight range. And if you mix his dry food with wet food, then decrease the amount of dry food per meal as well. Hope this helps!

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User in Wise, VA
May 4, 2017

If your dog is already at a healthy weight, I would suggest feeding twice a day with about a cup and a half each time. I feed my dogs when I wake up and again around dinner time. I have always fed my dogs this way and they have always been happy and healthy. Feeding your dog this way also allows you to be able to work during the day without having to worry about feeding your dog in between work hours.

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User in Akron, OH
May 4, 2017

My vet advised only to feed a dog twice a day. Do Not Overfeed. They also get treats during the day which helps tide them over til dinner time. No table scraps it is not good for their digestive system and NO rawhides. They can tear their stomach apart.

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People generally feed their dogs twice per day: once in the morning and once at night. The amount of food will depend on your dog's age and weight, as indicated on the bag of food you purchase. If you have any other questions, I would recommend asking your veterinarian.

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People used to say once per day for adult dogs, but new studies say it may be better for digestive health if you break that into 2 (or even 3) feedings per day. It also will depend on your dog. Some dogs will gobble every bit up at once, while other dogs will simply return to their dish and graze a little here and there throughout the day.

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In my experience, it depends on the weight of the dog. I would start with feeding him twice a day and see if that is enough. It takes time for dogs to adjust to the type of food and their feeding schedule.

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In the morning and evening.

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Most vets will recommend feeding twice a day. For a full grown Retriever, 2-2 1/2 cups of dry food per day should be plenty. I bet he's happy he's found a forever home, enjoy each other!

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I would suggest feeding your dog twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. I would also suggest making sure your dog is allowed to do his business after eating as it may trigger his bowels to start moving.

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Twice is standard. Just make sure it's enough and that any old food isn't left in a bowl too long it'll go stale and attract bugs.

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Always feed before you eat. So he doesn't beg as much because he is already full. Usually one meal in the morning and one in the evening. Depends on how much he eats to begin with. Some dogs can eat up to 3-5 times and others only once. It just depends on his belly.

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I've always fed my dogs 3 times a day,and they're healthy and happy :)

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Twice per day after puppy stage is over is best. Free-feeding leads to obesity in most dogs as well as makes it tough for them when they are boarded. I board dogs and the free fed dogs have to adjust to feedings twice per day and get 3-4 minutes to finish then bowls are picked up to avoid any food aggression issues. Feeding once per day could make your dog a gulper and cause bloat ~ which is deadly.

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It depends on his weight. On back of food should tell you how much to feed him. Make sure plenty of fresh water everyday.

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I would ask the previous owner what was their feeding schedule. Typically I would twice a day, morning and evening.

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depends on what hes used to his weight his age and his over all health

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User in Largo, FL
May 4, 2017

Twice a day is recommended unless he is overweight in which case you would do best to divide the day's food in thirds and feed him 3 time a day. He will burn more energy eating 3 times a day.

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You can feed your dog once a day or split it up into 3 times, as long as it equals the same amount at the end of the day. However, consistency is good so try to feed him at the same times each day

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I have a chocolate lab that i feed twice a day. Once at 7am, 2 1/2 scoops, and once at night, 5-m, 3 scoops and a little big of canned veggies. You don't want your dog to become fat and lazy, and dogs really do not need 3 or 4 big meals a day. Labs and retrievers could eat all day if they had the chance so don't feel as though you are starving him/her. Just make sure you keep a good schedule so your dog keeps good habits and can adjust nicely to the feeding times.

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In my opinion, it really depends on your schedule and him. If he is a happy guy and isn't having any trouble adjusting to his new furrever home, I would go with twice a day: breakfast and dinner. Your vet should also have some good ideas about your new family member. Congratulations everyone!!!! :)

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Answered by Debra T. That's a great question because unfortunately some pet parents let their canines free range eat; just filling up a large bowl and letting them eat when they want. That sets them up for overeating, becoming finicky eaters, and since animals can't talk directly to us; one of the best signals something is wrongour love ones is first seen by their eating habits and water intake. Most Vets I have contact with recommend 2 or 3 feedings a day; depending on the size of your canine; its weight (correct appropriate weight for their age and breed size); the brand of food used have a chart for serving amount and that can be the total amount for the day and you divide by the number of feedings; per day to know the amount; always measured with a designated measuring cup or scoop (not just a container and call it a cup). I usually recommend for my clients to also add some yogurt for morning feedings (digestive, pro-bio-tics, and calcium) and green beans, brown rice or quinoa for evening feedings. Also start our choosing a quality, non-gluten food with pure products included for dry food (check the Crude analysis information on the package this comes from the Agriculture Department). If you have different breeds in your home large and small or different ages puppy, adult or senior they each need something different as do humans of dissimilar needs. One Food fits All is not the best decision; unless you would rather spend your money else where like Vet bills. Being proactive is always less expensive in the long run! I hope this information assist you in your decision.

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User in Danbury, CT
June 1, 2015

He should be eating 1x per day. Goldens tend to gain weight. You can give your pup 1 tablespoon of no fat cottage cheese in the AM that will satisfy him

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This depends on your schedule. If you have a hectic schedule that keeps you from being home at the same time every night, you might want to consider leaving a bowl of food down all day. Though he may gobble the food up right away, soon he will learn that no one will take the food away and that he can eat as he pleases. This allows you a peace of mind that your dog is not starving while you are out. On the other hand, if you have a very regulated schedule, I would suggest feeding the dog once or twice a day, in the morning and/or the evening, just like you would have breakfast and dinner. This ensures that your pet gets the nutrients they need and fits neatly into your daily schedule.

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Answered by Debra T. In response to feeding a rescue canine; there could be a problem with them eating too fast! I start out with a small amount in the bowl just to see how quickly they devour it; if that is no problem ; fine. If they inhale it or gobble too quickly I use a trick (without buying a specialty bowl); If the dog bowl has a rim when you turn it over I put the food in the tunnel around the bowl; if not I sit a smaller bowl inside a larger bowl and pour the food in the space between the two; It slows down their eating. I do this to prevent bloat, to let them get use to the fact no one is fighting them for the food, and the security to let them relax and eat well at a healthy speed and be able digest their food. taking away food aggression and anxiety. Sometimes when I have a rescue that is around 2 or younger and has been in a rescue facility or pound I start them (after checking with the Vet) puppy food to replenish nutrients and fat lost during their ordeal for 6 months then switch 1/4 c each meal take away puppy food add in adult food for 3-4 days then increase to 1/2 cup 3-4 days then 3/4 cup 3-4 days then straight adult food; provided no problems of diarrhea or finicky eating evidence. I wish you and your new family member the best!

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User in Oakland, CA
May 20, 2015

1 or 2. Check the feeding instructions on the food you are giving them, it usually goes by lbs. Consult a vet, they should give you an answer free of charge.

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User in Decatur, MI
June 5, 2015

Hi babysitting

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