Expert Dog Feeding Tipscolby
Mealtime is the highlight of the day for most dogs. Here at the office, our pups eat at the same time every day, and they start reminding you about 10 minutes before! But no all dogs like mealtime, and getting a pup to eat on a regular schedule can prove to be tricky, especially for smaller breeds. No matter how your dog feels about mealtime, read on to learn how to make the best part of their day even better.
Some dogs are very protective of their food, this is called guarding. But even if your dog doesn’t guard, it is always best to feed your dogs separately. This is beneficial for many reasons: you can tell if your dog isn’t eating; getting their medications; they will be encouraged to eat slower since they won’t be worrying about the other eating it.
Slow them down
Regardless of their size, it’s not good for a dog to eat fast, and it can be particularly dangerous for a larger dog. Making sure that their neck is properly positioned while eating is important for digestion and keeping them from choking. Most larger breeds benefit from an elevated feeder, like these.
Do you leave your dog’s food out all day and they don’t go near it? This is a big problem, especially with smaller breed dogs. Instead, give your dog 10 minutes. If she doesn’t eat, pick it up and wait until the next meal. Chances are, your dog will start eating sooner, because she knows the food isn’t going to be there for her to pick at all day.
Clean those dishes
You probably don’t think about it, but those dishes get gross quick. If you feed dry kibble, pick a day of the week and make that “dog dish day.” If you feed wet, raw, frozen, or fresh foods, you should be washing that bowl after every meal – even if it looks like your dog licked it “clean” – he didn’t. All of our dog bowls come with stainless steel liners that are easily removable and dishwasher safe.