Feeding Tips For Your Dogcolby
We all know that mealtime is one of our dog’s favorite part of the day, and lets be honest, it’s one our favorite parts of the day too. But feeding your pup isn’t always the smoothest process and not all dogs are created equally when it comes to their love for food. Some may take it too serious and be on guard, while others may ignore their food. These following tips can help guide you during mealtime, regardless of the type of dog you have.
If you have more than one dog, it’s best to feed them apart for many reasons: you can tell if one of your dogs is not eating; you won’t have to worry if one of your dogs eats another’s medications; your dogs won’t feel like they need to gulp their food so the other’s won’t get it; the list goes on and on.
Feed Multiple Times a Day
Is your dog a beggar? While some dogs will always act as if they are starving no matter what, you can help by splitting their meal up into two or three meals. Or better yet, you can make a habit of feeding them at the same time as you, so they aren’t as likely to beg. They’ll be getting the same amount, but they will feel like they are getting more food.
Raise Them Up
Along with eating to fast, position of the neck for large dogs can cause problems like bloat. So use a raised feeder for larger dogs. They provide ease of access to food and water which can help facilitate movement of food when traveling from the mouth to the stomach. Consuming food from elevated dog bowls places less strain on the dog’s neck, hips, shoulders and joints, which promotes better posture.
Don’t just give your dog’s food away for free! All that food is an excellent opportunity to instill a work ethic in your dog. You don’t have to train them for the entire meal, just grab a handful and ask them to do a few behaviors. Then have them sit and stay while you put the dish down, then release them to eat the rest.
Set a Time Limit
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 they don’t, pick it up and wait until the next meal. Chances are, your dog will start eating sooner, because they know the food isn’t going to be there all day.
Clean Their Dishes
You probably think your dog licks their bowl “clean”. This is never the case. If you feed your pup dry food, you should be washing your bowls at least once a week. Dogs who eat wet food should have their bowls cleaned after every meal. Our stainless steel liners that come with every bowl are easily removable and dishwasher safe, making this tip the easiest one of all.