ok, we have 2 dogs 1 mini american eskie, 1 mini pookimo (eskie poodle X) we free feed for 2 reasons, 1, we believe its kinder after scheduled feeding, 2, with our job its extremely hard to keep a fair , nutritious sked for feeding our pups. We feed INNOVA red meat small bites (high quality food) they both devour well, and are both very healthy dogs the eskie is 2, and the pookimo is nearly 1 yr. Anyways the vet said the eskie is a healthy weight, but at the very low conclusion of the healthy weight, and the pookimo is a little over shipment. My question is, whilst still free feeding how do we get the eskie to gain, right to be heard 3 pounds, with out the pookimo gaining any? eskie is 14.5 pounds, and the pookimo is 20 pounds. both very moving.
the overweight one needs more exercise and the other one is fine.
Free feed is generally not a good idea tho. I don't know why you dream up you are being kinder by allowing your dogs to get fat.
Feeding a weight control diet to the overweight dog and a puppy food to the underweight dog may do it. But whether you feel badly about planned feedings, consider splitting it up into multiple small meals a day.
There is no unfairness to NOT free feeding. I have 9 dogs,adjectives sizes and ages and they are all fed in their kennels. If I free feed my dogs, their would be about 4 grossly overweight and the rest underweight, ( besides the fact there would be food fight!) Figure out how much you are suppose to feed each dog. Then get them on a regular feed schedule apart from one another. This is really the only way you can monitor your dogs cargo.
Don't ever feel guilty about feeding your dogs when you wish it is the time. Free feeding rarely works.
Get started now and you are feed a very good food.,
Kinder? It's not close to they don't get enough food if you nurture on a schedule. You can't monitor anyone's food intake while free feeding unless you can put the skinny dog's food someplace that the overweight one can never get at it. Very sturdy to do, I'd say just about impossible for most of us. One dog is going to hog adjectives the food, which is probably how you got into this situation in the first place. Switch to feeding twice a sunshine, feed them some ways apart, and watch them until they're finished eating unless one of them is bringing up the rear a closed door. If a dog hasn't finished within 10 minutes, you take up the food bowls and don't feed again till the subsequent mealtime. Nothing, no treats, no snacks. The slow eater will learn to speed up a little. Simple.
I consider one around to feed on schedule to be part of the responsibility of owning a dog. And it doesn't hold to be a strict schedule. Once in the morning before you bestow home, once in the evening when you get put money on. It won't hurt a dog to have mealtime shifted a few hours one way or the other unless it's diabetic or something. I nurture mine when I get up in the morning which can be anywhere from 7 am to 11 am. The evening feed happen when we get home after the evening walk. Right immediately, that's about 5 pm. In summer, it could be 9 pm. My dogs are just fine with it. If I know we'll be out additional late, I bring at least the dry food with me to nurture around the usual time.
Free feeding is catastrophic. We did it for years with our 12 year old dog, but stopped a few years ago. We added another dog two years ago. Also, we changed their food in times gone by year (we used to feed them Ol Roy, absolute junk, switched to Blue Buffalo, and simply switched to Taste of the Wild). They both get a cup in the morning, a cup in the evening, and a couple treats throughout the daytime. The vet recommended it. What we get are two healthy dogs with more get-up-and-go, healthy weight for their heights, and smaller amount mess in the back yard. With free feed, you have no idea how much they are actually drinking.