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Old 11-01-2012, 10:17 PM
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Default Do your dogs have a set feeding time?

Jackson doesn't really...

My schedule varies so much. Sometimes I have to be at work at 8, sometimes 9, sometimes not at all. Sometimes he just doesn't feel like eating breakfast that early in the morning so he'll skip it or not eat until around noon. Other times he will eat at 7:30am right after he comes in from outside. Dinnertime is typically between 5-6PM but if he gets a good work out between the hours of 2-4, he comes home acting starved so I'll feed him half of his dinner early and the rest later.

So basically no set schedule, it all depends. Your dogs?
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:19 PM
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When I remember to feed them or at night before bed. I like the idea of a schedule but I just can't stick to them ever. If the dogs are acting hungry I'll feed them but when I'm training a lot I also don't like to feed during the day since I don't know how much they'll get while training.

Kaylee though does because she gets food with her pain pills so I'm pretty consistent about that.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:22 PM
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We have a routine that feeding fits into so while the time varies, they do get it at a consistent point in said routine. The morning routine has them being fed as soon as they come in from the yard, so that's usually around 8-8:30a. Evening routine has them being fed right after the last potty trip of the day, so usually around 11p, but it can vary significantly.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:22 PM
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We used to. Like clockwork on perfect schedule but it turned out to create some NEUROTIC DEMANDING ANIMALS. They knew what time they were usually fed and would wake us up and just be general horrible creatures if they weren't fed on time.
Now we feed them whenever. Morning, evening, night..from kongs, from bowls, outside, in their crates etc..
It's easier that way and they aren't as annoying.

With puppy, I need a feeding schedule. but I plan on phasing it out as he/she grows and doesn't need so many feedings per day

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Old 11-01-2012, 10:26 PM
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sure... thier schedule is "daily." lol. I have to make sure they are completely seperated when I feed them. They can't even see each other when food is involved... other than their Sunday morning breakfast (they get left overs, bc I go out with my bf and his parents). They're seperated but still within a foot of each other. Idk, I could never figure that out. Anyway, it makes it a little more difficult, so they can't be kept on a set time schedule.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:27 PM
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If when I wake up and before I go to bed is a schedule lol. Izzie gets hunger urps in the mornings if I don't feed her twice a day but it varies in the exact time I do.

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Old 11-01-2012, 10:35 PM
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She gets a cup when I wake up, a cup before I got to bed, and enough to cover the bottom of the the bowl at other times since my family likes to give her a full cup of food if they can see the bottom of the bowl.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:35 PM
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mine is pretty flexible so they get are not too demanding, normally mine eat between 8-10 am and 5-8 pm
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:36 PM
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Sometime in the morning, and sometime in the afternoon/evening. I do shiftwork, so it's not possible for me to feed at the same time every day. They do always get fed when I get home from work (either breakfast or dinner, depending on whether I worked night or day shift), and on days off, breakfast is when I get up (so Tess rarely lets me sleep past 8), and dinner is usually around 6. So they start watching me closely by 5:30.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:38 PM
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They get fed roughly at noon and midnight, but it can vary by a few hours. This was very convenient when I brought Logan home, since his breeder used more or less the same feeding schedule. Although there's a 2 hour time difference, that doesn't matter much. Many times it's closer to 1 or 2am and 12:30 or 1pm. When Logan goes to class with me (Monday and Wednesday) he gets a half meal around 12:30 and the other half around 3:30 (after class).

They are very flexible, though. If they have to eat earlier or later by 6 hours, that's fine. I do try to keep feedings roughly 12 hours apart, though. I'll forget to give Gavroche his thyroid pill if I don't do it at meal times. It's loose enough of a schedule, though, that they don't notice daylight savings time changes.
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