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Old 02-21-2009, 10:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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free feeding?!

does free feeding cause obesity? my dog is very under wieght compared to his parents. when i feed deagle i feed him about 1 and a half cups in the morning and sometimes he doesnt finish it and at around 7pm i feed him 2 cups and sometimes he doesnt finish that either. but hes underwieght compared to his parents. do you think free feeding for maybe a week or 2 will help? or would they just eat the same amount as they normally would? i ask this because i know free feeding is not a good idea and can cause food obsession and i would like to avoid this. but if it will help him gain a few pounds then i would like to do this. i normally practice NILF (nothing in life is free) anyways..
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Old 02-21-2009, 11:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I have free fed all my dogs from puppyhood, and have no issues, my dogs are all ideal weight, even my EB has a waist. However, I have never heard of someone switching to free feeding after having a food schedule. Perhaps somewhere in the middle, you can just leave the food that he would normally get available until it is consumed? Also, you could add some goodies into the food, like scrambled eggs, I find mixing in scrambled eggs guarantees empty bowls.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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i dont free feed. but if im lazy and dont take the dry dog food away when there is still food left over if i leave it out when i get home its always gone........ if that helps.... if u leave food out im sure it will get eaten.

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I truely think it depends on the dog. Say if you are free feeding and the dog just sits there and eats and eats, it can make him/her sick and probably not a good idea but in the past we free fed our old border collie and our lab and they would just eat a couple of cups out of their dish a day and looked in tip top shape, but now that I have my pitty Nevaeh, she will just keep eating so I can't do it anymore. I actually had to cut her feed back a cup because she was starting to get hefty.

Also, some ppl say free feeding is more expensive because the dogs eat more but when our 2 dogs used to free feed, our bag would go very slowly because they didn't eat much at all. I think some dogs can pull it off and some can't.
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Probably depends on the dog and the number of dogs you have. We used to free feed our dog Brutus before we got Loki, but Loki started eating food from Brutus' bowl and we weren't sure if they were getting equal shares. We started them on a twice a day feeding schedule and they always empty their bowls.

You said you dog was underweight compared to his parents...well every dog is different and if the dog in your avatar picture is the one you are referring to then I would call him underweight - he may weigh less than you expected but as long as his back bones and hip bones aren't protruding I would say he is fine. He looks to be in wonderful shape to me. It sounds like you'd just like to have a thicker dog. Maybe his parents are actually overweight?
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You may have to add the same amount of water into deagle's food. I do it to keep my dogs from eating too fast. think about it, would you want to eat bowl of cereal with no milk?
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You may have to add the same amount of water into deagle's food. I do it to keep my dogs from eating too fast. think about it, would you want to eat bowl of cereal with no milk?
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You may have to add the same amount of water into deagle's food. I do it to keep my dogs from eating too fast. think about it, would you want to eat bowl of cereal with no milk?


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I eat dry cereal all the time. Just sayin'.

OP: It's been said several times, but I think it depends on the dog. Some dogs might be fine, others might not have the ability to hold back. If you do try it, just keep an eye on your dog and see how he adapts to it.

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