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Old 09-29-2011, 08:11 PM
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How long to leave bowls of food down for dogs

I just switched from Authority to TOWT and am getting the feeding portions in perspective down..

I use to just feed my dogs twice a day, but I would leave their bowls down throughout the day. This has caused some issues (dexi eating all of the puppies food mainly.) So I want to give them 1/2 their portions for breakfast, which will be fed in their kennels when i leave for work.

My question is.. when I get home from work, and they get their second meal, how long should I leave the bowl down? I left it down for an hour today. Lilly ate almost all of her kibble but Dexi just watched Lilly eat. I know she is going to be hungry later tonight, but I don't want her to get the idea she can free feed/punk Lilly for her food too.
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If you get into a routine the dogs will understand and adapt. A half hour is fine. The pup will eat more once she gets hungry.

Another option is to mix a bit of canned into both their meals to make it tastier and they may eat up right on the spot. You can add variety with some scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, healthy human food leftovers etc. Dry food alone is pretty boring day after day.
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I usually tend to mix some of my dog-friendly left overs in with their 'dinner' meal. Makes me feel less guilty about not eating it.

Thank you for the time frame i'll try a half hour tomorrow when I get home and see how that works out
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Not sure how long you have been doing this, but you said you are feeding their breakfast in their crate and leave for work? Do you take them out prior to going to work after eating? Have you had accidents? Reason I ask is you may want to feed them 1 hour or half an hour prior to leaving to give them time to go potty afterwards.

To answer your question, I would leave it down for 15 mins, then pick it up. Try again later for 15 mins. Soon your dogs should be on a good schedule to where when you put the food down they eat it up within the time frame.
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15 min is what I use too, although most of the times my dogs have finished their food in 5-10 min tops.
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I would only leave it down for about 15 minutes. I wouldn't leave it in their crate all day, because then they have the whole day to graze on their food. That could result in them not being hungry for dinnertime, because for all you know, they didn't eat their food until the afternoon.
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Mine finishes his food within about 1 minute or less - then I can hear him burp - he usually poops about 10-15 minutes later
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I usually leave my guys down for 10-15 minutes each meal. My lab is picky(had been free fed previously and is just picky about when to eat) and I'm trying to get them on a schedule and right now she's learning she either eats or if she doesn't eat in the time allowed no food till the next feeding
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I started today cause I'm sick of her not eating anything til 9 at night then needs to go potty thru night grr ha ha she didnt touch it this morning and I've just taken it up again and she nibbled a tiny bit but that's all. As soon as I took it up she sniffed around trying to find food like I'm a bad mum I'll put it back down in fifteen minutes for ten minutes
And see if she eats then. Thinking I'll give her some in the morning then give her a kong with dried food for the day and then food again when I get home. When do people suggest I give it to her in the morning? We get up at 6.15 and she normally goes outside from
6.30 til 7 then I bring her in til I leave at 8.15 cause otherwise she won't come back inside and I'm late for work so anyway should I give it to her as soon as we get up then let her out? Or have ppl experienced their dogs not liking to eat as soon as they get up?
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I give my Rotti Raw chicken leg, boiled eggs raw veggies like carrot and a banana... there isn't enough time to take it away lol.
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