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Old 10-25-2017, 04:00 PM
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Switching to Automatic dog feeder?

Hello, this is my first post here.

I have a dilemma and I wanted to see if anyone has had a similar experience.

I usually work close to home, and therefore have always fed my 2 dogs (in separate areas) at night. One is an American Terrier Pitbull (I think) and the other is a gray color, don't know the exact type of pitbull. Unfortunately, I need to leave for about 2 weeks for an important job and am investigating automatic feeders with enough storage to nourish my dogs. I like this one:

Problem is, I'm worried they will eat themselves sick, they are voracious. Has anyone had to use a gravity feeder? If I feed them more often before I leave (3-4x a day), can they learn to take it easy if I setup the device?

Having a neighbor feed the dogs isn't an option, I'm in a very rural area.

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They might eat themeselves crazy. Are your dogs big chewers??? :-):-)
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Fortunately, they don't chew. They mostly just hang out all day or play with a toy, until it's time for a walk.
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Maybe buy it while your still at home and see how they do :-):-)
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It could be their trial period :-):-)
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Am I understanding this correctly, you are planning on leaving your 2 dogs, alone, unattended, for 2 weeks?

That's a very bad idea, if anything goes wrong you could come back to missing dogs, sick dogs, hurt dogs, or dead dogs. IF I am understanding your plan correctly you are taking a huge chance.

If I were you I'd board both dogs at a reputable place. Expensive yes, but a heck of a lot less expensive then the vet bills you might have if your dogs fall sick.

Now if you are planning on having someone drop by once a day, you're still running a risk with those types of feeders, if both dogs are loose they could get into a fight over the food, or one could decide to not let the other eat. If you keep the dogs separate, then you are still running a risk of the dogs gorging their selves, or the feeder failing to dispense the food or dispensing too much if it's one that puts out a set amount of food at a specified time.

Please just board the dogs.
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I'm going to try to arrange for someone to feed them daily. I just need to cover my bases and have a fallback plan.

Full disclosure. Both dogs are separated totally, from and rear patio with lots of space, cushions and doghouses. Very healthy, vaccinated, strong and resilient. We live in a coastal environment - never too hot or cold. They were both rescued off the streets, even then they had no ailments save for being underweight with some ticks(theyre on a long lasting anti tick tablet now).

The younger dog loves to bask in the sun, and after a year developed mild conjunctivitis and was treated. I ordered a pair of UV glasses for my dog a couple weeks ago, they just arrived today. He has not developed conjunctivitis again but does produce a fair amount of green eye gunk. So another concern is him being in the sun, should I leave the goggles on full time or leave them off? I will have to ask my vet, definitely.

I live in a Mexican border town, not rural, just in another country. I need my dogs at home to protect the home front, burglaries are not uncommon. I am not worried they will become ill, as I said they lived in the streets almost their whole life with no care and were ok.

My main concern is them gorging themselves! Since I have a month before I leave, I guess I can experiment and train with the feeder. It's supposed to be a good design, but free-fed, no electronics.


I was mainly wondering if anyone else had to train their dogs to not gorge themselves. On occasion, I have jobs for 2-5 days, 150 miles away and for this the feeder will also help.


All told, if I get the feeder I can likely have my friend check on the dogs every 3 days and take them to the vet should they appear to fall ill.

I love my dogs and I want them to be well, but I also need to provide adequately for them.
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I'm closing this thread.


Leaving your dogs unattended for days at a time would constitute neglect.


Don't do it.
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