How Many Times a Day Should DOGS EAT? - Puppies and Adults

one of the most common questions asked

in dog care is about diet specifically

how much and how often they should eat

the answer to these questions depends on

various factors such as the dog's age

activity levels type of food and health

in this animal wise video we focus on

how many times a day a dog should eat

which takes into consideration all of

these factors


in general the frequency with which a

dog should eat is greater when they are

a puppy decreasing as they grow until

eight weeks of age puppies should feed

on their mother's milk so we should not

adopt them before they are weaned

separating them prematurely from mother

and siblings can harm socialization and

lead to future behavioral problems from

the third or fourth week we can start

introducing small amounts of solid food

so that the puppies can become

habituated this is as well as not

instead of breast them if the puppy is

to be given dry feed its best to soften

it with a little water after six weeks

of life we can give the dog solid food

about four times a day allowing them to

continue feeding on their mother's milk

most often winning continues when the

mother refuses to feed her little ones

puppies two to three months of age

should either be weaned or be in the

weaning period requiring solid food

about 4 to 5 times a day the final

number of servings will depend on the

breed of each dog since smaller toy dogs

will need much less than those of large

or giant signs when puppies are 3 to 6

months of age they are already

accustomed to solid food and we can

reduce daily rations to 3 times a day as

their development slows after 6 months

and up to their first year of life the

ideal is two servings per day it's

essential that changes to the dog's

feeding schedule occur progressively

their digestive system needs to become

accustomed gradually for this reason we

need to offer more daily rations and

reduce them with a passage of time not

all breeds reach adulthood at the same

time generally a dog is considered an

adult between one and one and a half

years of age there are some very large

breeds which may take between 2 and 3

years of age in any case once the dog

reaches adulthood the portion should be

reduced to one or two times a day the

final decision will depend on the needs

of our individual dog some will prefer

to eat in one go others split it into

two sittings if you want to change the

dog's food it's important we also do

this gradually we should offer a mixture

of both old and new gradually

withdrawing the old food until only the

new one is left once the dog reaches old

age we will have to set the frequency of

feedings according to the state of

health and particular needs

it's more likely for older dogs to

suffer health problems many of which

require medication or its prevent them

from moving with the previous agility

veterinarian visits are even more

important at this time and they can best

indicate the dogs feeding schedule

according to their clinical picture some

dogs may also prefer to eat smaller more

frequent portions do to reduce states of

health not all dogs need to have a

schedule some are able to ration the

food themselves so we can leave their

bowl with food for most of the day meal

schedules are most recommended for dogs

with a tendency to overeat if we do not

control portions for them they may

develop obesity or other health problems

additionally we need to use these

schedules when we offer our dog a

homemade diet since food can spoil if

left out and not kept in the


in short the most important thing we

need to do is identify our dog's needs

and meet them as best as possible does

your dog have any odd eating habits if

so share them with us in the comments if

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