How Much, How Often, and What to Feed a Dog
Pet ownership often comes with a lot of questions. How much should I feed my dog? How often should I feed my dog? What should I feed my dog? While there’s no single answer to these questions that will work for every dog, read on for a few helpful tips in navigating the world of feeding. We’ll take this one question at a time.
How much should I feed my dog?
Let’s assume you have an adult dog with normal activity levels and no special nutritional needs. How much to feed a dog ultimately depends on his size. Check the back of your bag of dry dog food for recommended feeding amounts for your dog.
How often should I feed my dog?
How many times to feed a dog each day depends on your schedule and the dog. Optimal guidelines would be to feed twice each day, once in the morning and once in the evening. To help create a feeding schedule for a slow eater, try putting the food down for 10-20 minutes in the morning, and pick it up when your dog stops eating. Do the same in the evening. After a few days, your dog will understand that he needs to eat when the bowl is set out for him.
How often to feed your dog is probably the easiest question of the bunch, so once you’ve figured out what to feed your dog and how much to feed your dog, this will be the easy part.
What should I feed my dog?
This is probably the trickiest question, but the key will be finding a food that meets your dog’s nutritional needs while providing taste he enjoys. When choosing what to feed a dog, it’s important to look for a food that offers 100% complete and balanced nutrition. Also consider your dog’s age and general health. Dogs with sensitive systems, mature dogs, larger breeds, puppies, active dogs – these may require require targeted nutrition. Consider a brand like Purina ONE® SmartBlend® dog food that offers formulas for these specific needs.
Consult your veterinarian to identify these needs, and be sure to transition carefully whenever you decide what to feed your dog. You want to gradually add more new food and decrease the previous food over the course of 7–10 days to help avoid dietary upset.