that is so cool that you get to bring your dog to work!! i would love to find a job that lets me bring my boy with me to work!Just once a day at dinner time but if we have a long day (she goes to work with me) or if we go to the dog beach or what not, i give her a lunch snack.
My vet has always recommended to me that any dog under 10 pounds be fed at least three times a day. I know a lot of small dogs can have problems with blood sugar levels so I think that might be one reason. I think you are also right about the smaller portions at one sitting, my 2 pound girl, her tummy can only hold so much food. She'll only eat so much per meal and I have to make sure she gets a certain amount of food daily so three meals helps to make sure that happensI read somewhere that small dogs need to eat more frequently than large dogs. Has anyone else heard that? I can't remember why though. Maybe because they don't eat as much and get hungry quicker?!?
I don't think free feeding is entirely a bad thing. It depends on the dog(s). I had a maltese and a labrador. My maltese, because of her size, needed to free feed, but my lab didn't because she gained weight from it. So, of course, I limited the lab and free fed the maltese and made sure the lab didn't get into her food. But I gotta tell you it's easier to not free feed when one dog loves to "pig out." :biggrin:my pups eat twice a day in the morning and the evening! I learned to do this from great advice. Years back I use to have this huge feeding gee like a trough haha but a big feeding container and let them eat whenever they wanted. Well not knowing this was a bad thing now I feed them twice a day and my one is on a diet and has lost over 13 lbs. so far! Bad me with the free falling food, but this I did not know was bad~ now I know that they are very content with feedings twice a day!
Maltese are so darn cute! Both my labs are notorious and I mean notorious eaters UGH! But my one is solid and the other has now lost over 13 lbs which with bad hips and a bad knee (arthritic) she really needed this but shes only turning 4 ugh!. She went from 88 to 75 lbs. Yesterday I had all the dogs eating and I went to do my laundry and was in the basment while they were finishing up well I came up and two of the dogs as pretty much usually walked away from the bowl so fine I did whatever else I was doing walked back in there (now I was not thinking becasue I know that I have to sit with them to make sure they eat their own) and yep the one whos losing weight was eating out of the other's bowls. Ha she was hungry ~ As my hubby tells me. I was like Roxi what are you doing haha! But then again my fault should have stayed with her haha! But for my labs it was not good that I was free feeding! Roxi would just eat and eat and eat! UGH! Bad Mommy here haha! But they have learned that they eat two times and that is that! I am now again as I usually do watching them haha! Gee and it was that onetime ha sneaky pup! But never again free feeding haha! I just bought Merrick the before grain buffalo lower fat content 15% so I am going to see how she does on this! She was on california natural which she is getting tired of bag # 3 so had to switch for now! I agree though some dogs you can let them free feed they know their limits~~ labs no way do they know what the right amount is haha!:smile:I don't think free feeding is entirely a bad thing. It depends on the dog(s). I had a maltese and a labrador. My maltese, because of her size, needed to free feed, but my lab didn't because she gained weight from it. So, of course, I limited the lab and free fed the maltese and made sure the lab didn't get into her food. But I gotta tell you it's easier to not free feed when one dog loves to "pig out." :biggrin: