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Puppy Feeding Schedule + 11 Feeding Tips

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Establishing a puppy feeding schedule will benefit you and your new pet for months and years to come. Not only will it help you keep on track with how much and how often they are eating, but it can even help avoid picky eating and other potential problem behaviors.

Specifically, how much you need to feed your puppy will depend on their age, breed, weight, and of course, the food you choose to feed them.

Why Do Puppies Need a Feeding Schedule?

You may be wondering if actually need a puppy feeding schedule and the answer in most cases is yes. Dogs (and puppies) are creatures of habit and helping them establish a routine with their feeding (and all parts of their life generally) will help them to become more consistent in their potty time. That in turn, will help make potty training much easier and faster! Who doesn’t want that?!

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Puppy Feeding Schedules by Age

8-12 Week Old Puppy Feeding Schedule

Once your puppy has been weaned off of their mother’s milk (around 8 weeks), you can start feeding them soft foods like canned or dehydrated dog foods (if you aren’t sure what that is, read our complete guide here). You won’t want to start feeding your pup any hard foods until they are at least 9-10 weeks old. If you decide to use hard foods, be sure to soften the food with some water.

At such a young stage in their life, puppies are growing like crazy! In this early stage of their life, you’ll want to feed them 3-4 times per day. These tiny puppies have just as tiny of stomachs, so smaller meals throughout the day will help their little bodies digest the food!

Below is an example of a puppy feeding schedule for 8-12 week old pups. Not only will this schedule help with creating a feeding routine, but it will help you work on crate and potty training. You can also click the image below to access a printable version to stick on your fridge or mirror!

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3-6 Month Old Puppy Feeding Schedule

Once your pup hits 3 months old, you will for sure want to reduce to feeding 3 times per day (if you were doing 4 times at a younger age). By this time your pup should be used to their feeding schedule. Be sure to stay consistent and do your best to feed your pup at the same times each day.

Refer to this feeding schedule for your 3-6-month-old puppy below. Just click the image to access a printable version to hang on your fridge or mirror!

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During this stage, your puppy should start becoming less “round” and start shaping more into a more normal dog figure. If you have any worries that your pup is overweight you should contact your vet.

6-12 Month Old Puppy Feeding Schedule

Once your pup hits 6 months old you can decrease feeding time to only twice per day. But remember that each pup is different, so monitor their energy levels and stools and find what works best for your pup!

You would want to apply a similar feeding schedule as shown above for the 3-6 months old but just eliminate the lunchtime meal. Also, aim for consistency in your feeding time to help establish a routine in your pup’s life.

How Much Should You Feed a Puppy?

When choosing how much to feed a puppy, you should keep a few things in mind. First, every puppy is different! Factors that can influence how much a puppy should eat can include (but aren’t limited to) age, breed, current weight status (overweight, underweight, etc.), activity levels, and of course, the food you will be feeding.

All foods should have feeding guidelines that give you a general range for your pup based on their age and weight. If your pup seems disinterested in food or leaves too much in the bowl, that may be a sign that your pup is being overfed or it can also be a sign your pup just might not love their food… yikes! As you try out any new food, be sure to monitor your pup’s weight and energy levels in the beginning stages of the transition.

Another thing to remember about your pup’s caloric intake is that treats shouldn’t make up more than 10% of their daily food intake. So that means if you are training your pup (hopefully you are… if not, we’ve got a free class you can sign up for here) you should only use very small-sized treats or rewards as to not overfeed your pup. Remember, healthy pups that get the right levels of nutrition, are happy pups!

Can I “Free Feed” My Puppy?

Although some people choose to free feed their dogs (everyone can make their own decisions, but you knew that right?), we recommend sticking to your puppy feeding schedule for your dog and here’s why.

  1. Consistent meal times help creates consistent potty times! If your pup is eating at a specific time each day, they’re going to need to go potty at roughly the same time each day. Not only is this a positive routine for your pup, but it will help make potty and crate training SO much easier for you and your pup.
  2. Being able to monitor your pup’s appetite can help you notice any changes that might be caused by health problems. Sometimes when a pup gets sick or contracts some type of disease, their appetite will change. If they are free feeding, it can be difficult to monitor and notice these changes.
  3. Meal manners are important for multi-dog homes or if you ever wanna have other pups visit. Whether you have a multi-dog home or not, your dog learning not to be protective of their food is a vital skill for them to possess. If you ever have another dog come to visit (or you visit another dog’s home with your pup), you’ll want your pup to understand how feeding time and boundaries work!
  4. Helps to keep away ants, mice, or other unwanted pests. When dog food (like human food) is left out for an extended period of time, it can attract unwanted pests and insects. No one wants that, period.
  5. Mealtime can double as training time! One of the best times to train your pup is when they are hungry and therefore more “food driven” and willing to listen so they can receive that food reward. When giving your dog a meal it can be a great time to practice a sit, leave it, and a whole host of other behaviors.

Although free feeding your pup may not be the end of the world, the benefits above are extremely valuable and will help your dog in so many ways throughout their life.

Puppy Feeding Tips

Ready for some extra puppy feeding tips? Here are 11 tips and tricks that will make feeding time more enjoyable and successful for you and your pup!

1. Don’t free feed

Like was mentioned above, free feeding can bring about some unwanted consequences. Those unwanted consequences can include unwanted pests, difficulty in monitoring change in appetite, and more. Decide on a puppy feeding schedule and stick to it.

2. Incorporate training and commands into your feeding time

One of the best times to train your pup is when their “food drive” is higher, as in when they are hungry. Using their food as an incentive can make your pup more likely to follow through with desired cues/skills.

3. Don’t feed table scraps

Although this can be extremely tempting, feeding your pup tables scraps can lead to an overtake of calories. Another issue you run into is that your pup will be much more likely to beg while you eat your meals.

4. Mind the 10% rule

The 10% rule states that treats should only make up 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake. Because treats aren’t a completely balanced “meal”, overfeeding treats can cause weight gain and ensuing health issues. So be sure to not overdo it with treats, and find one that’s a healthy, low-calorie treat.

5. Weigh your dog

Weighing your dog frequently can help you keep an eye on sudden changes that may be related to health issues. Even if you weigh once or twice a month, this will help you stay alert to changes in their health and weight.

6. Clean food bowl frequently

Although your dog’s bowl may look clean (especially if they lick it clean when they eat), bacteria can easily build up and cause potential problems! It’s recommended to wash your pup’s bowl at least a couple of times a week. I typically just throw mine in the dishwasher whenever I’m gonna run a load.

7. Adjust seasonally (due to exercise)

Depending on where you live, some seasons might constitute more or less exercise. Our play time slows down slightly during Utah winters, so we typically feed a touch less to compensate for the lack of burned calories. Just keep an eye on your pup to know if this is necessary or not.

8. Measure their food

Dog foods come with feeding guidelines. Instead of just “eye-balling” what you think a cup is, get an actual measuring cup when scooping out your pup’s meals. This will help ensure that your little buddy is getting jus the right amount of food. Also, if changes need to be made feeding proportions you’ll know exactly what your baseline was when you make the change! 🙂

9. Stick to a schedule

As was mentioned before, sticking to a feeding schedule will help your pup also maintain a more normal and consistent potty schedule. A consistent potty schedule is good for everyone, especially your floors! 😉

10. Choose your feeding spot wisely (easy to clean, not a lot of foot traffic, etc.)

Just like with a puppy feeding schedule, having a consistent feeding spot will help your pup associate that time and location in a positive way. When starting to crate train, many people will feed their pup inside the crate and then continue that habit even once the dog is fully crate and potty trained. The main idea is to stay consistent and to choose a spot that’s easy to clean and doesn’t get lots of foot traffic.

11. Monitor stools

Keeping an eye on your pup’s stools (or poop if you prefer that term) will help you monitor any potential health changes. One of my pup’s developed a stomach problem that we maybe wouldn’t have caught if we weren’t aware of his poop habits. No need to dissect or anything like that, just keep an eye on it.

Recap & Puppy Feeding Schedule Overview

Keeping your new dog on a consistent feeding schedule will help your pup to establish routines that will benefit them (and you) as they age! Consistent eating time equals consistent potty time.

Written by Devin Stagg

Since being deprived of dogs during his childhood, he and his wife decided to make up for it by having three dogs, two Lab puppies, and one grandpa Puggle. Meaning he is ALWAYS covered in dog hair. When he’s not busy training his dogs and/or picking up their poop, you can find him cheering on Tottenham Hotspur and the Cleveland Browns (yes, you read that right).

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117 Comments on “Puppy Feeding Schedule + 11 Feeding Tips

  1. Great information. This has helped me tremendously! I have screenshots saved on my phone of this information so I can always refer to them in case. It’s refreshing to read an article about a puppy feeding schedule that provides visuals!

  2. My lab puppy just hit 6 months, so this article is very timely for us! We have been feeding 3x per day, and I learned here that now is the time to switch to 2 meals per day. From my experience, I find everything else you’ve said in this article to be true and these are very helpful guidelines to abide by! Having a routine, and helping her know what we expect but also giving her consistency from us throughout the day really makes the basics like house-training, crate, sleep and exercise much easier. I’m certain that having a schedule and routine has simplified the challenge of bringing a puppy home, and it has contributed to supporting her transition into our family (along with lots of love!). All of this makes for a healthier, happier pup and parents. Thanks for your very helpful advice and user-friendly format (schedule printable, tips, etc.) in this article.

  3. I started my dog on a feeding schedule at first and then switched to a dog feeder so she could free eat. After reading this though, I may go back to trying to feed her on a schedule.

  4. Thanks for the great and very helpful tips as well as for healthy and low-calorie Pupford freeze dried liver treats. With puppy training in full swing, treats are always in high demand and with these delicious (according to my pup :-)) bites I’m less concerned about overfeeding or treats exceeding the 10% of my puppy’s daily caloric intake.

  5. I’ve been trying to follow a schedule, but she seems to eat the full portion in the morning and eat considerably less on the other times of the day. Wondering if that is normal. The breeder recommended getting the food wet but it seems like a waste since she seems to prefer the dry food and the wet food is wasted if not consumed.

    1. Hi, Seba! Every pup is going to be different, but dogs are pretty good at “not starving” sometimes they’ll be picky and inconsistent with their eating, but almost always they’ll eventually eat when they’re hungry enough.

  6. Loved this post! As a brand new dog owner I love to soak up any info I can to help my puppy! I am definitely going to try a feeding schedule.

  7. I’m exhausted just reading that. While I would love to start with a puppy without baggage, I’m am so glad I have always chosen a rescue. Each of the four was between 1 and 2 1/2 years old when I got them and all were basically potty trained. The feeding tips still hold true for adult dogs and are good reminders.

  8. It was helpful to hear that all pups are different on the preferences. My girls aren’t big on food motivation but being able to pretty much know the timing in potty breaks was extremely helpful in getting them house trained. 🙂 You guys are great

  9. Should incorporate water as well. Do we have it available at all times or should it be offered at specific times?
    Clean that bowl also I have heard it’s one of the dirtiest of all as we forget to clean.

    1. Good point… don’t forget to clean their bowl regularly! We’d recommend keeping fresh water available at all times unless it’s a very young puppy that has a harder time holding it and you’re getting ready to put them in their crate before bed or something like that.

  10. Wow, lots of great information. I have a 5 1/2 month Goldendoodle so I’ll be referring back to this. I have never heard of feeding in the crate. Also it’s nice to know that treats should only make up 10% of his intake.

  11. the structure of your schedules are definitely key to preventing potty accidents indoors. our pup hasn’t been fully vaccinated so we’ve been potty training indoors.

  12. Our dog is just a year. Coming off of Christmas break and getting back int our regular routine, these are great reminders as to what our routine should be.

  13. This article was extremely helpful. I didn’t realize that you don’t need to necessarily feed puppy food. Although I have a huge bag, I may switch when we run out. Also, I didn’t realize how long I should feed my puppy 3 times a day.

  14. My pup used this schedule very strictly (although adjusted to an hour later to fit our schedule). I think it’s the main reason he was potty trained by about 12 weeks when on average it takes people 4-6 months. We still maintain this feeding schedule at 4 months old and it works very well. It allowed us to know when he was sick because he stopped eating and was having diarrhea. It allowed us to measure how much food he was eating to make sure he got enough as he was getting better.

  15. Great reminders! Especially regarding measuring food rather than just eyeballing it. I just reduced my 6 mo old puppy to 2 meals a day, so this affirmed my decision! Great article! Thanks, Devin!

  16. This is exactly what we’ve been looking for for our 13 week old Daisy dog, Mookie! Thank you so much. One question though is the crate time with a toy (3 hours, 2 hours then 1 hour). Are these naps or just quiet time (sleep if they want)? Thanks!

    1. We’d let them do whatever they prefer! If they want to sleep, great! If they want to just hang out for some quiet time, that works as well 🙂

    2. Just so that I’m clear…is this schedule suggesting a total of 6 hours in the crate per day? That seems like so much! Granted, it would be nice to be able to get things done around the house, but I’d feel awful having him crated that much- is it really beneficial for their development?

      1. Hey, Jessica! Each pup will be a little different and the schedule can definitely be adjusted depending on the specific needs of your dog. If the crate is introduced correctly and crate training done properly (Check out the crate training sections in the 30 day Perfect Pup course!) then plenty of time in the crate when your pup is young will be a positive thing for your dog 🙂 It will give him a chance to get some much-needed rest (most puppies should sleep a lot!) and give you a chance rest as well. The crate will also become a place where they feel comfortable and safe!

  17. The puppy schedule has helped tremendously with house training and overall obedience. I have Never measured out the food and will definitely start that along with not free feeding. Thanks for the tips!

  18. These tips are great. I definitely recommend buying a measuring cup. My pit bull mix has stomach issues, getting her on a routine where she eats twice a day really helped, but when she started not eating all her food or none of her food at dinner time, I started measuring it instead of using what I thought the right amount was both times, which was way more than she needed, I realized I had been over feeding her. She does much better now, she uses the bathroom less. Now I’m able to monitor all my dogs food, realizing when they need more or less, just like humans.

    I also definitely recommend not free feeding. I found out my puppy had an allergic reaction to her food. Being able to monitor when she eats, how long after eating her reaction occurs definitely helped in making sure when she got a new food, she was okay. Great article!

  19. Great article. I really love hint #2 – using feeding time and a portion of “dinner” as part of the training lure. #9- My poor little Gus has to eat at the crack of dawn, as I get to work really early 5am. So he probably wonders why he’s eating what seems like night time. Eat, potty and he goes back to his bed.
    I am loving the classes from Zac. So is Gus! We are going to try your liver treats!

  20. Wow, this was great! I’m a newbie fur mom and I’m unsure about a lot. What is the benefit or why/when should I feed my heelerdoodle wet food?

  21. I’ve only been a puppy mom for a week so I’m very new to this. Thanks for the tips! I’m definitely going to start a feeding schedule instead of letting Louie, my golden retriever, just free feed and graze. Anything to help help with the potty training! ☺️

  22. My older pup is a rescue who lived his entire 15 month life in a cage. He’s basically an underdeveloped pup who is still learning how to do everything. These tips have helped make tremendous progress in his rehabilitation. Sticking to a strict feeding time and keeping a close eye on when he needs to potty – I actually use an app to log all his activity – has changed his house training behavior from day to night. He’s now so good at letting me know it’s time to go that he rarely has accidents. I also had been training him after his dinner + walk, which explains why he wasn’t so responsive. Now that train before dinner and use feeding time as training he is coming through as a super smart pup – maybe just hungry, but I’ll take it!

  23. I have a set time I feed my dog, but he doesn’t eat it then. He will graze on it till I give him his next scoop of food. What can I do to change this or should I just let it be?

    1. Hey, Kim! You may want to consider a feeding schedule where you remove the food if your pup doesn’t eat it right away. The goal is that this will teach him he needs to eat while it’s there or he might be hungry for a bit 🙂 We’re personally fans of a feeding schedule, but it also comes down to your preferences and if you’re ok with him waiting to eat.

  24. I just adopted an adult dog but many of the tips still apply and I appreciate the information. We are working on potty training so I specifically took to heart that keeping a dog on a specific feeding schedule regulates potty times better. We are currently working on potty training and I plan to get more regimented with feeding times to help with potty training. We are also looking to switch dog foods as I believe the one we are using is low quality so we may try out dehydrated food as well. Thanks again for the information.

    1. Excellent points, Summer! Nutrition and even feeding times have a much broader effect than people realize, right?? Everything from potty breaks to how they act. Just like us, when our pups eat better, they feel better. And when they feel better they act better 🙂 We’ve seen improved nutrition help foster dogs A TON with both behavior and look and feel. Thanks for your comments!

  25. Both of my dogs have been on raw for years! I wouldn’t go back to dog kibble if I was paid to!
    I walk dogs during the day and use dehydrated raw chicken as treats. They love it!

  26. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now for my 14 week old puppy, it has been a huge help in potty training! We haven’t had any indoor accidents since introducing this schedule. This schedule has also helped with crate training. My puppy has learned after play he can go take a nap or just have quite time in the crate. While I’m still working on separation anxiety when I leave the room, keeping up with this schedule will continue to help make him become comfortable, and know what is going to happen next and how we expect him to behave. Routines are so important and I am so glad to have found this well thought out schedule. I will take away new information from this blog, too, being to wash his bowl more often. I do tend to forget to wash my dogs food bowls, yet I wash their water bowl daily ? it should be a no brainer to wash the food bowl. Thank you for writing this and reminding me how important that is.
    Measure their food…yes! I have friends and family who feed their dogs willy-nilly. They also free feed, and over do treats. I’ll be sharing this with them in hopes they change their ways to better their dogs health.
    **Side note: the training course with Zak George has been amazingly helpful. I am so glad I found his videos which led me to this site and schedule**

  27. This has helped me as I have a very picky 7 month old who is not interested in food. I will reduce her meals to 2 times a day and stay more consistent with feeding times.

  28. We have 2 Lhaso Apso/Pomerarian mix. They are litter mates, both 8 months old and both females. I am hoping this will help. The biggest problem we have is when they poop they eat it. Is there anything I can do to stop this behavior?

  29. Using a mealtime as training time is a GREAT tip! It’s helped my stubborn shiba learn twice as fast, especially since he’s hungry AND it keeps him more focused and task-oriented (while still sticking to our feeding schedule!)

  30. Having a feeding schedule was so great for us to help with the toilet training! Plus knowing when to transition from four feedings to three had been great. I also am now measuring out the day’s food so I know she isn’t getting over fed. She look so healthy!!

  31. Thank you. All very interesting and helpful. I loved the 11 tips and the feeding schedules. Also trying to get my dog-friendly family to understand why I don’t want them feeding table scraps or “lick-a-plate”. So far my dog’s begging has resultingly gone down dramatically. Great article, thank you!

  32. I was worried about over feeding my puppy with all the training, but cutting back to two feedings a day and using his food as training treats when a jackpot is not needed have really helped. I’m still interested in the dehydrated food, but haven’t read up enough on it to make the switch yet.

    1. Glad these tips helped Dietta! We have some articles on our site as well that give some in-depth information on the dehydrated food. We are always here to answer questions 🙂

  33. Scheduled feeding and potty training always makes a huge difference! For my guys learning to eat in the crate helped them look forward to going in there at meal time too! It helps to ensure no bad behavior when they eat too!

  34. Great article and very informative. Highly recommend for new pup parents and an awesome refresher for experienced pup parents.

    Can’t wait for our first delivery! ?❤️

  35. Thank you for this. I grew up with dogs and cats and never realized all that went into training them. We never got a puppy so our dogs were pretty well trained and had a routine. This feeding article is very timely. The 11 tips were especially helpful. Routine, location, amount, treats, etc. Perfect! We just received a 6 month old puppy. He is a ball of energy. We have done what we know to do so far to schedule & measure his meals. My wife weighed him and followed the directions on the bag. This article fills in many of the blanks and gave us some practical details to help us be better at feeding and training him to go to the bathroom outdoors, etc. Thank you!

  36. My husband and I will be getting our first puppy in a few weeks. We are so excited, but are feeling somewhat clueless with certain things. This article really helped me out with a potential schedule for our new dog. I didn’t know how much time dogs should be playing versus sleeping at various ages. This will definitely help with my understanding of that!

  37. The 10% rule seems hard to gauge, especially when training a new puppy. Should I be cutting back on meal size to account for all the treats during training? How do I measure when using chicken as a high value treat?

    1. Great questions Myles! Needing or not needing to cut back on meal size will depend greatly on how many calories you’ll be using during training sessions. You can talk to your vet about specific calorie needs for your pup and gauge that way 🙂 For chicken, I would measure the calories in a chicken breast (or whatever the entire amount is you’ll be using in the training session)!

  38. This is so very important. Many dog owners completely skip any feeding schedule or structure. An hour by hour feeding and potty schedule is perfect for anyone of any level. Thanks for making this process so much easier and saving people the time and energy of the frustrating trial and error. I made every mistake with my frist dog and thanks to you my new puppy will be happier, healthier, and 100 times better trained.

  39. What a great article! I’ve been on a feeding schedule since I got my pup at 10 weeks old, my 10 1/2 yr old pup insists on the schedule as well and will alert us if not promptly tended to. But I had no idea that I should be washing their bowls much more than I currently do. And I’ve found the schedule absolutely helps with potty training… Most of the time. Lol And btw, both if my babies are puggles too!

  40. Thank you for this post! I’m a first time puppy owner and have so many questions. I’ve been contemplating changing Rocky’s food for the last week. I also have been free feeding him. After reading your article I will get him on a schedule right away. Thank you!

  41. My 8 month Golden Retriever would have ate a whole bag of food if allowed. Following a schedule was key. Been working on meal manners. That is important and glad to see it mentioned in this blog.

  42. This has helped me TREMENDOUSLY with our 8wk old labradoodle Phoenix. This is my very first time raising a puppy and i honestly had no clue if i was doing things the right way in terms of her feeding and potty training. I developed my own schedule prior to seeing this and we still had MANY accidents indoors. I decided to try the schedule in the blog and it was a TOTAL turnaround. 48hrs and NO accidents! I know every pup is different but this has been a lifesaver for me and my carpet! Thank you is not enough! She will be 9wks old in a few days so to have her go so long without an accident is a miracle. Thank you for the schedules and the tips. I highly recommend anyone reading this to try them by age.

    Proud owner

  43. Thanks for laying this out so nice and detailed Pupford! I’ve already been feeding my 4 month old lab/husky pup 3 times a day and like you said, it definitely helps with potty time! The 10% rule regarding treats was new to me and something that I’ll defintely keep in mind when training my pup ?? I also like the idea of training during meal time so that they will more likely pay attention to you since they’re hungry. All in all, a good read. Thanks!!

  44. Great & helpful information. However as my shift work schedule is all over, never the same, it is impossible to set feeding time for my pup 🙁

  45. Great & helpful information. However, as my shift work schedule is all over & never the same, it is impossible for me to follow. Any tips what to do in this case?

    1. I think it comes down to finding the most scheduled routine possible for your situation and sticking to it! 🙂 Every situation is different, but the principle of the idea is to stick to as close to a schedule as possible.. however that looks for you!

  46. While I appreciate being able to buy your treats for training, do you recommend any treat recipes to make at home. For instance, options made with chicken or liver?
    I like knowing how often to feed. I have a 3 months old Lab coming home tomorrow. It has been a LONG time since I had a puppy.

  47. I really want to try this for my 7 mo old standard poodle who is a picky eater. I’m inspired now to set her to a feeding,play & crate schedule. I also want to measure the food and use the treats for when she is a bit hungry for her to work for the reward. I’m happy I came upon Pupford.com, it is the answer to all my puppy issues, for my poodle who now I’m hopeful can improve her kibble diet and unstructured life. Now I have the tools to go for it and give my older pup consistency, I just adopted her & the previous owner hadn’t time to work with her, I changed her diet but I know it isn’t ideal, she has issues sometimes such as loose stool and throwing up. I do hope to use the freeze dried & see how she does.

  48. I’ve been worried that my 4 month old Doberman is too “ribby”, after seeing the vet for booster shots & he said not to worry at this time because he’s growing at such a fast pace. This article plus my vets advice, reassures me that the amount & frequency of my puppy’s feeding is spot on.

  49. My new little puppy lives off her new schedule and loves it! She is starting to already know her feeding times and gets so excited when it’s time! This has been so helpful, I printed it about a week ago and it’s been working great for us!

  50. This has been extremely helpful in getting our new pup on a schedule. We have stuck to it and it works wonders! She gets to eat around the time we eat which help reduce her begging. Her potty schedule is also around the time were are getting ready for the day, taking work breaks and coming home. I was completely lost on how many time I should take her out or feed her until I read this article. I am so pleased with the results!

  51. Although we have never free fed our dogs, and do stick to a schedule, I had not thought about how important a schedule is for them for when other dogs come to visit or when we visit other family members’ homes. Thank you for the reminder to clean the bowl, too. There is never a speck left in the bowl, so we do forget it needs washed! (I hate to admit that, but it’s true!) Thank you for the article!

  52. Our ten week old sheltie eats twice a day in his X pen at 4 AM and again at 4 PM (our adult sheltie and three cats all eat on this same schedule, so it works well for us.

  53. Hi, we are getting a puppy in a few weeks . This feeding schedule sounds great but no one will be home between 7:30 am and 3 :00 pm . What do you do in this case ?

    1. Hi Linda, most puppies will do best if someone is able to let them out to poppy and eat in the middle of the day, if possible. But that will depend on the age and breed/size of your dog 🙂

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