Feeding/Walking Schedules

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Rich:
A little survey here:
-First, I'd like some idea about how often people feed their dogs (once or twice daily).
-Second, I am curious to know how people correlate their dog's feeding schedules with walking the dog (or "putting him out to do his business"); both frequency of potty breaks and time lapse after feeding. (e.g. would one feeding instead of two mean fewer potty breaks?)
-Thanks.
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Suja:
[nq:1]A little survey here: -First, I'd like some idea about how often people feed their dogs (once or twice daily).[/nq]
Twice. I can't imagine feeding the dogs only once a day.
[nq:1]-Second, I am curious to know how people correlate their dog's feeding schedules with walking the dog (or "putting him out to do his business");[/nq]
When both of us were working, the schedule was as follows:

About an hour long walk in the morning by DH for poop/pee/exercise, followed by breakfast. Since the time lapsed between return and DH leaving was probably 1/2 an hour, no more potty breaks in the morning. I'd let him out first thing when I get home, and then we'd go to the dog park for an hour or two, followed by dinner when we get home. Depending on when we go to bed (anywhere from 11:00 - 2:00), dogs get walked right before bed time. The schedule was slightly different when the days were longer, 'cause we wouldn't go to the dog park until later in the day, so it was come home and let dog out to potty, chill for a couple of hours, then go to the dog park.
When I am home and it's cold outside, Khan basically sits out whenever he wants to, but the basic schedule is the same.
Suja
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Rich:
Years ago, before apartment life, we used to feed our dogs ONCE at night, and it worked.
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sighthounds etc.:
[nq:1]A little survey here: -First, I'd like some idea about how often people feed their dogs (once or twice daily). ... of potty breaks and time lapse after feeding. (e.g. would one feeding instead of two mean fewer potty breaks?) -Thanks.[/nq]
Well, you probably don't want to hear from me, but I'm going to answer anyway. Years ago I heard that dogs that eat more than 2 cups a day should be fed twice a day. I think that dogs that only eat once a day will get pretty hungry - - some dogs have problems with throwing up bile if their stomachs are empty for too long - - and be more likely to bolt their food. Our dogs are all fed twice a day, even the dogs that only eat 2/3 cup at a feeding. I think it's better for them, and I think they're happier that way.
Dogs generally poop about 12 hours after eating, so that gives you an idea of how to schedule potty breaks. Dogs differ in their potty habits the same as people do - - some dogs poop during their first morning outing, others after breakfast, etc. Most dogs poop twice a day, some more. I do not know anyone who feeds once a day so that they have to take the dog out to potty less frequently. IMO it would be, er, inappropriate to base a decision about feeding on how many potty walks would be required. And again, with a dog that eats more than 2 cups a day, it's not good for them to have the entire meal at one feeding.
Mustang Sally
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Rich:
Thanks very much for your post.
And what/who is "DH?"
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Rosa Palmén:
[nq:1]A little survey here: -First, I'd like some idea about how often people feed their dogs (once or twice daily). ... frequency of potty breaks and time lapse after feeding. (e.g. wouldone feeding instead of two mean fewer potty breaks?) -Thanks.[/nq]
My dogs are the easiest ones to take care of. They are very forgiving if I forget to feed them or miss a walk, but this is how things are normally done.
They are fed once a day, normally at 6 or 7pm. Sometimes as early as 5, and sometimes much later if we aren't home at dinnertime. Sometimes they get a little in the morning, a very very small breakfast. The dogs usually poop in the morning and in the evening or night.
During normal work days the dogs get a short walk sometime before 8:30 in the morning. Next walk will be around 5pm and if that one isn't a long one, they get another walk at about 8pm. Then there is the walk before bedtime. Depending on how long the other walks have been (and what we have done that day) it can be a little longer or just around a couple of blocks. This walk is usually around 10-11pm.
During weekends an extra, short pottybreak late at night is included so we can sleep late the next morning =).
Rosa
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diddy:
[nq:1]A little survey here: -First, I'd like some idea about how often people feed their dogs (once or twice daily). ... of potty breaks and time lapse after feeding. (e.g. would one feeding instead of two mean fewer potty breaks?) -Thanks.[/nq]I feed one dog 3 times a day. They other three get fed once a day. Two dogs get exercised once a day. One goes 3 1/2 miles at a gallop following the ATV. One ambles along for 2 miles (he is old, has a broken shoulder that will never heal, and the vet demands he get exercised slowly) Two beagles get exercised while hunting, on weekends. I have a back yard well fenced. All dogs go out during the day at close to two hour intervals.

Because they are accustomed to this schedule, if we aren't going to be home to accomodate them, I either take them to a babysitter who can, or have someone come home to walk them. My neighbors have me walk their dog when they are gone on 3 hour intervals, and she always has to go. I also walk their dog at noon daily. From the last person left + my noon walk + first person home, maintains her 3 hourly schedule.
Dogs CAN wait longer than that. So can you. but I would hate to have to be forced to, day in and day out with no potty breaks all day long. I don't ask it of my dog.
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Rosa Palmén:
[nq:2]A little survey here: -First, I'd like some idea about ... wouldone feeding instead of two mean fewer potty breaks?) -Thanks.[/nq]
[nq:1]Well, you probably don't want to hear from me, but I'm going to answer anyway. Years ago I heard that ... than 2 cups a day, it's not good for them to have the entire meal at one feeding. Mustang Sally[/nq]
I think it is pretty individual. If a dog eats very fast and doesn't chew much, then feeding all at once wouldn't be a good idea. A dog that throws up bile in the morning needs a snack in the evening or an early breakfast.
Lucky for me my dogs don't seem to have a problem with getting fed once a day. They can't get very hungry either because they never really ask for food. Maybe this is because they don't know how, I'm not sure. The older one sometimes asks for more food by hitting the bowl tho. I once forgot to feed her, and didn't notice it until the next day. She didn't try to remind me in any way.

My older one has also had a history of throwing up her food, water and sometimes (not very often) bile. The strange thing is that she got fed twice a day most of the time when she threw up most frequently. (Vets never found anything wrong with her, and it was more of a burp that brought up food/water, than the urka-burka kind of throwing up).

Rosa
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sighthounds etc.:
[nq:1]or one[/nq]
[nq:2]Well, you probably don't want to hear from me, but ... to have the entire meal at one feeding. Mustang Sally[/nq]
[nq:1]I think it is pretty individual. If a dog eats very fast and doesn't chew much, then feeding all at once wouldn't be a good idea. A dog that throws up bile in the morning needs a snack in the evening or an early breakfast.[/nq]
It really isn't just an individual preference. For instance, some breeds eat 4 or more cups of food per day and are prone to bloat. One of the ways to avoid bloat is to feed small amounts more frequently. Greyhounds, incidentally, are prone to bloat, and Rich was interested in Greyhounds.
24 hours is a long time to go without food.

Mustang Sally
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