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2 weeks until I can pick up my boy! :)

 

I was wondering what time I should feed him and how many times a day. I want to schedule feeding times to try to get around having accidents in the crate when I am not home. I will be home for a couple weeks after I get him, but after that I'll be gone from 8 am until about 2 or 3 pm every day, so I want to get him on a schedule right away.

 

What how many times and what time is best?

Thanks in advance! :)

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You'll get a lot of different answers. What works best for us is twice a day (6AM and 6PM). My guys get the same portion size at each meal. Some people feed once a day. Others make one of the meals bigger. I think it's probably more your preference than the dog's. As for the housebreaking, just be consistent with whatever feeding and elimination schedule you choose.

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It depends on your schedule and dog, but 2x/day is probably a good way to start. I go for a jog in the morning and the pups cool down while I get ready for work. Then I feed right as I go out the door to make my leaving a positive thing. Exercise + Food seems to put them into sleep mode. I feed later at night between 5 or 6. Then a snack or kong before bedtime. The majority of people do morning/evening feeding, but it really depends. Congrats on your new addition! :)

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One of ours gets fed twice a day and the other three times: 8AM, 7PM, and then a snack/small meal at around 10:30pm. One of our dogs is on a prescription high-fiber diet and it seems to be better for his digestion to split things up into smaller meals so his colon doesn't get overwhelmed. I suspect that's unusual.

 

I know several people have mentioned that their dogs sometimes have upset tummies (grass eating and vomiting bile) in the morning after a long period with an empty stomach, so I think a cookie or snack before bed is good for helping avoid that. Ours also get a biscuit at 12:30AM when they go to bed.

 

I'd guess 2 meals, morning and evening, and then a cookie at bedtime would work for most greys.

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I am in the two-meals-a-day camp, too. But don't feed him right before or after exercise (be careful with his water after exercise, too). I prefer to leave an hour for spacing. And congratulations! Welcome to the cult!

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As with so many things regarding being a dog parent, feeding schedule will be what works for you and your household. Annie gets fed twice a day, 1.5 cups of kibble each time. Her breakfast is between 6 and 7 AM (depending on when she gets up). Her supper is about 4 PM. By then, she is starving and lets me know it. That's kind of early, but once she's had supper, she settles down for the night and I often have to insist we either take a walk later on or at least she go out for a final P&P.

 

A little bit off topic and maybe it's been addressed elsewhere: I'd start right away leaving him a few times each day while you're on vacation so he doesn't get used to you being home all the time. Even if you get in your car and drive to a park to read a book for a half an hour, do it so he knows you come and go.

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I feed twice a day as well. I try and feed mine 2 hours before I leave for work so that allows time for them to go to the bathroom before I leave. They eat at 6am and 5pm. I also give mine a couple milkbones before bed to help with the upset tummy if it gets too empty. I also agree that you will find what works best for you! Good luck :)

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I feed mine once a day at midnight. Yes, it's extremely odd but with my odd work hours(till 10pm at night) it works for us. I let them out, feed them, and then we all go to bed. Wake-up is usually at 11am or so.

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Autumn gets two meals also, but she just doesn't wake up hungry :(. She eats breakfast (brunch? :D) any time from 9:30 to @11am. Dinner is usually around 6pm, give or take 30 minutes.

When she first came to me (this past March), I tried giving her an earlier dinner, thinking she'd wake up hungry, but no dice! This is the schedule that seems to work for her, and since I'm retired, it's not a problem.

Btw, once dinner is over, the only thing she gets to eat are 1 1/2-2 Kirkland dog biscuits at bedtime (@10pm).

 

Oh, and she also doesn't wake up having to "p & p" ;).

 

Since in all other ways she's unbelievably easy and cooperative, no big deal (plus it means I can relax, have breakfast and read my paper before going out for our walk :) ).

 

I've never had a dog with these same quirks, but this is her :). Your dog may have some idiosyncrasies too about eating (most don't). I am definitely finding a greyhound a vastly different breed than the four others I've had, but in a wonderful way :)!

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Guest ShanYu

Twice a day here too. In the morning when I get up and again at 6pm. Nike is one of those clever dogs who can tell the time - he certainly let's me know when it is 6.

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Mine eat twice a day. Around 11am and midnight. I'm a night person and they now are too. Our morning routine consists of me getting ready, walking the dogs so they empty out, feeding them breakfast, then I leave. What works for us may not work for your dog though. Sailor gets 2 cups each meal. Bu eats however much he wants. Usually 6-8 cups a day. He doesn't tend to eat much in the morning and sometimes insists on an early dinner plus his normal dinner. He has a freakishly high metabolism and has me well trained.

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When Mars first came home I only fed him once a day in the morning because that is what he was use to (one meal a day) after about to weeks I worked him up to two meals a day (same amount of food over all, just broke into two portions). Before bed we usually have a mid night snack. He sees mama sneak off to the kitchen and follows right along while everyone else is sleeping (hahaha).

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I've always fed twice a day, never had a greyhound who was particular about an exact schedule. Murphy's eating a light lunch, now but that's because of the predisone and because there's no risk at this point of him gaining too much weight.

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Once a day, 2 cups of Purina One lamb and rice.

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Welcome to the clan of the Derpy Hound :flip

 

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I feed Audrey twice per day every 12 hours and vary the amount a bit based on activity. I give her kibble with various mixins but only for supper chow.

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Guest johnmclaren

Hi There,

 

I feed my dog twice a day. 8 am - 8 pm, This timing suites me as I have to leave for my work and my dog has also got adjusted with this timing. However, in general I would suggest to feed your dog twice a day.

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Ours get fed twice a day, 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Just set the schedule to what suits you best.

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When I got my first Grey, I was told there should be two "main" meals. Because they are deep chested, they can easily get "bloat" from eating too much at once. Books I read about caring for Greys said this as well. It's more of a risk if they exercise close to eating a lot, but still recommended.

Mine get 2 cups, twice a day of kibble. Of course, a snack here and there in between! ;-)

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