Rush and Boo used to eat and about an hour to hour and a half later they would eat supper. Now with it getting dark so soon, DH plays with them as soon as he gets home (4:30ish) and they eat around 5:30-5:45ish. Is this enough time in between exercise and eating? What is the soonest they can eat after a full blown game of fetch?
I wait until Caleb is calm again- no panting, etc.
I usually wait at least 1/2 an hour.
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I wait until Guthrie stops panting too.
We've moved our schedule too. Fetch first, then supper. I've never given it any thought. I go ahead and feed 'em but they both wait until they've calmed down to eat.
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Oh I'm so glad you brought this topic up! I've been wondering what to do, as well.
I really don't like to work them (um, play with them outdoors) too soon after they eat. I'd prefer at least one hour but psssshhh... that has never happened.
So now, with it getting dark so early, the very first thing I do when I get home (around 4:00 PM central) is grab the tennisballs and we all go out for a good romp.
I always like to give them an after dinner retrieve session around 7:00 or 7:30 but that just can't happen now.
So we cuddle a lot. In the early darkness of the evening.
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I'm not sure, but I think I've heard that it playing should be at least an hour before or after eating..?
The way it usually goes with us is, boys get to play fetch at lunchtime (several hours after breakfast). When we get home, they have dinner, then go for a walk. About three hours later (8:30) it's time for evening fetch.
So, this schedule puts a lot of time between eating and exercise. But I am uber-paranoid about bloat. There have been several occasions where they would exercise and then it would be close to time for dinner, and those times I try to wait at least 45 minutes.