I can never remember when I have done it with the others.
Kacey will be 5 months old next week and eats a total of 3 cups per day (sometimes I think i should make it 3.5-4).
I know when I take her noon meal away I will be splitting that noon meal into half in the morning half at night. If she doesn't eat at least 3 cups a day she gets VERY think..
So when should I take it away??
at six months you can move to 2 meals/day. Or you can stay at 3 the rest of the dogs life....its up to you, but most move to 2 meals. I would do it over 3-4 days, gradually adding a little more in the morning and evening and taking some out of lunch.
I agree with eliminating lunch gradually - still feeding the same amount per day.
5-6 months is a good time to switch to 2 meals.
Um I stopped as soon as my girl came home. On occation I gave her a very small snack. But I have a job and I cannot feed her durning the day or let her out after. I was also not about to feed her a last feeding at 9 at night and be up for months at 2 letting her out.
I think the first week she was here we weaned her off the third mid day meal.
I agree, if you can't fit it in your schedule, you can't fit it in your schedule. The reason for it is, its easier to digest small amts of food rather than large amts. But truthfully, its not the end all if you can't do it.
Thank you everyone!
I guess some time in the next 4 weeks we will go to 2 meals a day!
We're still at 3 meals a day because Sam (almost 3 years) likes to get food after her walk. And the vet's warned us not to put too much weight on her, so we split the first meal in half.
I am like Kim...Rookie actually stopped eating at noon after the first week he was home. If he would eat at lunch, he wouldn't eat dinner...so I took away lunch and just fed him 2 times a day. And now he's eating 4c. a day total...2 in the morning and 2 at dinner time. I have never heard of keeping puppies on 2 times a day up until 6 months....Rider was done at around 9 weeks too.
Dani, Rider & Rookie
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I've switched all of my puppies over to two meals between 4-5 months.