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Do you change food amount based on activity?

asked 2016-01-09 23:22:33 -0600

Obviously if you have more active dogs or larger dogs, you need to feed them more, but what if the amount of activity your dog gets on a day-to-day basis changes frequently. For example, our dogs are often either going on 1-2 hour hikes with us or doing quick potty breaks, depending on our schedules and such. Should I feed them a little more on days where we exercise more and a little less on days we don't or should I keep it the exact same no matter what we do in the day?

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answered 2016-05-04 23:52:07 -0600

Consistency is the best policy. IMHO it's best to change your feeding amount slightly up or down LONG TERM based upon your dog's overall health and weight. If your dog is getting heavy you should feed less, if they are running too lean you should feed more.

My very active 55 pound dog gets four cups daily. This doesn't mean that there are some days that he gets a treat filled Kong, and other days that he does not. There are some small irregularities in most dog's food intake. That's OK. If you are feeding a whole lot of treats over the course of a week your long term adjustments will compensate for that.

There is a risk to thinking of food and changes in feeding from a daily perspective. Those that view this problem from a long term "fine-tuning" perspective generally end up with dogs that maintain ideal weights throughout their lifetimes.

Mark

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answered 2016-05-04 13:28:11 -0600

I have tried to be consistent with the amount of food I feed my dog. He is very active but some days more active then others. The other day he was so active he didn't even want to eat and just slept. I do provided treats while we walk and other times throughout the day as rewards for good behavior. The food I give him provides a chart as to how much to feed him based on calories burned. I put an activity monitor on my dog (http://Voyce.com) for a few months and found his caloric burn to be pretty consistent on average (about 1200 Cal/day).

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answered 2016-05-14 08:13:42 -0600

I feed my dog the same amount everyday half a cup of kibble in the morning and half a cup in the evening. He is a corgi who will eat until he throws up if I ever let him he is LOVES food and will eat anything including other dog's poo outside on our walks. He's at a healthy weight for his size so I'd like to keep him that weight now. I supplement his hunger with treats and chews which is also how I've been teaching him to "leave it" outside and if he listens he gets a really great treat inside.

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answered 2016-04-22 11:53:54 -0600

It seems like there are a table, the daily ration and feeding guide for dogs active and less active .. http://petcare4home.com/orijen-dog-food-reviews-rating/

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answered 2016-01-10 00:45:37 -0600

I change it up a bit depending on activity. I'll give my girls a little more after a strenuous day or a little less if we've just been lounging around the house. It's not a big adjustment, but it's always made sense to me.

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answered 2016-01-10 23:42:16 -0600

There's nothing wrong with changing the amount of food each day based on amount of activity (as long as you don't feed a large amount soon before or after vigorous activity). But it also works fine to feed the same amount each day, aiming for an amount based on averaging the overall activity levels.

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answered 2016-05-18 10:49:40 -0600

From my experience working with a vet as well as my own observations, if your dog is VERY active one day then not the next then high energy again the following day you should feed a bit more than you would normally to help compensate the burned energy, and by this change I mean a lazy or moderate activity dog suddenly goes on a 5 mile strenuous hike. As someone else said, chances are if your dog has days like this they'll likely sleep hard the next day anyway, but all dogs are different. It also depends on the food you feed, if you feed a high quality kibble it's high in protein and proper fats content can sustain this fluctuating energy pattern where a poor quality kibble could not. If feeding a complete nutrition food you shouldn't need to supplement but you can on days like this by giving extra fat and red meat if your dog is used to getting it. I hunt a lot so my dogs get raw deer year round from bones and muscle to fat and hairy skin, they love it. They get walks daily that are anywhere from .5-2 miles depending on the time I have and they're off leash so they're getting even more of a workout, and then we'll go hike somewhere for hours and miles and they sleep the rest of the day and the next and get an extra deer leg with fat on it to help with this massive energy burn.

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