How Many Times A Day Should You Feed Your Dog?

If we left this question up to our dogs, the answer would probably be ten!!

All kidding aside, many owners wonder just how many times a day to feed is optimal for their dog’s health.

While there is really no hard and fast rule on this, most canine veterinarians recommend friend your dog twice a day. But some of this depends on the breed and activity level of your dog.

Large breeds generally require more calories than smaller breeds and will often require more frequent feedings than small to medium size dogs.

We are speaking here about adult dogs. Puppy feeding and nutrition is an entirely different thing and we will address this in a later separate post. Suffice it to say for now that puppies need small, frequent feedings in general four to six meals a day for their first three months of life.

You want to make sure you are not overfeeding your adult dog. Some breeds, such as the Alaskan Malamute and others, will simply continue to eat if you provide them with food, so it’s easy to overfeed.

Dog food labels can be quite misleading so do not rely on them for advice as to how much to feed. And most charts that you find online use outdated information and may mislead you into overfeeding as well.

The most reliable way to determine how much to feed your dog is to speak with your veterinarian. Monitoring your dog’s weight and not letting him pack on the pounds, especially as he gets older, is one of the best ways to prevent chronic health problems that can shorten his life. is a comprehensive site for information dog owners can rely on, and includes tips on health, exercise, fun facts, breed profiles and much more. has a free active Facebook Group of dog parents which any dog owner is welcome to join at  The WoofPost’s official hashtag is #woofpost

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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