How Often Should I Feed my Dog?

Feeding your dog sounds quite straight forward doesn't it? But getting the frequency and quantity right can be a little trickier than you may first realise. We share our top tips for finding the magic formula for a well-fed and happy dog. 

How much should a dog eat each day?

In general, an adult dog should be fed twice a day on a nutritionally complete dog food that will meet all of their dietary needs. The number of mealtimes can vary based on breed, age, appetite and your dog's digestive levels.

In terms of how much of their food they should be eating, you should begin by following the guidelines provided by the dog food company and adjust this accordingly if you are seeing any weight loss or weight gain.

At Grub Club, our feeding guidelines are as follows:

When is the best time to feed a dog?

The recommended feeding times for dogs are at breakfast and then approximately 8-10 hours later at dinner time.

If you have a greedy dog that likes to beg for food, you might find it beneficial to break their two meals into three smaller meals to keep their bellies topped up throughout the day.

How do I know if my dog is eating enough?

You can tell if your dog is eating enough by checking for visible signs such as being a healthy weight, having plenty of energy and a beautiful coat. If they are being underfed you’ll most likely be able to feel their ribs, they may become lethargic and could even begin to lose patches of hair due to their body lacking nutrition.

Stools are also a good indicator of your dog’s health so any changes in their toileting should be seen as a red flag. If you think your dog requires more food, up the amount a little and monitor any changes. Once their body begins to uptake more nutrients you should see an improvement, if not, seek medical advice or you may need to do some research into a new food, one that will provide them with all the goodness they require.

One like our Grub Club All Day Buffet, perhaps? That is not only hypoallergenic and high in protein but is also packed full of antioxidant-rich blueberries and pomegranates to help to boost your dog’s immune health as well as prebiotics to promote digestive goodness.

If you need any further help or guidance on feeding your dog, check out our other blogs:

Why is my dog always hungry?

Grub Club's guide to feeding fussy eaters

Obesity in dogs: causes, symptoms and solutions