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how to manage mealtime for your two dogs: a step-by-step guide

So, you've welcomed another furry friend into your home – double the paw prints, double the love, and... double the mealtime chaos? Don't worry, pup parent!  Sharing mealtimes with two dogs can be a breeze with a little planning.

Here's how to make sure dinner goes down smoothly for everyone, keeping your furry family happy and healthy.

Separate Meals: Why They're Essential for Your Two Dogs 

Ditch the community bowl and invest in separate dishes (or even a fancy multi-dog feeding station!). This way, there's no confusion about who gets what. Imagine sharing your dinner plate with your sibling – things can get messy (and stressful) fast!  Separate bowls ensure a clear distinction and prevent any food-stealing attempts.

No More Food Fights: Peaceful Meals for Your Pups 

Food can be a big deal for dogs, and sometimes that can lead them to want to guard their meals a little too fiercely. This is called food aggression, and it can make mealtimes stressful for everyone. The Merck Veterinary Manual explains that this type of aggression is often observed during mealtimes when dogs may compete over their food bowls. 

A fight over dog food is no fun for anyone! Separate meals help prevent these situations from arising and keep your pups feeling secure. Keep an eye on your dogs while they eat. This makes sure everyone sticks to their own bowl and consumes the proper serving amounts. You are essentially the pack leader during mealtimes, ensuring fairness and preventing any resource-guarding behavior.  By supervising their meals, you can intervene if any issues arise and keep things running smoothly.


Tailored Treats: Different Dogs, Different Needs 

Just like humans, your pups might need different food depending on their age, breed, or health. A playful puppy needs something different than a wise old senior, and a special diet might be needed for a dog with health concerns.  For example, a growing Labrador Retriever puppy will have different nutritional needs than a tiny Chihuahua senior.  A veterinarian can provide guidance on the correct diet for each of your dogs, especially if they have health-related issues that require a specialized diet. By providing each dog with the food that best suits their needs, you're setting them up for optimal health and well-being.

Sharing is Caring, But with Space: Creating Mealtime Stations for Your Dogs 

Set up separate feeding areas for your pups to enjoy their meals in peace.  This could be on opposite sides of the room, or you can create a barrier with a baby gate or a crate.  Think of it like having your own table at a restaurant – it gives everyone a sense of personal space and prevents any food-related conflicts.

Taming the Speedy Eater 

If one of your dogs is a champion scarf-and-run eater, they might attempt to invade the other's space and food bowl. To manage this behavior:

Puzzle Power: How to Slow Down Your Pet's Eating Pace 

Incorporate feeding puzzles or specialized food bowls designed to make meals last longer.  These slow down their eating pace, preventing them from inhaling their food and potentially feeling unwell afterward.  Think of it as a fun game that keeps them occupied and prevents them from becoming food-focused on their sibling's meal.

Distraction is Delicious 

Consider taking the speed-eater for a walk or engaging them in another activity while the other dog eats in peace. This way, neither dog feels stressed or left out.  A short distraction keeps the speedster occupied and prevents them from feeling tempted to bother their sibling during their meal.

Happy Eating, Happy Pups! 

By following these tips and maintaining a consistent routine, feeding two dogs simultaneously becomes less of a hassle and more of a harmonious part of daily life. Not only does this promote better health outcomes for both dogs by ensuring they receive the proper food and portion sizes, but it also strengthens the bond within your pack by reducing competition and stress around meal times.

Remember, dinnertime doesn't have to be a battle. With a little planning and patience, you can ensure that each of your canine companions is well-fed and happy, keeping mealtime a joyous occasion for the entire family. 

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Give Back The Love

Show your love to your pets with our high-
quality, delicious and healthy meals!