Feeding Tips For Your Dog



  • It is better to stick to one variety of good quality “complete and balanced” dog food and not add any supplements (unless instructed by your vet), as over supplementing can be harmful to your dog.


  • If your dog does not eat all of its meal in one go, you may be offering it too much. Not all dogs eat the amount recommended by the food manufacturers. The right amount should produce firm, dark brown, crinkly stools. If the stools are firm, but get softer towards the end, this is a classic sign of overfeeding.


  • Never change your dog’s diet abruptly (unless under the direction of your vet). If you want to change its diet, do it gradually over a period of a few days to a week.


  • Do not feed your dog before travelling in the car as this can encourage car-sickness, or an hour before or after exercise as this could contribute to a stomach dilation and torsion (also known as bloat) which is a life threatening condition requiring immediate veterinary intervention.


  • Medium to large breeds of dogs should be fed from a raised bowl to prevent them from swallowing air while they eat, which can also contribute to bloat. Alternatively, why not try one of our Outward Hound FunFeeders.They are the ideal solution for dogs that gobble their food too quickly at meal times.


  • Leave your dog in peace while it is eating from its bowl. Taking the bowl away while it is eating causes anxiety, which can lead to aggressive behaviour. If you want to be sure that your dog is comfortable with you approaching it during mealtimes, add a little food to the bowl while it is eating, so it sees you as an asset, rather than a threat.


  • Never feed your dog from the table or your plate, as this encourages drooling and attention seeking behaviours such as begging and barking.


  • Make sure that water is always available to your dog, so never take its water bowl away.