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I have asked this question on the Rawfeeding Yahoo Group but I always feel more love on this board <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: so I am going to ask here.<br><br>
If I give my dog the opportunity to self regulate her own food, will she? We raw feed and recently I have been putting down the whole chicken and letting her eat some of it and taking it away when she has had about the right amount. I would like to allow her to decide when she is finished herself but I am afraid she will overeat.<br><br>
Right now we feed 1 pound twice a day and I cannot imagine only feeding once a day even if she is eating 2 pounds. Paisley would be frantic. She gets that way when she is hungry.<br><br>
I guess my question is, As a general rule, will raw fed dogs ultimately only eat as much as they need? Or will they just eat everything put in front of them, full or not?<br><br>
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I think it depends on the dog. My dogs will self regulate, if I give them large pieces of food and they will eat their fill and leave it until they are hungry again. What they eat at one time is a similar amount as I typically feed them. My old dog however could not self regulate and would eat until he would vomit and eat some more.
 

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I think that Paisley gets frantic about missing a meal because you are reinforcing that for her - she gets frantic = she gets fed. I never feed at the same time of day or even every day - I never have had a dog (mine or a foster) get frantic.<br><br>
How old is Paisley? Is she still a puppy where eating 2x a day would be advised? How long has Paisley been on raw? The reason I ask the how long is because I have noticed that pups are very quick to self-regulate regardless of experience but adults need to be experienced raw feeders (3-4 months) before they can really handle it - that's just my experience (I used "experience" a lot in that sentence - sorry!).<br><br>
There's a big benefit to feeding 1x per day to an adult who self-regulates - their digestive juices often are just getting started and then the meal's done with smaller meals, they are tired from the workout, you get to feed big and that provides mental stimulation and a jaw workout and they get to feel full!<br><br>
If you think she is ready then give it a shot! Here are my tips: With her morning meal feed her a earilier than normal (get her off the clock!) and put down a big piece of meat. When you think that she has eaten just under the day's requirement pick it up. If she starts pestering you for the second meal (she may because she is on the clock and/or she ate just under the normal allotment) just ignore that and play a game instead. If there is no digestive upset then do this for another day or two but always changing the time of the meal. Still no digestive upset then let her have at it!<br><br>
Never feed her when she is pestering or frantic as that will just reinforce that behavior. My dog fasts for 1-3 days at a time and I know that she is ready to eat again because she keeps going into the kitchen and turns into an aardvark. I will call her out of the kitchen and if she goes and lies down I will wait for her to relax or might engage her in a short game of ball or fill the pool or chase and then she will relax and take a nap and then I will feed her. If I fed her while she was in the kitchen scrounging the floor then that would reinforce in her mind that being in there was the way to get food. Also get out of the habit of mealtime for her - feed when it is convenient for you whenever that is that day.<br><br>
Good Luck!<br>
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I put down about a 1 lb portion of food at a time. It seems to be enough per day for him. Sometimes he eats a portion of it and walks away and I pick the rest up. Sometimes he finishes it. I generally put food out once a day now but I leave it out for awhile. He hasn't gained weight or lost much since starting raw so I don't think he is overeating or not getting enough food. On kibble he wanted to eat all day.<br><br>
I would give self regulating a trial period.
 
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