Unfortunately there isn’t one approach that will fit all dogs. The amount you feed your dog each day will depend on a number of factors, such as your dog’s age, breed, size, level of activity and the type of food you are providing. If you’re feeding complementary foods then ensure they are given alongside complete and balanced dog foods, so your pooch gets all the nutrition he/she needs.
The best place to start is on the back of the pack as each pet food will have a different composition of energy, macro and micro nutrients. You’ll need to know how much your dog weighs. Also assess your dog’s activity levels; highly active dogs will need more dog food and inactive ones, less food.
If you’re feeding more than one type of dog food, you’ll need to take into consideration the feeding guide for dogs recommended on both packs, and divide them accordingly. The total amount you feed your dog should be split across all meals you feed. For adult dogs, one meal per day is adequate although many dog owners like to provide two meals per day.
The amount of food you give to your dog is highly important as it can lead to a dog that is either in the healthy weight range, or underweight or overweight. Studies now show that overweight dogs have a shorter life spans than those in a healthy weight range.
The mistake many dog owners make is that in addition to the dog food, they also give their pooch extra bones, treats or human leftovers. It’s this extra food that can be the culprit for overweight dogs, so be sure to allow for any extras you give.
The best sign of whether your dog is the right weight is their shape and whether or not you can see/feel their ribs. The dog should have a distinct waist with the outline of the ribs slightly visible (make sure you can feel them with your fingers if they have a lot of fur). Your vet can advise you if you’re unsure.