How much should a Goldendoodle eat, or how often should a Goldendoodle eat? Unfortunately, there’s not a definite answer. There are just too many factors to say this is how much every Goldendoodle needs to eat each day. Here’s some information that can help answer those questions, though.
How old is your Goldendoodle?
Age plays a big role in how much and how often a Goldendoodle should eat. Younger dogs tend need smaller amounts of food more frequently throughout the day, and grown dogs can eat larger portions less often.
For example, you may feed your Goldendoodle puppy 3-4 times a day, whereas you feed a grown Goldendoodle 1-2 times each day.
How active is your Goldendoodle?
The more exercise your dog gets, the more food she needs. Physical activity is another important factor in determining how much food your Goldendoodle should eat.
Don’t be concerned if your dog has a bigger appetite on more active days. Your Goldendoodle may need extra food on days when she goes on a hike, a run, or a trip to the dog park.
On the other side of things, dogs that aren’t getting much exercise may eat less than they normally do. Don’t be alarmed when your Goldendoodle doesn’t touch her food after a long day of sleeping on the couch.
How big is your Goldendoodle?
Weight is the best way to establish a reference for how much food your Goldendoodle needs. There’s a lot of variation in size and appearance when it comes to Goldendoodles. A standard Goldendoodle can weigh anywhere between 45 and 90 pounds.
Most dog food brands print their feeding recommendations based on weight directly on the dog food packaging. This will include serving size, typically in cups or ounces, along with nutritional information per serving.
Don’t get confused by kcals on dog food packages. The kcal unit stands “kilocalorie”, but it’s the same thing as the cal or “calorie” we’re accustomed to. A single kilocalorie is the equivalent to a single calorie.
Pay attention to your Goldendoodle’s appetite
Some people let their dog self-regulate how much they eat. This won’t work for every dog, however. Not all dogs have good self-control. Some dogs will eat as much food as they find in the bowl, regardless of whether or not they are hungry.
Dogs love treats, but be careful not to overdo it. Some experts recommend that treats make up less than 10% of your dog’s overall caloric intake in a day.
If you notice unusual changes in your dogs eating habits, schedule an appointment with the vet. Changes in appetite could be temporary and normal, or they can indicate a health problem.
Your vet can also help you determine the right amount of food for your Goldendoodle.
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