As anyone who has ever owned a dog knows, a feeding schedule is actually something that can be done easily. It doesn’t have to be a big mystery and it doesn’t have to be something that you stress over.
Basically, a feeding schedule creates a routine for your Shih Tzu and all dogs regardless of the size or shape, love a routine.
When I set up a feeding schedule with my dog, I like to also set up a schedule for myself and also for exercise. Doing it this way ensures that I never break the routine and it ensures that my Shih Tzu is getting the most of both my time and the exercise that we do together.
When you first bring your Shih Tzu home, you will be limited by the same schedule that your breeder used in their home. Don’t be surprised if it is quite rigid but as your puppy grows and moves from three meals a day to two, you will be able to change your dog’s
schedule to better suit your needs.
Step One: Choosing the times
The very first step you will need to take in creating a feeding schedule is to choose the times that your dog will be eating. Usually the best times are in the morning and in the evening but make sure that you feed your dog twice a day.
Step Two: Figure out your schedule
Once you have the time, figure out your own schedule and what you will need to do to meet the needs of your Shih Tzu. Basically, what you want to do is feed your dog and then take him out for a walk or for a little exercise before you leave for work. If this requires that you get up a little earlier, then you will need to change your schedule accordingly.
Step Three: Create a pattern
The last step that you should do is to create a pattern during each feeding. In the am, you should get up, let your dog outside and then do one other thing before you start your dog’s meal. The only reason why I recommend this is that it keeps your dog from waking you up and expecting to be fed at odd hours. They soon begin to realize that, for example, coffee comes first, then food.
After you are finished the one task, feed your dog and then have a quick shower and get ready for work. During those 20 minutes of getting ready, your dog will have time to digest his meal and will be ready for the walk right before you leave for work. Take 15 minutes to play or walk your dog and then head out for the day, leaving your Shih Tzu with some toys and a treat or two for the day.
In the evening, follow the same schedule but always feed your dog after you eat. Make sure that it is a few hours before you go to bed so that you can take him outside for a walk or another 15 minutes of playtime and then again right before bed.
And it is that simple. If you follow the routine every day, you will quickly realize that
your dog has a schedule and it can be one that both of you enjoy.
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