Is It Okay to Feed Your Dog Before Bedtime?

by Kimberly Caines Google
A midnight potty trip is in order if you feed your dog before bedtime.

A midnight potty trip is in order if you feed your dog before bedtime.

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Although a set feeding schedule and a consistent routine can make your dog thrive and promote the housebreaking process in puppies, feeding your furry pal a bowl of grub right before bedtime is asking for trouble -- you'll end up sacrificing sleep to accommodate your energized pet companion.

The Problem

Since your dog gets his energy from the food he eats, avoid feeding him directly before bedtime, because the food will digest and energize him hours later -- two to three hours if it's a high-quality, filler-free food. He'll be up and ready to go potty and play games, and you may wind up lacking sleep for the night.

The Solution

To prevent your dog being energy-filled in the middle of the night, feed your pet companion at least three hours before bedtime. Regardless of whether you have a puppy who eats three to four times a day or an adult dog who eats two meals a day, make the last meal of the day early in the evening. After every meal, take your furry pal to go potty. Before bedtime, walk him again. Make this a consistent routine. If it doesn't help you and your dog sleep through the night, see a vet.

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About the Author

Kimberly Caines is a well traveled model, writer and licensed physical fitness trainer who was first published in 1997. Her work has appeared in the Dutch newspaper "De Overschiese Krant" and on various websites. Caines holds a degree in journalism from Mercurius College in Holland and is writing her first novel.

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