feeding 6 months old coton how many times a day?

by Morticia93
(Montenegro)

Do i need to feed my coton 3 times or just one time on a day? My dog ​​is 6 months old.

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Sep 20, 2013
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feeding
by: Vicky & Jonah

Twice if possible.

Sep 09, 2013
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feeding schedule
by: sherry cotton candie

I was told when we got Cotton (she was 5 months old) to feed her twice a day. Put the food down, leave it 30 minutes and then to put it up until evening. This is what the breeder does, however, Cotton is a grazer and did not really like her dry food. This was just not working out for us.

I do feed twice a day, early am then I fix them a plate in the evening and place it beside our table. we all eat together and they enjoy it. They do not like eating out of bowls so I now use cheap paper plates and just throw them out.

They have a handful of blue freedom down by their toy chest and they will graze on it at times. If you feed dry only food and your puppy is not a gobbler you could just leave it down all day. Mine are both picky so they never overeat. They get fresh select at mealtimes or sometimes chicken.

I am finding as they are getting older 3 and 5 that they seem hungry at night more than earlier in the day, but for you I would think twice a day plus reward treats should be fine.

Your puppy will let you know if it is not enough but I never have fed three times a day, it would be hard to be home each day at noon and I think maintaing a schedule is important.

Good luck with your little one, puppy's are just so cute, I miss having one but cannot afford any more.




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Until what year or month should dog stop eating 3 times a day?

by Morticia93
(Montenegro)

My coton is 5 months old and i don't know when i need to stop giving him food 3 times a day. When should eat twice a day?

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How often does your coton de tulear eat?

My Coton de Tulear has always been a grazer and seems to eat more in the evening sometimes as late as 10pm. He also wakes up most nights between 2-4am and sometimes goes outside to the bathroom. Should I be taking his food away at a certain time?

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May 23, 2011
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Grazer
by: Fiona's Mom

Yup. I got a grazer too. I thought at first it was the food she didn't like. But no matter what kind of food I get, she grazes. Some days she doesn't even touch her bowl and other days she eats hearty just when I think she is going to starve. I leave the food down all the time but I can see the twice-daily routine would be a good idea if you have a problem with late night eating and going out.


May 10, 2011
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response to.grazing coton
by: Patrick

You should be feeding him on a schedule. Twice a day, morning and evening. If he doesn't eat within fifteen minutes, take the food away immediately. If you are consistent, he will become very predictable with his bathroom habits as well. You will be surprised how much better he eats like this also. He will quickly learn that of he doesn't eat when the food is out, then he won't eat. Trust me, a little tough love will go a long way and makes a happier Coton. He won't let himself starve, I promise u that. Also, keep treats to a minimum.

May 10, 2011
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Grazer
by: Ellie

Have you considered that he does not like the food and only eats it when desperately hungry? Cotons love what they love and hate what they hate. Goes with how smart they are. What are you feeding him?

May 10, 2011
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grazing
by: Anonymous

They will wrap you around their little paws if you let them. Too cute for tough love. It's hard, but your have to show him who's boss. Take the food away when you finish dinner. He won't starve and will be eager to eat the next day...maybe a little in the a.m. and a little in the p.m.
Good luck.

May 10, 2011
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midnight snacker
by: Anonymous

my Coton is a grazer also...and loves to eat at night. i call him a midnight snacker! i try to take his food away when i go to bed, otherwise he does get me up between 2-4a.m to go outside-

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How much should a 5 month old coton de tulear eat?

How much should I feed my five month old coton de tulear?

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Mar 15, 2012
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It may fluctuate
by: Connie

Our 7 month old Coton ate dry kibble until 5months, then as her baby teeth began to come away she went completely off her food. She now eats wet food with some kibble. Now at 7 months she has once again began to eat less than what she was only a few weeks ago.
As to why, I don't know.
Not much help, but if your pup goes off her food, you'll know your not the only one!

Mar 14, 2012
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Coton puppy feeding guidelines
by: Gale

Most commercial foods will suggest the right amount for your dog's age and size. If your dog isn't a finicky eater, I like the advice in the CTCA book which suggests you let them eat as much as they can in a 15 minute period 3 times a day until they're 6 to 9 months old. Then just follow the guidelines of the particular food you're using and feed 2x a day.

But these are just general guidelines; you really have to adjust based on your dog’s size, energy level, and appetite.

Mar 14, 2012
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coton exercise & weight
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Depending on the food u use just follow the weight guide. While they are this little u also can use their food as treats for training. This way they get the benefit of the vitamins in their food. Just measure out the food in the morning & this way u do not over feed. Good luck

Mar 14, 2012
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Puppy Feeding
by: Andrea

I fed my coton one cup of Innova small bites until about a year, then noticed that she only ate aproximately 3/4 cup per day after that. She pretty much controls her own amounts.

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When can I start feeding puppy 2 times a day instead of 3?

by Charlotte
(England, uk)

My lil Lola is 20 weeks and ATM I feed get 3 times a day. She's not a big eater and rarely scoffs a whole meal. When can I drop a meal and just feed her breakfast and lunch?

Any thanks Coton lovers

From Charlotte & Lola xxx

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Jun 30, 2012
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Feeding the Brain
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Alot of times with a busy scheldule we do what we must do but even if they may not eat alot it is like the old saying of a growing childen to feed the growing brain more often.

Jun 29, 2012
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Thanks everyone!
by: Charlotte

That's great, thanks for the advice.

I'm thinking I'm gonna follow your lead Andrea and Baxter. She is barely interested in lunch anyway and if it encourages her to eat all her breakie and dinner that will be great.

I also have to use the old boiled chicken trick. ;)

Thanks again.

Charlotte & Lola, Devon. UK

Jun 28, 2012
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Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

by Delbert G. Carlson,D.V.M. and James M. Giffin, M.D.

Puppies 6 mos. & older should be feed twice a day, as much as they will eat in 20 mins. Then pick up the dish. Labels on dog food pkgs. provide recommended daily feedings amounts. They are useful guidelines but not applicable to every puppy. As a rule, feed the puppy up to his appetite. The thing to avoid, which doesn't happen often, is feeding too much. An overweight puppy is in danger of developing structural defects.

Meats, cottage cheese, milk or table scraps may be added for palatability & to supply additional proteins, but should not exceed 25% of the total daily ration. This does not include pastry, candy, potatoes, greasy foods, splintery bones, & other indigestible morsels.

Jun 28, 2012
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by: Andrea

*twice a DAY!

Jun 28, 2012
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Feeding
by: Andrea

Hi Charlotte, we brought it down to twice a week when Baxter was 3 months old and was 3.2 kg. We feed him at breakfast before going to work and dinner around 7 or 8. he also wasn't finishing his whole portion unless we mixed in some boiled chicken. After going down to 2 feedings, he now finishes everything! Hope this helps!

Andrea and Baxter xx
UK

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I would like to know how much to feed my Coton de Tulear?

We just got him and he is a year old. Should I free feed or set a specific feeding time?

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May 15, 2010
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Every dog is different
by: Gale

Iris, I guess we're a good example that all dogs are different even within the same breed. Tuffy is a picky eater and Luc will eat virtually anything that isn't tied down.



May 15, 2010
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feeding my dog
by: Iris Miller

My Tuffy also eats twice a day. When I first got him at 6 weeks of age I put down a bowl of dry food with the recommended amount, but Tuffy was a picky eater and still had a full bowl when I got home from work. That set the "free feeding" habit for us. He is two years old now, still a fussy eater and tends to go to his bowl for his biggest feeding between 9 and 10 PM daily. In the morning I give him a 1/4" slice of a dog food roll of Natural Balance lamb formula on top of his IAMs small dog food (3/4 C.) and he will pick out the lamb and eat only a few pieces of the dry food. Sometimes he gets a small spoonful of cooked eggs with breakfast and I give bits of training treats of freeze dried liver and chicken during the day, and on occasion, some chopped fresh cooked chicken. I am at home al the time now, and it seems like he is eating all the time, but it's not the case, he eats less than a cup of food daily, has good digestion and elimination, and weighs less than 9 lbs.

big hugs,
Tuffy and Momma

May 14, 2010
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Free Feeding vs. scheduled feedings
by: Gale

Most Vets and breeders will tell you not to free feed dogs. It can cause problems with house training if they're not on a feeding schedule. It can also cause them to have digestive issues because they will often overeat. It also can affect training results. Dogs are often motivated by food (my Coton certainly is) and if the food is readily available they most likely won't respond to training that is food reward based.

While opinions vary on how often to feed a dog, most Vets will suggest 1 or 2 meals a day. The quantity will depend on how big your dog is and the type of food.

Luc eats twice a day and it works out perfectly for us.


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How often should I feed my coton de tulear?

We were told by our breeder that our coton de tulear (Abby) should be fed once a day. As such we feed her in the morning and leave the food out for the rest of the day. She seems to be a grazer and will (if we don't remove the food by around 7 p.m.) snack late and then need to go outside at around 2 or 3 a.m.

Is there a better way to regulate her food intake so as to avoid the middle of the night "poop" runs?

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Apr 10, 2012
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Twice a day
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

I have always feed my dogs twice a day. Take the amount of food their weight should have from bag & split amount. Which as they grow will change. Pick the same time every day if possible since dogs like routine. Leave food down for an hr. If not eaten pick up & feed the 1/2 amount at night. Do not give them full amount.

This will then start to regulate them into a habit. Sometimes they just do not eat thats ok. Their just not hungry. Sometimes u will notice that u may have given x-tra treats or a chew bone the day before & they just don't eat their food the next day. Thats ok. Dogs will not starve themselves.

While young u spend more time training use their food as a treat. Measure out their food in the morning & give them the difference when feed not x-tra. Plus really good treats are given as x-tras when coaxing them to get brushed, nails etc. so they may not eat all their food that is ok. Just like us eating x-tra snacks.

I feed Jonah @ 8am & 4pm. Then he plays or naps inside or out depending on weather etc. Then @ 8pm we go out for the last time to potty then he gets 2 cookies or milkbones & we settle in for the evening. He's learned it is last chance for potty. Runs into the bedroom & waits for his cookies. If he has gone in & out most of the evenig he may not go. Thats ok he's in the routine to not have to go out until morning.

Now I get things are not always this easy. I worked retail for yrs. so it was early some days & late others. Thats ok if u go in @ 12pm some days feed them @ 10am & then when u get home. By trying to use a 2 hr window it gives them poop time. Ur scheldule will be their routine. They luv routine & they will get used to eating late some days & early the others.

I hope this helps. I just realized how long this is sorry.


Apr 10, 2012
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Once a day...
by: Anonymous

My Coton eats once a day at dinner time. Same time as his family. He goes out shortly after dinner & then goes again first thing in the morning to do his business. He's pretty regular about it.

Apr 10, 2012
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How ofter should I feed My Cotton de tulear
by: Louis Suess

My Cotton eats before going to bed also. I put the food dish out and she take her time eating at it thru-out the day. She is not a big eater and she is not over-weight. But, I still have to make a poop run in the middle of the night. She is a year and a half old. I think that I started something that I can't stop. Maybe, I should pick up her food dish around 9pm. to stop the midnight runs.

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Feeding
by: Kirby's Mom

Just figure out what works best for your pup. Kirby never seems hungry enough to eat until after 9pm, so that's when he gets fed, with maybe a treat or two during the day. I don't have a problem with him having to go out in the middle of the night though, so, I just continue doing what works for him. Maybe feed in the afternoon instead of the morning, so she isn't starving by dinner time. And maybe just give a few treats at night.

Apr 10, 2012
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Feeding your puppy
by: Sandy

When i got my coton my vet told me to feed him 2 x a day. once in the morning and once at night about 1/4 to 1/3 cup each time. I did not feed my puppy after 5:00. Then i would not have to take them out during the night. We make our last trip out side at 10:00 and then we usually sleep until 6:00 in the morning. I feed my puppy kibble and then soft food mixed together with a little water
My vet said he is a very healthy dog and that i am doing things right, but every vet is different i would ask your vet what is right for your dog.

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How many meals should I feed my Coton de Tulear puppy?

by Ana Claudia
(Brazil)

I need some help. Sophie is now 6 months old, and we have doubts about how many meals a day she should have. She eats her combination of her fat free gound beef mixed with kibble at 7 am, 12:30 and 6:30 pm. (some treats or fruits in between).

In the evening meal she doesn't eat so much. So, should I perhaps feed her twice a day?

Thanks.

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Jul 14, 2010
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Coton feeding
by: Gale

Every dog is different, but as a general rule it's okay for a 6 month old puppy to eat 2 meals a day. Luc did very well eating 2 times daily and it was convenient for me as well since I work during the day.

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Am I over feeding my Coton de Tulear?

by Dee
(Nassau, NY)

I feed my just about 6 month old Coton de Tulear 2x daily (morning and night) and approximately 3-4 treats daily. One of the treats I give him is on the larger side (apple/chicken), the others are dental chews and small bites or biscuits.

He used to be a finicky eater, but now I find him eating his meals in full plus the treats (he's approx. 7 lbs now). He's doing great, walks 3 x daily and lots of play in between - dog park on weekends (sometimes for 3 hrs) and plenty of people/dog contact daily on our walks so always exercising.

I just don't know if I'm over feeding him or not. How can you tell?

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Oct 28, 2011
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You might want to ask your vet about how much to feed
by: Suzan Mesquite NV

When I got my cotton she was a puppy 12 weeks old & weighed 6 lbs. When my cotton was a puppy I fed her 3 or 4 times a day small amounts of food plus 2 small biscuits a day I always kept water available to her so she stayed hydrated Puppies need to stay hydrated. When she was 6 months I was giving her 1 cup but 1/2 in the morning and the other half in the evening and gave her 3 small/medium biscuits to her. I had her spade and started give her adult dog food instead if puppy food.She is now 2 1/2 yrs old and weighs 18 lbs. She's a companion to my mom so she doesn't get accessive excercise as she should. Just short walks and she runs and plays in the yard. They say a female coton should weigh between 8 to 10 lbs and the male 10 to 15 lbs. I can't say if you are underfeeding or over feeding this is something you should ask your vet.

Jun 18, 2011
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Spanky eats
by: Dee

Tuffy! I read about on this site all the time. I am surprised to hear that you feed him 1 1/2 cups as im sure im only feeding him 1/4 cup of dry and 1/4 cut moist (blue buffalo). He used to be a grazer but now he eats all of his breakfast and dinner when i put it out. Only natural treats with the exception of a few small bites of which i use for reward and/or training.

I will definitely consult with the vet during our next visit. Thanks Tuffy's mom!

Jun 17, 2011
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how much to feed?
by: Iris Miller

Hi I would suggest establishing a good relationship with a Vet you trust and ask their advice about your specific dog. Many treats have sugar and other additives not good for regular feeding and can cause health problems including obesity and diabetes.There are also other postings on this website about the feeding subject, have you had a chance to read them? My dog is three and a half years old and is on the small end of the Coton breed. Tuffy weighs from 8 to 9 pounds.There are different rules of feeding, I prefer to leave him access to his food bowl.

Tuffy is more of a grazer, liking his treats, and by the way, he needs to "earn" the treats by obeying commands. I feed him natural foods and treats without additives, and IAMs dry food, and sometimes chicken, veggies, and egg.He eats about 1&1/2 Cups of combined food per day, some days less.He has always been a night feeder, like most men, he gets the munchies for crunchies and raids the food bowl late at night in the dark. When I wake up in the morning I notice a hole in the pile of dry food in his bowl, he eats his way from the center of the bowl to the outer edges.

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How much food should they eat

by Heather
(Toledo, OH)

I recently started Jack out on a home cooked and gluten free diet. How much food should he be eating?

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How mujch food should they eat NEW
by: Anonymous

Call you vet and ask them.

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4 month old how often do I feed

by Shireen
(Northampton )

How often and how much should I feed my 4 month old Coton De Tulear puppy?

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Sep 07, 2015
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eating regularily NEW
by: Reenie & CoCo

At four months CoCo ate 3 to 4 times a day, plus little health treats like cheese, apples, carrots.

Coton's tummy's are small, tiny. While a big dog may eat twice a day, a little dog needs to eat more often for physiological reasons. There's no need to stress the body.

CoCo is permitted to eat whenever he wishes. I always have food in his dish. But at breakfast, lunch and dinner time he wants fresh cooked food. Be barks for it. So, in CoCo's world it's three times a day.

Apr 23, 2015
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how often? NEW
by: Anonymous

I feed my little one twice a day, 6 am and 6 pm. Between the meal, he gets snacks also. My dicot told me that I can feed him three times a day, but since twice a day works for him, I should give him twice a day.

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