Your puppy is just a few months old. Yet it wasn’t long ago that you could fit them in your hands with ease. However, they quickly shoot up. They’re now a web of legs and tail tangled up, tumbling around your floors. Your puppy also probably lives a life of extremes. One minute they are charging around the house with seemingly endless energy. Next, they’re out cold and sleeping for hours on end. This all just makes you love their crazy personality more. However, there is one problem your pup: they won’t eat at certain times. This means they end up howling and begging for food at the table and at random points throughout the day.
Training your puppy to eat at certain times is actually incredibly important. Not only will they not beg and moan, but it also means it will be far easier to keep a handle on their weight. Furthermore, eating at certain times will allow you to get them into a consistent toilet routine too.
Training your puppy to eat at certain times can prove challenging for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it will require willpower from you to resist feeding them even when they look so cute. You will also need to be regimented and organized every day to ensure they get the right amount of food at the right times.
If your puppy is pretty receptive and doesn’t pester too much then training may only take a few days. However, if Fido is particularly persistent then getting them to eat at certain times may take a couple of weeks. Stick with training and you won’t have to worry about overfeeding. You will also set the foundations for an organized and easy-to-manage schedule.
Before you set to work, stock up on a few bits. You will need a generous supply of the pup's food so you don’t run out and break the routine. You will also need a clean and easily accessible food bowl.
Make sure you also have a space for feeding that is easily accessible for your puppy and close enough to their food supply. You need just 5 minutes a couple of times a day to get them into a habit of eating at certain times.
Once you have those things, just bring patience and a watch, then work can begin!