How Many Times Should I Feed My 14 Week Old Jack Russell Puppy?

I have a 14 week old puppy, she doesn’t eat alot so I leave her food down all the time so it’s there when she’s hungry I know this is not the right way to do it am going to start giving her set meal times just not sure how many times I should feed her?

if he’s highly actively then I would feed him 3 times a day once in the morning, middle of the day, then again at night. then when he turns a year old limit him to twice a day feedings

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  • BeachBum

    Maybe she eats like a cat, only when she’s hungry. My dog always had food in his dish because he only ate when he was hungry. I knew he wouldn’t scarf it down all at once. My husband’s dog is the same way, but our beagle is a little pig and eats every morsel right away.
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  • Maxine

    if he’s highly actively then I would feed him 3 times a day once in the morning, middle of the day, then again at night. then when he turns a year old limit him to twice a day feedings
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  • Kenya

    Only feed it twice a day. Once in the morning then again around 4:30. Dont ever leave food down all day for the puppy!
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  • Sarah

    Well, you shouldn’t free feed a dog. Even though most dogs are smart enough to stop eating when they are full, free feeding implies that they are in charge. You should have set feeding times, and they should work with your schedule. Some people feed a dog that age 3 times a day. I feed my dogs 2 times a day, they are 6 months and 16 weeks. My dogs eat at 6 a.m. about 2/3 of what their daily intake should be and then they eat again around dinner time (4-5 p.m.) both meals add up to their reccommended amount. I always put the food down and if they have not eaten all of it in about 20 minutes I remove it and they do not get fed until the next feeding time. This helps with bathroom breaks and it also tells your dog that you’re in charge, it’s a good way to assert yourself as pack leader.
    B/c your dog is so small, high energy, and young, 3 feedings may be best for you guys at least for right now with 4-6 hours between each feeding. Some larger adult dogs can eat one meal a day but for smaller dogs like our guys, you shouldn’t go below twice a day, it helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
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  • Bonnie

    Why not just call your pup’s breeder? The breeder would be more than happy to answer all of your questions. You could also speak to the vet who did the initial exam, as required in the breeder’s contract, which was done within 48-72 hours after taking the pup home.
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  • jtexas

    What you’re doing isn’t so wrong really. If she’s healthy, not getting fat, and you’re not attracting bugs or rodents with the food being out all the time, then it’s perfectly ok.

    Other hand, regular mealtimes helps with housetraining by making her BM’s more regular. There’s probably other benefits too.

    Two times a day is good, at 12 hour intervals if you can, like 6am and 6pm but its ok to squeeze ‘em together a little if you need to. As much as she will eat in 10 minutes. Give her 15 at first, she might get a little hungry the first day or two of transition but don’t worry, she’ll adapt.
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  • Kathleen

    Your breeder should be your resource for all your questions!

    Feed your puppy the amount on the puppy food bag. It will tell you how often as well.
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  • BallerCaller

    I would suggest in order to break her from the current routine allow her to have 3 meals a day at first (one at breakfast, lunch, and dinner). I would only leave the food out for about 15 minutes, then take it away and put it up. After she gets accustomed to eating when the food is out I would slowly work that middle meal (lunch) out of her routine. Currently my 12 week old has 2 meals a day (around 7-8 am and 530-6 pm) of about 1 cup of dry puppy food per meal. The vet had told me to feed my puppy about 1/2 cup of dry food for every 5 pounds your dog is (my dog is just north of 20 lbs, so 2 cups total or 1 in morning and 1 in he evening).
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    Talked to my vet about puppy feeding for my puppy

  • Megan Macwana

    When our Jack was a youngester we fed her four small, spaced out meals a day and she would usually sleep after. At the young an age, they eat quite slowly but as she ages she will start to scoffle her food! She should be fed in the morning when you wake up, (idealy around 8/9 am when she will start to wake up, althoguh it will probally be before that but i wouldnt get up before 8!) then again at around 11 and then again at about 3 and then 7 and so on. every four hours is good. you should start giving her 3 meals at about 6 months and then 2 by the time shes one. Good luck with yoru new puppy!
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    Jack russell breeder, trainer and owner