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I have always only fed my dogs at night once a day even during season. If you have multiple hunts day after day 8-10 hr days each, would you feed your dogs dogs n morning and night and if you would how much feed would you give them in morning? I have started red cell for my big hunt in 2 weeks. I also feed 31/20 but I want to optimize their energy the best I can. I have always read that dogs digest food longer and therefore feeding needs to be less frequent does that apply when they are using so much energy day after day? Suggestions??
 

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I feed mine twice a day , morning and evening most days . I divide the amount . On days that I run , I just feed them once when I get back home . I have thought about feeding them a small amount before I go , but I don’t want to increase their chances of pooping in the truck box .
 

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Good question and good answers! This is also a not one fits all answer. It’s a preference thing and what works for your kennel. During Spring and early fall I feed once and try to feed at same time nightly right before dark. Late Fall and Winter during heavy running and hunting ,if morning hunt I feed after hunt or running and I feed again at night. If afternoon hunt I feed when we get in and give extra cup. During summer months I cut feed in half and monitor dog for weight gain.
 

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Once a day, never before a hunt or run. I want empty stomach when they are running. Dont want any twists in stomach or guts.
If I have one that needs weght I will devide the same daily ration into 2 feedings, but not before a run or hunt.
I adjust the ration to time of year and activity level. I also feed 32/25 with good digestible protein and fat from Oct-April.
 

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Once a day, never before a hunt or run. I want empty stomach when they are running. Dont want any twists in stomach or guts.
If I have one that needs weght I will devide the same daily ration into 2 feedings, but not before a run or hunt.
I adjust the ration to time of year and activity level. I also feed 32/25 with good digestible protein and fat from Oct-April.
Thanks for your post. I have always heard once a day. And the. A buddy doubted me on that and it got me thinking so I’m glad you do that too. I’ve even heard food on their stomach will make them lazy due to them digesting slower than humans. I didn’t want to screw things up and start feeding in am before we start.
 

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Thanks for your post. I have always heard once a day. And the. A buddy doubted me on that and it got me thinking so I’m glad you do that too. I’ve even heard food on their stomach will make them lazy due to them digesting slower than humans. I didn’t want to screw things up and start feeding in am before we start.
No problem, but keep in mind I am not a vet, this is just info past on to me years ago from old Houndsmen. But it seems to work for me.
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Me too jhook I have always just fed once a day. Mostly because thats what my dad and papaw always done. My papaw wouldn't feed his **** dogs till he got back at night said they hunt better hungry. I don't know. I dont like doing much after eating .lol
Thanks for your opinion. Helps me feel better about myself ;). My buddy made me feel like I’m starving or neglecting them. They don’t look hungry though but....
 

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I run about the same amount year around. Feed once a day (evening).... add venison scrap pretty heavy after things freeze through winter.

If a dogs is getting run down (rarely) I would look for better quality food, ensure kennel box is plenty warm, worm them, fresh water.

As a rule, the more you run them the better they should look. If not your Missing something. I read the same dog food posts you guys do...some of the responses tell me why dogs get run down. As a rule you get what you pay for in kibble.
 

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I run about the same amount year around. Feed once a day (evening).... add venison scrap pretty heavy after things freeze through winter.

If a dogs is getting run down (rarely) I would look for better quality food, ensure kennel box is plenty warm, worm them, fresh water.

As a rule, the more you run them the better they should look. If not your Missing something. I read the same dog food posts you guys do...some of the responses tell me why dogs get run down. As a rule you get what you pay for in kibble.
Well I feed with good quality food and my dogs get tired. I would never claim that mine don’t get run down in fact that’s why I started this post. You must have it completely figured out. Good for you.
 

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I feed once per day, an hour before dark each evening. I use warm water in the food all year. I slightly increase the amount of food in winter and slightly decrease in summer. Each hound is taught to eat in its own bowl in the same spot in the kennel each night so that I can regulate the amount each receives. I stick to meat-based, grain free dog foods, especially no corn.
 

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I feed once per day, an hour before dark each evening. I use warm water in the food all year. I slightly increase the amount of food in winter and slightly decrease in summer. Each hound is taught to eat in its own bowl in the same spot in the kennel each night so that I can regulate the amount each receives. I stick to meat-based, grain free dog foods, especially no corn.
Same, not every hound needs the exact same amount.
Also, 100% agree on the feed! No peas, potato's, lentals either.
I also need them to attack the feed so when not home they eat before going in the trailer.
first sign of a sick hound is going off feed, so they get fed individually the amount that hound needs.
 

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Well I feed with good quality food and my dogs get tired. I would never claim that mine don’t get run down in fact that’s why I started this post. You must have it completely figured out. Good for you.
I would ask how many hours are you running a dog per week, what are you feeding, what bloodlines?
 
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