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It depends!! If I’m hunting in the morning I just feed about 1/4 cup xtra night before. If I’m hunting in afternoon I will feed them early morning and again when we get in that evening. I have noticed over the years that dogs start dropping energy levels in afternoons. If I’m hunting daily or real cold I give them a can of sardines also.
 

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After, the stomach can flip (bloat) if it has something in it while they are running. You want them working on an empty stomach with the exception of when they get a drink if water.
Also, after a cool down period of 30 min. or more after running/hunting.
 

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It depends!! If I’m hunting in the morning I just feed about 1/4 cup xtra night before. If I’m hunting in afternoon I will feed them early morning and again when we get in that evening. I have noticed over the years that dogs start dropping energy levels in afternoons. If I’m hunting daily or real cold I give them a can of sardines also.
I hunt mornings most all the time, so I think I'm going to try the 1/4 of a cup the night before. Thanks for the advice.
 

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What Spini said above is correct. Hounds running with a full stomach risk a stomach flip, which requires surgery to correct or a likely fatal blockage results. I don't think it's a common problem. Have heard it's more common in bigger dog breeds, but still is a risk in beagles.

Also, I believe a hound that is a little hungry may hunt a little harder than one who was just fed. I know I am more interested in grocery shopping if I haven't just eaten, right?
 

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Dogs should be fed 8 to 10 hours before they are worked. This gives the stomach time to empty out. I always feed late in the evening because I run days. If im running dogs 3 or 4 days a week on the off days i feed them an extra partial ration in the morning to help with stamina and to help control weight loss. A dog needs more feed in cold months because he burns fat for heat .
 

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It depends!! If I’m hunting in the morning I just feed about 1/4 cup xtra night before. If I’m hunting in afternoon I will feed them early morning and again when we get in that evening. I have noticed over the years that dogs start dropping energy levels in afternoons. If I’m hunting daily or real cold I give them a can of sardines also.
So what is really cold in Arkansas?😉

As all these fellas have stated after never before for all the reasons given and they run to catch on an empty stomach🤣🤣
 

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Definitely feed after hunting and give a little more food, make sure they have plenty of water.
if you feed before you hunt the stomach could flip, takes surgery to fix it.
 
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