The best time to feed a dog

Published by Saro on

Although food is a very essential part of a dog’s life, it is not the most important part. Dogs rather play, socialize and explore than eating. Since they are scavengers, they will eat whatever they can find most of the time if possible and or not eat at all for a few days. Eating is only important when they are hungry or starving.

Food for dogs has the importance of reward or the pay for a work that they have done but not for a behaviour. That is why I don’t agree with using treats or food for training a dog. It confuses them. They like to find (hunt) and work for it. They don’t want to be handed even though that is what most dog owners do when it comes to feeding the dog.

A balanced dog can tolerate being fed by humans as a feeding routine but an unbalanced dog can have a hard time coping with this routine and it may help it to develop some unwanted behavioural issues.

Unbalanced dogs should be fed only when they have completed all aspects of their daily tasks. I call them the five essential needs. That means, they have got their exercise, some form of training, practice and fulfilled their socialization. After, they can be presented with food which can be followed by affection.

So, let’s say if you are feeding your dog twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. I suggest starting the day with exercise, training, socialization and then feeding. The same ritual should apply for the evening.

It doesn’t matter what time you are feeding your dog as long as you accomplish the dog’s five essential needs.


My name is Saro Boghozian and I am the owner of Jonah’s Ark Doggie Centre in North Vancouver where I run and operate my own dog playcare plus I provide dog training using “play and praise” dog training system. I operate this tail-wagging business alongside my wife, Yoko, and my Beagle, Harvey. I help dog owners build the best and the healthiest relationships with their dogs using a unique method of the dog training system, uncommon in the dog training industry today. There is NO NEED to use food or treats, force, domination, or tools like clickers, shock collars, choke chain collars, or prong collars, which are often used for training dogs. Instead, I use a simple method of “play and praise dog training” with a special emphasis on educating dog owners. I am very excited to share this simple training system that guarantees results with all dog lovers around the world.