Guide To Using A Dog Food Dispenser
Dog food dispensers come in handy when you are out for the whole day. Hungry days are over!
Food dispensers aren’t just for hamsters and humans anymore! Have you ever thought about a dog food dispenser? It can be especially useful if your pup is left alone at home while you’re away! You don’t have to worry about your dog not having enough to eat! Choosing the right food dispenser and setting it up is fairly easy. In this post, we will guide and provide tips to help you get started on your dog food dispenser!
First, of course, you’ll need to have a food dispenser. While hunting for a dispenser, look for one that can fill up about 3 days of dog food so that you don’t have to top it up every day. In order to know which dispenser to get, here are some factors you need to keep in mind:
1) Number of dogs
The number of dogs you have may affect the number of food dispensers you should get! If you have more dogs, you should get multiple food dispensers to cater to them. This is important to ensure that all the dogs get fed.
2) The size of dog
When purchasing a food dispenser, you will need one that will be able to withstand your dog’s demands. If you have a big dog, make sure the dispenser will suit to your dog’s food intake.
3) Ensure the food dispenser is appropriate
Some food dispensers are designed for cats and this affects the amount of food being fed. Those designed for cats are smaller in size!
Types of dog food dispenser
There are two major types of dog food dispensers, namely, the gravity dog feeder and the electronic dog feeder. Below, we will discuss the differences between them, as well as and the pros and cons. We hope that this information will help you decide which is right for you and your dog.
Gravity food dispenser is an easy-to-use dog feeder. It uses gravity to pull the food down into your dog’s bowl and stops dispensing when the bowl is full. Gravity food dispenser is good for humans who are not tech-savvy, as it does not require any programming. However, it is not automated and you cannot control the amount of dispensed food. Though it helps to provide food, the gravity dog feeder may overfeed and contribute to your dog’s weight.
Electronic food dispenser is a more commonly used dog feeder. It is automated based on the programming you set. Using an electronic food dispenser helps to feed your dog according to your own preferred timing and amount. This dog feeder provides more control over the diet of your dog and prevents overfeeding to help maintain the dog’s weight.
Operating a dog food dispenser
Dog food dispensers are fairly easy to operate. Although different dispensers follow their own sets of instructions, there are basics that you have to follow in order to provide the best for your dog.
1) Know how much food is needed
To be sure of how much to feed your dog, you can visit your vet for advice on the perfect feeding portions. This is critical for dogs that are already obese and require a strict diet to get back to a healthy weight.
2) Fill the dog food dispenser
Once you know how much to feed your dog, you can fill up the dispenser. Generally, you should be filling up the dispenser every 3-4 days for dry kibbles. If you have a dispenser for wet food, you have to take note that it has to be eaten within 4 hours as it will oxidise. Oxidised wet food is not healthy for your dogs. Dogs are smart – they will not touch the oxidised food, and it will just go to waste!
I’d recommend filling up the dog food dispenser with kibbles as they last longer. Just remember to top up the dispenser every few days! Mark the days on your calendar to remind yourself.
3) Program the food dispenser
Contrary to popular belief, it is actually easy to program an automated dog food dispenser. Once you have a clear amount of how much to feed, you just need to set the portions and timing of feeding. The dispenser will do the rest for you.
This article serves as a self-help guide for the basics of using a dog feeder for first-time users. For more information, you can contact the store to enquire regarding the specifications of any particular feeder. Have fun!
Updated: August 29, 2017.