Just as improper eating in humans can cause problems, not feeding dogs the right amount of food can lead to such problems as obesity and even discipline issues. A regular feeding schedule can also help you detect a change in your dog's appetite, which might indicate an illness.
Keep track of your dog's weight
Use your dog's weight as the gauge for a proper feeding schedule. Be sure to weigh dogs that are still growing from time to time so you always have the correct weight to use as your basis. Monitor your dog's weight; if he or she is getting too heavy, cut back on the food intake, and feed more if your dog seems underweight. You can usually find a weight chart on your dog's food bag, but following is a good frame of reference to get you started with your daily feeding schedule.
Adult dogs who weigh less than 10 pounds should eat 1/3 cup to 1 cup of food daily. Dogs that fall into the 11-25 pound category can expect 1 cup to 2 1/4 cups daily. If your dog weighs between 26 and 50 pounds, plan to portion out 2 1/4 cups to 3 3/4 cups of food into his or her dish daily. Larger dogs that tip the scale between 51 and 75 pounds should consume 3 3/4 cups to 5 cups of food daily, and those weighing in at more than 75 pounds should receive 5 cups to 8 cups of food each day.
If you want a more precise measurement based on your dog's overall health, consult with your dog's veterinarian.
Stick to a regular feeding schedule
Most dogs are satisfied eating once per day, but some larger dogs need to have their daily food amounts split into two meals, such as once in the morning and another in the evening. The important thing is to try to feed your dog at the same time each day. If you have questions about how much or how often to feed your dog, consult with your veterinarian.