Our expert says:
Ad Libitum feeding has the following advantages and disadvantages
Advantages: simple to manage, ensures that the dogs have enough to eat, not labour intensive and has been shown that it can assist in reducing competition over food and subsequently fighting.
Disadvantages: can be wasteful, can lead to boredom feeding that may lead to obesity, greater risk of gingivitis/peridontal disease, food may have a reduced use for rewarding appropriate behavior.
Advantages: no/less wastage, reduced occurance of obesity, dogs, more mentally stimulating.
Disadvantages: can be more labour intensive, may lead to aggressive behaviour between dogs
The main objective with regard to feeding method is that your animals do not get bored, receive adequate nutritional requirements and do not develop obesity (note that obesity is multifactorial in origin).
If you are happy with your feeding method and have an understanding of its advantages/disadvantages then continue. If problems do arise then change the system.
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