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How long do you do this for, and how do you do it? We've been putting her in her puppy pen but as she gets older she sleeps a little less, and especially after dinner she really wants to go out and play. I feel like we're torturing her keeping her in there for nearly an hour. SOmetimes if one or both kids is out at this time we would let her out to just pet her and keep her company, but their presence is enough to get her all wild!
 

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Are you asking about you eating or the dog eating? We keep our standard puppy in the crate or outside while we eat it's just to tempting our house is an open floor plan so there isn't a way to block him out of the kitchen while I cook or eat. My pup is a little over 4 months now I walk him twice a day for about 20/35 minutes and that helps calm him down and I've even lost a little wieght!
 

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Yeah, this can be taken both ways, as in you(human) eating time, or dog eating time. I'm going to take the other side of the fence and assume you want to keep your spoo calm to reduce the risk of GDV(bloat). They're studies out there that say don't have any strenuous activities an hour or two before or after a meal. No dog is safe from bloat, even toys and older dogs, although they are less likely.

Maybe an hour or two, whichever you feel safest with, before meal times you can take her for a good walk or jog to tire her out so she will be tired and less likely to play right before and after eating. If your not comfortable with exercising her beforehand maybe start a habit of not allowing her to eat until she calms down, praising her when she is calm and giving her the food. She'll learn she won't get what she wants until she is calm. Then after meals maybe give her a puzzle toy to keep her occupied, and if she still wants to play, tell her to go to her bed and lay down, rewarding her when she does and praising. If she gets up, repeat. She should catch on eventually. Keep the atmosphere calm, and keep at it even though it's difficult to get a puppy to stop playing. It's their nature!
 

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Yeah, this can be taken both ways, as in you(human) eating time, or dog eating time. I'm going to take the other side of the fence and assume you want to keep your spoo calm to reduce the risk of GDV(bloat). They're studies out there that say don't have any strenuous activities an hour or two before or after a meal. No dog is safe from bloat, even toys and older dogs, although they are less likely.

Maybe an hour or two, whichever you feel safest with, before meal times you can take her for a good walk or jog to tire her out so she will be tired and less likely to play right before and after eating. If your not comfortable with exercising her beforehand maybe start a habit of not allowing her to eat until she calms down, praising her when she is calm and giving her the food. She'll learn she won't get what she wants until she is calm. Then after meals maybe give her a puzzle toy to keep her occupied, and if she still wants to play, tell her to go to her bed and lay down, rewarding her when she does and praising. If she gets up, repeat. She should catch on eventually. Keep the atmosphere calm, and keep at it even though it's difficult to get a puppy to stop playing. It's their nature!
I thought I read somewhere that they werent supposed to eat AFTER strenuous activity, but it was good to go to get moving AFTER eating?? Off to go research..
 

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LOL, sorry I wasn't clear, I meant for the dog to eat to avoid bloat.

She eats three times a day, I should have also pointed that out. So if I were to keep her calm 2 hours before she ate and one after, well that's nearly all day and I feel badly keeping her penned up (She has a crate instead of a puppy pen and mostly just sleeps on her cushy bed in the pen, but out of the crate, her water and toys are there, etc.). As it is if I keep her calm one hour before and one after that's not much time out. We have started giving her free reign of our dining/kitchen area (where her pen temporarily is) so she does have something a little more interesting to do these days (sniff arond, get into mild mischief in there LOL). She can be calm in there if the kids are somewhere else (they are 4 & 8).

I do tire her out (she cannot go out for walks yet, but we do plenty of backyard ball-tossing and running) so she will usually sleeps well the hour or so until mealtime, but then she eats and is raring to go!

I'm struggling to figure out a good schedule for her and us now, before the kids go back to school and we're out of the house more.

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I think that if you are giving her 3 small meals a day she probably does not need that long of a period before and after her meals. the 3 small meals is already one way of preventing bloat from happening. Good luck!!
 

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Thank you for the link!

We also pre-soak her kibble and her meal is 1/2 grain-free kibble and 1/2 raw tripe. So I guess we're doing pretty good there, too. And her bowl is not elevated. So once she can walk on a leash in the neighborhood it's good to know that gives us another option. Right now if she barks to go out after a meal we do put her on the leash to take her out to the yard to do her business, but lately she just stares at me or lies down outside (great, if I've got nothing else to do but sit in the shade with her; but not practical daily). So I think she is barking to go out b/c she's already been resting for so long pre-meal; she needs a change of scenary. If I were to just let her in the yard on her own, though, without a leash I could she her running arond after puppy-interests. That is what worries me.
 

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It's been my experience that dog's digest much slower than humans... I've seen multiple dogs throw-up their breakfast well past noon and the particles are still easily distinguishable.

Moose does not do any exercise after his meals, he stays inside and if he trys to run or jump we make him lay down. We do this for about an hour after meals... however we know 1 hour his food is probably nearly 100% identical to when he inhaled it... so you just gotta keep an eye on them because like was said they can't be caged forever ;)

Also I've read not to give them much water to digest but I've also read not to give them to little because they need liquids to process the food...
 
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