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      Cross Over from a Fire Hydrant Post - What you miss from Pre-Dog Days

      In the thread about what people missed most in their pre-dog days - I put sleeping in. No one else mentioned it. Then it dawned on me that it was only since we switched to raw. Does anyone else have trouble with their dogs not letting them sleep in on the weekends? We get up at 5 am during the week and our Lab and Newf insist on being fed at that time on the weekends too. My DH and I usually take turns getting up to feed them. If we don't the Lab will gift us with a pile of bile vomit.

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      I guess I am just so used to it and mine will go back to bed after breakfast and potty, if you really want to sleep a little longer. They definitely don't care to give extra snooze time, breakfast is much too important! I don't feed raw.
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      WE have just started to go raw and that's exactly what one of the raw food suppliers told me could happen with raw feeding. He said, and I think he provided a link, that dogs feed raw will produce saliva in anticipation of their meal and that will cause digestive enzymes to become more active in their stomachs, all in preparation to work on the incoming food. And that if feeding is on a a schedule missing the usual meal time will cause some of these dogs to vomit because there is no food coming in for the digestive enzymes to act on, so they bring the acidic stuff up. He said that's why some people deliberately do not feed on a schedule. Not feeding on a schedule supposedly will cause the dog to begin to salivate at sight of it's meal being prepared and will not learn to do so at a certain time instead.

      This sounded a bit hokey to me but I asked the holistic Vet who is guiding us into raw and she agreed that this can happen. Not with most dogs as the raw food supplier implied, but with some. And it sounds like you have one of these dogs.

      Nope, sorry, did not keep his emails or his links, he is not the supplier I am going with.

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      Thanks, that sounds like something we could do. We can't change the morning feeding but we can change up the evening feeding.

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      I've always gotten up at 5 even on the weekends to feed and potty the dogs. Did this when on kibble too. It's pretty easy and then I just go back to bed if I don't have to go to work.

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      My dogs expect to be fed at the same approximate times each day and I do not feed raw. It doesn't matter whether I've given them a snack at bedtime, hoping it would keep them sleeping longer in the morning. It doesn't work. If I'm not awake at the time they think is breakfast time, they are my alarm. Fortunately mine do not barf if their breakfast or dinner is delayed.

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      Quote Originally Posted by shelly View Post
      Thanks, that sounds like something we could do. We can't change the morning feeding but we can change up the evening feeding.
      LOL, I am actually going tonight to pick up our first supply of raw dog food at 5:00. Well, 5:00 is usually when I feed and I was worrying about supper being late. Now that your thread has reminded me of this possible barfing on BARF problem I guess I won't worry. As a matter of fact it might be good for his meal to not be at the usual time all the time.

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      Emma meals come at random times. She was having hunger puked when she was on kibble, if we changed her meal time by 30-45 mins. When we switch to RAW, she gets during the week breakfast is anytime between 6am-9am and dinner between 6pm-9pm during the weekend 7am-11am and 5-9pm. I've tried to be as random as possible with it. and she hasn't has any more issues.

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      Quote Originally Posted by shellbell View Post
      I've always gotten up at 5 even on the weekends to feed and potty the dogs. Did this when on kibble too. It's pretty easy and then I just go back to bed if I don't have to go to work.
      I do go back to bed but my DH can't sleep once he is up. So I feel guilty if I don't get up at least one day of the weekend.

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      Quote Originally Posted by shelly View Post
      I do go back to bed but my DH can't sleep once he is up. So I feel guilty if I don't get up at least one day of the weekend.
      That's my DH too. Once he's up for any reason, he's up. Me, I can sleep in, LOL.

      Mardi and Archie are on a 5 am schedule but will try to move it earlier. Sometimes I give in but most of the time they will quiet down and wait. Then again, a GSD jumping on and off the bed, whistling and licking my face makes it really hard to pretend to be asleep.

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