A small dog does not automatically need less food. As with all four-legged friends, the degree of activity and temperament are also decisive for the minis.
So that the dog stays healthy
Whether a small or large dog, one rule applies to everyone: do not give your dog more energy than it uses, otherwise, it will become fat and ill. If you are unsure how much your dog really needs, the recommendations on the food packaging are a good help. But be careful: these are actually only recommendations!
Lots of exercises = lots of energy
A boisterous Jack Russel definitely uses more energy than a senior pug who prefers to lounge around on the couch all day. The recommendations are average values. Take this as a basis and also ask yourself: what temperament does my dog have? How much activity do I allow him? And above all: how much food does he get “on the side”?
Every treat counts
That treats have no calories is just a rumor. There is nothing wrong with spoiling your darling. But then please do him a favor and reduce the amount of normal food accordingly. Or increase the walking frequency.
Consideration for the small stomach
What else you should pay attention to Never feed your dog right before you go for a walk, but rather afterward or let it rest for at least an hour after feeding. With small dogs, it is usually better to spread the food over several rations instead of just offering it once a day. It’s just easier on the little stomachs – and it’s a great trick to fool the little greedy maw that he’s getting a lot more than before.