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Feeding Puppies Together or Separately?

I have a month and a half old Pit Bull, actually there are 4 of them. Should I keep them all together or separate them in the house when I feed them?

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By L. Trent from Baltimore, MD

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September 5, 20110 found this helpful

I would feed them together as soon as possible. The sooner they get use to eating together now the easier it will be when they get older. It's another part of socializing which is very important if they are going to be around other animals and people.

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September 5, 20110 found this helpful

Feed them together. especially while they are young. They will get used to that. They might have a little competition on who can finish the fastest so the other ones can't get the food, but they will be fine.

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Don't separate them.

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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

Aww...Just wanted to say, cute!

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

Feeding them together helps them learn to get along with others. At first they will try each others (just to make sure no one has something better in his/her bowl, than they have). Just separate the bowls enough to give them room to eat in peace when they finally quit trying each others. Always worked for me.

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

As long as they are still learning to eat food instead of nursing off mom, I'd feed them separately. But as soon as they get they idea and are eating good from a dish, I'd put them all together so they do learn to eat together and share.

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If one or more seems to not be gaining weight as much as the rest, I'd feed that one by itself in between meals (as well as eating with the rest at regular meal time) until it gets strong enough to fend for himself.

Keeping them separate in the beginning will be a huge help in making sure each puppy is eating enough and is learning to eat from the dish. But don't let this separation go for long. Especially pitt bulls, do need to be socialized as much and as soon as possible.

Taking them to a dog park (check to be sure pitts are allowed there, many don't allow them) starting now or as soon as possible will be a fantastic way to socialize them to not just other people, but also to other dogs.

Oh one other thing. Check your local town ordinances. Many towns are outlawing pitt bulls. Personally I don't agree with this, but it is very important to know that your town does not outlaw them. Most towns that do, will come get them and almost immediately put them to sleep. Simply because of the breed. So cruel and so sad, in my mind.

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

If you were to ask 10 different people that you would get 10 different answers. I always fed my litter of puppies together so I could nip any food aggression in the butt before they were old enough to fight.

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