When you free-feed your dog Buffet-style, you give up the most important advantage you've got, bringing home the "Bacon". Would you listen to your boss if you had the company checkbook in your possession?
6 reasons why you need to control the Food "Checkbook":
Makes you the person to listen to.
Give you the chance to ask for good manners from your dog before you'll put the dish down.
Dogs thrive on routine.
Gives you control of how much your dog eats!
When house training, you'll know when it went in so you can better predict when it comes out.
Allows you to come up with interesting ways to keep your dog's mind exercised. Feed your dog out of a Tug a Jug, Kong Wobbler or Tricky Treat Ball!
Feed twice a day and if the dog doesn't eat in 10 minutes, take the bowl away and offer it again at the next meal time. I promise the dog will not starve. Dogs in the wild do not eat all day long.
Your dog should love their food.
If the dog doesn’t eat their food or only eats a small amount, consider that they may not like it or that you are feeding them too much. Dogs enjoy novelty. Buy new food, start by mixing 25% new food to old and work your way to 100% new food in about 4 days. Buy Healthy Dog Food. You can find good info on healthy food here