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I used to walk Ranger before his breakfast. Our routine was: outside for a pee/poop, a 45 min walk, then a 30 min wait until breakfast. Now, he usually gets a walk after his breakfast, but I think next week my mom will start walking him in the mornings so he'll be back in his walk, then breakfast routine.
I always followed the horse rule of no food 30 minutes before or after a workout. Of course, there's some leeway in that. If it's a HARD workout (for dog or horse) and their sides are heaving, they were panting a lot (dog)...then I'd give it closer to an hour until they'd cooled down fully. Longer, if it was an extreme temperature day (very hot or very cold).
For a light work out, like an ambling walk, then I stick to the 30 min rule, especially in moderate weather. The important thing is not to feed while the dog is still worked out and before the system has settled. Think of it like this: You wouldn't eat a meal than go for a run right away, right? Nor would you eat right after a run. You'd feel sick to your stomach. Same thing applies to dogs!