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Puppy "training" and dinner schedule

Luna is 11 weeks old and is starting Puppy Kindergarten. Her eating schedule is 6-12-6, and of course the class starts at 6:30. From the experienced puppy folks, would you feed her early (5:30) so she can eat, poop, travel, get trained, or wait until we get home after class (8:00 or so)?
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I've always held off feeding before training so the food is a little more of a motivator. 😄

But Ellie was quite a but older. Hopefully others will chime in on what's best for a puppy!

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I always feed my dogs after class. They won't go hungry....

I don't think dogs notice if their supper is an hour later than normal - whether they are puppies or adults. General rule for attending group classes is bring an empty stomach - especially with puppies who will be eating treats pretty much through the class.

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For a puppy that age, I would feed half of her meal before class at 5:30 or so and the rest when you get home. You may lose her attention if she's too hungry and too focused on the treats you'll be using (I am assuming you'll be using treats).

Actually, for 3 of my 4 dogs, I would feed ahead of time because they are sooooo food motivated and wouldn't be able to concentrate on anything BUT the treats if I didn't feed them first.

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I would wait until after for a few reasons. With Ella, she doesn't always do all of her potty business within an hour, and with the excitement of class she sometimes goes potty on the floor during class. Second, I don't know how your puppy is in the car, but if Ella has a full stomach for the car ride she'll throw up if she is in there more than ten minutes.

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I've actually forgotten to feed Bear a few times and he doesn't even realize he missed dinner until I open the lib on his kibble then it's like he hasn't eaten in WEEKS!

Our trainer had us bring the puppy on an empty stomach. The more motivated they are for food, the easier it will be to keep their attention.

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Yeah, Bentley in 20 weeks, and is going to obedience training, but like most, I hold off and feed at 6:15 when he is done. He is 58 lbs. so I am sure he will survive the intense training. Haha
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