Feeding Options


What is it?  Cafeteria Fed dogs eat as much as they want – when they want it.  The food is always available just as it comes from the package.  Some kennel owners feel that cafeteria-feeding “would be great – if it worked”.  But they are afraid that if they let dogs eat as much as they want, “they’ll get fat as pigs.

It Isn’t So.  The cafeteria method we recommend is a sound one.  It will save time, trouble, expense and irritation.  Success is more probable if a quality dog food is used.  On the other hand, if a commercial dog food is used that is lacking in protein, fat, vitamin or mineral balance, only unsatisfactory results can be expected.

When to start.  According to FRM research findings and consumer reports, hand feeding should commence at about three weeks – and cafeteria style feeding from the sixth week on.

Savings to Kennel Owners.  Cafeteria-style feeding saves money for kennel owners in many ways.  It saves because it takes less time to feed.  In fact, it saves as much as $500 per year for a 25-dog kennel.  You can forget abouthand feeding each dog at a specific time.  Mixing with water or supplements is not necessary.  Waste is eliminated – what’s left is the dog’s next meal.  Less food is consumed by dogs, because they tend to eat more frequently, with no gorging or lverloading.  There is also less clean-up time, because there are fewer stools to collect and dispose of.  When FRM is used in your cafeteria-style program, there is no need for a freezer or other special meat-keeping equipment.

Adjustment Benefits in Cafeteria-Fed Dogs.  With cafeteria-style feeding, underweight dogs generally tend to gain weight and, conversely, overweight dogs tend to level off their eating habits and reduce their weight.  Fighting and noise are reduced, because dogs are more satisfied, less irritated.  Litter runts also get a full stay at the food, even in the pen with more aggressive dogs.

Because they eat small quantities several times a day, working dogs are never too full or too hungry to perform their tasks at peak efficiency.  Finally, bitches with litters tend to let their food intake adjust itself automatically.

It’s Better, But Not Absolutely Perfect.  The dog that won’t stop eating should be returned to controlled hand feeding.  It happens once in a while.  Also, feeders should be kept inside a garage, barn or other shelter at all times to keep food from birds, insects, or wild animals.  Cafeteria feeders should be placed high enough to prevent soiling.  Hospitalized dogs should, naturally, be hand fed.  Occasionally loose stools will appear for the first day or two when mature dogs are first introduced to cafeteria feeding.  This will be temporary – one or two days at most.  It should be remembered that FRM does not cause diarrhea.  Breeding bitches should be hand fed until after they have had their pups.  (The normal gestation time for dogs is 60-63 days)  Cafeteria feeding can be followed while nursing their pups.  If breeding is planned again for the next cycle, you should return the dog to hand feeding.  Cafeteria feeding is as valid for owners of one dog as it is for kennel owners.


When feeding non-cafeteria style, mature dogs should be fed once a day, preferably in later afternoon.  If fed twice, there should be an interval of at least six hours between feedings.

Milking mothers should be fed with extra liquid three times a day.

Puppies should be introduced to FRM Gold Select Puppy Food at three weeks.  Gradually reduce number of feedings as pups mature.  Every dog should have free access to cool, fresh water at all times.


FRM is formulated to provide the added amounts of nutrients needed to meet the stress of growth.  Dried milk by-products are used for the nutritive value and added palatability.  The combination of extra nutrients and palatability enhancers helps to insure a fast start for puppies.

Offer to puppies at three weeks of age.  Put a small amount (1/4 to 1/2 cup) in a shallow dish and cover with warm water.  Do not permit the moistened FRM Gold Select Puppy Food to stand for more than three hours.  This which has not been consumed should be discarded and the pan thoroughly washed.

Feed puppies three times daily, offering as much as they will consume.

After weaning at about six weeks of age, begin offering dry FRM Gold Select Puppy Food in a separate pan to change from moistened to dry feeding.  At the age of eight to nine weeks, puppies may be cafeteria-fed FRM Gold Select Puppy Food.  Continue to feed FRM Gold Select Puppy Food until puppies are nine to twelve months of age.


FRM Dog Foods are highly nutritious and will furnish ample amounts of all nutrients including vitamins and minerals to meet the dog’s requirements.  A gallon of FRM Pelleted Dog Food will weigh twice as much as a gallon of FRM Dog Ration or other expanded dog foods.  This causes a lot of people to overfeed pelleted dog food since they feed by measure rather than weight.  FRM Pelleted Dog Food can be fed free choice in a self feeder or daily at your convenience.  Every dog has his own individual requirements, so follow his body weight.  If he gains or loses weight, adjust his feed intake accordingly.

WHEN TO FEED.  All FRM Dog Food can be fed to mature dogs free choice in a self feeder.  If you prefer individual feeding, they only need one meal per day.

HOW TO FEED.  All FRM Dog Foods may be fed in dry form just as it  comes to you in the bag.  Or, if you prefer to moisten it, mix about 1 cup of warm water for every two cups fed.  Adjust to desired consistency.  Profice clean, fresh water at all times.

NO SUPPLEMENTATION REQUIRED.  FRM Dog Foods and water are all any dog needs to stay in peak condition.

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