|Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 12:57pm PST |
|A few thoughts...
Free feeding outdoors is not a good idea. You are attracting rodents, birds, raccoons etc. Many of these animals carry parasites that can be transmitted to your dogs. In my area you'd also be attracting coyotes and bears.
Storing food outdoors is also not a good idea unless it's in a rodent proof bin in a secure shed or garage.
Free feeding itself isn't usually a good idea. You have no way to tell who ate what, who is off their feed etc.
And feeding portioned, regularly scheduled meals doesn't require that a dog be well-trained. I'll bet that if you switched to scheduled meals, there would be a lot less gate charging when open the gate with their meals in hand....
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