2) Meal Size.
If meals are too small, a Pug may woof the food down and be hungry again soon afterward. Most owners go ahead and feed their dog a snack or even two. Then comes dinner and once again the meal is smaller than needed, so the dog eats that up and since it doesn’t fill him up enough, he’s looking for treats soon afterward. In a case such as this, it will appear that the Pug is constantly looking for food and needs to eat every hour or two.
Even with being hungry around the clock, since he is being fed what he actually needs (though too frequently), most Pugs will not gain excess weight from this. However, there are exceptions; if a Pug is looking for a morsel and is given 3 or 4, this sort of thing can cause a gradual weight gain
over the course of weeks or months.
What to do:
This is just a matter of needing to increase portion size for scheduled meals. Once that is done, the need for continual treats will be abated. It should be noted that bloat
can happen with this breed; most cases of bloat happen due to a dog eating too fast, not too much. For this reason, do be sure to use a slow-feeder bowl or place a portion pacer in the bowl; this will encourage your Pug to eat at a reasonable pace.
Wanting to know exactly how much food to give to dogs is very common; however, the answer will vary immensely depending on the brand and type. With wet, dry and freeze-dried, moderate quality and high quality and different protein sources (chicken, fish, etc.), it’s impossible to say ‘a half cup’ or ‘two cups’. You’ll want to carefully read the labeling on the package of the brand that you are giving to your Pug; it will be fairly accurate for most dogs.
If you are giving home cooked food, a good rule of thumb is to give the Pug 20 minutes to have his fill.