Do yours act like they're starving constantly?
Posted 13 January 2010 - 09:21 AM
Please tell me I'm not starving my dog. I mean he looks like he could skip a meal or two and still be fine, but I guess my husband has me paranoid.
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 09:38 AM
Maybe if your hubby sees the responses you'll most likely get to your thread, he'll believe that Louie is not starving.
I feed Molly 1/4 cup kibble 2x a day. In addition to that, she gets a medium sized sweet potato chip/slice, perhaps a bit of another veg on her supper (like 2 green beans, cut up), and a couple small treats before bedtime (maybe a slice of apple, a liver treat, or a doggie cookie/biscuit).
For the past 6 months, her weight has held between 14.25 and 14.75 lbs. To me she looks perfect. She is strong and energetic.
Louie staring into his bowl doesn't mean he's starving. I often stand in front of the open refrigerator looking for something, and God knows I'm not starving. LOL!
Posted 13 January 2010 - 10:33 AM
Posted 13 January 2010 - 11:03 AM
I feed mine 6 oz. of high quality canned food in the morning. He gets one or treats in the evening, and a doggie biscuit before he goes to bed. When he can (or if I forget to pick it up), he steals the cats' canned food in the morning (very weird thing to smell cat food on the dog's breath!).
And every time I'm at the kitchen counter, there he is, practically on my feet, waiting for me to drop something. I've got to be carefule though -- once I accidently dropped a sharp knife!
I rarely eat at the table, so Zekey sits next to me on the couch while I eat, waiting for a morsel, or a chance to like the plate. Which he always gets.
Posted 13 January 2010 - 11:54 AM
The answer: Yes, except when they are too busy chewing....
Calvin Trillin once used the phrase "only hungry between meals" to describe a world-class eater in one of his books on eating. That seems to fit our cairns.
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 02:39 PM
I swear Jock would eat till he exploded given the chance! SO yes he always acts like he needs more.
Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:03 PM
No, Molly doesn't act like she is starving. Lots of times she doesn't eat her breakfast. She will always want a yummy treat, but she doesn't look for them or beg while we are eating, etc. I free feed her. I put it out 2x per day, but leave it there until she wants to eat it. Sometimes it's right away, sometimes it is hours later.
And no matter when she eats, she *always* leaves a few kibble in bowl (about 10 pieces). I say that is because she is a "lady".
Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:42 PM
...Bulimic Terrier. That's how I'd describe my dog. If I let him, he would definitely keep eating until...You get the picture!
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:52 PM
When we switched to the raw medallions in the morning we went through an adjustment period and I realized after he packed on weight that I was feeding him too much. I went down from four to three medallions in the am and kept him at his 1/3 cup kibble in the evening without any canned to go with it. I've also kept diligent watch on all family members slipping him anything he shouldn't have.
Posted 13 January 2010 - 04:35 PM