|Barked: Wed Jul 31, '13 5:44pm PST |
|He is 5 months old right now. And agreed I have always believed and told clients, "if they're hungry they'll eat." However I've never had trouble actually putting weight on a dog before. I believe in keeping dogs lean, and my dogs get very large amounts of exercise so feeding has never been an issue. Anyway because I know that coddles too much and teaches them to ignore plain food, I have not used anything outside his regular diet to encourage him to eat. I have a friend with a somewhat chunky pit bull that crumbles up treats to put over the kibble, cooked steak etc and I just think that's silly. Besides as you said teaching them to only eat for that. His additives to kibble or raw are only what both of my dogs get in their regular diet: eggs fish oil and yogurt.
Feeding wise- he will not eat three times a day, as I wanted to keep him at being young and so lean. When i'm lucky he will eat his breakfast, more often than not he fasts about 12-13 hours between his pm feedings. Now granted, if he was an adult dog cool, once a day feeding is just fine with me. However, in his one meal time, he will only eat about 1 pound of raw or 2 cups of kibble. Which is definitely not enough for a 50+ lb puppy that will be growing to 120+ lbs. Soo yeah there's that
Exercise is definitely sufficient as well. 15-20 min leash walk in the morning before work, 15-20 min off leash woods run at lunch, and 40 min to an hour off leash woods run at night. Granted he eats much better at night, especially after a dog park trip. But again he will only eat so much, and I definitely cannot up the morning walk just to try and get him to eat more.
So the thought was to just supplement satin balls for a little while, see if that helps him get over this hump. Cuz the funny thing is when I first got him, he would eat ANYTHING I put in front of him. And that was 100% raw. However this eating thing seemed to start with his teething. He was damn near toothless for a while, so obviously was having trouble with raw I guess. So when he stopped eating well then is when I got the kibble to help him out while teething. (And help my wallet out lol) But even now with teeth he barely cares about raw and that's just mind boggling to me