how come my dog always has an appetite and wants to eat?

my dog is a year and 4 months and he could eat 24/7 if we let him.

Asked by Member 1060998 on Oct 3rd 2011 in Other Food & Nutrition
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HA, there are "nibblers" and there are "gobblers".

No doubt you have a Gobbler.
A situation like that can usually be stated as "Resource Guarding". In other words, it wants to consume as much as it can, to make sure it has enough.

This activity is psychological, not physiological, and it may take years for it to get over it, and start eating regularly.

Just check the available references about how much to feed it, according to it's Breed, Age and Weight, and follow those recommendations.

SNEAKERS answered on 10/3/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Think of your dog as being in his teenage years. He is still growing bones are getting more dense chest is filling out muscle mass is building. All that takes energy and energy comes from food. Make sure you are feeding a good quality food and add some variety like meat or salmon. Some foods contain large amounts of filler and very little nutritional substance, so he will crave what his body demands. If you feel your dogs ribs with some flesh then he is at a good weight if all you feel is tissue then he is overweight. It's unusual for such a young dog to be overweight. How often do you feed? Some dogs do well at once a day but more often and especially with the young and senior dogs, twice a day is better. Just cut the amount in half for the two feedings.
Some good quality snacks would be good to keep him from being hungry and you can use snack time to do a few
obedience commands. Then again, he just might be a glutton

Jasmine answered on 10/3/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


well, he is a baby and he is growing. Make sure you are going to the vet's office. He or she will need check ups alot right now to check for health and any all parasites.
he might just be normal but the vet check is what is needed. and the vet make sure to ask them how much you should be feeding right now. dogs will go through different feedings and level of foods. your vet should know everything about what he is eating too. Not all dog foods may be properly suited for your dogs needs.

Dieta answered on 10/4/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Males can be a bit slower to mature sometimes. So it can be like someone else said. He is still growing and needs the food to help him grow. It is not uncommon for a male to not be completely filled out and mature until they are three.

Ikan answered on 10/6/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer