|Barked: Sat Nov 8, '08 7:42pm PST |
Well, what's worked for Petra is NOT having set feeding times... and not getting all worked up when it's time to fill the dish. She and Harlan are allowed to basically "free feed" throughout the day, with an overall daily limitation in mind. We fill 2 stainless steel bowls full, which will pretty much carry them both for a day and a half. They get chicken jerky treats once a day and small amounts of people food (or RMBs) once or twice a day. When the empty bowls are noticed, they get refilled, but not on any particular timeline, so very little anticipation is generated.
Point is, the unexciting kibble (Innova, Adult, Large Breed) is ALWAYS there... so any time their tummies are rumbly, they can munch, whenever they like, from their own bowls, no stress, no excitement, no rush.
Good additives are (in quantaties of about 2 tablespoons/each a day):
> PLAIN yogurt with active cultures and NO sweeteners, additives, or flavourings of any kind
> canned sardines in soybean oil
> PLAIN full fat cottage cheese
> canned tuna in soybean oil
> block cheddar cheese, 1 inch cube
> hard boiled egg, 1
> 1/4 ripe avacado, no pit or skin
Caveat: Petra is a very large girl (tall, big boned, and muscular) and has what I call a "Katrina Reserve" on her, which amounts to an extra 5%-8% pounds of body fat. Harlan, on the other hand, at 3 years, seems to eat the same amount, if not more, and stays "boxer show thin". Go figure.
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