|Barked: Fri Aug 7, '09 12:22am PST |
|How long have you had him now?
Sonny Jim was a bit on the 'starved' side when we got him -- very 'ribby' and with a dull coat and dandruff. He put on about 11 or so pounds in 2 weeks, then he leveled off and put a bit more weight on slowly, over about a year. He was so hungry and so wary about his food -- not that he ever actually guarded it from us humans -- that he 'insisted' on being locked in his crate to eat. He heard the sound of kibble & ran to his crate. He waited for us to 'click' the catch....
Now he's at a good weight with a lovely shiny coat, but he still wants to supplement his diet with cat food.
Many dogs tend to scavenge around, whether for kibble bits, human food crumbs, etc. It doesn't necessarily mean that they are 'starving' -- it's just sort of a dog thing.
Also, sometimes when certain dogs are bored or a bit nervous, it can mean they need more stimulation in the form of play, stuff to do, etc. "Interactive treat-dispensing' toys are good for this.
You might want to feed some of his kibble in Tug-A-Jug or a Busy Buddy Kibble toy. Busy Buddy Toys. This will make him do a little 'work' for his food.
Also, since he's not a puppy, it may take encouragement for him to get 'into' such a toy. I'm dealing with this problem right now.
As the other posters said, the kibble you are feeding is not the greatest. Check out Sedona's thread. It's full of tasty advice and explanations.
You will likely be amazed at how much less of a higher quality dog food your guy will require. I sure was!
|my posts | my page | msg me | my family's posts | gift me | become pals|| [notify]|