|Barked: Sat Nov 10, '12 12:34pm PST |
|How permanent is this arrangment? I always caution against changing up the routine for other people's dogs. It's nice to think you can find a fix for this thing or that, and the grateful owner will rejoyce over his dog's improved condition and carry forth with the cure you have found - but it really does not work like that. Your friend has been living with these two like this for 6 years. If he wanted to put work into this, he would have.
If this is a short term arrangement, I absolutely would not start messing around with different foods. You're going to cause stress on the dog's system that is already stressed from being away from home, only to have him go home in a few weeks and go back to living exactly as he was before staying with you. Not worth it.
If you simply must try to change things up, keep a dialogue with the owner if possible. If not, stay within the bounds of things he is likely to actually stick with. In this case, I'd put money cost is a huge issue or he wouldn't be feeding a food that costs $13.99 for 50lb. Switching to TOTW is just not gonna happen.
That being said, most of the time when I see an overweight dog living with a skinny dog who both share a bowl, the problem is that the overweight dog is pushing the skinny dog out. He may be very interested in the food he has, but because his housemate said "it's mine," it's socially unacceptable for him to keep trying to eat. Splitting them up and giving set meal times may be all you need to do.
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