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should I give Jasper more food? (and Cash)
If your dogs are looking for food like they are hungry do you give it to them?
this is new to me, especially with Jasper who has never been food motivated, but since he has been feeling better he seems to be hungry. Just now he was staring up at a tin where we keep treats and whining. When I gave him a small handful of kibble it was like I gave him boiled chicken.
In the past two months, I have switched them both to Chicken medallions (they are lower in fat- they used to get chicken and beef) and have been giving Jasper half medallions/half kibble (which he now seems to really like)
I went on the natures variety site and did their feeding guide... and although I am not feeding NV Kibble-- I seem to be feeding the right amount. for a dog his size and normal activity they say 1/2 cup kibble and 2.7 medallions and that is what he gets-- plus treats (including his joint treat)
I've also noticed that he is more eager when we do tricks for treats...so much so he is not as focused on the trick but more the treat.
Now this regimen has seemed to make him a lot happier in general. But I don't want him to be hungry. Or...are they supposed to be a little hungry?
Cash on the other hand, is on a diet both to lose weight and also to see if he is less itchy and has been getting only the chicken medallions and seems to be a bit leaner (and less itchy) since I have eliminated the kibble from his diet... He is supposed to get 5.7 medallions and he gets 5 and treats. Now he has always been a hungry boy-- so I am not as concerned, and he does actually seem less hungry on his atkins diet. But he too, sometimes whines at the treat tin and jumps on chairs to try to get to it as it is kept on the mantle.
I kind of figure if they get to the point of searching it out...they must be really hungry... Am I supposed to give in or not...
Oh by the way-- I have not had a drop of finickiness from either in over a month since I have been feeding them this way. But it is just this past week or two that they have seemed hungry...
Looking for the sage advice of the forum.
Missy, Jasper & Cash