Dogs are scavengers by nature, and, as such, they are ALWAYS hungry. ...................If you feel MUST add something for "filler" steamed veggies are nutritious, low calorie and a hit with most dogs. Things like green beans and broccoli.
I can't add much to Karen's excellent advice except to tell you my experience with Ricky. Ricky weighed about 12 pounds at one year. Ricky was and still is "always hungry" Currently he eats Honest Kitchen at mealtime, 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/4 cup in the evening. Throughout the day he gets training treats like Pioneer Naturals kibble, dehydrated banana slices (we have our own dehydrator), frozen blueberries and for snacks, steamed vegetables like cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, etc. So in total he gets 1 to 1 1/4 cups of nutritious food a day. Today he is a 15 pound lean and mean playing machine! I can easily feel his ribs but he has a nice layer of fat over the top. His torso is the classic coke bottle shape. Oh, and thanks to Karen for the tip, Ricky ALWAYS gets a small cookie when I put him to bed at night in his crate!
Meal time for Ricky (morning and late afternoon) is always a "find it" game. I hide his food bowl in a different spot in the house at each meal. I put him in a sit/stay, hide the food and then release him. He then runs around the house like a maniac, using his nose to smell out the hidden prize, his dinner. He loves this game and we accomplish a lot of different positive training techniques at the same time!
Freeze dried food can be expensive, but we purchase Honest Kitchen Preference from Chewy.com. A 7 lb. box is abut $55 with autoship and lasts us something like 3 or 4 months. We add boiled, shredded chicken breast or white fish to the Preference base mix for his protein. Ricky always licks his bowl super clean within 2 or 3 minutes and is looking for more, more, more!
Ricky loves bully sticks! But he can go through a 12" stick in about 45 minutes - the whole thing! But if we give him too much at one time, it gives him a soft stool. They are also very fattening and Momi hates the smell of them n the house. Therefore we give them to him infrequently and when we do, cut the stick in about 4" pieces (which he devours in about 15 minutes). If he gets the whole 4" piece, then he wont go into growling to protect his food like he might if we gave him a larger piece and had to take it away from him.
So many vets are different. Ours said 1/4 cup three times a day. I have seen many that are at 1/4 cup twice a day and some 1 cup a day. Why such differences for the same breed?
Every dog is different in their nutritional requirements. Up to about one year old a dog should get enough food to feed a rapidly growing body and high energy levels. Your Vet and breeder should be able to give you advice about how much food that should be. After about one year, you should be able to determine the proper amount of nutrition by feeling their body. As Karen says, you should be able to feel their ribs under a thin layer of fat (maybe 1/2 inch?). Also, at bath time when the hair is wet, you should be able to see a distinct "tuck up" behind the rib cage, the coke bottle look.
It is not uncommon for a young Havanese to be always hungry! That's a good sign! A sick dog usually will stop eating. The trick is to feed them enough to keep them healthy but not so much that they put on too much weight. The proper weight is a function of your dogs activity level, bone structure, and build. Rudy appears to be doing just great. Be sure and mix his kibble with some water to prevent dehydration. Keep up the good work!
Oye, amigo Rudi
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