He is doing great on this diet ( Natural Balance Vegetarian Formula - 1 can a day).
But one problem...he is alway hungry and begging for treats...we try to give hime treats and carrots (he loves carrots by the way)...he eats them so quick and comes back begging for more.
Can anyone recommend anything that he can chew on for a while?! That's also easy on his tummy?
Toby sounds pretty typical for many Havanese (including Senor Ricky Ricardo!
). Hungry Havanese have many advantages, - easier to train, always ready to please, easier to control weight, etc. Be thankful you don't have a picky eater, there are many Havanese like that too.
How often do you feed Toby his regular diet during the day? Have you tried feeding him the same amount per day but in more servings? What is Toby's height at his shoulder and how much does he weigh? How old is he? Ricky is 11" at the shoulder and weighs right around 15 pounds. The Vet says Ricky is perfectly lean, all muscle. Ricky gets lots of exercise, he walks with me twice a day at a relatively brisk pace for 3+ miles per day.
Right now, Ricky eats 2/3 to 3/4 cup per day of Honest Kitchen with boiled chicken breast (depending on his weight) in two servings one around 9am and the other at 5pm. He also gets 1/4 cup of steamed vegetables/fruit at noon and dinner - broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, brussels sprouts, zucchini, apple. pear, etc. He is not allowed the whole quarter cup at one time. I control the cup and toss him a piece every minute or so (pieces are about the size of a grape). He has to wait patiently for each piece at a location where I tell him to "stay." Any begging and I stop throwing pieces. He also gets low calorie training treats throughout the day. I use
treats (3 calories per treat) which he just goes nuts over. They are manufactured just down the road from me in a clean facility. I also let Ricky eat about 6" of Bully Stick once a weak as a 'super special' treat (Friday evening TGIF). Bully sticks are high calorie and they can give a dog loose stools if too much, so limit their use.
That's what works for us, it might work for you. It will be interesting to hear what others do for an 'always hungry dog.'