We all love dogs! What kind of person would not like dogs? They are the best pets to have. Dogs play with you, obey you and basically they live with you. Dogs are the most obedient among all pets. Once a dog starts living with you they start living life with you. Their moods start depending on your mood.
They become one of your best friend. But these best friends can also have problems at times. We all love to eat and even our dogs. But sometimes our dogs can give you hard time eating. Some dogs can be tough eaters. This can actually be a matter of tension for you if your dog does not eat well. So what you need to do is train your dog to eat well. Once you train you dog, it would know when and how much to eat. Training would also help you to set proper time for eating. So continue reading to find answer to your problem.
Find a Perfect Appetite
First of all you need to know what is the appetite of you dog. Do some research on the bread of you dog and then according to his age set the amount. Decide how much food the dog should be getting in a day. Now the next thing is divide that amount into different meals of different proportions. Divide that amount into two meals.
Develop a ritual
Here comes one of the most important part coming up with a say! Now this “say” has to be a sign by which your dog would now that you are telling it that its meal time. Develop a ritual – say “Are you hungry? Where’s your dish? Where’s the food? Alright! Get in the kennel (or on your mat, or whatever)!” Put down the half cup of food and COUNT TO FIVE. This might seem a tough thing at first but once you get with it, this would be a very easy thing.
If, at any time after you’ve counted to five and the dog is eating, he turns away from the dish before he gets to the bottom and polishes the bowl, say NOTHING, pick up the dish, and put the food away.
But if the thing is the other way around still you do the same! If you get to five and the dog isn’t eating, say NOTHING, pick up the dish, and put it away. Give him nothing until his next scheduled meal, 12 hours later (for adult dogs). This 12 hour time has to be his non-eating period.
In both scenarios now count the food left. Check the amount left when he does not approach the dish or when he eats little.
Schedule a Meal
At the next scheduled meal, give him HALF WHAT HE ATE at the previous meal. If he ate 6 kernels of food and wandered off, he’ll have 3 kernels of food in his dish at the next meal. If he eats two of those three kernels and wanders off, give him 1 kernel at the next meal. Just half it everything he ate for next time.
When he eats ALL the food in his dish, polishes the bowl and wishes there was more, you can give him slightly more at his next scheduled meal but be careful and don’t give him more at THIS meal.
This would eventually help you set his amount and timings of eating. This practice would also train your dog in having a good appetite. This might be a little problematic at times but we all can take this much pain for the most loving creatures.