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    Junior Member Bonham's Avatar
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    8 months old is always famished

    Hello, I have the little one in my photo (roughly 8 months and a half old) and I have doubts about the nutrition.

    The veterinary told me that I can already forget about puppy food and start with adult dry fodder, and that I should simply look for the amount I should give him in the bag acording to his weight. I feed him 250 grams a day (9 onces more or less) plus several treats through the day. I feed him half of that in the morning around 8 oclock and the second half around 8 o clock in the evening. The thing is that the dog shows and incredible amount of hunger, he is obsessed about food, and yes, I know that dogs love food with passion and they are always ready to eat, but he eats his meals with great anxiety, and he is always smelling the house, in an obesession to scavenge food like we dont feed him at all. When we sit down to eat next to him is quite a pain, he throws himself at us, not agressively but with a face of "Im dying of hunger, feed me" He is also obesessed with eatin grass and plants.

    Should I perhaps try with puppy food still? maybe the adult one doesnt cover the nutrition for him? He doesnt have a lot of exercise, maybe an hour of dog park 4 times a week and 3 long walks every day

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    Re: 8 months old is always famished

    How does his weight look? I would go more by if his weight is good than by how hungry he acts. Two of mine would gorge themselves all day if I let them and still would act like they are starved. Some dogs just have a really high drive for food. Also feed using puzzle toys and bowls so he has to work for that food. That way he isn't just inhaling his food in a couple seconds. But yeah if his weight is good and you are feeding a good quality food then he should be getting all the nutrition he needs in the recommended amount. If he's thin you could bump up the amount or look for a different food. There are a couple good threads here with performance food recommendations for the really active hard keeper dogs.

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    Re: 8 months old is always famished

    he is a hound so he is constructed lean but no, I woundnt say that he shows physical signs of being too thin

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    Re: 8 months old is always famished

    He is very new to you, right? Things will be weird for a while as you two get used to each other.

    Bucky is the same way. He obsessively licks the kitchen floor and drinks too much water. He is extremely anxious and fearful, food helps and he is so calm I think he is sick after a 3 hour chew on a raw meaty bone. While he still vibrates and wants to climb down my throat during meals a couple sessions of rewarding backing off while I ate really helped settle him while I ate. After the initial excitement of the presence of food he now curls up and is more relaxed.

    Try making meals last longer. Feed half of each meal as treats during training, especially working on taking food nicely aka doggy zen. Put food in food puzzles. Play chase the kibble for part of his meals.

    I strongly suggest adding Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol to your training plan.

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    Re: 8 months old is always famished

    I wanna add to this, if your dog gulps their food you should try adding a little water to the dish and soaking it so it doesn't hurt his throat on the way down. Could feed him a little wet food with it too if it floats your boat.

    I don't know how much your puppy weighs either, but to give an idea my dog is similarly foodie and he gets 2-3 cups of food a day. Weighs a little under 50 lbs. I actually upped the amount of food he gets lately because my neighbor mentioned putting out rat poison in peanut butter for the pigeons and rats near our house and I'd rather my dog get a little pudge on him than slorp some of that. Might just need to add about 1/2 cup or even a little less depending on your dog.

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