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    Any ideas how I can convince my husband that he does not need to obsess over the dogs eating? I have two adult huskies and we are trying Taste of the Wild and mixing it with their current Natural Balance. Even before we started trying Taste of the Wild, my husband completely obsesses over the dogs eating. He just doesn't get it that huskies will self monitor themselves on how much they eat (mine do anyway) and with premium dog food they don't have to eat as much. They aren't underweight, but he worries about it to no end.

    He was complaining tonight that he was having to "hand feed" Rascal to get him to eat today. My response? "What are you talking about? He just ate a whole bowl of food 30 minutes ago all by himself!" Hand feeding a healthy adult dog? What??

    I think he expects them to devour dry food like they would if we put down a nice juicy steak. If anyone knows any dry dog food like that around here please let me know so I can get my husband off of my back!

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    It's probably not the food. You could put rubber shoe soles in a Lab or Beagle's bowl and they would be gone in seconds. Huskies are perhaps more discriminating.

    My father could never wrap his head around the idea that a dog should have a waist. He overfed our last dog and was constantly trying to sneak things to Alvin. I got tired of monitoring what he was doing, so I finally bought a "cookie jar," filled it with baby carrots, and put it in the fridge. I told him that, when he thought the dog was hungry or just needed a little snack, he should give Alvin baby carrots. As many as he wanted! TONS OF BABY CARROTS! GO!

    Worked pretty well. He got the satisfaction of giving the dog something that Alvin loved and Alvin didn't suffer from it.


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    My siberian husky was on taste of wild also, but I switched him to orijen. To him, it's like treats.
    He is a little overweight right now, he eats as much as my klee kai.
    You can make him research the breed.

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    Despite not being a lab or beagle, my dog eats like no dog I've ever seen, including labs and beagles. Sometimes she literally inhales her food and coughs (not vomits) some back up, or ends up with hiccups in the middle of her meal. We've started using the brake-fast bowl to prevent bloat, but it's not too much help. My mom refuses to believe that this is normal for my dog - she insists that the dog is starving and tries to give treats or a bigger meal anytime she gets a chance. I'll admit that Kit could stand to gain a pound, but she's not starving, and food gets wolfed down in seconds no matter whether she's hungry or not. Maybe I should try the cookie jar of carrots idea.

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    A Buster Cube might be even more effective than the Brakefast bowl for the scarfing, too, if that is concerning you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GottaLuvMutts View Post
    Despite not being a lab or beagle, my dog eats like no dog I've ever seen, including labs and beagles. Sometimes she literally inhales her food and coughs (not vomits) some back up, or ends up with hiccups in the middle of her meal. We've started using the brake-fast bowl to prevent bloat, but it's not too much help. My mom refuses to believe that this is normal for my dog - she insists that the dog is starving and tries to give treats or a bigger meal anytime she gets a chance. I'll admit that Kit could stand to gain a pound, but she's not starving, and food gets wolfed down in seconds no matter whether she's hungry or not. Maybe I should try the cookie jar of carrots idea.
    +1 for the buster ball or molecule ball, it got my very finicky JRatT to eat her TOTW kibble. I made it a game and within 1 meal I eliminated the wet food out of her diet Now she's a wolf hound & I should start using it again to keep her from eating so fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FilleBelle View Post
    You could put rubber shoe soles in a Lab or Beagle's bowl and they would be gone in seconds.
    Thats funny because I have a beagle/lab mix and she is so un-food-motivated that its just not funny...

    Unless it's my food, in which case she acts like she is starving. Then when she gets it she doesn't know what to do with it.

    With her kibble I do mix in some pumpkin and water, which makes her slightly more enthusiastic.


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