Does it seem like your dog is always hungry? Does he always follow you around in the kitchen when you are cooking dinner, just hoping and praying that you will drop a piece of meat or whatever it is that you are preparing for dinner? Does he constantly beg you for treats all day long? When it is time for his dinner, does he go absolutely crazy? No matter how much he eats – treats or regular dog food – it just need seems to be enough. You don't think he isn't starving, but it sure seems like it. You don't want to over-feed him, but you feel terrible. What do you do?
1. Visit the Veterinarian.
The first thing you need to do is schedule an appointment with the veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be causing the excess hunger. Believe it or not, there are actually medical conditions that can cause this, including diabetes, cancer and hypothyroidism.
2. Introduce Fiber into His Diet.
Once medical conditions have been ruled out, you will want to add some fiber into your canine's diet. This will avoid him gaining weight, but it will help to satisfy his cravings. You can find fiber in vegetables, such as green beans and carrots. You can grind them, cook them, and then serve them as a snack in between meals. Alternatively, you could mix them with your dog's regular food.
Just make sure to start off slow. Otherwise, your dog may end up with constipation r diarrhea, depending on how he reacts to the fiber.
3. Serve Smaller, More Frequent Meals.
Rather than serving a couple of large meals during the day, spread out your dog's meal into smaller portions throughout the day. This may help him feel more satisfied. If you are unsure the exact amount of food that your dog should be consuming each day, make sure that you call and speak to your veterinarian about this. You don't want to give your dog too much, but you do want to make sure that he is getting the adequate amount.
4. Distract Him Whenever Possible.
While you can do everything that you can with the food, it is best if you can take your canine's mind off of the food and his hunger. Whenever your dog is begging or appears to be thinking about food, don't give in and give a treat. Instead, take him for a walk or grab a toy, head outside and start playing with him. Take this time to train him. The key here is to do something that will distract him from his hunger.
Overall, this is a great way to not only spend some time together, but it may help to reduce your dog's cravings. Plus, since he likes to eat so much, the additional exercise is beneficial.