My ? is how many treats is to many and how do you keep a dog from not wanting to eat his regular dog food which is dry food? my biggest concern is that he is going to injoy treats and not want to eat his regular dog food this has been an ongoing discussion in our household.plz i need some experienced advise on this issue. thank you in advanced for any help because my husband and 3 children have agreed to make what we learn here our house rule. I have had a dog that passed away and we fed treats snd he would not eat his regular dog food any longer and Im trying to avoid this again heres a picture of rudy- http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?j=t&i=227399 thank you all
Treats should be used as a reward or as...well, treats.
Don't let your dog determine what will or will not be fed. Don't go overboard with the treats, your dog will not resent you for it. And you should not feel guilty.
Alot of people do not even feed treats because I know that I forget alot of times to even feed them unless we are training our puppies. So your dog is pretty lucky to even get them.
Dogs are little garbage guts and will basically eat whatever you feed. But also remember treats have little to no nutritional value. They are basically little pieces of moisture. It is crucial that he gets what his body craves from his dog food.
Make sure to remember who is boss and don't give in to that little begger face.
you should give treats sparingly. when you do give them, for training etc, use very small pieces. if your dog is refusing to eat dog food you should cut the treats out altogether until he develops better eating habits.
think about it like this. why eat dog food if someone will come along later and give you steak? let your dog realize that if he's not eating his dog food he's not going to get anything else. a healthy dog will not starve itself.
sandy, i feed lots of treats, i use food for training. so i do adjust the amount of food at dinner. but first, are the treats nutrionaly supporting. or they junk food. another thing is. if you dog is getting lots of treats. and is not eating. scrap the treats and just use the kibble.
Thank you gunny. He is getting pet smart popcorn treats little greenies dog bones and some table scrapes. then i am trying to keep his weight down at the same time he has figurered out that all he has to do is hoild out and not eat his foo and then see if we will feed him trats etc. this is upsetting me because i think we are causing the problem .but my husband and kids think that Im overreacting bot I dont think I am.so we are fighting in our household on this every day and i mean every day.so we have all agreed that what we find out here we all will stand by.,there are some very experienced people here which we all are in ageeance on and this is the only issue we have agreed on regarding rudy since he has arrived here in our family.I cant say my husband and i ever had any arguments regarding our decision makings with the children,but I guess we did not come to agreements about having a new puppy in the family unfortunatly.while we are both thinking our own ideas how to raise rudy is better,and we are failing at it miseably and the kids are caught in the middle thanks ,so you are our mediator
Well looking at that face its going to be hard to resist temptation to give him treats. Treats are not treats to him, its food. So if he/she gets alot of treats, and they smell better then the dog food, then he/shes going to wait it out till they get the good stuff. Treats/extra food, is a ticket to diseases, illnesses and death. If you over feed. Decide on a diet, and put small amounts down, call him/her to it, if she walks away, put the food away. Try again later. Stop the treats or table scraps, those are causeing the feeding problems. Most dogs act like they are hungry, 24/7, but really this is a survival tactic, they are scavengers. And opportunists, so they don't starve to death.In case they don't find that meal (In the wild) But Our house pets don't need to scavenge when they get fed from a bowl.
Sue:What do you do for a liveing, your comments are very different then most others. I also noticed that you live in Mississauga. Did you used to work in The Oakville Humane? I met a woman there who was one of the canine trainers, and her name was Susanna.
tell your husband and children that your dog holding out for treats instead of real food is like your children holding out for brownies and twinkies instead of eating a nutritious meal. Treats for dogs are like candy for children. It is not supposed to take the place of a meal but supposed to be an occasional reward. It fills them, but too many treats (or even table scraps) are NOT healthy and can really reduce the life of your dog, especially if your dog is already overweight. Sometimes just like with feeding children, you have to withhold what they *think* they need for their own good.