Sometimes i just don't undersand my pup. He's not into eating at all. He's totally out of dog food, because i fed him chicken barbeque once or twice. He will eat only nice n tasty real meat. But even he eats he eats sooo little and gets full. But what is surprising is that he has so much energy! Where does he get all that energy when he hardly even eats! He's the most active pup in our neughborhood. So, i'm sure it is not because he's sick, maybe he's too choosy. But still even if i give him a big barbeque chicken you would be amazed how little he eats and leaves the rest. He's not interested at all, not even little. He never asks for food while we're eating and treats can be helpless sometimes. What is wrong with my pup, can anyone help me? Or is it that Samoyed dogs don't eat much? Are they born with so much energy? Oh yes....one more thing is that he's not growing big. He's still small as he was a month ago. I'm so worried.... :(
Leave off of the bbq chicken. All your doing is teaching your dog that you will do anything to keep it fed... it's training you to feed it what it likes most. Basically you're helping your dog turn into a picky eater. Pick a good quality dog food and stick with it, a dog won't starve itself. Put dog food down for him 2 or 3 times a day, give him 20 minutes to eat. If he odesn't eat it pick it up and save it for the next feeding. ONLY feed him dog food, not table scraps. Ignore those puppy dog eyes. Would you only feed a 3 year old candy bars and frosted flakes? Of course not. Table scraps (and just bbq chicken for that matter) can really unbalance the dog's overall diet and be detrimental in the long run. A few questions. How old is the dog? How much does he weigh? Even better... where'd you get him? I had a samoyed when I was growing up. Nice dog when it ws sunny outside. He was given to us at 3 years of age, and not only did he have to be treated for heartworms, he was absolutely insane during thunderstorms and rain. He would literally break out windows to escape the house.. this is how we ended up loosing him really.. he vanished when we were gone and we never saw him again, despite heavy advertising for 'lost dog'. Two things I can tell you about them... first off, they're not as big as many people think. A samoyed only weighs 40 or 50 lbs. The rest is fur. Second, because they're not that big, they don't eat as much as you mgight think. Our mixed breed dog bowen weighs 45 lbs and he only eats about 2-3 cups of food a day. Are you *sure* he's a samoyed? If you didn't get him from a reputable breeder, there might have been a 'bait n switch' done, and you ended up with an american eskimo, which is a much smaller dog.
I had a Samoyed that I got when I was in college and I had her for 13 years before she passed away. She was one of the best dogs I ever had. She did eat though, but it's very true about teaching them to picky, that goes for any breed. I don't remember what she weighed, maybe about 45 lbs or so, but she looked huge. Until you gave her a bath and she looked like a wet rat! It really is almost all fur. She too was terrified of thunder and fireworks, but instead of trying to break out, she would hide in the bath tub. Once piece of advice I can give you, even though you didnt' ask :) is to keep up with the brushing. Bo was an exclusively inside dog because it's so hot where we lived and she only went outside to potty or go for a walk, etc. Well, one day our fridge went out and it was because all the dog hair had collected on the coil and it over heated. That was expensive. Then about the same time the same thing happened with the air conditioner. Needless to say, I learned my lesson. Good luck with your pup!
My uncle has owned two Samoyeds. They were both the sweetest dogs. BUT OH THE HAIR. Wow. One time, my great Aunt came in from Seattle for a visit and fell in love with one of the Sammys. Anyway, she asked my uncle to save the dog's hair when they brushed him and mail her the hair. A year of so after doing this, my Aunt actually knitted a sweater from the dog's hair. - Now that is a lot of hair.
Two of my best friends are 30+ year Sammy breeders, and a third is down to one. All three have many champions to their credit as well as multiple dogs with obedience titles. The breed standard calls for them to be 23.5" or less, the males that I am familiar with are in the 60 to 80 pound range. Dwarfism is a problem in the breed. Interresting; two of the Samoyeds that came off the expeditions, and produced the foundation for the breed were actually black and brown. The dogs were Pedro blk and Sabarka brn. If you look at your dogs belly he will have spots, Sams are actually Parti coloured, biscuit and white. The mechanism, termed extreme white piebald, is the same as the one which results in the colouring of the Great Pyrenees. They are Spitz and have the Spitz stubborn streak, an exagerated sense of justice and frequently need to be conned into believing an action is their idea instead of being forced on them. They are prone to "hot spots", an oozing, usually round sore which can be spread if not dealt with promptly. They are usually the result of dirt, moisture, or unremoved undercoat, but can be caused by a sensitivity to food. My friend swears by Penaten cream (for diaper rash). As to the food thing, these are hardy dogs; Nordic Spitz. In the wild it is not uncommon for a dog to only eat every 2 or 3 days, it won't hurt him to forgo a meal. Decide on a good quality dog food, put it down in front of him and take up what he doesn't eat in 15 min. You can feed him twice in the day (AM & PM) if it makes you feel better. Don't give him anything else. I've fed my one friends dog's several hundred times over the years, 2.5 cups of super premium dog food with warm water over once per day. There were a few over the years that required more, usually big males, but by and large that was it. I have access to 90 years of accumulated experience, if you need any breed specific questions answered please let me know.