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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-08-2013, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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He Acts Like He's Starving!!!

Hi all! I'm new to the group and new to GSD's. Have bred and shown shar-pei for 20 years so this is all new to me.

My question is - I have a 6 month old GSD puppy, Eli - lovingly known as the worst puppy ever, that acts like he's starving all the time. He's a counter-surfer and everything in general goes in his mouth so I'm inclined to think that he's not hungry but instead just being a puppy. I feed Infinia Holistic Bison and Potato, 2 cups in the morning and 2 in the evening. His growth in on track and he looks wonderful. I also have a 5 month old Anatolian Shepherd on the same feeding schedule, eating the same amount and he doesn't exhibit the starving behavior that Eli does. Just 3 days ago I dropped a third feeding and upped the amount they eat in the AM and PM.

Do you think he's hungry?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-08-2013, 12:22 PM
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He has high food drive. If you were to look at this on a spectrum on one side you'd have dogs that eat to live. On the opposite side of that spectrum you have dogs that live to eat. Yours sounds like a live to eat kind of dog. It is very very useful from a training perspective if you know how to use it. He isn't necessarily hungry, but to a dog that lives to eat it doesn't matter. He will take every opportunity to eat what he can get.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-08-2013, 12:26 PM
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you have to train him not to counter surf. he's not the lovinly
worst pup. he's a pup acting like a pup. i fed my pup 1 cup in the
am, 1 cup in the pm and 1 cup noonish. he had a snack and training
treats throughout the day.
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