The Agility Rocks! Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Re: Self-regulated eating
I do not recommend you do this.
As much as she's a picky eater and doesn't seem food motivated, your current feeding method gives you an EXACT idea of when she eats, how much, and what is 'normal' for her.
And at least twice a day you get to check in on this to see if she's still 'normal' FOR HER.
One of the main indicators something is wrong with our dogs is when they CHANGE their eating behaviors. One of the first things our vets will then ask when we bring them in is how much are they eating and when was their last meal? When did we notice the change.
Since our dogs don't talk this is very important information I want to be able to give my vets as precisely as possible.
I only feed my GSD 2 cups of food a day (1 c in the am, 1 in the pm). If she nibbles and leaves the bowl I pick it up, and she still gets ONE cup at night.
To help with her being picky, I would add teeny bits of extra food to her kibble. Healthy stuff or small amounts that would get her started, and mixed with water to gravy and cover everything. Yogurt, sprinkle Parmesan cheese, any leftovers I have in the fridge.
Since I only use TINY amounts (tablespoon or so?) of the additive with the water, and the kibble is the balanced diet, that worked for us. So I would feel like a good mom that had her pup eat up all her food. As well as what she ate was good for her.
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