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What do you do when you have gone for a hike and come dinnertime your dog is too tired to eat and would rather nap? Do you...

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Re: Feeding Policy when Tired

I personally do the last one but I'm curious about how the others handle it. We did a hike today and Wolfie is bushed. No dinner yet and I will wait until he's wide awake to feed him.

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because I always make Jake focus and do a little something for his food(walk away-sit-watch)I don't put his food down if he is not focused or awake usually if he's tired I am too and we both usually eat at same time somewhere between 5pm and 7pm.
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none of the above, my dog has never been too tired to eat. if he is sleeping, i get his food ready and call him into the kitchen. he comes running, eats his food, and goes back to sleep.

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LOL, I can't even answer this. I've never seen my dogs too tired to eat! I'm not comfortable giving them big/full meals after hard exercise (sprinting, fetch, swimming), but I'd bet money that my dogs would eat an entire bag of kibble even after a hike. Having three, they are competitive when they eat. Not food aggressive, but they aren't going to leave anything in their bowls for the next dog to wander over and finish!

In general, my dogs get fed when I decide to feed them and they take it when they can get it.
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I'm with the 'my dog is NEVER too tired to eat' crowd.

When Mauser was sick, even with green snot running from his nose and a temp of 104.5 - he ate his food. Not with the same gusto but still atr it all.

As for my Cocker Spaniel - Tazer would have to be DEAD to refuse food.
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Re: Feeding Policy when Tired

I have and will do all three depending on the dog. Raya does best if she doesn't skip meals, so if she is not interested in eating, I will wait until she has had a nap, I will skip a meal with her if she is just being plain fussy.

Cheyenne is in the crowd usually never too tired to eat.

DeeDee and Lakota are sorta free feeders the food is in their dish they eat when they want to. If it is supper time and they haven't eaten their breakfast I don't give any more food that day. Lakota has Pancreatitis and I don't force him to eat, if he is feeling a little off then he is better off not eating. He is really good at regulating his eating to what works best for him. But he has a maximum set amount for the day just as DeeDee does.

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My dogs, skip a meal? If I don't feed them, they'll find a way to feed themselves!
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I need the option of: Sleepy? What's sleepy? We're HUNGRY!!! FEED US WOMAN!!!

It's more of us making sure they calm down after being out running around and deciding when to let them eat, and if we have to wake them up, it's NOT an issue!


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If you hiked where we hike you would also wait until they were awake. As a matter of fact we wait until we are awake also



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