Last Updated on December 27, 2019
Owning a dog is fun and all, but do you feel like they never get full?
Well, anyone can somehow relate because food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and it is our big honor to provide our pups with that joy, but when it is 5 in the morning and you still have one more hour of slumber to enjoy, you will hear scratching on your bedroom’s door because someone’s hungry… that’s when the honor becomes sorrowful!
Speaking in terms of evolution, if we gave our dogs the opportunity to eat whatever they want, they will basically eat everything because they are opportunistic scavengers!
There are a few ways that can help you keep your pooch feel full for the longest time, and the best way to do so is by understanding when they feel hungry, why, and what’s their go-to meal that will satisfy their tongues and tummies.
#1 – Separate hunger from personality
To understand what type of food that can keep your dog full, you need to understand his body composition score first. Same as humans, not all dogs are built the same, so a 50 pound Cocker Spaniel is way too different than a 50 pound Great Dane.
Your vet may have already noted the composition score of your dog, and if they didn’t, you could simply ask them to observe their weight. It is basically a score from one to nine – 1 being underweight and 9 being obese.
If your dog is between 4 and 6, then their weight is healthy. So if they are eating not everything in their bowl and still maintaining a good weight, then they are good. But in case they finish their bowl and still begging for more, then they are not hungry, they are only looking for attention.
#2 – Divert their attention
According to Dr. Valerie Parker, dogs can eat only because the food is a tasty and enjoyable activity, and not only because they are hungry. It is only about the dog parents becoming a little stronger to not cave in easily and end up giving them the food when they don’t need it.