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Old 07-09-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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Hi ! i wonder if anyone can help. Tia is fed 3 times a day and it seems that every time i feed her she is so starving that she has to gulp her food down as fast as she can, she then proceeds to lick the floor and everything else in site just in case she has missed a bit. Before i can even get the food to her she has practically knocked it out of my hand. She doesnt appear to have any worms and has been wormed regularly by the vet, she seems to be in good health (bright eyes, perfect coat) and is very active.
I've read on forums that labbys should not be overweight and ideally should grow slowly so as not to put undue strain on their joints etc. I've taken this on board and reduced her food a tiny bit but now i'm thinking she should get more food because of the way she is acting. i just dont know what to do for the best. my main worry is that she is hungry and i'm not giving her enough.
The other thing is that since we've had her her poops have been soft the vet told me this could be because she is over fed. so i reduce the food and she still has soft poops.
i'm in a dilmma, i just dont know what to do for the best. i want to get this right so that she gets a good start in life.
sorry this is a long post i know i'm waffling a bit! Di x

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Oh dear that can be annoying. Dogs often gulp down their food and it's a good idea to nip it in the bud. Most Labbies eat like pigs and they won't stop until they bust so I wouldn't go by how hungry they act (even if they do SUCH a good job of acting like they haven't eaten in a week. )

If she's twelve weeks old then she is old enough to learn some manners I say.

First off I'd teach her to "sit" and have her sit before she gets fed. No ifs ands or buts. While you put the food in her dish, and she is waiting, she should be sitting. And if she gets up or jumps up at the food while you are setting it down on the floor for her, right back up to the counter it goes and wait until she is sitting again. She doesn't get fed until or unless she is sitting pretty. And she has to stay sitting until the dish hits the floor.

Seond they make special bowls for greedy eaters to slow them down. Here is an example:
http://www.gizmag.com/go/5717/
There are obstacles on the bowl that make it hard for them to wolf down their food.

Overfeeding can cause diarrhea so it's possible that she is still getting too much. How much does she weigh and how much are you feeding her daily?
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:55 PM   #3
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gosh i knew labs were greedy critters but i didnt know they could act too - he he! oh and yeh she has no table manners at all and i have been trying to make her sit for her food but always give in to the pressure of the yelps and leaps. not any more though i will follow your advise and return the food to the work surface when she jumps up etc. until she gets the message.
I'm not too sure how much she weighs, i could ask the vet, we have no scales indoors to weigh her but visually she doesnt look starved and my boys refer to her as 'the belly' so i guess she's kinda chunky but not fat.
Thank you so much for you response, it has helped me a lot. i cant believe how anxious I am about tia, i've raised 3 sons to adulthood with less fuss and ado than this. kind regards, Di

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You might enjoy this link then:
http://www.labrador-retriever-dog.com/article4.html
It's meant to be funny but there is some truth to it.
By the way one of my dogs has the habit of picking up a mouthful of kibble from his bowl, walking about ten feet away, dropping it all over the carpet, eating it, then going back to his bowl and repeating the process. I'm not thrilled about him depositing kibble on the carpet but it does make for a slow and careful eater.
They sometimes do have weird eating habits!
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Oh dear that can be annoying. Dogs often gulp down their food and it's a good idea to nip it in the bud. Most Labbies eat like pigs and they won't stop until they bust so I wouldn't go by how hungry they act (even if they do SUCH a good job of acting like they haven't eaten in a week. )

If she's twelve weeks old then she is old enough to learn some manners I say.

First off I'd teach her to "sit" and have her sit before she gets fed. No ifs ands or buts. While you put the food in her dish, and she is waiting, she should be sitting. And if she gets up or jumps up at the food while you are setting it down on the floor for her, right back up to the counter it goes and wait until she is sitting again. She doesn't get fed until or unless she is sitting pretty. And she has to stay sitting until the dish hits the floor.

Seond they make special bowls for greedy eaters to slow them down. Here is an example:
http://www.gizmag.com/go/5717/
There are obstacles on the bowl that make it hard for them to wolf down their food.

Overfeeding can cause diarrhea so it's possible that she is still getting too much. How much does she weigh and how much are you feeding her daily?
Jean That's exactly
what Nipper does at every meal So How on earth do you stop them from being greedy and gulping. I do make her wait and sit but when she is commanded to eat she still wolfs it down, and has to scour evey inch of kitchen and living room floor for bits it does annoy me. So what's the answer?
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Hey that article is really interesting - i had no idea that this sort of frenzied eating is a characteristic of labs. i can identify with what is said though. we had a visitor yesterday and her jaw just dropped as she watched Tia eating dinner and then producing 2 humongous burps afterwards he he!. oh and rebel is an older dog and eats dinner at a very sedate pace so we have to put a barrier between them otherwise Tia rushes in to steal her food. the answer is definatley to take control and slow down the eating - the greedy eater dish sounds good, not sure if i can bring myself to put her ball in her dinner though as the article suggests but then anything is better that the possibility of her choking in her rush. Di x

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I reall think that getting one of those special bowls can help. If you don't mind having food all over the place you can scatter the kibble around your house. Then again I can see where that might not be a reasonable alternative.
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progress report.... For a few days i have been quite strict with Tia about her performance at dinner times , i make her sit nicely as instructed and only when she is doing this do i put dinner down to her. Okay so she get the message after a few days until earlier today when i was distracted in the task and she jumped up and knocked most of the contents of her bowl over the floor. she was very frustrated about having to mooch around the floor to get her dinner while keeping an eye on her dish on the work top. i think this was the best lesson of all as when i have come to feed her since she has sat herself further away from me.

skunkstripe - I am trying to find one of those bowls because she gulps her food so frantically that i worry about her choking. the problem i have is that there does not appear to be a UK stockist, i'm wracking my brain to come up with an alternative any suggestions would be most welcome.

I'm seeing daily changes in Tia and her responses to commands - perseverance and consistency is so important and yet so tiring! Kind regards. Di x

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It took some hunting but here you go Di!

http://www.dfordog.com/acatalog/ergo...dog_bowls.html


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progress report.... For a few days i have been quite strict with Tia about her performance at dinner times , i make her sit nicely as instructed and only when she is doing this do i put dinner down to her. Okay so she get the message after a few days until earlier today when i was distracted in the task and she jumped up and knocked most of the contents of her bowl over the floor. she was very frustrated about having to mooch around the floor to get her dinner while keeping an eye on her dish on the work top. i think this was the best lesson of all as when i have come to feed her since she has sat herself further away from me.

skunkstripe - I am trying to find one of those bowls because she gulps her food so frantically that i worry about her choking. the problem i have is that there does not appear to be a UK stockist, i'm wracking my brain to come up with an alternative any suggestions would be most welcome.

I'm seeing daily changes in Tia and her responses to commands - perseverance and consistency is so important and yet so tiring! Kind regards. Di x
Choccolabb Iam glad progress is being made in Tia's behaviour. Belive you me it does get so tiring and sometimes you may feel like giving up. Don't as you will see the benifits long term in your favour
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