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Coming Up Month Of March 2019 “Why do dogs do what they do ”

 

Once your puppy has reached 8 months, with many breeds you can cut down to a once a day feeding.
Many think that a dog has to eat twice a day, it’s not true. Sometimes even your dog will tell you, by not showing much interest in the morning feeding. There are dogs that are like machines they eat and eat and eat, these dogs will also eliminate several times a day. For proper growth even with one day feeding the dog’s body will consume the nutrients it needs. By over feeding your just wasting food. If a person ate a lot, do you think they will grow taller? No; they will grow sideways. Every dog grows according to its genetic makeup, and not from the amount they consume. (Try this experiment feed a dog as much as they want and at one point they will stop. Right after, offer them a piece of meat and see what they will do. Yes it will take it and eat it. They don’t have the sensibility to stop.)

A healthy dog that eats once a day will eliminate once or twice, while a dog that eats 2 -3 times will eliminate 3 to 4 times. With once a day feeding not only will the dogs body absorb all the nutrients from the food but will also always look forward to the next feeding. (Plus you will be able to monitor the potty times.) The other advantage to a once a day feeding is if you’re working; since the feeding is done in the evening, the eliminating time will be in the am. Since there is no morning feeding the dog does not need to eliminate during the day. But once you get home it will need to go outside. This routine will make a dog’s body response to a timely fashion.
What goes in must come out.

Another way to tell if the dogs is over eating is by the amount it poops, if the dog ate for example 1 cup of food but eliminates ¾ then your over feeding. Look at the size of the poop it will tell you. If the poop seems less than the amount it consumed then it’s perfect. (Example; ate 1 cup but only pooped ¼ amount)
Dry food verses raw food; which is better? That is a personal choice. This is a very long subject to write about, because there are many variables that play a roll.

Although I have generalized and broke things down with the limited amount of space, it is difficult to go in greater details. To understand in depth it is best to call for a detailed explanation as well as I will be able to guide you for your personal dog.
Many people have house breaking issues with their dog, even when they take them out for walks.
If your dog does not eliminate during your walks but comes home and does, here is a solution.
This method works all the time, unless your dog really doesn’t need to potty.

On your walk choose a place where you want your dog to potty, make sure that you have a 6 foot leash and stop. (Never walk stay stationary). Be patient they will eliminate within a few minuets. Don’t let them pull you; only allow the 6 foot distance. When a dog is walking and smelling they forget to poop too many interesting smells to smell. If you don’t move the dog will smell and smell within that amount of space it has, once they have done all the smelling then they will eliminate.
Please note that every dog has a different daily routine and many factors will alter the feeding schedule, the variables of each house hold differ, as well as daily activities & activity levels. (That will also affect the potty schedule.)

Tip of the month; don’t listen to anyone, listen to your gut feeling of what makes true sense or not.


Harry Kalajian
M.D.T.  With over 32 years experience
All Aspect of training, Behaviorist, Ethologist & Psychologist
Executive Dog Training Inc.
941-447-8234
www.executivedogtraining.com

 

 

 

 

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