Your dog is not hungry. If you have fed the dog the appropriate amount of food that he needs, your dog is not hungry. We have been accustomed to feeding dogs like they are little food machines. Every time the dog looks at us, we give food. Every time the dog is bored, we give food. Every time we go out, we give food. Every time we see bile, we give food. Little did we know that the more food we feed, the more the dog’s body has to work to process the food in his body(well, its just common sense).
Sure, giving your dog a chew every now and then can be beneficial to his health, teeth and jaws and can kill some boredom. However, if you need to feed your dog every-so-often because the dog is bored or because of guilt for leaving the dog too long, seeking alternative activities for the dog is a far better option. Exercising a dog provides more than just physical benefits, it can actually calm the dog down and you can be guilt-free for hours to go for work or run your errands.
There is a large range of treats for dogs in the market, and dog parties are rising in popularity. Owners seem to have been shifted into the mindset that a dog needs to be eating to be happy. Feeding a whole cupcake to your dog can make you think that your dog is happy, but your dog’s body is DEFINITELY not happy. Dogs are opportunists and many of us know the fact that dogs will eat whenever given the opportunity. Giving your dog more than that he needs, feeding your dog too often will overload the body. A dog with a healthy and clean gut, is a healthy dog. By overloading your dog’s body, you are directly forcing your dog’s body mechanism to work none stop to digest the food, absorb the good and the bad, defecate the undigestible. Without a good resting period, the gut can not restore itself, the body will not be able to rest, you are then indirectly creating a lot of stress to the dog’s body and in particular, the liver and the kidneys.
If you need and want to use food for training (which can be great, by the way), make sure you have calculated and reduced the amount of the main meals you are feeding or simply use the main meals as part of the training. Every now and then, a chew can be interesting for the dog and provide health benefits, but if you need to constantly be doing that, an alternative should be figured out. Many times yellow bile is not a sign of hunger, its a reflex from the dog’s body expecting food. Vary your feeding time, feeding amount and overall feeding routine can often solve that. Feed your dog what he needs base on the activity levels, the size and general outlook.
Your dog is NOT as hungry as you think he is. What you feed your dog, is what he becomes.