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5 ways to keep your dog's hunger at bay


A hungry dog may engage in ‘antisocial behaviours’ such as coprophagia (eating faeces), scavenging and competitive behaviour towards other animals if present at meal-times. Food guarding might be directed towards people or pets.

The timing and frequency of feeding, and the effects of full and empty stomachs on mood and activity levels affect dogs, just as they do us. The following tips may help to keep your dog satisfied:

1. Invest in an anti-gulp bowl if he/she is a fast eater. There are many different designs available to suit every size and shape of dog.

2. Feed part of the allowance from feeding toys designed to slow down the rate of ingestion and prolong meal-times. Supervise your dog to ensure he is not becoming frustrated, and provide the necessary interaction.

3. Consider feeding a proportion of wet food such as Arden Grange Partners which is lower calorie than dry due to its higher moisture content. This is a good way to increase the daily amount without exceeding your dog’s requirements. 100g of wet food (just under ¼ of a can) is equivalent to around 35g of our dry adult maintenance diets*

4. Soak dry food for about half an hour prior to serving. This will cause it to expand a little, and also makes it easier to adhere within feeding toys and not be too rapidly eaten.

5. Work around your dog’s appetite and perhaps, if you find he is generally hungriest in the evenings but not as hungry at breakfast, you could feed a larger meal in the evening, or even split his nightly allowance into a tea-time feed and a supper. Once you have established a pattern and implemented new times if needed, try to stick to the routine to help promote stable blood sugar and good serotonin levels. Be very careful not to exercise too near to a mealtime as this may increase the risk of bloat.

Sometimes medical problems can result in a very voracious appetite or an appetite for non-food items so do seek veterinary advice if your dog is insatiable.

For a more detailed look at the association between diet and behaviour click here.

Read our previous posts on overweight pets: 7 reasons to start slimming your pet today and How to slim your pet in 8 simple steps.

*Based on the Arden Grange chicken Partners canned food and Adult Chicken and Rice dry food. Calorie content may vary depending on the product.

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