You seem like an awesome involved dog owner. I wish more dog parents were like you. Your dogs are well taken care of and you're involved and get them plenty of exercise. Your dogs mostly love life.
Thanks! That is nice of you to say. Yeah they love life a lot, especially the APBTs, they have such a zest for life.
Having said that, I'm going to express some concern. Seeing these pictures I think your dogs are under weight.
Thanks for the concern but its not at all warranted. You might think they are underweight but they are not.
You're doing so much good, so don't get me wrong, but the reason they scarf down their food in 2 minutes is that they are really really hungry. It's also not good for dogs to eat so fast.
Um no the reason they eat in about 2 minutes has nothing to do with being really hungry…lol You’ve never met my to know. It isn’t a matter of eating too fast, I can take video so you can see how non fast they eat. I’ve had a few that ate too fast and worked on ways to stop it. This theory does not even hold water because it wouldn’t explain why obese dogs eat too fast, which I’ve seen firsthand. Choking and gagging on their food, sometimes throwing up afterward, IMO too fast yet they are what any vet or weight chart would call obese. Why would fat over fed dogs that eat several times a day be really hungry? My friend has 5 dogs alone like this. APBTs are usually “always hungry” or willing to eat anytime you offer them food, whether they are lean or fat.
One male I got as an adult, when he came here he was actually overweight and I’m talking compared to ideal/pet weight recommended by a vet. He had no waste line, fat on his sides and some under his chest some around his neck. I was warned that he is “always hungry” and would eat a whole bag of kibble if you let him along with other info from his previous owner. It took time and training to help get him over feed me, feed me, food obsession and eating to fast. Rushing the food bowl while you’re still trying to pour food in, eating too fast and choking (sometimes gagging it back into the bowl), always looking for food, always tapping your hands with his nose/licking your fingers to see if there is food. This was a very fat dog! Now he is closer to a gentleman, sits and waits for his food, doesn’t have to scavenge all the time sniffing the floor and looking everywhere, doesn’t go getting your fingers wet with saliva or nose, nor push you around for food whether it be dog food or people food that I’m messing with. Yet he is now a lean and muscular dog.
It doesn’t take them 15 minutes to eat properly. A dog that takes 15 minutes to eat either eats extremely slow or is eating entirely too much. My CO eats slow, typical of that breed from what I’ve seen. I’m guessing it would take her maybe around 5 minutes to eat a chicken quarter. When eating quarters it should be around 2 large ones a day. So by the theory of 15 minutes twice a day that’d be a major 6 quarters.
Dogs that win dog shows don't look like that. So why would you choose to take a dog below the dog show weight? It's not healthier for the dog to do that.
LMAO Weird how they get Best in Shows/Best In Breeds and such, then fact that I have several champions. I wouldn’t and don’t take them below that weight. Show (or working weight) is lean enough so I don’t feel that leaner would be needed. You don’t know what you are talking about huh? No below weight wouldn’t be, lean yeah its healthy for a dog.
I'm just saying your preference for how your dogs look is making them hungry all the time for no good health reason. Is it worth it? Especially given the dogs don't have a choice. If they did, they would eat more.
No the fact that they are always willing to eat or would over eat isn’t because of a certain weight they are at. Well no kidding they would eat more. That would be a problem. Obese dogs suffer from health problems. Not only that but some actually die from over eating. It would be highly irresponsible for me to let them eat to their hearts content or even for 30 minutes a day. Just like some breeds regulate themselves very good other breeds do not. You can’t always let a dog do what they want or what they would do.
Yes it is certainly worth it, I’ll stick with what gets me results. Healthy, full lives. Champions that look good showing. Hard working dogs that can go longer with more stamina energy and responsiveness even in hot weather then a heavier dog.
Health reason is always a good reason! I’m not even sure which you consider underweight? Ideal weight for most any dog is considered to be with a waste line, ribs easily felt and last 2 ribs visible. Then there are certain breeds you will see that are leaner (usually the muscular athletic breeds – see a bit more rib, some vertebra or sighthounds which have even less body fat and hips show a little). Others while they might not be at the ideal they are actually not really overweight, their build just doesn’t allow for them to have a good waste line nor last 2 ribs showing, if you try to lean them down they’d be too skinny and have all ribs showing.
The fact that lean dogs lead lives with less health problems within reasons is a big plus. Of course something genetic like hip dysplasia doesn’t just go away but a dog kept leaner would be better off, to begin with and especially if the disease is getting worse. The same with the early arthritis. The more weight the more pressure on the joints. The heart and lungs also have to work harder and the entire body and system is labored during work for a heavier dog. Which can lead to not only the dog tiring quicker but in the long run possible issues with the heart (which isn’t fair to the dog). Living longer is a huge factor too, since lean dogs have shown to live longer and I want mine to live as long as possible it is totally worth it.
So this dog will eat at any given time and would eat way too much if allowed why? Or is she under weight for your taste too?
Oh and what about this one? I can’t imagine someone thinking she’s underweight. Only had done some mild walking around and already worked up a pant. She’s “always hungry” too or at least thinks she is. Just because a dog (thinks) they are always hungry doesn’t mean they are actually hungry.
Since I already posted my dogs I thought it’d be great to post some others too. Like this ***** since she has had an awesome show career and looks similar to my Jaxon who was posted above.
Then their other dog I like because has the same head and ears as Jaxon’s grandma. Also accomplish.
If you have a concern that is one thing. Pretending to know about a breed or another person's dogs, that's totally different.