January 18, 2014
The Oreo Gobble
In “Eating Like a Princess,” we took a look at some of the fears or resistances that some dogs have about eating. But what if your pup chows down like he is going to clear the shelves of dog food in every grocery store in town…by tomorrow? Is he just a plain pig? Making up for some lack in his life? Pining for a lost love? Not likely. It’s been my experience that dogs, unlike people, have an easy and usually quite logical reason for bad habits. You have to think like a dog, though.
Able to Demolish Whole Bowlfuls at a Single Gulp
Oreo bolted his food down right from the start. A full dish was just begging to be eaten. Didn’t matter what it was. Ernest maintained it was because he was from a breeder where the dogs were all fed together and maybe Oreo had to fight for his food. At the time, he was just a little fellow and ate like the food was going to be stolen any minute, so perhaps Ernest was onto something.
To top it off, we had Oreo sent to us by plane from Edmonton. I thought it would be easier on him…quick and relatively trauma free. HAH! It was the most traumatic thing that had ever happened to him in his young life, and that included losing a precious part of his anatomy when the breeder had him neutered a couple of weeks before the trip. Not enough room here to tell you this story, but I will some day.
Ernest also maintained that no dog of his would ever go hungry and asked me to place a bowl of dry kibbles on the floor. LingLing hardly ever touched this, but Oreo ate the whole bowlful time after time. It took him almost a week to realize that it would always be there and he didn’t have to gobble it down as soon as it was placed on the floor. Even then, he would empty a cereal bowl every day. This was on top of his regular meals.
With the wealth of treats available, Oreo thought he had died and gone to heaven. After a few months, if he had succeeded in that thought, he would have made a very chubby doggy angel. Ernest agreed we needed to do something. We finally, with reluctance, took up the kibble bowl. Our vet told us we needed to (I dreaded the words) put Oreo on a diet.
It was a new experience. Ling Ling ate until she was satisfied and left the rest. She was never really very hungry, although she played like a whirling dervish with all the enthusiasm and energy of a little being and kept her young trim figure. Consequently, I was unaccustomed to putting dogs on diets.
(Next week watch for
“Chow Down – the Oreo Gobble – Part 2”)
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