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Old 01-18-2016, 01:12 PM
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I feed my dogs twice a day, morning and evening, 1/8 of a cup each each. I keep them lean so they are always excited about their food....bouncing up and down, running in circles, doing their little dances while I prepare the food. They're never been picky eaters because they're always hungry at mealtimes. They recognize the sound of the container I keep their food in. It has a snap top to keep the kibble fresh, and as SOON as they hear the sound of the container opening, you can see the blanket in their bed writhe and wiggle around as they fight their way out from under it to be ready!

I feed them 5 star grain free kibble, and I cycle through the various brands, and the different flavors within brands, so they never get sensitized to anything in their food, and so that they get a variety of protein sources....poultry, beef, venison, fish etc.

Tango is my little piggy....I could never free feed because he'd blow up like a balloon. But Tango eats much faster than Jazz, so as soon has he's done he darts over to her bowl and tries to sneak food from it. Not hard to do because Jazz takes her food out of the bowl a kibble at a time, drops it a foot or two away, and then eats it. Over and over and over again! <sigh> Which gives Tango plenty of opportunity to sneak in and gobble up his sister's food.

Because of Tango's Addison's condition, I add many supplements to the high quality kibble I feed them. They both get Omegas, Joint supplement (glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM), and Immune booster powder, and hyuraloric acid (an additional joint supplement.) I give it to both of them even though Tango's the only one who's sick. There's no downside to boosting Jazz's health that way, and my vet says it's completely safe.

Their treats are also fortified with various joint supplements....I figure the more nutritional support the better!

Sometimes I put one of their kibble feedings in small kongs and let them eat a meal that way...just for fun and some added activity.

Sometimes I'll give them a raw feeding...they don't eat raw routinely, but they do enjoy the chicken legs or wings I let them chow down on from time to time.

Very occasionally they'll get a special "treat"... a bit of my human food, a lick of yogurt, piece of chicken, bite of popcorn.

They are good, robust and not picky eaters, and I've worked to make them that way and keep them that way. Much less hassle!

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Old 01-18-2016, 03:40 PM
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I have 4 dogs. I put 2 in their pens and they eat in safety there. The other chi, Zarita eats on the table (long story) and the 4th dog eats in the kitchen while I watch. No one bothers the others. Not allowed. A have a baby gate to the kitchen that I put up if for some reason Zarita wants to eat 'early'.
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:11 PM
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I have a three dog household. All of them are required to keep a couple of feet back while I fill the bowls and wait until they have permission to eat. This way I'm not being tackled while trying to prepare the meals! I hate it when dogs do that.

AM meal is plain kibble. I feed Acana. I have a medicated dog so he follows me to the cupboard once he's finished and gets his pill from me. I always supervise so they don't argue- they would try to thieve from one another otherwise and it could get ugly, or the littlest one would just end up hungry and sad.

Evening they get wet food or other goodies and supplements. I've slacked a little lately on that after moving to a new house, but I fully intend to get back to it. I usually use a joint supplement, coconut, and pumpkin. My purebred chi, Douglas, is on meds that make him gain weight so he never gets wet food, just pumpkin, in order to keep him from becoming overweight. Then I hand out the meds and sometimes a chew treat or bully stick.

It's complicated. But they are very spoiled brats.

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none of mine are even a little bit picky. My heeler (of all things!) sometimes gets that way if she is stressed, but not often. My chi is the worst, he uses a slow feed so he doesn't choke to death. He'll eat vegetables, wasabi peas, try to drink alcohol- literally nothing is off putting to this dog. I have to keep food items well out of reach so he doesn't make himself ill.
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