Am I feeding him enough? Is this normal?
If you have a dog, you probably have already asked yourself one of these questions: how can he want more after he just had a big breakfast? Am I feeding him enough? He is sick? Are other dogs always hungry? This is normal?
Excessive hunger can indicate an illness, a poor diet or that your dog is a great actor and is manipulating you. Yes, this is possible and much more common than you might think.
Dogs are great manipulators of humans and have learned over time exactly how to get what they want from us. If your dog started asking for food, barking, digging the bowl or making a pity face, and you interpreted it as hunger and gave him food … bingo! His strategy worked and now he does this kind of thing because he knows that he gains not only food but also his attention.
How to tell if your dog is hungry
In most cases, the behavior is considered to be absolutely normal. Dogs have been obtaining food from humans for millennials. In fact, one of the main theories on how dogs became domesticated claims that this is directly linked to leftover food in the old villages.
Is your sturdy, well-fed dog really hungry or is he just playing the part of being a hungry dog because he has learned he can do something?
It should come as no surprise to most owners, that dogs can be experts in manipulating human behavior. There are many dogs that know exactly what to do to get that piece of carrot that you are cutting.
Dogs that eat desperately
Other canine behaviorists link the appetite of big dogs to biology, suggesting that they are simply listening to their intestines, as well as their wild cousins. Food is a limited resource, so when you do, you shouldn’t stop eating, because you never know if it will be your last meal for days.
Another theory states that some dogs are simply remembering what it really feels like to be hungry. After all, many dogs came to the rescue after significant periods of malnutrition and chronic food shortages.
Diseases that cause hunger
There are some dogs that actually suffer from endocrine and gastrointestinal diseases that can lead to increased appetite. Diabetes, Cushing’s disease, hyperthyroidism (rare in dogs) and some pancreatic disorders are all potentially responsible for an impressive urge to eat.
However, the medical logic for a “hungry” dog is considered unusual compared to the vast population of “hungry” dogs out there. But, ideally, you should take your dog to the vet to rule out health problems.
How to quench the dog’s hunger
The answer is simple: QUALITY FOOD. Many dogs may be eating a bad feed and without much nutritional quality and therefore end up feeling more hungry, as they are not getting the nutrients they need. Dogs are more satisfied when they eat Super Premium food.