My pooch is giving me sleepless nights again

India
July 6, 2008 5:14am CST
When she was just a pup, Tina had a huge appetite. She would eat her share and steal the cat's food too. Watching her eat was a highly rewarding experience because I am the feeding type. I love feeding them and watching them eat. Those were great days. She was left free to wander at will. She romped in the woods, drove the cats mad, hunted with my female cat, and wrecked my vegetable beds. Things changed when my neighbor complained that Tina was dirtying her porch at night. Of course, I fought with the neighbor although I knew full well that Tina was capable of doing just that. She had learned to jump the highest walls and trespass into other people's property. I knew I couldn't leave Tina as free as I used to. Suddenly, there was a big change in the pooch's life style. She was restricted to the car porch (which luckily doesn't have a car), large enough for her to run around. I take her for a walk in the morning and another in the evening. I see to it that she gets lots of exercise. Recently, I have noticed a lack of appetite in her. Her speed of eating has come down considerably. From the past one or two days, she has even started refusing food. Is the pooch just growing up? She shows interest in food only in the evenings. Do dogs get bored with the same type of food? She seems perfectly normal in all other ways. Is it because of the change in life style? I am really at a loss. So, please do help! Cheers and happy mylotting
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• United States
6 Jul 08
I also used to let my dog run around at night when there was no traffic and all the neighbors had gone to bed. Then one night I heard somebody yelling and I went out to see what was happening and one of my neighbors saw me and screamed at me that 'if your dog doesn't stay out of my yard I am going to take a baseball bat to his head'! Hesus!!!! Some people sure over react!!! I REALLY REALLY wanted to threaten her back that if she did I would take a baseball bat to HER head, but I figured that would just make matters worse, so I zipped my lip and brought my dog inside. I kept him inside with me all the time after that. And even though I took him for walks in the woods and stuff, he still lost much of his appetite and moped around like he had the most miserable life any dog could possibly have! Is there a fence around your yard that Tina jumps to go exploring? If so, maybe you could 'spy' on her and find out how she is getting out, and then fix it so she can't. Otherwise my only other suggestion would be to increase the length of at least one of her walks. I used to ride my bike so Wolf would have to run to keep up with me, that way by the time we got back home he was so tuckered out that he didn't mind so much having to stay inside. Not only that but when dinner time came he chowed down! Every problem has a solution, and finding it can often bring about some pretty creative thinking... I'm sure you will find one that works for you AND your dog. In the meantime I wouldn't worry too much about it, and while this might sound utterly ridiculous you might try having a little 'chat' with Tina - whether you do it out loud or just mentally makes no matter - and let her know why her 'freedom' has been curtailed so much, and that you're working on finding a solution that she will be happier with. I'm sure she'll understand.
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• United States
6 Jul 08
Hehehehehe.... up at the top of my post where I said "Hesus"? I meant "Jesus!!!!"
• India
7 Jul 08
I talk to Tina so much that sometimes she gets bored and yawns in my face. Now, isn't that rude? I think neighbors are pests all over the world. Mine could be given the "Biggest Pest Award" Tina can jump over the highest wall in the locality thanks to my cat. She has learned so many things from Kitty the cat, including wiping her face after meals! Oh yes, and covering her own pee too! Surprising, isn't it? But those two are the best of friends. You should see them hugging and kissing each other. It is so touching. So, now, I keep her tied up to a long chain and let her run around in the car porch (which luckily has no car). The car porch is a cemented space surrounded by garden. The plants closest to it have lost their leaves. I am sure they are inside Tina's tummy. Oh gosh, I could write a novel about this dog of mine. Cheers and thanks for the lovely response
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• United States
7 Jul 08
Hello again Positiveminded! Yes, that is very rude of her to yawn in your face when you are trying to have a chat with her! Hehehe, if I am saying something to Wolf that he is not interested in hearing he VERY POINTEDLY turns his head all the way around so that basically his back is to me, and he will not look at me until I shut up. That is very funny about your dog learning things from your cat! My daughter has two cats that are mostly indoor cats, they only go outside when my daughter is out there with them. My cats are mostly outdoor cats, they have their own cat door and go in and out (mostly out, unless it's raining or dinnertime, hehehe). Anyway, we were camping with them once and watched one of my cats teaching one of my daughters cats how to climb a tree! It was so funny! My cat, being the outrageous little show off she was, would come racing full speed to the tree and up into it. My daughter's big macho male cat saw her do this and his eyes got wide with surprise! But he didn't like to seem so interested so he wiped that look off his face and looked away, trying to look disinterested and bored. But as soon as my cat was not looking, he went over and tried to climb the tree himself... he got about a foot or two up it and then had to jump down. Well, my cat saw him anyway, and came racing back and up the tree again as if saying "This is the way you do it, dummy!" You should post a picture of Tina so we can see what she looks like.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
6 Jul 08
Could it be that Tina has just grown up and therefore needs less energy on a day to day basis? I'm no expert at feeding dogs, but my own give me lots of practice! At the moment mine are eating hardly anything. The one who has declared himself boss of the village and is still allowed to run free is feeding himself at the neighbour's expense, and the one who is not allowed to run free seems to have just gone off her food for the time being.
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• India
6 Jul 08
Dear GreenMoo, looks like we are in the same boat. :) Thank God I don't have two dogs. It would have been too difficult to manage. I sometimes feel taking care of ten kids is easier than handling one dog. :( Oh well.. maybe this girl of mine will eat well tonight. She always loves her dinner.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
6 Jul 08
My dogs are driving me to distraction today. In fact, I think I'll post a discussion about it!
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• Philippines
7 Jul 08
Maybe you should give her a vitamin to boost her appetite.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I think dogs know better when hungry. My older dog will not eat if she has stomach problem. It is good for dogs to have one day without eating per week or two. My dogs eat just grass when they have stomach problem. They also eat less when is hot. Your dog is growing up for sure. Older dogs eat much less.
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@snowy22315 (79459)
• United States
7 Jul 08
You may want to take your dog to the vet to get a checkup just to be sure there is nothing wrong. It's not really usual for dogs to refuse food. I tend to worry about my pets but nine times out of ten, the are alright.
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@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
6 Jul 08
i think the limited access of her freedom and the changes of her lifestyle might affect her appetites... also, may be he is bored of the same food that you had been feeding her all these times... or may be she is sick... if she keeps on behaving in that way, you might want to take her to the vet to have a check up... it is better to be save than sorry... take care and have a nice day...
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@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Jul 08
positiveminded its been awhile since I had a dog but I think that dogs are a lot like kids, they know how much food they need and will eat only that much, and we humans wanting to do right by our beloved pets usually push more food on them than they want or even need.if she seems healthy in other ways she is perfectly fine.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
6 Jul 08
Hi Positive yes Dogs can get fed up with their Food, but it could also be she is not having the free run like she used to she is not using up the Energie like she used to so her Hunger is not like it used to be, as long as she is eating you have no worries see how she goes but I am sure it is only because she is not as energetic as she used to be
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• United States
6 Jul 08
Just walk her and give her atention form you. Dogs should never be left to wander unleashed. She could get hit by a car, and then it would be horrible! It isn't mean to walk/leash your dog when they are not inside. It is better for your relationship with the neioghbors and beter/safer for your fur-friend! Good for you for getting her out for thoe waks. In time she'll get used to being in more and ..give her more of your time than the treats! Cuddle and watch TV..if you take a nao, have her nap wiht you, etc.. She will get used to not having the freedom to run like she used to in time. And she may "pout" a while until she gets used to it and eat a bit less. but she may also eat a little less becasue she is not runing rampant outside anymore and being in more does not require as many calories! You've done the right thing though to keep her safe! GOOD FOR YOU! That was the respomsible thing to do. Cuddle wiht her. She'll be fine in a short bit!
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• United States
6 Jul 08
Yes positiveminded Dogs for the most part as they mature, their eating habits become more stable. I also have experience with my dog who is 10years old that they do like variety in their food just as we do. They do become bored. Your dog maybe upset about his new change but will adjust. It is not fair to let your dog intrude on your neighbors peace and comfort so you have done the right thing. Remember to part of being a responsible pet owner is taking care that your dog does not over eat, but instead is getting a healthy portion related directly at what is normal and common for your breed.
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