'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

A Study of Jess.

Somebody is starting to look chubby again. Jessie's body is so weird - she flits from uncomfortably thin (for a getting-older, lazy, not at all conditioned dog) to kind of fat, for no reason I can discern. Since she is now on a decent dry food, finally, I'm going to be trying to manage that to keep her weight at a better average over winter. Ping-ponging from thin to fat can't be good for her poor old body.

In the mean time, she's most unimpressed by the reduced food at meal times, and the fact she now has to get her food out of kongs. The only reason I've averted a doggy riot so far is the kibble she's been getting for being such a poser.


Berts Blog said...

Don't know if it will work for Jessie, but I give my old girl green beans in her food. It makes her feel fuller but does absolutley nothing to her system.

At least that what a vet recommended.

Tell Poor Jessie that Jamie knows her pain.


Jen said...

Ah, weight management and some dogs is hard! If I let Sophie eat as much as she wants, she would be double her size! :( But, you can always add things like pumpkin too (canned, plain- not canned pumpkin pie filling) to help as well. It fills them up and is a good source of fibre without adding a ton of calories.

Hope that helps! Give her a hug and hope she comes around to trust its for her best interest! :)

Jen and the Black Dog Crew

Sara said...

Jess looks great to me! Oreo's weight goes up and down too. But, it is always within a few pounds.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

The photos are great! Especially the paws up ones!