I have a little issue with my dog. Said dog lived in house but I think otherwise. Here’s my issue this dog is highly food motivated when I say highly I mean it. If I take the dog out of the house to air she comes right in and checks every bowl for food I have done a test where I did this 15 times in a row every 5 mins, she still runs in the house and checks every bowl. When I first received her I would try to train her first thing in the morning but she has no attention span what so ever until she eats, so I give her a little food then do a few drills, deep down inside she knows there’s more food when she gets back in the house. She is constantly on the prowl for a meal. I dare go near the cookie jar, fridge, cabinet she will dart looking for a hand out. She doesn’t sit and beg or poke she’s just on the prowl.
I have 2 Patterdale terriers in the house also, I feed them in a separate area now because these dogs will not tolerate her shark like circling and I am worried that one will latch onto her and tear her up. These are not your average terrier since they are used on badger and fox in England. Yes I do hunt these dogs on coons and fox so they are gamey. I keep my feed up on the counter in my mud room, this dog will hang in that room and wait for her meal. I keep a jar of hooves and pigs ears on the counter there have been a few times I walk in the kitchen and she has her 2 front feet up on the counter. If she hears me coming she will then just sit there.
I have broken her from actually counter surfing meals “eating off the counter”. When I first brought her into my home this was a huge issue. From hamburger, pound of butter to whatever was out. When I sit down to eat or bring her to a friend’s house for diner she will sit next to me and in say 2 mins lay down. Not beg.
I have had her put on about 3 pounds brining her to 56 pounds, she has been wormed. When I first got her she would eat 2 cups of food in about 30 seconds, I have since switched to a Brake feed bowl the kind with the rods in it and has slowed down her feeding to about 2 mins now. She is fed 4 cups a day 2 cups every 12 hours. 26% protien.