Shiva has always eaten her meals at Mach 5. Her first day with us she dove onto her bowl like she’d never seen so much food in one place. This hasn’t really changed. It’s pretty close to impossible to distract her from the task of scarfing down her kibble.
This concentration doesn’t just apply to regular meal times either. Shiva can be passed out asleep on the couch but if I drop a crumb in the kitchen, you can bet she will hear it and race around the house until she finds it. There is no dog more stubborn when it comes to food. A tiny piece of cheese could bounce under the furniture and she will scratch at the area for hours until it is devoured.
For the most part, I find it really amusing. It only gets tiring when I have to move the couch for the fifth time because she is convinced there may be a quarter of a cookie underneath. It’s hard to relax when your dog is attempting to shove her body into half a centimeter of space. But I am grateful for this extreme food motivation. I don’t know how I would have trained her otherwise.
It always stuns me when I see people calling their dogs off their food. I would love to have that measure of control. It would solve all of our recall issues, for one. It’s just hard to imagine Shiva moving away from anything that looks tasty. Especially after I’ve already given her permission to eat it.
There is hope, I think. She has been chowing down noticeably slower these days. This morning I took a video of Shiva eating her breakfast. We usually feed only small amounts at a time. With training and Kongs, she probably eats more than most dogs. (Not that you can tell.) However, I do like to keep up a regular routine of meal times and Shiva gets breakfast and dinner in her bowl after we return home from our walks. This morning I was surprised that it actually took her more than thirty seconds to finish! A new record!
Maybe eventually she will actually stop eating when she is full…
Hahahahahahaha! Oh, how I make myself laugh.