Hi, My Jack Russell constantly looks for food outside. We have fed him before taking him out, tried making sure his head is off the floor all the time etc. but nothing is working. It's worrying as he comes in and throws up.
No matter how hard we try to make sure he doesn't get anything he always manages to by suddenly darting.
I know that you are supposed to allow your dog to sniff but he is so sneaky and quick. I love him to bits but it is really frustrating as I don't want him to get ill and I don't enjoy putting my fingers in his mouth to get what ever he has in there out. Walking him is no longer a pleasure but a worry.
Has anyone got any advice. Thanks.
Does he have a varied healthy diet. ?
I have a JRT too, they love to "browse", her favourite food is curry and rice, if we don't provide her with a bit now and then she will seek it out on our walks, which is quite easy for her as we live 100 metres from the local Indian takeaway.
If it's only fed tinned food you can't blame it, how would you like to eat chips, egg and beans for every meal. ?
Thanks for your post. My JRT has always been a fussy eater and wont eat the same food for very long, he likes a change lol so i do vary it. He doesn't eat tinned to often but I feed him dry and he gets treats every now and then of scrambled egg and also boiled rice and potatoes.
We have followed the vets advice on his fussiness yet he would prefer to eat what ever he can find outside lol. I fed him more today than normal just to see if it was because he was still hungry when he goes out but no, he didn't eat all his food yet still wanted what ever he could find.
give him 2 meals a day instead of one.
If it really bothers you and ou think he is going to get ill through it muzzle him, with a basket muzzle so he can stil pant and drink then.
It might give you the chance to teach him a 'leave it' on walks without getting the reward, then you can reward with high value treat (cheese cubes fit nicely though a muzzle) If you do this every single time he finds something 'nice' he should hopefully look to you for treat instead.
You can also practise the 'leave it' (done in a low voice) and 'take it' (higher tone) with treats when your sat around the house, you must hold the treats as you never want him to be rewarded for eating without permission. You also need to do the same with his dinner and any single treat you give him. My dog has to sit, the bowl goes down, he then has to 'look at me' so he is not looking at his dinner and then he is allowed to eat when I say 'take it'
JR's are little terrors though and quick when they want something! :hihi: