Kilo is such a handsome little charmer, but he always seems hungry.
He is a Greedy Pug– he loves food more than anything.
We keep his water bowl and food bowl on a mat in the breakfast room off the kitchen. He gets half a cup of high quality kibble in the morning and evening, then sometimes a low cal little fruit/vegie snack at lunch after doing some training. Then a variety of treats to reward behaviours we are trying to shape and change attitudes.
Lately, when anyone is in the kitchen cooking or cleaning up, he goes and bangs his dish on the floor to get attention, then looks up longingly with those big brown eyes. Just like Oliver Twist “Please Sir, can I have some more? You are starving me.” He tries different sit poses which we find very funny- he’s no dummy.
It is so tempting to give him treats or snacks, as they seem to make him so happy. As a foodie myself, I sympathize. However I try to ignore him if we are cooking or eating, take him out for a quick walk, play a game with one of his toys or do some training. He does also love playing, chasing and chewing toys. I try to remember “Food is not Love” thank you Slim Doggy Steve.
I am sure the more safe exercise he gets, the calmer and happier Kilo will be. He can be so hyper and badgers me for attention between naps. I have 3 flights of stairs so we both go up and down all day. We walk around the neighbourhood several times a day, trying to vary the routes a little. I gently, carefully expose him to strangers (walking, working and on bikes etc) and dogs on leashes- not doing too well at that yet. We went to a new park yesterday and he seemed to like it more than the ravine park at the end of our street. No dogs off leash to worry about, groomed grass, municipal tennis courts and safe action to look at. There were even some dog-loving construction workers having a break to bark and growl at. They were not at all afraid or intimidated which was great, as it made it way less worthwhile for him.
So many activities I’d love to take him to, but he is just not ready yet. I set up a little cushion agility run across the house. He loves it. He is super fast, has great balance and can jump. He loves jumping up on things and people. He can jump unbelievably high – he is a little black Ninja Pug (I don’t encourage that as don’t want an injury or him reaching food and other items he might steal). I may see if I can get him a private agility class next week.
I always welcome healthy snack suggestions and fun indoor activity and game ideas. Happy Fit Dog Friday.