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Old 04-07-2016, 08:33 PM
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My dog seems to be constantly hungry?

My husband and I have 4 dogs, 2 small and 2 medium.
The dog having issues is a high maintenance dog-she's very needy and hyper. She does best when she gets daily exercise (as of course most dogs do lol) she is 3 years old, spayed, about 35lbs and she is a husky/germanshepherd/spaniel/golden mix.
We switched her food from pedigree (dry)to a homemade food (dry) higher quality food about 5 months ago, but we started noticing a change in her behavior when I got pregnant (I am currently 36 weeks). She's not agressive or anything just somewhat more compulsive than usual.
Anyways, despite feeding her regular amounts of food, she constantly seems to be hungry, often whining at us to let us know she wants to eat. We feed her at 6:30 every night, but even after a full meal doesn't seem satisfied. We sometimes feed her with just her bowl or use a kong feeder. She is not losing or gaining weight, and does not have any other symptoms. Drinking is normal and pees and poops are normal, no worms or anything like that.
However, because of how far along I am in my pregnancy and due to advice from dog trainers to wean away from giving as much attention to prepare dogs for the baby, she hasn't been getting much exercise. I slowly weaned them from being walked daily, to a couple times a week to not at all (it's temporary, I'm not a bad dog owner I know how important exercise is!) but then do run around the house as I am home all the time and they all play together.
The other dogs seem a little bored, but they are lower maintenance. They dont beg for food like she does.
We are going to start feeding her the same amount she usually gets but quite a few times a day so that she understands with a new "pack member" (baby) it doesn't mean that food is scarce.
I'm just wondering if the lack of exercise and temporary boredom could cause her want to eat more just for something to do? I've researched looking for any medical issues that could cause this and from what I'm seeing as long as there's no weight loss or gain it's most likely psychological.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:08 AM
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I don't understand why the dogs aren't getting walked daily?

Unless you're physically unable to, I would continue to walk them daily. I don't think your dog is hungry I think she's bored out of her mind and needs exercise. If you can't walk her I would get a someone else to, either your husband, dog walker, family/friend, kid from the neighborhood.
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