My Labrador is malfunctioning

(57 Posts)
HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Fri 01-Mar-13 14:08:00

She leaves food in her bowl shock

Dh feeds her in the morning and it takes her till around 3pm to finish it. She is not sick, her mouth is Finland she is motivated by the same kibble when training so its not a case of disliking the food.

Is this normal? Are their Labs out there that don't demolish a bowl of kibble in 3.8 seconds and then are immediately hungry again?

I'm certain this breaks the trade description act.

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Fri 01-Mar-13 14:08:56

Her mouth is fine. Not Finland.

She has not eaten any country's

Bahahahaha @ 'her mouth is Finland' grin

My spaniel is sometimes a bit picky about his kibble. It generally coincides with me cooking bacon or something.

I have a fussy dog. If cooking etc she will not eat incase she gets treats when I go to make brews she follows and looks in her bowl uncase the menu has changed.

Bit like us humans going to check fridge incase something nice will be in there by magic

sanityawol Fri 01-Mar-13 14:21:32

Had this with our lab a couple of months ago. We have far too many dogs, so DH bought ten 15 kilo bags of food in one go.

By the time we got to the end of it, I think she was sick of the sight of it and wasn't eating very well. Tried a different type of food for the next bag, and she was back to inhaling it as soon as she was allowed to the bowl.

Is she spayed? One of our other dogs isn't and she goes a bit odd over food just before she comes in season.

Does sound as though yours has developed a fault though!

mistlethrush Fri 01-Mar-13 14:27:13

Embrace the fault - I have had 4 self-rationing dogs who have had treats put on their kibble at 'meal' times that get wolfed down, with a bit of kibble, then they pick at kibble when they feel like it the rest of the time - and didn't have to be rationed at all. It was good because we knew that they were getting a balanced diet, and were not hungry, but stayed nice and trim without being on a diet. It wasn't interesting - but then their treats were...

Our current dog is moving in that direction which is again fine by us - she started inhaling food and now breakfast gets finished about 3pm and supper by about 9.30pm....

ajandjjmum Fri 01-Mar-13 14:39:50

Our 15 month old lab is wolfing his food down as he used to. This morning he had a couple of mouthfuls, and then decided he wanted to go outside for a while! He used to salivate when he saw us walking towards his dish, so at least my kitchen floor is no longer a soggy mess! grin

littlewhitebag Fri 01-Mar-13 14:45:33

My labrador is an inhaler. 2.6 seconds from full to empty bowl.

iseenodust Fri 01-Mar-13 14:59:42

Yep you need to sue someone. grin
13 yr old arthritic lab still inhales two meals even though there is no competition. In between times hoovers kitchen floor for crumbs.

Toomuchtea Fri 01-Mar-13 15:08:14

My lab turns the labrador suction machine on whenever she even thinks about food. There is no competition. The only thing that slows her down is the raw carrot. She is useless at eating carrots so I often stick one in her food to slow her down a bit. Fortunately she is very good at clearing up the appalling mess she makes as she sprays bits of half chewed carrot far and wide.

Not quite the same but our friends little rescue takes one piece of kibble from his bowl, takes it to his rug, crunches it into pieces and then eats it. Then goes back and repeats the process over and over until his meal is finished. Makes me laugh every time!!! Takes forever to eat a meal.

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Fri 01-Mar-13 17:06:52

She is getting spayed next month her season was 6 weeks ago.

So generally not usual in Labs then. I knew she was faulty.

punter Fri 01-Mar-13 22:16:53

We used to have a rescue mongrel who would take ages to eat his meal and needed to have wet food separate from dry and then take his final biscuit into the garden whatever the weather. He passed away last summer. We now have a golden lab which is a bit of a shock, he would eat the bowl if he could. Frozen carrots take a nano second longer (he is teething). My worktops have never been so clear or clean. They cannot actually taste anything can they? Love him to bits though.

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Fri 01-Mar-13 22:25:46

Yes, I've always had Labs. So I am more used hearing "Glunk" coinciding with an immediate absence of food grin

SecretNutellaFix Fri 01-Mar-13 22:33:57

Your dc feed her part of their breakfast?

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Fri 01-Mar-13 22:41:03

Nutty. NOTHING gets between dd and her porridge grin. Hully would rather take steak from a tiger.

SecretNutellaFix Fri 01-Mar-13 22:51:31

smile

nooka Sat 02-Mar-13 05:01:30

Our dog is mixed breed but pretty lab looking. He is fed several times a day when dh thinks he might like a little more (kibble) but pretty rarely eats it all up at once. Sometimes he stands there and lets the cat eat it!

If there is fish around on the other hand then he's there in seconds grin

DeepRedBetty Sat 02-Mar-13 06:10:59

Yup, definitely a minor fault. But if she's running about like a loon, rolls in fox poo and hurls herself in rivers, canals and large puddles, everything else is ok.

TataClaire Sat 02-Mar-13 23:29:49

I wish....my DP's 14.5 year old lab eats anything and everything resulting in projectile effusions at both ends...time clearly has taught him nothing...

WhereMyMilk Sat 02-Mar-13 23:44:47

My lab does this.

Breakfast is still in her dish shock. Obviously not hungry today-though she goes and looks at her bowl to see if anything miraculous has appeared without her noticing!

Also, she'll only eat if we're in the kitchen with her...waits until I'm unloading the dishwasher, so knows I'm stuck for a while!

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Sun 03-Mar-13 07:51:49

grin. My last Lab used to get a chew when we went out. She would save it till we got home before eating it. The weirdo.

ColdHandLou Sun 03-Mar-13 09:56:53

Love the story of your friend's rescue needastrongone - when we take our dog to the local pet shop they give her the odd treat which HAS to be eaten on the mat in there, nowhere else will do!

Pick the bowl up off the floor!

It should be down for 15 minutes only. If the dog hasn't eaten, tough.

You should reduce her ration a bit and offer it twice a day. She will eventually eat normally. That sort of behaviour isn't unheard of in a lab, but is usually caused by food being constantly available and in slightly too large a quantity.

nooka Sun 03-Mar-13 18:19:54

Why would I want to do that though? My dog is nice and thin and happy to eat when he wants. I just think that kibble isn't very interesting food. He gobbles up treats no problem (or buries them for later).

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