● "Why does my dog eat like its life depends on it?"
Because his life DOES depend on him eating. Especially on him eating adequate amounts of the range of nutritional elements his rapidly-growing body requires. The natural diet, the one dogs evolved with the perfect digestive system for, is RAW animal protein - whole birds, eggs, fish (but ensure that there are none of those needle-like bones available), insects, mammals, reptiles.
Feeding your nasty neighbours to him (they ARE mammals!) IS economical, but your freedom will VERY soon be curtailed by the boys in blue! I suspect that, after the trial, you WON'T like the new "neighbours" you will be placed among....
● "I have a German Sheppard"
Impossible - there is no such thing as a German Sheppard. Any PEOPLE who have "Sheppard" as their surname have an ancestor who was a shepherd back when William The Conqueror sent scribes to find & record who lived in each part of the England he'd conquered, and what each person owned, so that King William knew how much tax he could claim from each person. Trouble is, the scribes came from the same part of Normandy (an area of France ceded to the Vikings by a French ruler who didn't want to have to fight them) as King William did - and didn't know English customs & language (do you have any idea how MANY accents & dialects there are in England?) very well. So when a man said "I am Bill the butcher", the scribe wrote "Bill Butcher". When a man said "I'm John the shepherd", the scribe wrote "John Shepard" or "John Sheperd" or "John Shephard" or "John Shepperd".
The dog breed you are thinking of has Deutsche Schäferhund as its real breed-name in Germany, because it is German & herds sheep. That translates EXACTLY as German Shepherd Dog, with GSD as its abbreviation.
● "that s approx. 4 months old"
At this part of a dog's life its human SHOULD know its actual birthday.
That is ESSENTIAL for organising the health checks before each of the CORE vaccinations to be injected at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, and for booking dog & owner into a competent dog training class so there will be a gap for owner & pup for about a year, starting when Pup is 18-to-22 weeks old.
If you are in an area with rabies vaccination laws, you also need to know what the LATEST is that you can delay getting the first one - aim for at LEAST 2 weeks after the last core vaccination, so the rabies "shot" doesn't interfere with the core vaccines.
● "and recently hes been desperately eating his food everytime we feed him."
Q.E.D. he is MIGHTY HUNGRY!
It would have helped to be told:
🚥How LONG you've had him.
🚥WHAT you're feeding him.
🚥How MUCH per meal (using a STANDARD measurement such as kilograms & grams, or pounds & ounces, or cups).
🚥His own WEIGHT today.
💥Please click the [Edit] under your question, then click the [Add Update] that will pop up, followed by typing that IMPORTANT information for us all.
It's not essential, but it would be nice to also be told whether (1) he is registered with your nation's ONE internationally accepted kennel club (if you're a Yank, only the AKC is accepted), or (2) came from a dog rescue organisation or the city Pound, or (3) an ignorant BYBer (Back Yard Breeder) who promised anything but gave you NOTHING in writing.
● "We feed him once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once at night, in the morning a somewhat full bowl, and I m the after noon and night half of it, sometimes more than half, and he still doesn t seem to be full, any answers as to what might be happening here?"
🤯1: You have not been adjusting the food to suit his current growth stage.
Do you still eat the same AMOUNT of food that you did when you were 2 years old?
🤯2: You have probably been supplying a poor quality kibble, as well as not adjusting the amount.
Kibble is NOT part of the Diet Sheet my puppy-buyers find on the back of the pup's pedigree, except that I do include LARGE dog biscuits - which have the same ingredients as kibbles, but DO requiring some chomping. Click https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GSD_...
to see that Diet Sheet. Note that you need to learn to "feed by eye", basing the amount on whether Pup wanders away before emptying the dish, or is still hungry after lovingly polishing the dish with his tongue.
🤯3: You have probably NOT been dosing him with worm-killers.
Worms enjoy the food before the dog gets to digest what's left! The worse the breeder, the surer that the pups will arrive with plenty of worms - usually roundworms, but there are plenty of others possible: heartworm, hookworm, lungworm, taenia, tapeworm, whipworm among them.
There is a /Links section in the last group I recommend you to join. Once you're a member you can click that LINKS label, then click the WORMS folder, and being studying.
But until you are expert at identifying different worms or their egg-sacs, book a check-up with your vet and take along as fresh a sample of Pup's faeces as possible, as well as Pup himself.
Large CHUNKS of raw meat are much better - preferably with the bones still in the meat. That way the dog has to slowly GNAW the meat off the bone and CHEW to cut the meat into bits small enough to swallow. The gnawing & chewing are important for dislodging the deciduous teeth and helping the permanent teeth break through the gums - which he has probably started developing; in addition, the friction helps clean his teeth. Even more important, having to gnaw & chew SLOWS DOWN how fast he can swallow, and thus the food doesn't ALL reach the stomach at almost the same time. Dogs that GULP their food down in a few seconds are destined to die of GDV Bloat, as a result of all that food arriving at the same time and producing so much gas.
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😛 To discuss GSDs, join some groups such as
by sending an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page.
The people in them KNOW about GSDs. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts.
To find other groups or breeds, type the breed-name into the top field of
then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's
on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE.
😛 Also join
so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group.
King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968