Dog Parenting Dilemmas: How Do You Know Your Dog Is Hungry?

Are you ever unsure if your pup is truly hungry, or just being a little demanding? How do you know your dog is hungry? It can be difficult to tell sometimes!

It turns out there are actually quite a few clues that will let you know when it’s time for dinner – aside from the usual barking and pawing at their bowl!

Let’s check it out.

Signs Your Dog Is Hungry

Being aware of the clues your dog is giving you can help ensure that your furry friend stays healthy and full.

If you observe any of these signs in your pup, it’s probably time to fill up his bowl!

1. Excessive Drooling:

When your dog is extra drooly, it may be an indication that they are looking for food. A good sign that this isn’t just a normal behavior is if you’ve never seen them drool like this before.

2. Whining and Barking:

Nothing says “I’m hungry” quite like incessant whining and barking! Your pup might start this up when you enter the kitchen to let you know what they want — dinner!

3. Nipping and nibbling:

If your pup is nipping at you or eating other items around the house, he may be asking for food.

Nipping and nibbling are indicators of hunger, however, if your dog becomes aggressive or overly mouthy when you don’t feed him right away it’s best to check in with a professional trainer to make sure he isn’t exhibiting any bad behavior that needs to be corrected.

4. Perking Up Their Ears:

Have you ever noticed that when you open the fridge or cupboard, your pup perks up their ears?

Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and can detect even the slightest hint of food, so keep an eye out for this one!

5. Searching for food:

Have you ever noticed your pup digging through the garbage for scraps? If he’s scavenging for something to eat, it could mean that he is searching for sustenance because his own bowl is empty.

For this, you should keep your dog away from trash as eating garbage can cause some serious health issues.

6. Restless behavior:

If your pup is making multiple laps around the kitchen or anxiously pacing from room to room, he’s likely expressing his need for food.

It’s hard to stay still when you feel like you could really use a snack!

7. Constantly begging:

Having those puppy dog eyes isn’t just a tactic used to get extra treats – it can be an indication that it’s mealtime!

Pay attention to whether your pooch is pleading for more than just snacks, as this can be one of the biggest hunger signs in dogs.

8. Eating grass:

Believe it or not, this can actually be a sign of hunger (as long as there isn’t an underlying medical issue).

While eating grass won’t provide your pup with nutritional value, it may help him to feel a bit fuller if he hasn’t had enough to eat.

9. Weight loss:

If your pup is losing weight, this could be an indication that he needs more calories each day.

Be sure to monitor his weight and adjust his caloric intake accordingly – you can always talk to your vet for guidance on how much food your pet should be eating!

10. Low energy levels:

Does your pup seem sluggish or uninterested in playing? This can be another sign of hunger, as not having enough nutrients can cause a decrease in energy levels.

If you notice this happening frequently it’s important to take a look at how much (and what kind of) food your dog is consuming.

If you notice these signs in your pup, it is sure that they might be hungry. This might happen if you skip their meal by mistake or their body requires more food than usual.

That brings us to the next question asked by most dog parents…

How Many Times A Day Should I Feed My Dog?

When it comes to feeding your pup, timing is everything. How often and how much should you feed him?

The general rule of thumb is two meals a day (puppies should have three). How much food depends on your pup’s age, size, and activity level – get advice from your vet if in doubt.

Also, read the label of the dog food to get an idea about how much food needs to be given.

Remember that all dogs are different so don’t be surprised if one needs more than the other! And leave plenty of fresh water available at all times too.


So there you have it – now you’re an expert on how to tell when your dog is hungry. Keep an eye out for the signs and make sure they never go without!

Give your them a bowl of their favorite dog food and watch them wag their tail in joy!

It may not always be easy but with practice, patience, and lots of love, you can ensure that your pup always has their bellies full!

What signs does your dog show when it is hungry? Let us know in the comment section!

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