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Feeding Shelby

Shelby's food

Shelby gets 1/2 cup of kibble for breakfast, and another 1/4 kibble for dinner.
In between, she can have some snacks, but she should "work" for them. Shelby knows how to:

  • sit
  • shake / high-five/ wave
  • lie down
  • dance (hold your hand above her, and ask her to dance)
  • touch (if you hold your fist out, she will touch it with her nose)
  • back (if you point, and say "back" she will back up, and whine the entire time.)

Shelby can have any sort of dog snack, though preferably small ones. She also likes most vegetables.

She is also the kind of dog that will leave no kibble behind. If there's a bowl of kibble sitting around, there won't be for long.

What not to feed Shelby

Please don't feed Shelby citrus fruits. We gave her a taste once, and she barfed. Also, please no rawhides. She's a gulper, and we're concerned she'll choke on smaller rawhide pieces. She loves pig ears, but please only in moderation. She barfs if she has too much of it.


If you're cooking, she has a tendency to stand below you to try to catch food. To correct this behavior, Steven and I have taught her to go "up on your seat." For us, this means she is to sit on a window seat, that is far enough away to be safe, but still close enough to watch. If you point to a seat and tell her firmly to "go up on your seat," Shelby will sit there and stay out of the kitchen. You might need to periodically remind her to get back up there. But she listens every time.

June 1, 2006 | Permalink


these are interesting facts about shelby! that stuff is good for other people to know in case she has to be with other people for a while! you guys are very good doggie parents! way to go! no wonder shelby loves you!

Posted by: dana l. | Jun 1, 2006 7:33:31 AM

Too cute - we used to tell Meimei to go to her "place" which was a mat in the kitchen just for her - but Miko used to pee on it all the time when she was a puppy - so we took it out.

Shelby is adorable - I know your friends will have a great time with her!

Posted by: Amanda | Jun 1, 2006 8:15:23 AM

seeing Shelby's little breakfast and dinner rations reminds me of the time our Son was visiting at feed time at our house for our Pugs, he had a great time laughing his head off at the tiny portions....he and his wife have 2 Rotties... !!

Posted by: Ann Crago | Jun 1, 2006 10:20:03 AM

is there a video of shelby dancing? that's gotta be a cute trick : )

Posted by: angelica | Jun 1, 2006 11:00:43 AM

Omigosh, Mylo and Shelby are so alike! We love reading your site Winnie and Shelby!

Posted by: Nia | Jun 5, 2006 4:47:51 AM

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