My partner and I recently got ourselves a GSD X Husky puppy (mum was full GSD, dad was half GSD and half Husky). So although he's not full GSD, he's almost there. His name is Gelert and he's about 14-15 weeks old.
The first two days, Gelert was having diarrhoea. He was also quite skinny. Due to this, we took him to the vet. We got him wormed etc, and the vet gave us a special tinned food for sensitivity - bland, chicken and rice type stuff. They told us to use this initially to improve his number 2's. This worked. Once that was done, we were told to wean Gelert off the sensitivity food gradually - which we've been doing.
It's all worked - he's bulked a bit, and his number 2's are much firmer.
We've been weaning him on to James Wellbeloved turkey and rice puppy kibble. Our aim is to get him on to dry puppy food, and once he's old enough, dry adult dog food.
However, now that we're at that point where there's more kibble in the bowl than tinned food, he has today turned his nose up at it. He's now coming up for 24 hours with no food. I'll be putting food down again for him shortly though, as per our feeding schedule.
Today, the vet assistant said to just wait it out - Gelert will eventually cave in and eat. I'm all for this to an extent, but as he's a puppy I don't want him going too long without food. We've managed to bulk Gelert up a bit since we got him, it'd be a shame to have all that undone now because he's gone on hunger strike.
I understand a dog will always prefer wet food to dry - it's a bit like us choosing between a nice juicy burger, and some healthy crackers. But I've read somewhere that you can put gravy over kibble to strike a kind of happy-medium for the dog.
Has anyone done that before? If so, how did it go? And are we talking standard 'human' gravy, or some special dog gravy? Would gravy granules suffice, or stock cubes? Obviously, whatever it is would need to be quite diluted, I assume, and of course free from onion etc.
Alternatively, can anyone recommend anything else we can mix in with kibble (mincemeat, perhaps?) in order to make it more appealing? Although bearing in mind that we want the kibble to be the predominant ingredient.
Sorry for the lengthy post, just thought it was worth giving some background first.
Any help would be hugely appreciated
(EDIT) Also, I've been reading around this all day, and there's so much (often conflicting) information out there, that I thought it best to just ask here, so that the answers are specific to my situation. Cheers.