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Old 12-23-2013, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 8 month old male, and he has been on the same Kibble since he was born. I split his food portions into two meals, only allowing the food to be out for 10 minutes, and if he pays it no mind, I pick it up and wait until its time for his next meal. He has been really good at eating when its time, but all of a sudden he has no interest in his kibble. I thought something was wrong with him but he will gladly eat treats, or try to sneak human food which leads me to think that he is just being picky.

I did leave him with someone for a week when I went on vacation, and Im wondering if they fed him table scraps because there is also extensive 'whining' and 'stalking' when my family eats dinner. I asked my vet and she suggested doing the ten minute rule like normal even if he doesn't touch his food for days. Ive even tried making meal times 'exciting' but hes not stupid LOL. I guess I am looking for a second opinion here.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm sure there is plenty of information on this around the forum but I wonder if you can supplement something in with the food to peak his interest again? Don't quote me on the examples I'm about to give, do the research. Some raw hamburger, a raw egg. Something to get him interested in feeding time again.
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I'm sure there is plenty of information on this around the forum but I wonder if you can supplement something in with the food to peak his interest again? Don't quote me on the examples I'm about to give, do the research. Some raw hamburger, a raw egg. Something to get him interested in feeding time again.
I guess I will have to browse some more. I tried adding some supplement to his meal but it got to a point that he always expected something to be added extra, and if it was not he wouldnt touch it..It even got so ridiculous that I would have to stir a spoon in his bowl to make him think he was getting something extra, but he grew past that stage and knows better now
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I guess I will have to browse some more. I tried adding some supplement to his meal but it got to a point that he always expected something to be added extra, and if it was not he wouldnt touch it..It even got so ridiculous that I would have to stir a spoon in his bowl to make him think he was getting something extra, but he grew past that stage and knows better now
HAHA! Not funny but I have so been there.... I've also had them pick out the good stuff and leave every single piece of kibble. I've tried raw egg a few times, that worked quite well because it's more of a liquid. She tipped the bowl and licked all the egg off the bottom.....

Someone will chime in here with some better ideas I'm sure. We had some trouble every time we let my parents dog sit for us. No matter how ugly I got about it, it never made any difference but at least I knew they weren't being neglected.
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It could be that the dog sitters did spoil him a bit, I am guilty of doing that when my daughter brings her dog over.

Maybe you get a sample bag of a new flavor of food. See if you can stick with the same brand but try a different protein mix? This might be easier than your dog always expecting his food to be topped with something.
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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stick with what you are doing. when gets hungry enough, he will eat.
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I mix in a lil coconut oil that I've warmed up. It coats the kibble and its good for their skin and coat, especially in the winter. My boy has been picky since day one and I have had to fight this issue you are for almost 7 months. I tried the "he'll eat when he's hungry". Well he would not eat to the point he was throwing up stomach acid because he was so hungry. I switched foods and that didn't help.
I have found the coconut oil, baby food (with no added preservatives), mixing wet dog food, egg and just other dog friendly treats are easier to mix in their food then cleaning yellow bile off of carpet.


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