Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
A few ideas:
How much are you feeding "in one go", maybe its too much? Maybe he is eating what he needs and leaves the rest? I would try measuring out a set amount (I always gauge feeding by body condition not "what the bag says", but sometimes what the bag says is a good starting point, then just adjust from there) and putting it down, let him eat his fill. Whatever is left over, you cut from his next meal. He is telling you he doesn't need that much. I would offer that same amount 2 times a day, about 12 hours apart. If you notice that as he grows he licks his bowl clean and looks for more, I would add another 1/4 cup at a time until you meet his need, then just maintain that until his needs change again (ie growth, exercise etc)
Try some HEALTHY add ins - Pumpkin, plain yogurt, organ puree (If you feed kibble, you can boil heart, kidney, liver then put it through the food processor), coconut oil, salmon oil, broth (no salt) - you wouldn't do these all at once of course, but you could start with one thing, add about a tsp, and build to a couple tablespoons over a few days. Do that with each, then start a rotation. It should take about a month to introduce several toppers.
Make eating fun - try a kong! I use any of the toppers, mixed with kibble, stuffed into a kong then freeze overnight/all day. Then feed to your pup frozen, it will provide at least an hour of fun (sometimes more!)
Or, if you have a fenced grassy area (yard), you can take the whole bowl of kibble and throw it across the lawn. Watch as your baby puppy "tracks" his dinner through the grass!