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Old 05-06-2014, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jazz is now 21 weeks old. She is on a raw diet, has been since she was weaned. She's my first pup that does not wolf down her food. She takes a few bites, then goes on to play, watch the kids across the street, whatever grabs her attention. It takes her almost two hours to eat. I have tried different brands of prepared raw, I have tried giving her my own prepared raw, doesn't seem to make a difference. The only thing that will get her attention from start to finish is a turkey neck or chicken back/neck. That she will not leave until it's all gone. Anyone else experience this?
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We've dealt with picky eaters, but none that ate that slow. Have you tried setting a time limit?
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2 hour is my time limit. Maybe I should shorten it to 1 hour?
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Update on my nibbler. I found a solution! Don't know why it didn't occur to me sooner. Jazz loves salmon. I have found that mixing a bit of salmon does the trick. After mixing a bit in her food, she now finishes in five minutes, licks the bowl, carries it around and bangs on it for more. Now that's more like it!
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Dexter nibbled! we would fill his bowl to the top and he would have some here and there and eventually his bowl would be empty within 7 hours. Then we got two more dogs and he stopped nibbling.
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2 hour is my time limit. Maybe I should shorten it to 1 hour?
Everything I have read and my personal experience is that you pick up after 10-20 mins. It makes the dog realize that food is scarce and after a few days or weeks s/he will start eating much more quickly.

The other solutions offered about spicing the pup's food up also will generally work. When I needed to get my Dobbie to eat because he was over weight, I would put a little oil from a sardine can or even just vegetable oil on his food and he would be far more interested. Honestly given that when compared to humans a dog's sense of taste is as bad as our sense of smell is compared to theirs it is not really the taste of the food you need to get them over, but the smell.

Finally the other problem could be boredom. Imagine you had to only ever eat a ham sandwich with water for every meal every day... would you wolf it down? Probaly not... Try a little variety in there.
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Update on my nibbler. I found a solution! Don't know why it didn't occur to me sooner. Jazz loves salmon. I have found that mixing a bit of salmon does the trick. After mixing a bit in her food, she now finishes in five minutes, licks the bowl, carries it around and bangs on it for more. Now that's more like it!
Salmon? Be careful, learned this not too long ago about salmon poisoning in our area.

Salmon Poisoning Disease in Dogs | Causes & Prevention
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Thanks, Nigel that is very good information re salmon poisoning in our area. The salmon that I am topping her food with is canned so I'm pretty sure I'm ok. I will also try topping with sardines, again canned, for some variety. When giving her raw fish, I make sure that it is frozen first, at least for a month. I'm told that's a good precaution to avoid any issues with disease. Come to think of it, all of her raw food, which includes turkey, chicken, beef, bison and fish is frozen first.
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