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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-13-2013, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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keeps pushing food bowl away

i dnuo what my pups deal is, but since yesterday evening when i try to feed him he keeps trying to push his food bowl away when his food is in there...he keeps nudging it away with his head. if i take small amounts of food and put it on the floor he eats it just fine! ive tried changing bowls same problem. if i put all the food on the floor, he nudges that away. any ideas?
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Use his food while you train him...that way it is utilized in the best way possible. What are you feeding? It may be rancid. Dogs have much better instinctive olfactory senses and do know if something is off.
Or if he's teething and in pain, the food is relative to the pain. Maybe soak the kibble so it is easier on his gums.

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hes a lil over 8 months old so i dont think hes teething anymore...im feeding him Acana Grasslands and been using this bag for over 2 weeks now, dont think its off...
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He'll eat it from your hand or on the floor, just not from the dish? I don't feed kibble but would think it is hard on the nose to eat from a bowl, vs picking it up from a flat 'lick'. Odd that he just started it...and yes, teething isn't an issue at this age.

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he'll only eat small amounts from my hand, like 2 or 3 pieces at a time, if i have more in my hand he nudges my hand away...i might try soaking it in warm water and see what happens
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Sage almost always dumps her food in the floor when she eats. It's aggravating to have kibble skitter all over the place, but that's just her. Maybe your guy just doesn't like bowls!

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I had the exact same problem with my 8month old. Turned out it was a massive attention thing and her trying to see if she could get something else to eat if she refused. I left her in her pen with the food for 15minutes, when I returned she ate only a small amount. So I would take it off her. I did this everyday for a week. I feed her raw food and high quality dog biscuits.
But I just let her go hungry, and I tell you what, she eats every last bit now, because she knows if she doesn't eat it, she won't be offered anything else. Also we have 3 outdoor dogs, so they all have individual pens and are fed side by side, it really encouraged her too eat. Seeing the others eat convinced her she has too


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so should i just pick it up and try again in the morning? how long should i go before doing something? dont want him to starve lol
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he won't starve. I'm not a fan of tough-love when it comes to food, but I feed raw, and my dogs seldom, if ever, pass up a meal.
My thing with kibble is knowing a dogs instinct and trusting if there may be an issue with the food. Though they'll eat gamey green raw with out hesitation! Go figure.

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hmm ok, ill see what happens! tough love it is...hopefully he comes around lol, not in the mood to start changing foods
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