|09-23-2013, 10:56 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Food issues the other way around
I hope to get some ideas how to tackle Herrmann's (11 mths now) issue with eating.
The bottom line is - he always was a bad eater. For example between food and play (or general something to do) food comes out always last.
We have tried several types of food including raw, but he doesn't get excited about any of them.
He never eats if we just put his bowl in the kitchen (short sniff, then he is gone). He only eats if he is alone or if we hand-feed him. He also eats if we give him our leftovers (still it looks more like a chore for him).
When hand-feeding he sometimes simply turns his head away or takes the pebbles into the mouth, but spits it out again. He is getting enough physical and mental exercise, no couch potato here ;-)
As he often gets our leftovers I thought he might be spoiled so offered him twice a day his bowl with only his food, but he would not eat for 2 days and after that eat half a portion slowly without any enthusiasm.
His weight is fine and he is just getting out of growth, so his portion size (and appetite) is going down now anyway, but it is a constant struggle to motivate him to eat.
It is also harder to motivate him to do anything in training/obedience as he is less than interested in getting the normal dry treats (when I offer him one as a reward he often doesn't take it), so I rely mostly on verbal and play/toy-type rewards.
Do any of you have experience with such a dog ? Any thoughts/suggestions ?
|09-28-2013, 09:19 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
I have a similar issue but please take what I'm posting as my experience and not solid advice as I'm a new owner myself.
The background: Rescued a 3 year old 43 lbs German Shepherd.
When I got him home he did not eat for 3 days. Wouldn't take anything, human food, several types of dog food - nothing. I have only had him 4 months now and it's still a chore to feed him. I had to start mixing in a bit of wet food and resorted to hand feeding as well. Finally to the point where the hand feeding has stopped but he also has no interest in food for the most part.
As far as the left overs. If I change my guys diet at all it really messes up with his guts/stools and usually results in diarrhea. Maybe whatever you are giving him up sets his stomach a bit?
Also when I feed my guy, I prep the food and get him excited about it and then run across the house and put it down like its a game and that seems to encourage my picky eater a little. Again, I'm learning myself so not saying any of this is good advice but my experience so far. I would try and break the hand feeding thing when you can because it took a couple months for me to.
|09-28-2013, 09:32 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Bronson, Fl
My 2 YO is about the same. She prefers play to food anytime. When we got her she had never eaten from a bowl so we had to place a pail on the fence just like she was getting at the kennel to get her to eat. Now she eats when she is hungry and prefers human food over dog. After a day or two of poor eating my wife mixes in a handful of chopped ham or turkey and that helps motivate her to eat it quickly so the other dog doesn't take her treat, otherwise we put the same food out in the same place every day at about the same time and let her figure out what she is going to do. Hand feeding and left overs are probably setting a precedent that causes the dog to hold out for a better deal. So we don't place a lot of emphasis on meal time to avoid making it some kind of weird dog ritual or create a trend we do not wish to continue. It's too hard to try and do that with three dogs so we just don't do it at all, unless somebody is sick, If youre sick you get special treats and dinner till youre better.
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