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07-03-2014 10:43 PM
TigervTeMar this is really funny ive never heard of it before. I agree with people who say don't pander to it. your 7 week pup will be enormous by comparison in a few months and you could really regret letting him decide certain things. it'll be like owning a rabbit now but an 80 lb hyena in a few months doing what the rabbit got to do
07-03-2014 06:58 PM
Ace GSD Do you wash the bowl at least daily ? My dog wont drink if i dont rinse the bowl ...i guess he doesnt like slobber lol
07-03-2014 06:08 PM
kay88 You mentioned that he barks and runs away when you pour it in the bowl....maybe the issue is with the bowl and not the kibble?? Perhaps trying a different bowl might work since for some reason he's reacting to it....
07-02-2014 03:03 AM
wolfie13 My dog does sort of the same thing. I make them treats for him as I train him. After a bit of training he goes and eats on his own. He's got an appetite.

This doesn't always happen. He is beginning to eat all his bowl on his own. Just sometimes I have to "trick" him to eat more with using his bowl as treats.
06-26-2014 09:39 AM
GatorDog Is he feeling ok otherwise? A vet check never hurts..

Otherwise, like everyone else has mentioned...If he doesn't eat after 10 minutes, I would pick the bowl up and he can try again later in the day. I don't beg my dogs to eat and I don't leave their food out all day.
06-26-2014 09:37 AM
carmspack put food down, go away , don't hover . 20 minutes remove food .
Provide later.

don't cater to kato

Is it the same food the breeder had been giving.
06-26-2014 06:55 AM
mydogs I did the same thing as my puppy wouldn't eat. Left it down 15 mins picked it up. I had to do it twice I also stopped coaxing her by adding different toppers each meal. Now she gets dry kibble a drop of water and Fruitables canned pumpkin or sweet potato a few drops on top of her food. She cleans her bowl.

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06-25-2014 11:48 PM
scout172 My recommendation is put the food bowl down for maybe 20-30 min if he doesn't eat pick it up, then offer again later.[/QUOTE]

Exactly what I waa going to say
06-25-2014 11:43 PM
Sunflowers What are you feeding?

Find a kibble he likes.
06-25-2014 11:42 PM
Courtney I know when they don't eat it worries us, as it should. Anything to get them to eat. Feeding him by hand I don't think is the end of the world but I'm sure you don't want this to become a routine eating habit. German Shepherd pups are very smart Good thinking mentioning to the vet. Keep us updated.
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