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06-18-2014 08:56 PM
mydogs Well she ate her entire dinner. I give zero treats throughout the day. She hadn't eaten since 7am. She gobbled it up. I won't be catering to her anymore. It's kibble with a spoonful of canned or yogurt. No more switching or coaxing her to eat.


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06-18-2014 08:28 PM
Mister C
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Well back to square one. Not babying this pup anymore. I put her food down she sniffed walked away. I picked it up. I have 5 other dogs to worry about. She can stay hungry. Not leaving it down for 10,15 mins or coaxing her to eat. You eat when I put it down or you don't. Now she can wait until noon. It's frustrating. Maybe to teach her a lesson I will wait for dinner.


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I agree with your approach.

My old dog Maddie was a very picky eater. We catered to her and it grew progressively worse over time.

My new pup refused his breakfast the first week we had him. I took it up after 10 minutes. He ate very well that night.

A couple of days later, he refused another meal. But when I reached for his bowl at the 10 minute mark he rushed his bowl and started eating hungrily. Ha! He hasn't refused a meal since.

Btw, we are feeding the pup pre-made raw (K9 Kravings). We made our own food for Maddie (she ate like a queen) but oddly enough, near the end of her days, the only thing she would eat was cheap dog food.
06-18-2014 06:10 PM
lauren43 I didn't read through all the posts, so I apologize if this is a repeat but I know in my experience (and from what I've heard from others) many dogs just don't seem to like Wellness. My parents dog, who scarfs just about anything you hand her, stopped eating on wellness.

That being said. I think we worry too much about our dogs eating and actually create picky eaters. She has realized that if she doesn't eat, you will offer her something different, perhaps even better than her last meal. And something tells me that when its not meal time, she is still getting plenty of snacks throughout the day (ie treats)...So in other words, she is not starving. She is waiting for the better offer. The problem with growing puppies is I'm not so sure about skip meals, if she were an adult I would say go tough love all the way. No treats, no extras, she gets 15 mins to eat and then the food is taken away...However that is not recommended with puppies. Just remember switching her food all the time will only create a picker eater...If you can get away with just adding a bit of wet to every meal, that maybe the way to go.
06-18-2014 06:04 PM
mamajag We had this issue with Gretchen when she first came home. She wouldn't eat. I offered food 3 times a day for 10 minutes with her restricted to the kitchen during that time. She learned to eat when food is presented. She didn't starve herself. Gretchen is now 18 weeks and has been doing two meals a day for a while. She weaned herself off of lunch at about 15 weeks. If she's not eating I'd keep offering 3x a day, though.

Now I give her 1/2 can of wet food mixed in with her kibble, but I do that because she truthfully isn't all that fond of dry food or dry treats. She'll eat without it, though. She just doesn't enjoy it as much.
06-17-2014 07:15 AM
mydogs
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I think it was Joanne Plumb that imparted this nugget - in all her work with dogs, she's yet to see on starve itself to death.

Put the food down. Dog doesn't eat. Pick the food up until next feeding time. Repeat as needed.

Well back to square one. Not babying this pup anymore. I put her food down she sniffed walked away. I picked it up. I have 5 other dogs to worry about. She can stay hungry. Not leaving it down for 10,15 mins or coaxing her to eat. You eat when I put it down or you don't. Now she can wait until noon. It's frustrating. Maybe to teach her a lesson I will wait for dinner.


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06-17-2014 12:56 AM
middleofnowhere I think it was Joanne Plumb that imparted this nugget - in all her work with dogs, she's yet to see on starve itself to death.

Put the food down. Dog doesn't eat. Pick the food up until next feeding time. Repeat as needed.
06-16-2014 09:56 PM
mydogs
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I'm having this same problem where mine won't eat much, I'm trying to get him into a better weight. I'm actually going to try different more high quality food and see if it sticks, also planning to top it with 100% pumpkin, yogurt, and carrots. I plan on alternating each topper just so he will eat more.

I use a different topper each meal but always a drop of yogurt. Tonite was the Instinct raw beef medallions just 5-6 pieces.


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06-16-2014 08:29 PM
wolfie13 I'm having this same problem where mine won't eat much, I'm trying to get him into a better weight. I'm actually going to try different more high quality food and see if it sticks, also planning to top it with 100% pumpkin, yogurt, and carrots. I plan on alternating each topper just so he will eat more.
06-16-2014 02:05 PM
mydogs I wouldn't pack feed either at her age. My 6 dogs have own bowls and fed same space apart. They know not to go near the others. My puppy though will stop eating and roam so I put her back to her dish. She will finish hers when they are done or with me kneeling by her. She loves Greek yogurt so if I even add a smear of it to get her to finish I do.


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06-16-2014 01:39 PM
Shade The puppy won't starve herself enough to cause harm without a medical reason. If she's only eating half a cup at a meal then that's probably all she wants to eat at that moment. You mentioned eye goobers, if she's not feeling well then she's not going to want to eat just like when we have a cold or flu. Has she been dewormed at least twice?

Personally I don't have a problem with toppers; I just make sure they are healthy ones. I feed Fromm's four star grain free line (which my extremely picky eater poodle loves) and swap flavours each bag, really it doesn't need toppers but I like adding variety. I use warm water, Tripett (canned tripe), raw egg, coconut oil, salmon oil, greek yogurt, and sometimes a little meat or vegetables if I'm making dinner at the same time.

Personally I'm not a fan of pack feeding just for the sake of adding competition. I think that would create a stressful environment and could easily lead to resource guarding. Each of my dogs has their own bowl and is fed at the same time about 10' apart. Delgado eats much faster than Jazzy but the rule in my house is no bugging the other animals when they have food or a treat. My family has 8 dogs (9 if my parents have a foster) and if we are all visiting together they get fed at the same time. Same rules though, they all eat from their own bowls and there's no bugging another dog until they are finished.
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