|01-16-2015 12:22 AM|
I had hoped she wouldn't be the same way the breeder's first shepherd was!
Supposedly, Tabitha would literally REFUSE dog food, even with tidbits and toppers mixed in, to a point that she would lose weight. He said he let her go almost a week and a half once and she simply snubbed the bowl every time, no matter how hungry she was, no matter how often she was vomiting from an empty stomach. He had her vet checked, too, and they found nothing. Though, she was also... mentally unstable. I think she was the one that had chewed all of her littermates tails off, so... Her mental condition might have had a part in that, too.
Eventually, he just figured it was easier to feed her what he ate, and he's a darn good cook. He was also single, at the time, so it made little difference to cook for two.
I'm REALLY glad I don't have that problem lmfao. It would have been horrible to deal with, since I'm having a hard time cooking for US, let alone her as well.
... Yeah boyfriend needs a kick in the ass. His view of the purebred world is... disjointed, to say the least. It's frustrating to hear him talk about the akc as 'discouraging the ownership of dogs who do not meet standard' and that 'dogs who don't meet that standard are the second class citizens of the dog world'.
He comes from an entirely different environment when it comes to dogs, though. He grew up feeding really crappy food and not training or walking the dog and thinks that, because his dog was great and lived to be 15, all dogs are the same way. -sigh-
|01-15-2015 11:59 PM|
|middleofnowhere||I was pretty sure you weren't going to report that the dog starved itself to death.... Thanks for the update. Boyfriend needs a whack on the head, eh?|
|01-15-2015 10:53 PM|
Thought I should go ahead and make an update on this thread, despite it being much later than I probably should have.
In response to the 'Eat it or don't under the next meal' method, I had tried that. Simply put, boyfriend thought that it wasn't fair and that we would 'stunt' her if we continued. So, for his peace of mind (and my sanity), we went on adding toppings etc to her food. She's currently 10 months and 76 pounds and if I hear that we stunted her from him I might punch him because she's already OVER the standards top end. >n>
However, now, it seems she may have grown out of her picky stage. Lately, I've simply been putting the bowl down with either a little bit of shredded mozz in it, or an egg, and she has no problem downing the bowl. Granted, I've also reduced her portions by about a cup (she seems to eat 3 to 3 1/2 cups a day no problem, but 4 was too much). She also has been getting better with eating in the morning, which had been a consistent problem in the past.
I totally agree with the idea that, in over worrying, I created a problem. Now that I've sort of just accepted it and gone with it, it seems to have slowly disappeared, for which I'm grateful.
|06-18-2014 08:56 PM|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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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