Lex is about 12 months old now, and was diagnosed with EPI about 1 month ago.
When she eats, she responds well with her prescribed medicine, i.e., she puts weight on, etc.
The problem is that my Wife and I are SO concerned about getting her to eat that when she shows any reluctance TO eating...I think we fall into the trap of "spicing" up her food with some of her favorite treats, foods, etc. As you might guess, it's not long before she becomes pickier and pickier. It's not uncommon for my Wife to spend, sometimes, 2-3 hrs. with Lex before the little stinker will finish all her food!
I KNOW she WOULD eat if you give her some of her favorite snacks, etc., because when I hold them under her nose...she almost eats your whole hand!
Lex has always (since 9 weeks old) been a "light eater". i.e., she'll eat a little, walk around for a few minutes and then come back and eat some more. She's never been one to eat the whole bowl full non-stop.
I want to "train" the little snot to eat what I want, when we want, not when she wants. It's critical, of course, with her EPI that she eats regularly.
"I think" (please correct me if I'm wrong), and told my Wife, that we need to do what I'm sure many of you will suggest; put the food bowl down for 20-30 minutes, and then pick it up at that point. DO NOT just leave it there even if it still has un-eaten food. If she's hungry, she will "learn" we're not going to "cater" to her! I've heard that you don't need to worry (which is what I told my Wife); a hungry dog WILL NOT STARVE THEMSELVES!
I think we just need to stand our ground, and not give in to her from this point forward!
Do you think I'm right?