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post #11 of 69 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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He'll eat every bit of the food (4 1/2 cups) if something good is on it
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post #12 of 69 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 11:44 AM
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Can you just alternate between different flavours of wet?

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post #13 of 69 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking I may add different flavors of the canned version of his food to his dry food and hopefully he won't get bored
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I thought I was the only crazy one here, but..... I'm still hand feeding my baby too to get him to eat. He wants people food like baked chicken breasts, etc. I cannot do this all the time, I can't afford it. We found a dry food he loves, Earthborn Primitive. But he won't eat it by himself. But if I feed it to him by the handfuls he will. I want to feed him one meat meal a day and one Earthborn. He's 14 mo old and a little thin to me. I don't want him overweight, just filled out.
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What brands of food have you tried that caused a bad reaction?

I'm sorry but 5 cups of food would be a LOT of food even if he was 100lb intact male. Are you sure he's actually underweight and not just lean?
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Oh and to Texaspeg, don't expect your dog to fill out until he's 2-3 years old. Even on a full RAW diet, GSD puppies will be lanky and awkward looking until they're roughly 2-3 years old.
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We have fed Canidae, TOTW, Petcurean Go, Natures Logic & now Natures Variety....the only common denominator are grains (that includes oats). He's not just lean...the vet said he needed to gain weight...you can feed his spine and hip bones.
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My four year old rescued/adopted male GSD behaves in EXACTLY the same way and I finally found something that will get him to eat his kibble. My Max is 30 inches tall and now weighs about 95 pounds. When rescued, he was closer to 70 pounds - so weight gain was essential.

After determining that he had SIBO at the end of May, we really needed for him to eat. I tried canned cat food, canned dog food, boiled chicken, cooked hamburger, several different cheeses, you name it. What finally got him eating and eating nearly all of every meal was some raw chicken or turkey. He now gets a chicken wing or part of a turkey neck (1/2 or 1/3) in his bowl with his kibble and some canned dog food. Now he eats and eats without being a 95 pound drama queen.

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I am going through this EXACT thing with my 14 month old intact male. It makes me worry when he skips meals. He'll come to me and look at his food (TOTW HP), look at me guiltily then slink off into the living room. But by the next meal especially after exercise he'll eat again. I just bought the canned version of his food and plan to substitute half a can for half a cup of food.

I thought maybe the extreme heat was affecting his appetite. Is there a reason why intact males would suddenly change their eating habits?

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Which proteins were you using with each brand including the one you're using now? What are his poops like?
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