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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-24-2017, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Changing Food Often

Is it bad to change puppy's food often, if he doesn't show any adverse reaction (ie diarrhea)?

Sitka is one picky pooch! He doesn't like apple, carrot, peanut butter... and probably more that I haven't tried yet. He hardly eats kibble, and only grazes throughout the day. I often worry if he is getting enough calories.

To entice him I add different things like scrambled egg, coconut/olive oil, or chicken.... This works for a little while, then he gets bored. Also, I'd prefer to keep him primarily on kibble, as it fits best with our lifestyle.

Anytime we try a new kibble he happily gobbles it up for a few days and then... gets bored

He's not sick.. this is not new, he still eats treats, will eat food if I hand feed him or play catch ( throw it in his mouth); he tried to still some chicken off the counter the other day.

I do not want to put him on raw food.

He has been on Orijen, Nutrisource, Performatrin, Performatrin Ultra, and now Royal Canine Large Breed Puppy.

I think he just gets bored, as I probably would.

Is there any harm in buying kibble in smaller bags and switching brands/protein sources regularly? The only time he has had tummy issues was after a few continuous days of too many chicken liver treats followed by a can of wet dog food. A few scrambled eggs cleared it up right away!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-24-2017, 04:48 PM
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Switching foods depends on the dog. I can switch both mine without any problem or having to do it a little at a time. When you say grazing and bored, what the problem could be is the way you're feeding. If your just leaving it out, letting him be lazy about it then trying to bribe him with something better you can end up creating a picky eater. Put it down, and if he doesn't eat, pick it up and wait till the next meal time.
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He’s being picky because he is allowed to be picky, most likely. Aree you free feeding him? I would put food down two or three times a day. If he doesn’t finish within 10-15 minutes, pull the food up and offer it again at his next meal time. He should get with the program fairly quickly.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-24-2017, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, I 100% agree that he is being picky because he can!

I do have the food down all the time, and then 'bribe' him to eat it....

I will try putting it down and taking it away if he doesn't eat - @GypsyGhost you said leave it for 10-15 minutes. Ok

I feed him twice a day, morning and night... is it ok to leave him all days (8hrs) without any food in his bowl, even if he hasn't eaten that morning or the night before?

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Feed him straight dog food, nothing added to entice him to eat and put it down for 10 minutes. If he doesn't eat, pick it up and don't put it back down until is next feeding time.

I get the impression from your posts that you really love Sitka and are really trying to do the best you can for your dog. That is great and I commend you. However, let's not spoil Sitka too much. If Sitka misses a few meals, he is not going to starve. He will, however, learn to eat his food when you put his bowl down. If he gets hungry enough he will eat, plain and simple. Sometimes being so concerned and conscientious causes other behavioral and obedience problems. Keep in mind that Sitka is a dog and not a furry child. If Sitka misses a couple of days of food he will be absolutely fine, 8 hours is no problem.

Sometimes "too good is no good." Sitka is one very lucky dog having you as an owner. I just think you need to relax a little and not worry so much.

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I believe I have seen brands that offer a variety of different proteins of kibble for rotational feeding. I believe Fromm 4 star is one and comes in a variety of sizes and is approved for large breed dogs. That is all I can really add, i am pretty sure my dog would eat until he exploded.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-03-2017, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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I've been doing as advised and only leaving Sitka's food down for 10-15 minutes at a time, twice a day at feeding times. The hunger strike hasn't completed ended and he still doesn't seem overly enthused with his kibble; BUT, at least now I know approx. how much he is eating: about 1/2-3/4 of the suggested daily intake.

I often see examples of using kibble to train and play games with - ie: sit before getting food, hide food around house so pup can 'find it'. - Sitka's not nearly interested enough in kibble to bribe him with it yet, but maybe eventually.
I do make him sit and stay before I put the food down, and wait for my command. It's just not much of a temptation yet


I am using Rollover Dog food mixed with beef liver and lung for training treats, and we do a lot of training, so I think this makes up for his low kibble intake.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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Can i suggest going to the vets for a full (really full) blood panel? I onow there is always one person with a horror story to tell, but this is what happened to me. Mine has always been picky. Eats treats okay. Hand fed eats sometimes. Had to change food regularly to keep him eating. VEt kept saying there is nothing wrong with him. Sometimes had great appetite for a few months but then back to pickiness. Apart from that everything is normal. Now at 23 months old, we found out one of his kidney values is high and we had to go to an internal medicine specialist who thinks these things can be signs for IBD (if not a kidney disease in my dogs case) he said one should never ignore the dogs pickiness.
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