Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA
I am also a fairly new member. My young GSD, Vytas, Went through the same thing and for Vytas it seems to be related to growing spurts. I have always tried to feed twice a day but during the off growing times, he eats only once a day and a small amount. Vytas is 1 year now and I still mix canned food in with the dry. I also feed Orijen and mix in 1/2 to 3/4 of a can each feeding with a small amount of warm water and NILIF so he does something to earn his meal. having said that, don't refeed day old soggy food, always fresh. Try feeding small amounts, twice a day and give him a few minutes to start eating, if he doesn't eat then pick it up, ignore him and walk away. If he gets a lot of treats with training, that can also affect his appetite. Vytas is my first GSD pup and watching him has taught me a lot. I would also kep a close eye on his demeaner and poop habit, if he doesn't start eating then a Vet check may be needed. My breeder fed the pups canned food with the kibble and water to make a gravey until they are about 14 months old, I'm sure there is more than one right way depending on the dog. Good luck, fussy eating can be very frustrating.