Please critique my puppies eating habits..
This is my first German Shepherd. She is currently 10 weeks old, and we brought her home 2 weeks ago when she was 8 weeks. So far she has been a great dog (except for the **** nipping! driving my wife nuts!)
I decided to start her on Orijen Large Breed Puppy. After a few days of diarrhea, her poops are very good. Not to soft, not to hard. I feed her at 7am and 5pm, usually 1 cup a feeding (she is 15 pounds).
My concern is that she has little interest in eating her food. Sometimes when I give her food, she eats about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Sometimes she will sniff it and turn away. Never has she ate the entire bowl at one feeding. Sometimes we will sit there and my 3 year old with throw the kibbles at her and she will eat them all off the floor (sometimes not). Often times we need to keep her focused on her food to finish.
A couple times I have added toppings (raw patties, cottage cheese, etc.) and she ate well. However, I don't want to spend the extra money on toppings since orijen is very pricey - nor do I feel like I should need to...right? Do 10 week old puppies not have a high food drive yet?
Do you think she just doesn't like the taste?
Do some dogs not have a high drive for food? (Impossible right??!?!)
I know smaller amounts are sufficient when feeding higher protein/fat kibbles like orijen, am I feeding too much?
I haven't seen any issues in regards to energy or behavior. We exercise her a lot and she is plenty playful and energetic.
Any advice/suggestions? Am I over reacting? Maybe I need to be more discipline with her regarding a strict 10 minute eating time. If she doesn't eat right away, pick it up?
Thanks for your help! I really appreciate the help around here for us new "parents".