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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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picky eater?

I've had my gs puppy for 4 days now, he's 13 weeks, and he has lost weight ever since i got him..i'm having problem feeding him..he doesn't like the dog food his previous owners gave us, nor the dog food we got him, he likes eating junk food crackers/chips its soo frustrating because he would eat chicken in the morning then doesn't in the evening? I also took him to the vet and got dog food and i added things like she said and he hasn't eaten it...please any help would be much appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 11:21 PM
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Don't give him any junk food. Set his food in front of him, wait 15 minutes. If he doesn't eat, pick the food up and repeat at the next time you would typically feed him.
If 15minutes passes at the next feeding time and he hasn't eaten, remove it and repeat at the next feeding time.


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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 11:24 PM
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cut out the junk food and find a food he likes. what are you
feeding him?
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I'm usually the one that comes onto these posts and advocates AGAINST tough love, but you've been giving him chips and crackers?
By giving him junk food, you're teaching him to wait it out and he'll get 'the yummier stuff.'

Don't give him anything but dog food. Like MegRose said - during feeding time, give him 15 minutes to eat.
He doesn't eat - he'll get his chance at dinner time. For dinner, he gets 15 minutes. If he doesn't eat, tough. He has to wait for breakfast.

Eventually he'll get on a routine.

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Did you see this yet? ---> https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...cky-eater.html

Great hints and tips to get our picky puppies eating in a bit more healthy way then with chips and crackers




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My GSD Gunther had the same issue. He was always skinny as a pup, up until about 5 years old when he finally got to a normal weight. As a pup, I ended up feeding him a homemade diet of boiled rice, cooked hamburger, raw eggs and cottage cheese. He liked it very much. Then I was able to switched to high quality canned food. Within a few months he was eating high quality dry puppy food. When he reached adult age, he got Royal Canin German Shepherd formula. That is his favorite.
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Something my vet suggested as a way of making the dry food interesting, put the amount you will be using in a container, drop in a cube of cheese, or some ham, or some salami, put the lid on, and let it sit overnight. The next morning discard the cheese/salami/ham, and give your dog the dry food. It will smell different. Might entice him to eat!!


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My GSD Gunther had the same issue. He was always skinny as a pup, up until about 5 years old when he finally got to a normal weight. As a pup, I ended up feeding him a homemade diet of boiled rice, cooked hamburger, raw eggs and cottage cheese. He liked it very much. Then I was able to switched to high quality canned food. Within a few months he was eating high quality dry puppy food. When he reached adult age, he got Royal Canin German Shepherd formula. That is his favorite.
Hi Staceypete,
Did you know that RC is changing their formula?
Royal Canin will now be using Chicken BY-PRODUCTS in their food! http://www.truthaboutpetfood2.com/Ro...ByProducts.pdf
There is a difference:
AAFCO definition Chicken/Poultry Meal
“Poultry Meal is the dry rendered product from a combination of clean flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts of whole carcasses of poultry or a combination thereof, exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, and entrails.”

AAFCO definition Chicken/Poultry By-Product Meal “Poultry By-Product Meal consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines (poop and parasites! eek!), exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as MIGHT occur unavoidably in good processing practices.”

Some consumers have not heard of this change yet.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 03:18 PM
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Very interesting. I had not heard of that change. Thanks for informing me.


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