Are We Going Through a Picky Eating Phase?
I have two GSDs, male/female 11 months old, spayed/neutered. Within the past month or so, our boy (Mac) has decided that he doesnít want to eat in the mornings. Our routine is: wake up, play outside, settle down while Mom (me) takes a shower and gets ready, and then eat breakfast.
Our girl (Tasha) does fine. I fill her bowl, ask her to sit, and set her bowl down in the feeder and she eats. Then I do the same with Mac, and lately, Mac just lays on the floor and looks at me. I feed them a mixture of dry food (Victor High-Pro) and wet food (Merrick - a variety of flavors. I change it up). Because of Macís behavior, Iíve started adding in extras. Iíve tried cottage cheese, veggies, and fruits.
Here are the things Iíve tried:
1) Changing food. I change up the dry food every few months and the wet food every couple of weeks. I tried different varieties of both with still the same outcome.
2) Feeding them separately. Theyíre used to eating out of the same feeder that has two bowls. Theyíve always eaten next to each other. I thought maybe itís time to separate them while feeding them. Mac still either just lays on the floor or even walks away when I try to feed him.
3) Waiting longer to eat. Iíve tried waiting an hour after exercising outside to feed them. Tasha always done fine, Mac displays the same actions.
4) Hand feeding. This one seems to have been the only thing that sort of works. Heíll eat out of my hand or I feed him with a spoon. He seems to eat his food well this way. But as soon as he sees Tasha finish hers, heís not interested in the food anymore. This is why I think it has something to do with Tasha being in the room, so perhaps I need to revisit that theory.
I donít know if hand feeding him consistently is a good idea to keep up. But itís the only way heíll eat in the morning. In the evening when my husband comes home and feeds them (Iím at work at that time), he does fine and eats out of the feeder beside Tasha, no problem. Does it have something to do with me? Is he going through a phase? Has he turned into a picky eater? Any ideas?