Hi Allen, I'm sorry that you're having trouble feeding your puppy. I'm gonna tell you my experience with my boy, hopefully it will help. I've had my boy since he was 7 1/2 weeks. When he was around 4/5mo, suddenly he was not as interested in his food as he was before. Like your pup, he will sniff, eat a little bit then back away. I was puzzled by this because it was new and unusual. I tried mixing it with rice, he still didn't want to eat unless he was really hungry. Now that's one of the keys! If he does not want to eat when you have prepped the food, take the food away and don't have it available throughout the day, he has to learn that food has to be eaten when it is served. So for 2-3 days he only ate half of his food intake, but he ate it for dinner anyways. Since I was worried, I finally tried purchasing wet food, and mixed it up with the dry food. WORKED LIKE A CHARM. He ate like a champ and has been ever since. For some reason, dogs (or at least my dog) has less sensitivity to wet food, so while his dry food is one of the top notch brands (I feed him Pro Pac, no corn no wheat no soy no by-product), his wet food is 'basic': Alpo ($6.79 /dozen). No issues with that, he's physically healthy, his coat is shiny, teeth are great AND he is growing on a healthy rate, he was VERY skinny before he had the wet food (he has 1 can per day, subtitutes 100g/1 cup of dry food). What I am trying to say is, try mixing his diet with wet food, like actually mixing the dry and wet food together in his bowl. If you're up for that, hopefully your pup will eat with no problem again! Good luck.