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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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Do your dogs/pups eat EVERYDAY?

As some of you may know, I have been having difficulties trying to get my healthy 11 months old puppy. Last week I had to go out of town anad I left him with my cousin, and told my cousin to feed him only 2 cups a day (as opposed to 4.5 cups). The first 3 days I came back, he devoured all the food (for the 1st time in like weeks). The 4th day, he didn't touch it AT ALL. Now I'm on the 5th, still not interested at all. Keep in mind, I never feed him table scraps, haven't fed him treats, and he gets tremendous exercise each day, sometimes additionally before eating (I feed him once a day at night). I can't even begin to elaborate how upset I am with his behaviour. That being said, I don't yell or anything, I keep quiet.

Makes me wonder, does your dog eat regularly EVERYDAY? Or are there some dogs who eat once every other day or once every 3 days and such?
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Mine eat every day, twice a day. They all act like they have never seen food before, for every meal. I do have one dog who would refuse kibble before I switched him to raw. He has GI issues, though, and kibble basically makes him explode. I cannot blame him for refusing food that makes him ill. Haven’t had a problem getting him to eat since switching him off kibble.
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As some of you may know, I have been having difficulties trying to get my healthy 11 months old puppy. Last week I had to go out of town anad I left him with my cousin, and told my cousin to feed him only 2 cups a day (as opposed to 4.5 cups). The first 3 days I came back, he devoured all the food (for the 1st time in like weeks). The 4th day, he didn't touch it AT ALL. Now I'm on the 5th, still not interested at all. Keep in mind, I never feed him table scraps, haven't fed him treats, and he gets tremendous exercise each day, sometimes additionally before eating (I feed him once a day at night). I can't even begin to elaborate how upset I am with his behaviour. That being said, I don't yell or anything, I keep quiet.

Makes me wonder, does your dog eat regularly EVERYDAY? Or are there some dogs who eat once every other day or once every 3 days and such?
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My guy gets 1.5 cups in the morning and 1.5 cups in the evening... he acts like I never feed him. He is always starving.
I feed him the recommended amount on the bag and I think his weight is right - I can feel his ribs but he isn't skinny. He loves food - all food, any food.

Breakfast I just give to him in his bowl, dinner he earns by doing training.
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My dogs get a small breakfast and a bigger dinner. My gal-dog gets 1/2 cup of kibble and a boiled egg each morning. My big-boy gets 1 cup and a boiled egg. In the evening my gal-dog gets 1 1/2 cup kibble and a gloop of good canned food. My boy 2 cups of kibble with a gloop of canned dog food. They also get food as training rewards, but not kibble.

With the hot summer, my big-boy sometimes looses his appetite for breakfast. When he was younger he didn't always finish his dinner. I did hear of a husky mix that ate only every 3 days. This guy would give him a huge bowl of kibble. The dog would eat it all and then not eat again for a couple of days. I don't recommend this, but it worked for that one dog.

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What does your dog weigh? How much are you feeding him every day?

My Beau’s sire is 92 lbs lean, so when Beau was a pup I fed him based on that projected adult weight. (I feed raw.) He ate everything I gave him for months, so I figured, good guess. At ~10 months he suddenly started refusing meals - I mean a bowl of raw beef steaks just ignored. He’d go a day or more hardly eating, just nibbling a little, then quitting. He seemed fine otherwise. I was frantically researching, while coaxing and hand-feeding him, when I realized I was just feeding him too much. He just wasn’t going to be as big as his sire. So I offered him a meal, then put it away immediately if he didn’t dig in, no more coaxing. Took two days for him to actually want to eat. I also adjusted his portions until he started avidly cleaning his plate every meal. Problem solved. At 3 his current adult lean weight is 72-74 lbs.

Could you be feeding your pup too much?
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Luna eats twice a day sometime 3 times depends if she is really hungry and i can tell she is really hungry because she will not listen and will chew on things, so i will give a half a cup to calm her down or i will do some more training with kibbles. 99.95 of the time it is 2 times a day 2 cups.
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Does he have access to another food source? A neighbor who feeds him or whose dog food he steals, a bag of food etc.
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Thank you ALL for your insights.
Ok, so

1. No, we live in apartment just the two of us and I can assure you if it's not from me, he has 0 access to food.

2. He weighs 80lb, lean.

3. I feed him 4.5 cups, 1800-2000cal, which is the recommended amount based on TOTW for his age and weight, and the recommended amount from my vet. In 2 weeks I am going to start decreasing to 3.5 cups (He's 12 months then).

4. When he eats, he either doesn't eat AT ALL or eats EVERYTHING. There are times when he doesn't finish but quite rarely.

5. He is healthy (checked with the vet). So this is mostly and most likely a behavioural problem. Like one of you here, he used to LOVE his food up until he was 9-10 months.

This has become a huge problem. It's taken a toll for me as his owner and mother. Don't know what else to do.

Maybe I should try feeding him just every other day?

But then it will keep the food for 2 months instead of 1 month and it will become stale........
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