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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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I have an almost 8 month old GSD. She has decided she doesn’t like ANY food! Her health is fine she has gone to the vet. Any suggestions as to what to feed her other than human food. I’ve tried so many different kinds of puppy food. Even soft food. She just suddenly decided she didn’t like dog food anymore.
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hard, isn't it. To start with you may have to do basic tough love. Chose a good quality food and put some down in her bowl. if she hasn't eaten in 15 minutes, pick it up and put it away. No treats or yummies. Then the next meal time offer the same food as before. If she doesn't eat, pick it up and put it away. It may take a couple of days but eventually most dogs will just get hungry and eat. No more human food for a long long time.

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When you say "any" food, what have you tried? I mean, there are a lot of brands. And within brands, there are a lot of different formulas. You can write (email) the different companies and ask for a lot of samples and try them with your dog. You can also buy the smallest bags possible at the stores. You can also try brands that a lot of people look down on like Royal Canin or Taste of the Wild or Costco brand or whatever. With a previous GSD, I fed RC GSD. I had no choice. That was the one that worked with my dog. He liked it and he did well on it. He also had health issues that made it hard for me to switch around.

The other thing is for some dogs, once you feed it "human" food, it loses the taste for anything else. Now you may have to retrain it to like dog food by doing the "tough" love method that Car2ner suggested above.
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I went through this with Zelda when she was around that age, I employed the tough love tactic. She was healthy she just didn't want to eat all her food, some days she was only eating 1 cup of food a day. Now at 2 years old she will eat all of her food (most days) I have noticed that on days we don't get to the park (human) and walk a lot, or on days she has training class, she will only eat 2 cups instead of 2.5 cups.

I feed her victor performance and I do not add anything to her food

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Is she fixed already or still intact? The first thing that jumps to my mind is she could be about to go into season. If not, and the vet ruled everything else out, I agree with Car2ner. Tough love will probably have to be the way to deal with this.

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I went through something similar. We did try some different foods, in case something wasn't agreeing with her. When she would eat what we tried for about 3 weeks and then quit and staunchly refuse even with tough love (like 8 times), I eventually moved her to raw. That solved all of our problems.

I would prefer to feed a good kibble, to be honest, but this is what has worked. I've kept a kibble in the lineup, and with the recent nutritional DCM info coming out, I switched that to Pro Plan. She's getting several meals of kibble in a week. I've done my research on the raw, but I consider the kibble hedging my bets, plus it's easier for travel.
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I feed mine raw now and they never turn it down. When I had only one dog, that dog walked away from food a lot. As soon as I got a puppy, the older dog became competitive and began eating his food immediately
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It’s too late to edit my post to add this, but when you say she has been to the vet, did they check her mouth and teeth?
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 10:50 PM
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How would you feel eating the same thing every day? My dobie GSD mix can also be picky about his food, but if he’s exercised enough he scarfs it. I feed the same kibble but always add fresh toppers. Ground beef, peanut butter, duck eggs, boiled chicken, mackerel. Sweet potatoes and rice are also good.
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