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Old 02-03-2013, 09:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a year old miniature poodle who refuses to eat. He wont eat wet or dry dog food only boiled chicken and even if i put it through his kibble he will then refuse to eat it. He is very skinny and i'm getting so frustrated by his not eating. If anyone can give me some advice it would much appreciated!

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Is he new to you? Some dogs are picky eaters but if they are not sick they will get hungry enough to eat. I would check with your vet and give him vitamins but if vet says okay I would just wait him out. Offer the food and don't give him anything else and I guarantee he will not starve. He will decide to eat it.


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Refusing to eat can be fussiness - holding out for something better - but it can also be a sign that there is something in the food that the dog cannot tolerate. If eating makes him feel sick or gives him stomach pains, it is understandable that he is reluctant to eat more than the minimum needed to keep body and soul together.

Will he eat any other "human" foods - ground beef, scrambled egg, sardines, etc? Home cooking (or raw feeding) are no more expensive than high-quality kibble, and don't take much time. But if you do feed him home prepared food, it's important to ensure it meets all his dietary needs, especially for calcium, protein and fat. Excellent information on the different diets for dogs here: DogAware.com: Diet Options for Dogs
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I would take him in to the vet to rule out allergies or illness, then if that all checks out, I would say you have a fussy eater on your hands.

First of all, stop giving him boiled chicken. You have trained him to believe that if he holds out long enough, mama will give in and give him something better. So stop....offer him his kibble or canned food in the morning for 15 minutes, then pick it up. Don't give him anything else until supper time, no treats or chicken or anything. Repeat at dinner time. Dogs can go for several days without food, don't worry he won't starve himself! Only a sick dog will continue to refuse to eat. I would be willing to bet he gives in after a day or two.

Do make sure you are feeding him high quality food, some dogs will refuse to eat the lower quality stuff and for good reason! They know it isn't good for their bodies.
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First of all, stop giving him boiled chicken. You have trained him to believe that if he holds out long enough, mama will give in and give him something better. So stop....offer him his kibble or canned food in the morning for 15 minutes, then pick it up. Don't give him anything else until supper time, no treats or chicken or anything. Repeat at dinner time. Dogs can go for several days without food, don't worry he won't starve himself! Only a sick dog will continue to refuse to eat. I would be willing to bet he gives in after a day or two.
Harry had the potential to be a fussy eater. I had to use th 15min trick a few times. Was very strict no treats during the day. No food alternatives. He soon leant food is out 15 min or nothing!




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have you tried a different kibble?
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I would take him in to the vet to rule out allergies or illness, then if that all checks out, I would say you have a fussy eater on your hands.

First of all, stop giving him boiled chicken. You have trained him to believe that if he holds out long enough, mama will give in and give him something better. So stop....offer him his kibble or canned food in the morning for 15 minutes, then pick it up. Don't give him anything else until supper time, no treats or chicken or anything. Repeat at dinner time. Dogs can go for several days without food, don't worry he won't starve himself! Only a sick dog will continue to refuse to eat. I would be willing to bet he gives in after a day or two.

Do make sure you are feeding him high quality food, some dogs will refuse to eat the lower quality stuff and for good reason! They know it isn't good for their bodies.
Couldn't have said this any better.

I had to do this with Ash when he first came home as he was used to free feeding and wanted to be picky about his food. I wasn't about to free feed a dane, especially not the Beniful his prior home had him on, and I noticed the bit he was eating was the new kibble. So I gave him a bowl of all new kibble and some white rice to make sure his stomach didn't freak out....it took him about a day and a half, and by the next morning he was eating like a champ. I had one client, it was a puggle who trained her family to cook for her so much she only took boiled hot dogs (still warm) and mac and cheese as treats. She didn't eat for three days, but that third night she dug right into her bowl!
Don't worry, dogs are smart....they won't starve themselves.
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I had one client, it was a puggle who trained her family to cook for her so much she only took boiled hot dogs (still warm) and mac and cheese as treats.
so funny! the puggle had trained the family
if harry got hot dogs / mac and cheese i think he would be less than impressed with kibbles afterwards.
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so funny! the puggle had trained the family
if harry got hot dogs / mac and cheese i think he would be less than impressed with kibbles afterwards.
I know, right? Dogs learn fast that we like to spoil them rotten.

That dog was a piece of work....she bit everyone and everything that got too close or did something just the slightest hair off of what she wanted when she first came to class; she was quite literally a spoiled princess trapped in a fat little puggle body. She ended up becoming one of my favorite dogs I've worked with but darn did it seem to take forever to wean out people food! Though we got very far with helping her over her biting with those hotdogs!
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My SPOO is red and my husband found that often red haired dogs have a gluten allergy. So we feed her gluten free blue buffalo. I would find out if your dog might have an intolerance. If not I would also try the food down for only a certain amount of time. Your dog might not eat at first, but they will eventually. If you are willing though, and your dog likes raw, I have heard such wonderful things about it. I live in a small apartment and don't want to get into raw feeding until I have more room for it.
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