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Old 10-15-2010, 08:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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IMO Having a standard that is a picky eater is rarely about the food you feed, but rather about emotions. Standards are too smart and figure you out pretty fast. Maybe you feed and then go to work, maybe they want to control you, or you are controling them, not enough fresh air and exersice? I don't know the situation, but maybe you can figure it out, but adding people food tells me they have figured you out! Of course you do not want to feed a food with corn or by products, and just because it is listed as holistic doesn't mean it taste good. Adding salmod oil is a good thing. The only standard I had problems with eatting ended up with a thyroid problem and had serious corn allergies. She is now medicated, spayed, fed salmon based food and living a happy pet life. Might not be popular, but I pick up food after 15 minutes, I know we live on three meals a day, but a dog can make it a couple days without food and some dogs just don't need as much food as we imagine.
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Jäger used to be a picky eater. He would routinely skip meals from the time we brought him home. Around 7 or 8 months of age, he started eating regularly and now he rarely refuses a meal (unless we are away and he's staying with my in-laws). I don't know what changed. He LOVE mealtimes now.

I offer him a lot of variety in his meals. He eats kibble, but always with something mixed in: yogurt, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, cooked chicken, wet food, etc.
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Absolutely not. All of them are remarkably easy to please. Will eat anything we offer and have wonderful appetites!
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I have three dogs now and had four dogs before these ones (two at a time), so I've been owned by dogs most of my life. None of the dogs that I've had would ever eat dry kibble and I've had a variety of dogs. GSD, English Setter, Collie and Black Russian Terrier. We've always added home cooked or at least canned to all their meals. The current diet is kibble with home cooked in the morning and raw (prey model) at night. I actually don't consider any of the dogs I've had (with the exception of my Havanese) to be picky eater. I wouldn't want to eat dry cereal as my main food either.
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YES all of them are.

I add tripe on to there kibble and then they eat like there is no tomorrow but if its just the dry food then they just rather starve to death.
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my Girl isn't- but i feed raw. I switched to raw because my old aussie wouldn't eat for days on end... picky as hell. no matter what you did.
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Pompadour became picky like a month ago, think this is related to a box of duck flavored cookies I brought from him Sojos Grain-Free Dog Treats


I just gave him a bit like training treats , but it looks like he decided he only wants to eat his new cookies instead of his meals

He stared to refuse to eat his kibble last week, my mom was wondering is he wasn't sick, so I added a bit of cottage cheese with water to his kibble and he ate it like a maniac, the same when in another meal I mixed it with a raw egg, so he is just being picky ... again.

Yesterday morning I mixed the cottage cheese with the kibble, and with his mouth he took the kibble from his bowl and put it in the floor and ate the cheese.... that made me very mad.

In the afternoon I gave him raw beef (just the meat) , he took the beef out and was staring at the end of the bowl, I guess he was trying to search for more cheese.

So I decide that was enough!!! he went to far... HE JUST WANTS TO EAT CHEESE AND COOKIES!!!!


I did a search and try the tips for picky eaters in a dog food forum and found this tread Picky little dogs - Dog Food Forum, so I cut all the treats for the moment and in his dinner time I offered him just the kibble alone.

In the first day with this metod I prepered his meal and he looked eager to see me with his bowl in my hand, but when he looked it was just kibble he only smelled it and stared me like saying "mommy add the cheese now"

But I didn't fall for the sad puppy eyes, and waited 15 minutes for him to eat his kibble, passed the timeline he didn't ate it, so I took the bowl and to his choice he went to sleep with his tummy empty for the first time since I own him and then the next morning he ate

In the following days he tried to be picky in other meals he refused to eat a meal but he finally ate in the next one some and he ate others, now he sometimes gets picky but he does eats every day.

the trick is to let your dog know you are not going to fall for their whims and you are NOT going to feed them anything else, and when they realise that they do eat.
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I too have one that's not a good eater. She is super active, never sick, always has good stools and maintains a lean body condition. She has gone 7 full meals before without a lick of food (3 1/2 days). Now she usually eats 1 decent meal per day but not always. We offer her a different food at each meal. For example in the morning dry kibble, at night canned turkey flavor. Next day breakfast raw frozen chicken medallions, evening canned beef flavor. Next day kibble mixed with canned lamb, evening meal leftover human food and a side of turducken etc. As long as we keep changing it up she does an ok job of eating. I wouldn't recommend this for a dog with a sensitive stomach. Also not a fan of making a dog into a picky eater by catering to them like this but she was definately a special circumstance when she started refusing food for days.
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When on kibble Riley was a very picky eater. After moving to Raw he really hasnt missed a meal!! Loves all of his food!!
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I honestly think kibble is a very unnatural food for dogs. Yes, you can force them to eat it, if that's all there is. Humans and dogs have lived together for thousands of years. The idea of kibble only came along in the last hundred years of so. Prior to that dogs ate what they could forage or what their human masters shared. A normal canine diet was varied--not endlessly the same.

I've tried feeding kibble, kibble and canned, etc. None of my poodles were ever thrilled. I started cooking for my dogs with a premix called Canine Life to be sure I had all the right ingredients. I also bought a few books an cooking for you dog and tried some of their recipes. I also bought a dehydrated raw from The Honest Kitchen. Right now I rotate between those three varieties, and the dogs are endlessly interested in what is for dinner today.
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