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Old 05-12-2011, 11:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I suppose I'm in the minority, but I have never subscribed to the idea that dogs play games with regard to food, or don't eat to punish their owners.

Mine is a great eater, but he's had excellent quality commercial food mixed with table scraps, a bit of home cooking, a bit of raw, since he was tiny.

If he didn't eat, my first thought wouldn't be "ah hah! he's spoiled! I need to be firm until he eats the brown cardboard, dammit!" I'd be cooking him some scrambled eggs to go with the brown cardboard instead .

(Not that I consider his expensive Orijen kibble to be cardboard! I use it for training treats too, and all the dogs in the park mob me for their share.)
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Just occurred to me after I wrote the above, that I spent time yesterday boiling up a bunch of chicken for him .... the chicken will be used for training, the skin I microwave until crispy and use it for Kong stuffing, and the stock will go in his dinner for the next week.

I make him watch Animal Cops sometimes and tell him how lucky he is.
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I am rather with you on this one, JE - I spent a few minutes this morning pan frying Sophy's beef, when she showed she really did not like it raw. Mind you, at 7 weeks pregnant she is allowed to be picky! I have never really understood why dogs are expected to be grateful for a bowl of boring kibble once or twice a day - bit like me being fed nothing but salt-, sugar- and milk-free muesli! Why not feed them healthy meals that they really enjoy instead?
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A little tough love. It looks like your puppy is doing a great job training you. As long as the puppy is healthy and there is no medical reason for him not eating, he is just being a picky eater.

He will always eat his food when you add something new and high value to it: like cottage cheese, chicken, beef, cheese, etc. After a while though, he will stop, and hold out for you to add something new and different. My havanese was really, really picky so I know where you are coming from. You have to options either do what he wants or do what you want him to do. I personally don't see anything wrong with adding human food, cooking for your dog or feeding him/her raw. I rotate my dogs' diet and they eat everything (kibble, high quality canned, home cooked and raw), but it's on my terms. My spoos are excellent eaters and eat more like labs than poodles, lol. My havanese was THE pickiest eater and did exactly what yours did. Here's what I did:

I put out his food (usually home cooked at the time) for 15 to 20 minutes and just let him be. If the food is not gone by the end of the time period, I picked up the food, refrigirated it and offered it again (warmed up) at his second meal. The trick is not to give them anything in between. You just have to be strong. My friend's dog held out for a day and a half before she started eating.

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x2, but I feed only high quality kibble. When they're hungry enough, they'll eat. I do agree with an earlier poster that you may want to add a little low-sodium chicken broth to soften it a little, if your pup is teething.

I read that dogs only have around 9000 or so taste receptors, compared to our 20,000 or so, so they don't need the variety that we expect in our diets. That's why many dogs gulp their food - they don't really care how it tastes! My lab and my cockapoo are this way.
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i have one super picky eater. Moving him to raw changed that. I don't know a lot of dogs who wouldn't pick canned over kibble either.

That said i'm guessing he's FULL or he does not like that kibble/finds it hard with his shape of mouth.

What i would do:
1- feed the canned and kibble in separate meals

2- try a different type of kibble/bowl etc to see if that makes an issue out of it

3- if he still isn't eating the kibble but is maintaining his weight i wouldn't worry too much

4- try feeding kibble only- no canned

I would give the above several days each before making a decision that they are not working and then if not and he was loosing weight i'd :
5- IF he's not maintaining weight and i NEED to get those calories in him. I would feed the kibble as his treat for training- NOT hand feeding just to feed it to him. He'd need to do something either it be a sit or a down or a watch me what ever
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I read that dogs only have around 9000 or so taste receptors, compared to our 20,000 or so, so they don't need the variety that we expect in our diets. That's why many dogs gulp their food - they don't really care how it tastes! My lab and my cockapoo are this way.
I've read that too, but on the other side, they have a bazillion (that's the technical term ) more scent receptors. I am sure mine gets more enjoyment out of the smell of interesting things I put in his dinner than the taste.
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Every other meal or so my puppy will eat about half of his food. I give him kibble and soft canned food, high quality. He spontaneously eats most of the soft food and leaves the kibble. I then go over and use a small teaspoon and hand feed him the rest and he eats it! I don't understand why he doesn't do this himself and why, if he is full or not hungry, my offering the spoon entices him to eat more. I wouldn't do this except that I want him to get all his kibble. I have added cottage cheese to the kibble and it worked wonderfully at first, but now he still doesn't eat it all unless I feed the balance to him. What do you think and how can I encourage him to eat the kibble on his own?
i'm in the same boat. sometimes jessie will eat it all and lick the bowl. sometimes she couldn't care less. sometimes i let it go when she doesn't eat within the hour - i just pick it up, cover it and refrigerate it. other times, i sit on the floor and hand feed her. ugh i never realized that stds are such picky eaters. that being said, i am doing what my vet suggested: put it down for a specified period of time, pick it up, nothing else rest of the day until dinner time. her food base is high quality canned but i also add an assortment of stuff: raw, cooked organ meets, broiled chicken, etc etc. one thing i know for sure, sitting there and hand or spoon feeding them is definitely not in our best interest.
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We have been mixing just a bit of wet food with Lexi's dry kibble. I incorporate it into the dry kibble, mixing it really good. She gets a bite of each when she eats and licks the bowl clean.
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