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Old 01-21-2019, 08:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have to second the free feed idea. Zephyr was also very picky, has gotten better since being neutered but still will not eat on a schedule. When he was younger he would not eat kibble at all, now he eats it quite well, but only if it is left out for him. He eats quite a lot at night, usually his bowl is empty in the morning.
This was Sage as well. Same as others, no food in the morning, only a little at lunch after a walk. If I walked him after work he would maybe eat a mouthful while I was at work and not drink any water. Regardless of whether or not we do the biggest walk after work or in the mornings, 80% of his food was eaten at night. I had to free feed him. I was doing all the training like they said in the books when he was a puppy and only leaving meals out for 1/2 hour but he wasn’t gaining weight.
He still eats most of the food at night. I think he likes it when I’m around and cooking and eating as well. He’s a social eater!! Free feeding, or putting delicious canned food/meat/cheese as a topper on his morning kibble helps him eat more if I want him to eat in the morning for some reason.
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Old 01-22-2019, 12:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Adding water to dry dog food and heating it sometimes makes it more appetizing. And I agree with allowing the food to be out the entire day.
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I sympathize with you - while Poodle Kid is not as difficult as others, I have had extremely picky eaters who would constantly look anorexic even (although generally healthy) just very skinny.
I yet have to see the dog that doesn't like Stella and Chewy's raw freeze dried patties. This is currently about 50% of what Louie eats - the rest is actual raw food. Depending on the size of your Poodles this may or may not be an option. I am recommending the S&C patties not the raw feeding - which is something that takes a lot of work and planning and commitment. I used to feed Taste of the Wild for a while (eons ago) and was then quite pleased with the quality. Free-feeding is a good idea - because that way you get to observe the natural eating habits of your dog (you may just have been offering food at the wrong times). My Poodle for some reason (unlike any other dog I have had) will not eat in the morning at all, but will eat about 80% of his food intake last thing at night... except on days when he comes to the office with me where he will take a light lunch...Poodle antics!
My picky eater is very similar. He will eat anything I give him at 9pm but argues with me at dinner time

I also give him a mixture of S&C and Primal. He won't touch kibble.
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For nearly a year I have ripped out my hair trying to find something my TPoo will eat regularly.

I think I managed to finally figure it out....

I give him about 8-10 S&C beef meal mixers in the morning - dry. I put them down where he usually has his snack. Sometimes he eats them, sometimes he doesn't, and sometimes he'll wait until 1pm. At 2pm I take them away.

For dinner, I give him 1 S&C beef patty, 1 Primal Beef nugget, and 1 Primal Pork nugget. I rehydrate with Castor & Pollux Pristine Bone broth (without tumeric) or the bone broth I made myself. I then take some freeze dried chicken liver, pulverize it between my fingers and sprinkle it all over his food.

[2x a week I substitute duck with a chicken nugget & chicken bone broth.

He eats. Sometimes I have to let him taste it from my fingers, but more often than not, he will eat on his own. Sometimes I have to put it down in his snacking spot.

But he's eating. Regularly. Thank goodness. Sometimes I have to convince him to eat, but he eats. It took long enough and my trials and tribulations are memorialized in this forum.

Since he will readily eat anything I give him at 9pm, I really wonder if that's when I should be feeding him.
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Mimi likes to “trade up” by suddenly refusing food that I know she likes and thrives on, but after falling for it several times (and giving her diarrhea from too many food changes) I put my foot down. She eats better than we do for crying out loud, her with a bowl full of Primal Beef Nuggets and Stella&Chewy GooseDuckGoose... and me with my cheese sandwich.


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Mimi likes to “trade up” by suddenly refusing food that I know she likes and thrives on, but after falling for it several times (and giving her diarrhea from too many food changes) I put my foot down. She eats better than we do for crying out loud, her with a bowl full of Primal Beef Nuggets and Stella&Chewy GooseDuckGoose... and me with my cheese sandwich.
Exactly. Our little guy definitely eats better than us. We even give him "dessert" after he finishes eating - a little bit of plain yogurt and 2 frozen cherries. Both of which he loves.

I've essentially put my foot down as well. If he refuses to eat, I pick it up and put it in the refrigerator. I offer it again about 30 minutes later, or after we have had our dinner. If he keeps refusing it I put it away again. Around 8:30 or 9pm he realizes I'm not kidding and he will eat whatever I put down.

I really do wonder if I'm not better off feeding him late at night rather than at our dinner time.
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I apologize for not responding, but life has been crazy! I finally found a food Chance consistently likes and it is Stella & Chewy's lil bites little chicken little! I crumple it up and he loves it! I appreciate all of your guidance!

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Stella and Chewy's has nice protein options to switch it up. Louie loves the Rabbit, Turkey and Venison one and will eat the Beef and Surf and Turf. He eats the freeze dried stuff crumbled and dry with water on the side - believe me I have tried to moisten it with everything - he likes it dry - but will drink afterwards...and he still eats at night when we have dinner - almost not at all at any other time of the day.
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Chance really likes the chicken and I bought the Meal Mixer Superblends grass-fed beef, but he turned his nose up at it. I think I will stick with the chicken for now.


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