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Old 07-01-2019, 05:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I find changing the same old brown kibble up with a few T.’s of last night’s chicken or whatever protein we ate, a little yogurt, cottage cheese etc. keeps them interested. Buck’s breeder recommended this approach and it’s been a success for us.
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I agree on the butter is a big no. My dog has pancreatitis right now, and I had asked the vet about peanut butter, and she thought I’d said just butter. I could tell she was bit shocked, and said, very emphatically, that butter surely would do it.


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My boy is also somewhat picky and he get zero table scraps. The closest is a piece of cheese )tis bit) as a reward. I feed Victor all life stage (grain free puppy/Adult. He likes this food however I have always added in a heaping tablespoon of propane canned, On occasion he will also get some toppers of Instinct raw dehydrated. I use those as treats. He is not a food or treat motivated dog most days. I also think the cottage cheese and yogurt are good toppers. I haven't had that yet but I may try it.
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So you're mixing in canned food with the dry? In what proportion, approximately?
Every time I pick up more canned, it's always different taste mixes from the same manufacturer.

Two cups of kibble to half a can of wet. But always he'll eat a bit then eventually refuse to eat the rest. So lately, I've cut back to one cup of kibble to 1/4 - 1/3 can of wet.
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Every time I pick up more canned, it's always different taste mixes from the same manufacturer.

Two cups of kibble to half a can of wet. But always he'll eat a bit then eventually refuse to eat the rest. So lately, I've cut back to one cup of kibble to 1/4 - 1/3 can of wet.
Thanks. I had tried mixing canned with dry before, but I used a lot more canned than you do, and my dog started having digestive issues. I may try it again with a lower proportion of wet food.

I tried mixing a heaping spoonful of Greek yogurt in with his kibble this morning, and he gobbled it up. I think I'll have to just try more things like this to make the food more appetizing without adding a lot of calories to it.
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Mine is picky. Very picky and I swear he gets tired of food after a few months.

For the last several months I've been feeding him STella & Chewy Lil Bites (they're new) which are like the mixers for small dogs. i bought Beef and Duck. I give him the beef daily and rotate in the duck once a week or so. I give it to him dry because he may not eat when I give it and it goes bad after 2 hours.

I also toss in a bit of Castor and Pollux chicken & sweet potato kibble because never wanted kibble, but at some at my neighbors house.

I'm thinking he has now gotten tired of it. I'm holding firm though. Issue is that he ends up eating his daily ration of food between 7:30 & 9:30pm. I don't like that he eats so late, nor that he is on an empty stomach all day. But I'm not going to convince him to eat. When he's starved, he eats. I'm hoping that he'll eventually get the message.

We do not give him any people food in our house. If we eat out, he gets tiny bites of whatever we're eating. He does get people food at my dad's, who has spoiled him rotten.
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I have a small dog that was eating Purina Pro Plan when we adopted him. He's fairly skinny and never ate much. We used to free feed, and honestly some days went by when it seemed like he didn't eat anything, but he seemed healthy and energetic, so we didn't worry about it too much.



About 4 months ago, we got a recommendation from a friend for a different food, so we thought we'd give it a try. I started mixing it in with his Pro Plan, and suddenly our dog got an appetite. He started eating more, and more regularly. He filled out a bit, his coat looked better, and we felt like we should have changed food a long time ago.



Well, now he's not interested in his kibble anymore. I thought at first that maybe it was because we've given him table scraps or toppers so often that he's just holding out for the good stuff. So I started cutting that out, and put him on a feeding schedule. At one point, he went 36 hours without eating any kibble. I'm starting to think that maybe he just needs some variety.



Sorry for the long intro. Now on to the question: have any of you changed food regularly just to keep it interesting? If so, how often to you make the change, and do you blend foods during the transition periods?


Interesting.. Maybe try making a homemade food? We made “Essex Cottage Farms” homemade food... Great brand, all our dogs have been super healthy and none of them got bored of it! if you’re not up for making homemade and want to stick to kibble - I know pet stores here (in Canada) sell a dehydrated raw dog food that you can either feed on its own (with or without a little water mixed in) or you can break the bits up into a kibble topper. Always do transitions gradually as it can sometimes create an upset tummy if the new food is very different.

Question: how long do you wait before you switch up his food once he’s lost interest?


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Well, I've only changed his food once after we got him - we just thought he didn't want to eat much. We only changed his food because we thought it was better quality, and then when we saw him start to eat more, we realized he probably just didn't like his old food. Now he's back to eating minimal amounts of the new food unless I mix something in with it. He's an 8-pound dog and only eats about 60g (1/2 cup?) of kibble on a good day.
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Keep in mind, Eric, that a dog can smell a tablespoon of sugar in a swimming pool. It doesn't take much 'additive' to create an interesting scent.

And wear your chef's hat while you're 'creating'.
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I feed Fromm Four Star dry food. It's one of the few that you can change whenever you want. We get a "different" flavor every time we get a bag. There are a couple that Lilly does not care for so we skip those now. The food does not give her any digestive issues - and they formulate it for that reason - to not give tummy trouble.

As far as "people" food........she goes crazy for watermelon! She will gladly come into the kitchen when she hears me slice it open! Usually she avoids the slippery floor! Carrots, green beans, some fruit - those are the only people food we ever give her. No bite of hamburger/french fries, etc. Only healthy people food makes it in to her tummy.
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