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Not commercial chews. Real bone. She might like chicken backs. Maybe chicken thigh bone. Size the bone to her, no weight bearing bones of large animals. Dogs who reject nylabones or other chews often are quite happy with a real bone.
 

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I think the primary challenge with an all wet food diet is the very high volume of wet food required to get to the equivalent nutrition with at least a partial kibble diet.

If your poodle will eat that volume of wet food, I would think it would be fine.
 

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I think the primary challenge with an all wet food diet is the very high volume of wet food required to get to the equivalent nutrition with at least a partial kibble diet.

If your poodle will eat that volume of wet food, I would think it would be fine.
 

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The manager of our local small pet food store recommended goat's milk as a mixer for kibble instead of broth, has anyone tried that?
My dogs sometimes get a very tiny amount of cottage cheese or plain yogurt with their food, and I mix it so it coats the food. If you are still interested in goat's milk, I found this: https://www.chewy.com/honest-kitchen-daily-boosters-instant/dp/177081

You also might try soaking the food in a broth like this:
https://www.chewy.com/honest-kitchen-bone-broth-pour-overs/dp/179368
 

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Thanks for the input everyone! It seems like Jessie will have no problem eating wet food gladly which makes meal time easier for us since she'll eat predictably on a schedule. I'm working on finding a kibble she'll enjoy so I can transition her back. All toppers we've tried on kibble have failed- she's really good at licking them off and spitting the kibble back out. Broth/gravy has no impact.

I've been trying different kibbles as training treats (usually we just use play as a reward). Most of them she ignores, some she just licks, and others she takes and spits them back out. However, she seems to be quite interested in Fromm's Highlander kibble! Fingers crossed she'd actually eat that as a meal. I'm slowly introducing her to Kongs too, so hopefully she'll associate kibble with both meal time and a game and will be happy eating it.
 

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You say she eats a little. How's her weight?

I don't see any problem feeding wet food.

Yep, that's an old wive's tale about kibble "cleaning" the teeth better. Best to brush every night or every other.
 

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Jessie's weight is rock solid stable at 11lbs. She's definitely lean, but the vet says her weight is good.

We've worked into a great routine that gives her plenty of energy and normal predictable poos. I'm currently feeding her wet food twice per day out of cupcake pan (to slow her down), a Kong with about 1/2-1 Tbsp frozen 100% peanuts no salt peanut butter once per day to train her to eat from them, and 1/2 a healthy edibles bone treat that she takes and stores to eat when she gets hungry. It works out to about 375-400 calories per day. I check her weight every week and will adjust the food amount as required. She could easily be 12 lbs and still have an ideal body score. As the weather cools down, I might end up increasing her food a bit more since she will likely be joining me on a couch-to-5K running program in addition to her normal exercise.

I brush her teeth about 3x per week and am still learning good technique there. In the meantime, I've also been using an oral cleansing gel daily that we also use for our cats in case I'm not brushing well enough.
 

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Oh...good. When you said she was picky and wasn't eating but just a little, I thought I'd ask about her weight. But apparently she's eating enough. Maybe you were expecting her to eat more. (?) Anyhow, glad she's fine. If she's putting out a lot of calories, you may need to raise that up a tad. Good luck!
 

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The battle continues- I actually found a kibble Jessie likes! I started offering it to her as training treats, and then slowly added some to her wet food. Over the last week I tapered her off her wet food by slowly increasing the kibble amount. No stomach problems, great poos.

Only issue is now that we've made it to 100% kibble, she doesn't just eat it happily like she always did before with her wet food or the wet/dry mix. She just looks at it like she's waiting for something else. I'm wondering if she got used to the stronger smell of the wet food to entice her to eat? She's not very food motivated at all.

I know it's not a food quality/spoilage problem because she'll eat her entire meal portion if I offer it to her as training treats, and it's a battle to keep my cat away from it. Anyway, just wanted to post the update. I'm very committed to finding a kibble Jessie will happily eat without toppers/broth/additives and I hope we're almost there. Maybe just a few days of knowing this is her only option will do the trick! Jessie and I are heading out of town for a few days so it'll be easier for me to do the "15 minutes is all you get" food offering without having to lock my cat away so she doesn't eat it all ;)
 

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Sorry to sound like a crab, but how would you like to eat exactly the same thing every meal in a dry biscuit?
 

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You might want to try Stella and Chewys new raw coated grain inclusive kibble, which is pea, lentil and potato free as well. My older Standard has always been a very picky eater and has only gotten worse as she has aged. So far, knock on wood LOL, I am getting her to eat it. I supplement with a lot of other homemade cooked food as well, but always want them to get kibble so I know they are getting all their needs met. My younger dog, thank goodness, will eat whatever you put in front of her so no issues with finding something she likes.....
 
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It really doesn't seem like it's a problem with her liking the food, I just don't think it's a *WOW I LOVE THIS STUFF* moment. She happily eats it if I have her do a trick and then give it to her as a reward (this isn't true with most kibble I've tried). She will do that for the entire meal portion without hesitation. But if I just put it in a bowl or on a mat she'll take a few bites and then keep following me around instead of eating.

I don't mind turning her meals into training sessions if that's what it takes. I just find it odd!
 

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Bil-jac - it's been recommended before on this forum. I have two picky eaters and they will always eat Bil-jac.
Thanks! I was excited when I read about Bil-Jac a couple of months ago, but Jessie doesn't like it ;)
 

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Ha of course you would have done the same research I did. You're here, aren't you? My bad.
Not at all! I appreciate the response. Too much information on this forum for me to see it all. In fact, I think I ran across Bil-Jac from the AKC's website not this forum!
 
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