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My dog won't eat her limited ingredient food anymore unless I hand feed her. Any suggestions to regaining her interest?

asked 2014-09-24 12:24:37 -0600

My dog won't eat her limited ingredient food anymore unless I hand feed her. Any suggestions to regaining her interest?

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answered 2014-09-24 14:11:38 -0600

I read you should "present" the food for 10 minutes and whatever they don't eat gets taken away. Next mealtime present half the amount of food that was eaten at the last meal and take it away after 10 minutes. Once the dog realizes he's not in control of feedtime he learns to make the best of it!

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answered 2014-09-24 12:51:26 -0600

My Frenchton is the same way. I found a couple different foods with limited ingredients that I keep on hand and rotate through. My Precious gets bored so easily!

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Exactly. I have the same experience...the key is rotation through 2-4 different varieties.

Scott P.'s profile image Scott P.  ( 2014-10-01 16:07:56 -0600 ) edit
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answered 2014-09-24 13:03:55 -0600

Have you tried Kongs? image description

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answered 2014-09-24 17:50:12 -0600

add a little appetizer on top - depending on what your dog can handle: cottage cheese, grated hard cheese, yogurt, egg, salmon oil, cooked ground meat, canned tuna or salmon... lots of things to try if your pooch can eat them!

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answered 2014-09-24 13:25:53 -0600

Your little one is in my prayers.

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answered 2014-12-04 19:09:12 -0600

Adding a little broth over the food may entice her. Ditto mixing in a little canned pumpkin (not pie filling - pure pumpkin).

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answered 2014-09-24 12:36:27 -0600

following.

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answered 2014-12-05 15:24:08 -0600

A little broth or teaspoon of bacon grease can be used (if there is no allergies that is) to entice them into eating. My dogs had the same problem and they're big breeds! Dinner time I put out their food and they both just look at me like, "Uhm... Yeah right lol"

So I talked with my business partner who has a degree in animal behavior and has worked with dogs for years and this was her advice. Put down the proper amount of food at a regular time each day and wait. If your dog won’t eat the food, put it up and wait about an hour and retry. If no success, put it away and wait until the next day. It won’t hurt for a day to go by without him eating, as long as he’s in good health and not a very young animal (or diabetic). Having a set schedule for breakfast and dinner makes a world of difference in eating habits from what I've noticed. With my boyfriends crazy schedule for a while we were just feeding whenever we woke up or went to bed. Once we picked a set schedule for feedings and stuck to it for a few days, they started eating much more regularly and after a few months it's not even an issue anymore :)

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answered 2014-11-11 14:12:02 -0600

My little mini yorkie also had this problem along with terrible eye leakage when we got her. We put her on a strict wheat free, gluten free, organic diet and the problems completely resolved themselves. She no longer has a problem with your stomach nor does she have icky eyes. No meds just a great healthy diet.

I hope this helps you and your sweet doggie....

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