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Why does my younger dog need coaxing to eat? We feed both dogs at the same time, with some distance between them. The younger does not eat immediately. She needs to be coaxed. How can I fix it?

asked 2018-12-31 14:37:37 -0600

Why does my younger dog need coaxing to eat? Both are fed at the same time with some distance between them. The younger will not eat until the older one is finshed.

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The younger pup is respecting dominincy as for time being..the pup will grow out of it..

Vanla F.'s profile imageVanla F. ( 2019-01-17 23:24:59 -0600 )edit

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answered 2019-01-12 19:50:23 -0600

For puppies it’s important that they are putting on weight as it is essential that they are getting enough nutrients during growing so they are healthier later in life. Additionally puppies almost always have a healthy appetite unless something is wrong. It’s because of this I strongly disagree with the comment “they will eat when they are hungry.”

I’d ask your vet what to do. I’d also change feeding arrangements as another suggested, by moving them further away so the puppy isn’t distracted. There also might be food allergies playing into this making the puppy not feel well from eating which is why they are taking coaxing... all of these are hypothetical and since it is a puppy I’d start with the vet. If this was an adult dog I’d try more things at home first but with this being a puppy this is essential growing time and setting their health for the future.

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The OP did not specifically state she was talking about a pup, only said one was younger than the other. Additionally she stated both dogs are eating, one just eats quicker than the other...a common occurance among healthy dogs.

Cindy & Stephen G.'s profile imageCindy & Stephen G. ( 2019-01-20 20:54:49 -0600 )edit
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answered 2019-01-15 17:35:54 -0600

Sorry for the late reply. Dogs eat at their own pace. Some eat at a leisurely pace, others gulping the food down like they're dying of starvation. It's not something that needs fixing. Just be sure the one that eats at a slower pace gets to eat their food..it may call for you to separate dogs.

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answered 2019-01-04 22:45:52 -0600

Is the younger one a puppy? Puppies are odd little creatures that don't really know how things work. they might be waiting for the other one to finish because they're watching to see how it's done? If the younger dog is a rescue, perhaps it's had some poor experiences when it came to feeding time in the past and that's why they're cautious/hovering/protective/uncertain? It might also just be a dominance thing, I don't know if your older dog is super alpha but it could be that the younger dog is waiting its turn, based on the alpha? I'm no expert but those are the possible reasons that come to mind. It might just take time, especially if this dog is a new addition to the household. It could be you increase the distance between the dogs, that way the younger one isn't distracted? Best of luck!

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I wouldn’t worry about it! I can’t leave food uneaten because my other dogs will eat it so if another dog walks away I pick up their dish and feed them at the next scheduled meal. They will eat when they are hungry.

Miriam P.'s profile imageMiriam P. ( 2019-01-06 19:12:35 -0600 )edit

Sounds like a alpha personality put a cardboard shield puppies are not suppose to eat until elders are finishex its doggy rules plain n simple make it so puppy not in view but the catch is if thats where you feed you you cant remove her she has to stand up eventually

Kandie W.'s profile imageKandie W. ( 2019-01-11 23:09:18 -0600 )edit

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