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Old 01-25-2017, 10:17 PM
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Question Having the very same problem!!

Susan, I am having the very same problem; mine has been going on for several weeks now, and I'm sure I've tried everything you have. (and probably some things you haven't! LOL)

Courage started out eating dry puppy kibbles most of the time, and once a day I'd give him wet food. His treats were completely different from his food. He moved from that to a combination of wet food and plain chicken and rice. (There's a Chi mix who also lives here, and Courage was sneaking and eating her food when he could. She's older and overweight, so she needed a diet like that.) After a while, Courage wouldn't eat the chicken and rice anymore; not out of a bowl, not on a saucer, but he would eat a piece of the chicken if I either dropped it or placed it on the floor in front of him. Since he went off the chicken completely it's been very difficult to get him to eat anything. He was on a loose feeding schedule, but not any more. I've tried everything, including letting him go hungry all day, giving no treats unless he eats his food. Nothing is working, and I'm about at the end of my rope. Wet food or Kibbles, he'll eat out of my hand or off a spoon (yes, like a toddler!) and he'll eat treats till they're coming out of his ears, but he will not eat food out of his bowl. What do I do?

Oh, and I've already tried changing to another dog food, as well as switching to human food (he absolutely LOVES vegetables!)
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Old 01-26-2017, 12:59 AM
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I have really no advice. Bonnie, this morning didn't eat her small kibble until I took it out of the bowl, and scattered it on her pad. Then she ate it. She did lick up the chicken broth I put in the kibble out of the bowl. I don't give her anything at night any more, just later I sprinkle some soft treats on the pad, and she eats those.
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Old 01-26-2017, 01:53 AM
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Default This is driving me crazy!!

I'm sure that someone, somewhere, has run into this problem and has figured out something! I've gone to so many different sites and forums, and no one seems to know anymore about this than we do. It worries me, I'm afraid of him not getting enough of what's good for him to eat but I"m also worried about the timing of this. He's already 10 months old and spoiled, soon it will become more and more difficult to get him into any kind of routine.
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Wanda, I think you just have to be the 'hard headed' one in this relationship. If he will eat kibble off the floor/mat/whatever, then feed him that way. After a week or so of this, then try a bowl/saucer that he has never used before and put 1/8th of whatever he is eating into it, and the rest on the floor. Slowly transfer it to the new item. If at any time he refuses to eat, wait 15-20 minutes, and pick it up. Nothing more, including treats until 3-4 hours later. Offer it again. Same routine. Yes it will be hard, but that's what I do with Bonnie. If he adores vegetables cut up some tiny pieces and add it to what he is eating.

Today I defrosted some left over Turkey, and she immediately ate that mixed with a tiny amount of kibble OUT OF HER BOWL.!! Yesterday she ate kibble off the mat in her crate. So I think part of this is what she is eating, and not so much the bowl???
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Question A Cry For Help; Sorry It's So Long!! LOL

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Wanda, I think you just have to be the 'hard headed' one in this relationship. If he will eat kibble off the floor/mat/whatever, then feed him that way. After a week or so of this, then try a bowl/saucer that he has never used before and put 1/8th of whatever he is eating into it, and the rest on the floor. Slowly transfer it to the new item. If at any time he refuses to eat, wait 15-20 minutes, and pick it up. Nothing more, including treats until 3-4 hours later. Offer it again. Same routine. Yes it will be hard, but that's what I do with Bonnie. If he adores vegetables cut up some tiny pieces and add it to what he is eating.
Well, I'm REALLY going to be the "hard headed one" now!! LOL I've spent the last few weeks trying any and all suggestions I could find to get Courage to eat normally, all to no avail. He refuses to eat dog food out of ANYTHING, anything that is but the remnants left in the other dog's (a 4 yr old Chi mix female) bowl; and that's only if he can do it quickly while I'm in the bathroom or somewhere that he can't see me, because if he sees me he's right under my feet. I've tried putting the food in her bowl, I've put it in a bowl for him by hers, I've set it on the floor by my feet when I'm in the kitchen, or in its regular spot with his water when I'm in my room, none of it has worked. The last two or three days I've been setting the bowl food at what should be meal times, and when he doesn't eat it I take it up shortly after. There has only been one way I've discovered that he will eat it, and that's (and maybe it's crazy, I don't know) if I spoon feed it to him!! He actually licks it from the spoon I use to put the food in his bowl!! From day one I've always kept a fresh bowl of puppy kibble out so that he could snack if he wanted; at first he never touched it, but he's begun to now. He doesn't actually eat a lot of it, but he will pick at it till he's tired of it, then he comes to me begging. For his evening meal, I share mine with him. Now before anyone screams, I've been a vegan for years, most of what I eat is veggies, potatoes, pasta, rice, beans, etc. Sometimes I will add non-meat substitutes also, like Morning Star burgers. Courage loves veggies, and he loves rice if it's flavored with some kind of sauce. He doesn't do plain rice. He sometimes likes chicken, and he loves having bits of my burgers. He also likes lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage out of my salads. He likes broiled Tilapia too, but he doesn't do salmon!

I went through all that to ask a question: is it wrong for me to just let him what he wants of the kibbles during the day and later when he's good and hungry give him the people food? Or I could feed him some dog food like for lunch, and then give him the dinner he likes with me? I'm just so confused, he's the first dog I've ever completely owned myself, but I've been around plenty of people who had dogs, even had partners who had them, and I've never seen this issue before. I don't want to do something that is like a super huge no-no, so that's why I come and ask here. Hopefully I can learn something from you Chi owners that have been around them for years, and I won't cause Courage any serious harm....
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When I first rescued Tango, he was a mess. He'd been kept in a rabbit cage for the first 7 months of his life, to "protect" him from the 4 big dogs he lived with. He'd never been on grass, never been allowed to run around, never interacted with other dogs, or many humans. And he'd never been fed normally. What he ate was a very inferior kibble, and he was hand fed through the bars of the rabbit cage. So he was also malnourished and very sick, infections, bald patches, hot spots, thin, dry and little coat, numerous issues.

For the first week or two I babied him, got him to eat any way that I could so that I could give him his meds with his food. After that though, I realized that he wasn't going to eat if he wasn't hand fed, because that was all he'd ever known. And that was just not gonna fly with me!

I had to teach him how to eat. I know that dogs won't starve themselves, not unless they're sick. If they get hungry enough, they will eat whatever is put in front of them, whatever they can find....which is why dogs in the wild will eat everything from road kill to berries off trees. Knowing that, I knew that when Tango got hungry enough, he would eat normally.

I was feeding him twice a day, so day one, morning. Put food down in bowl. Left it for half an hour. He wouldn't touch it. Picked it back up and gave him a few licks of Nutri-Cal from my finger (to guard against hypoglycemia) Day one evening. Put food back down, waited half an hour. He wouldn't touch it. Picked it back up and gave him a few more licks of Nutri-Cal.

Day two, morning. Put food down, waited half an hour. He wouldn't touch it. Picked it back up and gave him a few more licks of Nutri-Cal. Day two evening. Put food down....and hallelujah!! He inched his way towards the bowl, sniffed, picked up a kibble and crunched it...and then just dived in! He finally got hungry enough to eat.

That may sound cruel, but knowing canine behavior I knew that he wasn't going to starve himself. And I also knew that I absolutely was NOT going to create or perpetuate him being a picky eater! I knew that when he was hungry enough, he'd eat. And that giving him bits of this and that to tempt him to eat was just shooting myself in the foot and sabotaging my own efforts to get him to eat.

My dogs get fed twice a day. They're each just under 4 pounds and they get a quarter cup kibble total, 1/8 cup morning and night. I keep them on the lean side because that's better for them health wise..their joints, their little hearts, their overall health. When it's food time, they're HUNGRY, and they dive right in to whatever I feed them. I've never had a problem with Tango's eating habits since. He's a little pig, if I left food down for him he'd never stop! Jazz on the other hand would eat till she were full and then walk away.

Anyway, hope that helps you some. You're not doing your dog or yourself any favors catering to his weird eating habits.
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I agree with Ronnie. Get some Nutri-Cal and let him lick that IF he doesn't eat. You are just going to have to get stone cold hearted! He WILL eat. IF you have other dogs, you should give Courage his dish in his pen/crate. Make sure that he doesn't get ANYTHING from you or the other dog's dish. IF you continue to feed him vegies etc he is going to hold out for something he likes. You can integrate some vegies into his kibble if you wish.
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You're not doing your dog or yourself any favors catering to his weird eating habits.
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That right there is what I have been seriously afraid of, thank you so much! I was worried that giving in to him was in some way actually hurting him... I know that his spoiled brat behavior has been irritating me, and while I try very hard to keep it in check, once in a while I will snap (verbally, like "Will you get out from under my feet!") at him; then he looks so frightened and sad that after a few minutes I just have to pick him up and cuddle him, and I know that's wrong! I see what I have to do now, I just have to steel myself to his begging and teach him how it's going to be!

Susan, thank you also. I'd never thought about the veggies like that; I see now he knows that holding out will get him something better, so why would he eat his food??? And he does have weird eating habits!! I guess I'm being too softhearted with him.

Just to make sure I've got it clear, when you all say kibbles you're talking about the dry food in the bag right? And that's all you feed your chis? You never give them any wet food?

Thank you both, starting tomorrow it's gonna be a brand new day! I'll keep you posted!!
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