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Old 01-19-2017, 01:28 AM
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Hi folks. I'm having problems with little Bonnie. She is refusing to eat out of her little bowl. She acts afraid of it??? Twice I have held the bowl and given her one kibble at a time. The kibble is soaked and soft. At treat time this dog will eat these hard!?? This is sort of a large kibble, and I plan to get her a smaller kibble soon. This is the dog with no lower canines (fangs?) There is one factor: my roommate has been in the hospital for almost a month with blood poisoning, and I have been going to the hospital every day. This dog is the genetically shy dog that doesn't interact with us, but notices everything. I guess I will try a saucer tomorrow?
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I'd try a saucer or plate for sure if she won't eat out of the bowl. If it's steel or offers a reflection it could be that or something else to make her fear it. If it's only the bowl causing her not to eat from it then that's an easy fix. If it's the food she won't eat then that's a different issue (but you said she was eating it at treat time no?) but maybe she doesn't care for it mushed. I know some dogs that don't have half their teeth and they will still eat hard kibble. Let us know if she will eat off the saucer or not I hope everything works out well


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Well, this am she actually ran out of her pen, into the dining room and hid! She ate hard treats at 4 pm, but not her dish?? Last night I had to go get her and put her in her pen 'cause there was crushed up hard treats in the bowl?? She did eat them finally. I am going to give her just hard kibble tomorrow on a small plate/saucer.
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Let me know if she takes better to the plate/saucer. Is she a Rescue? There must be a reason she's fearful of the bowl


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This just is confusing! She drank some milk with her kibble this am. No kibble, just the milk. I am going to buy some smaller kibble today. I used a different bowl (they are china, small bowls) and it didn't seem to make any difference. I don't know why she will eat these exact same kibbles at 'treat' time? Oh well, her choice I guess. She has always been a picky eater, but always eats before bedtime. Not this time. I sprinkled some kibble on the pad, not in a dish, and they were there at breakfast.
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Have you tried mixing the kibble with a wet food? Whenever mine wanted to be picky I would just do that and slowly lessen the amount of wet food mixed in. I guess you'll just have to play around to see what works for her.


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The first thing I thought of is that she'll eat them as a treat, because you're hand feeding her (I assume you are anyway, when I give mine treats, they just take the individual pieces from my fingers.)

Which, if that is the case, it does tend to make the situation a bit more complex.

I will say, my dogs will eat large kibble as a treat but they have trouble eating kibble of a similar size from their food bowls....and they're not picky eaters in the least! I don't know what goes on in their little brains, but somehow, in their heads, eating that same kibble from the bowl is an entirely different experience, with its own set of "rules" than me offering them a piece of the large kibble from my fingers!
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I think I have resolved the problem. This am I thawed out some frozen turkey and gave that to Bonnie, and divided the rest between the other dogs. Oh My Goodness, NO problem, she gobbled that turkey right down! I had it in her bowl too! There is sun here today after weeks of rain, gloom, and grey! She and the others are basking in it. So good to see it. I think you are right on Ronni!
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