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Old 03-21-2010, 01:09 PM
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Darla and Daisy have gone off their food again.
The past 3 days they have just been picking, and only if i take it out their bowls and put it on the floor.
They have been on Burns mini bites, loved it for a while, but woudnt touch it recently so i added some Acana and they ate that, so thought that was it sorted, but now they hardly touch the acana either.
I am worried they are not eating enough, and seem to already have lost a bit of weight by the look of them.

Have tried everything, wetting it, different bowls, puting their bowl in different places, the lot!
I know it's not that they are sick, cause they still want a treat, not that have given them any.
They still play etc... too

I just worry especially about Darla being so young and small.
Dont know what to try next.
Dont have access to a lot of foods here and i dont want to get any store crap.
I dont want them to go on eating tiny bits each day, it's hardly anything at all and even with the no treats they are happy to just starve it seems.
Am at my wits end here really!
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Old 03-21-2010, 01:15 PM
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.... and only if i take it out their bowls and put it on the floor.....
be careful, or they will train you!
Jerry is my picky eater. I don't want to change up his food all of the time. So,
sometimes I put a little warm water over the kibble to bring up the flavor.
That gets him eating. Or, you can warm the food just a bit. Chi's do NOT have
a good sense of smell. That's why it is so hard to get them interested in some
foods. If you can create a yummy aroma, that may get them to eat.
You also may try to rub the bottom of their dish with something very tasty
like cheese or meat, then put the kibble in...
Good luck! and keep us posted
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Thanks Therese, will try heating it and putting something nice in the bowl before giving them it.
I know i have to stand my ground and not keep changing their food.
Acana is what they are getting now and will just keep at it.
Hopefully they realise i wont back down, lol
Will let you know how it goes. xx
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I'm sorry you are having troubles with the pups eating. I know it's hard watching them not eat when you know they are hungry but unless they are truly ill they will not let themselves starve. I'm guessing if you keep switching kibble, putting it on the floor & doing anything else out of the ordinary just to get them to eat a meal - they will keep going through their picky spells. When given the chance - like Therese said, they will train you! They are very smart & can obviously be VERY stubborn. You just have to be more so...as difficult as it can be.

When we fed kibble Maxie would have days where he wouldn't eat breakfast. I simply put the food away & come dinner time 9 times out of 10 he'd eat his dinner right down. And if not, he didn't get anything until breakfast the next morning when he surely ate every bite. Since switching to raw - we've not had an issue at all. He loves his raw food.

**I wanted to add. Personally - I wouldn't do anything different to the food you don't plan to do for every feeding. Such as heating it, adding a little something, etc. Like I said...if you keep doing something a little different just to get them to eat - they will keep having spells where they will refuse to eat it unless you switch it up a bit. Meaning...they will eventually get board of the warmed food, sprinkled with a little something, etc & stop eating that. I believe the saying I once read: "picky dogs are created by their owners". Those pups are that smart! LOL

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If Chico turns up his nose at his kibble... I usually give him a couple of kibbles out of my hand and then go away... that seems to 'prime' him and he will start eating....
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Thanks Heather.
Will be strong like you say, even if hard.
Could it also be lack of variety in flavours?
The Burns only has one.
At least with Acana there are 3 i think.

I did want to switch them over to the Acana anyhow so i think that i will stick to that, even though it is harder for me to get.
I have been lifting the bowls after a while, and last time i put them back down they ate some.
I thought i was lucky and didnt have the picky eaters, lol x
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Well, that's the hard part about kibble - lack of variety. I did switch the EVO flavors a couple times when I fed kibble & it worked for a while with Maxie but it went right back to the same skipping breakfast thing. But even different flavors of the same food can be boring. It's like us only eating ritz crackers & switching to whole wheat or vegetable flavor on occasion. Saying that, it's not a bad idea because the different flavors have different ingredients (I'm guessing chicken/beef/etc?) and that could be beneficial to them as well as enticing them to eat if they get board of a certain food. But it won't stop them from getting board of that food too. LOL It's a vicious cycle!!

I find the key is to leave the food down for say 15 minutes (I didn't even give Maxie that long because if I had the other pups would have eaten his food - so he basically got 2 minutes max to eat LOL) & pick it back up until dinner. Leave it down for 15 minutes at dinner time & then it goes back up until breakfast the next morning. They WILL get hungry & eat eventually. Especially if you only give them 2 chances a day for a short period of time to eat. They'll realize - if I don't eat now...I won't be able to again for a while & be more apt to eat.

At any rate...good luck!! If they do well on the Acana & you are happy with it - definitely stick to that & a set routine & they will come around.
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I agree with two meals a day. Removing the food/bowl after 15 mintues or so. It was hard
at first, but Jerry got the idea in a hurry. As for tweaking up the aromas in the food, I only
find this necessary on the odd day when neither of them take any interest in food. No, I don't
do it all of the time. And yes, it does help get them off a "hunger strike" when needed
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