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Old 10-30-2010, 03:44 PM
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Hiya all, i have a bit of a problem, my 6 month old chi doesnt seem to be bothered by food. ill put her breakfast out about 8am, but she wont eat it, so i have to throw her 1 biscuit, some times she will eat it, and then realise that she is actually hungry, other times she will just pick it up and hide it somewhere. i have now just started to leave her food down, thinking that she might be hungry later, but the hours tick by, lunch time passes, and nothing, so i leave it down till dinner, again i coax her, she may eat 4/5 biscuits and then she walks off. other times shes just not interested. i have tried staying in the room untill she eats incase shes lonely, i have tried bringing her food in the lounge so shes with me. I know shes hungry cause she sits and begs for food when we eat. i dont give her anything though. i havnt changed her food and i do put a bit od water with them.
i try to be hard and say to her youl eat it if your hungry enough. but then i worry. i have even poored a bit of gravy over them, but shes not interested. and have also cut up tiny tiny pieces of meat to mix in.
I just dont know what else to do. she seems happy, and shes going to the toilet. PLEASE HELP xxxxxxxx
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Is she underweight? A 6 month old puppy should be offered food 3 times a day. A healthy dog will not refuse food over a long period of time. If she's lean, but active and playful and growing - I'd tend not to worry. If she's lean but depressed or acting or looking sickly, I'd have a vet look at her to make sure there's nothing else going on.

I do know that frequently adding things to her food and changing it up (adding meat, toppers, gravy, etc.) creates a very picky eater. I've been there and done that. Once you know she's healthy, just pick a food you want her to eat - offer it and then put it up after 20 minutes. No food, no treats, nothing at all until the next time she is scheduled to eat. Then repeat. I'm not a fan of free feeding, although some do it with success.
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\hiya, thankyou for your reply, she seems ok in herself, she went for a 2 1/2 hour walk yesturday and did better than i did. lol. how much should a pup her age weigh? she runs around all the time, and is genrally full of beans. xxxxxxxxx
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I probably wouldn't walk a puppy for 2.5 hours their joints are soft and not developed properly and that sort of walk could damage her as a guide they are meant o have 5 mins for every month old they are!!
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+1 for what Brodysmom said. Maisy sounds like a playful, happy puppy so I wouldn't be too concerned. I would cut out the biscuits though. No treats if she's not eating her food.

I'm not so sure about the 5 min for every month old they are rule for walks. When they are very little I wouldn't do an enforced walk for an hour but a 2.5 hour stroll for a 6 month old doesn't sound like too much for me. I would judge by the dog. If she's having a blast and isn't distressed then and I was taking my time walking along, I wouldn't worry. If she starts to act like she's not enjoying the walk or getting tired I'd cut it short.
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What kind of food are you feeding her? Some foods just don't appeal to the dogs. I like Orijen or Acana, Honest Kitchen has great foods too, with Honest Kitchen you add meat to their food so that might appeal more to her. I agree with what Tracy said leave the food down for 20 minutes if she doesn't eat, that's it, then offer for the next meal, and I would cut out treats, Zoey went through picky phases but would still eat people food or treats, so I quit giving her everything but dog food, then she'd eat the dog food. Also adding some canned/tinned food helps sometimes. I had to do that with Sebastian, he wouldn't eat just plain dry food.
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Bailey is exactly the same but he has treats which really we should cut out, sometimes he will eat his food just before bed at night, maybe not all of it. I know we have to cut out treats but he just looks so pitiful when he looks at us with those big eyes but that is our problem. Bailey will eat anything but his own food. So if your chi does the same you know there is nothing wrong with her, just being picky and you need to be harder like I need to be.

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Something the OP said jumped out at me.

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I know shes hungry cause she sits and begs for food when we eat.
No, that doesn't mean she's hungry. It just means she wants what YOU eat, because it tastes good.

Provided she's healthy (and it sounds like she is) she will NOT starve while you work to get her on a good feeding regimen. When I first rescued Tango, he just would NOT eat, period, unless I sat with him and fed him food by hand, bite by bite. It looked like that's what he was used to....his previous owner kept him caged pretty much fulltime because she had 4 large dogs and was afraid he would get eaten. So she fed him bits of food by hand through the cage bars.

There was NO way I was going to continue doing that. So once I got him vetted and back to health, I changed things up. I just put his food down and if he didn't eat it after 15 minutes I picked it back up again. Was it hard? Yes! But I knew I was doing the best thing for him. He went on a hunger strike for about 24 hours, eating nothing but the few pieces of kibble I offered him by hand, close to his bowl, to give him the idea that that's where his food was. I did feed him Nutracal in between times, so he wasn't without nutrients. And he did drink. Other than that, I just left the food down for 15 minutes then picked it back up again (he was eating 3X a day at that point.) After about 24 hours, when I put the bowl down, he DIVED in and ate everything. To this day both my dogs eat ALL their food at each meal (they're fed twice a day now)

Too often, owners end up getting trained by their dogs rather than the reverse when it comes to food. They're so little and we get so concerned that they're going to get sick if they don't eat. Yes they are little, but they're much more hardy then we give them credit for. AND they know how to play us really, really well!

Harden your heart and offer food 3X a day, and pick it back up again if it's not eaten, and after a day or two of this your dog will be attacking the food with a vengeance. Don't feed people food, don't feed treats in between times, don't flavor the food with anything. If he doesn't eat after that, it's time for a vet visit because something is almost certainly wrong. A healthy dog won't starve themselves, it goes against every instinct they're born with.
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