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Hi all, well my girls have started to act strange with their food.
They were scoffing it fine up until 2 days ago, but now they take it out their bowls and eat it on the floor or take it to their beds.
But they dont really want to finish it.
They are on Burns mini bites.

I do still have the Acana that Mandy ordered for me, and i just gave them a wee bit of that, and they ate it fine, well apart from Darla who i think it is too big for so she still takes it to her bed and eats slowly.

The size was why i went with Burns in the first place, plus is easier for me to get.
Are they just bored with it do you think?
At first i thought it was the bowls.
I clean them in boiling water and make sure they are not in contact with any washing up liquid.
No sure whether to try them on the Acana again, but transitioning would be hard if they wont touch the Burns.
Seems odd they just went off it all of a sudden.

Am not going to give any treats today and see if they get hungry enough to finish a meal.
 

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My pup seems to be going through stages, one minute he will scoff all his food up and then a few days later just sniffs the food and walks away, not interested at all, then back to normal again. Now he is back to sniffing his food, eating very little and then walking away. I am going to persevere, no treats or yummy chicken, he will eat when he is hungry. He is fine in every other way. I don't really have an answer for you cos I am quite new to all this. I hope someone else can help you.

Joy xx
 

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No dont free feed, they get fed at set times each day.
Maybe they are just bored of it now, lol
I even put it in ceramic bowls and they still take it out, and then stop eating it.
Still toying with the idea to change them to the Acana i have as they seem to eat that, and in the bowls.
Dont want upset tummies though, if they will just pick that out and leave the burns in the bowl like before.
Darla is getting to grips with the size of the Acana kibble now too, great eh!
Oh dear, ha!
 

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Tango will sometimes take a few bits of kibble, place it on the floor next to his bowl, and eat it from there. Less often he'll carry a mouthful into my sitting room where it's carpeted, and eat it from the carpet. It doesn't bother me because he still eats it all. I figure I sometimes like a change of scenery when *I* eat, so he might enjoy that, too lol! Tango used to be a somewhat picky eater, seemingly not very interested in his food all the time. I finally realized that he just wasn't all that hungry. Between his treats and the amount of food I was putting in his bowl, I was actually overfeeding him. The food was all excellent quality, and not laden with fats and grains, and I figured out I was overdoing it soon enough that he didn't become overweight, but he just didn't have much enthusiasm for eating, and would often leave a little kibble in his bowl (though he ALWAYS ate all the treats lol!) With some experimentation, I adjusted his food intake (treats and kibble....heavy on the kibble) to where he eats enthusiastically when I put food in his bowl, 2X a day...morning and evening. Jazz too. Tango's 3 1/2 lbs, and his intake is 1/4 cup of kibble a day, with 2 or 3 small treats. (I treat with dehydrated chicken bits, or pure chicken jerky broken up into quarter sized pieces, or small pieces of liver.) He maintains a perfect weight that way, and cleans his bowl every time I put food down. Currently Jazz gets the same amount because she's almost the same weight, but I'll probably have to up her portion slightly at some point, because she's still growing and will be heavier than Tango.

When I train, I use softish treats, and break them up into the smallest portions I can manage and still be able to handle it, (think a grain of rice sized treat,) train before their evening meal, then give them half as much kibble as usual because of their additional training treat intake.

I think we tend to overestimate how much food our chis need. The recommended amounts on the bags of dog food are overly generous, in my opinion.

It's also my opinion and experience that the primary reason dogs become bored with their food, or start being "fussy" eaters, is that they're just not hungry enough. No healthy dog is going to starve themselves when there's food available. Put the food down, and if they don't eat it after 15 - 30 minutes, take it back up, and don't offer it again till next feeding time. When they get hungry enough, they WILL eat, and be grateful for it! It's not cruel or inhumane or wrong to do this. In fact, it's far kinder to encourage good eating habits than to switch and change food, or overfeed, which can lead to health problems.
 

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Thanks Tink.
I am still having probs with them eating it though, even taking it away, and not offering their usual tasty treats etc....
If i was to give them a bit of chicken or banana, (which they go mad for) they would prob totally turn their noses up at the meal. :)
I did moisten their food a little and that seemed to help, but they still pick at it and then just walk away.
I dont want Darla starving especially being a pup still.
So i added in a little of the Acana food and they ate that out of the burns, lol
Darla still takes that away to eat, i think because of the size, but she is at least finishing it all.
Maybe it is a flavour thing? Burns mini bites only comes in one flavour, unless you just get the burn bigger kibble.
My partner told me about that, but if am going to get bigger i would rather the Acana anyway really.
I just want them to eat a whole meal and be healthy.
Also with the larger kibble i dont want to be giving them too much, not sure about amounts at the best of times.
I dont follow the bag on the burns cause it is way too much IMO.

Darla's has been getting fed 4 times a day, small amounts, but maybe it is time to cut it down to 3, and if i do go down the Acana road again, would prob be best.
Oh what to do!!
 

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I've actually had a similar problem with Tessa. I think it's because of the food I've been low on money recently so I went from Royal Canin to Beneful. She'll eat her wet food just fine, but hates the Beneful. I tried Pedigree before going to Beneful, but none of the girls would have anything to do with that.

I'll be glad when I get a job so both my dogs and I can have decent food. :p I've been surviving on ramen and veggie burgers, so we're sort of in the same boat.

It sounds like your chis are bored with their food. I had the same problem with Daisy she got extremely bored with certain foods after a couple of months until I eventually found a type of food she loved.
 

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Thanks Tink.
I am still having probs with them eating it though, even taking it away, and not offering their usual tasty treats etc....
If i was to give them a bit of chicken or banana, (which they go mad for) they would prob totally turn their noses up at the meal. :)
I did moisten their food a little and that seemed to help, but they still pick at it and then just walk away.
I dont want Darla starving especially being a pup still.
So i added in a little of the Acana food and they ate that out of the burns, lol
Darla still takes that away to eat, i think because of the size, but she is at least finishing it all.
Maybe it is a flavour thing? Burns mini bites only comes in one flavour, unless you just get the burn bigger kibble.
My partner told me about that, but if am going to get bigger i would rather the Acana anyway really.
I just want them to eat a whole meal and be healthy.
Also with the larger kibble i dont want to be giving them too much, not sure about amounts at the best of times.
I dont follow the bag on the burns cause it is way too much IMO.

Darla's has been getting fed 4 times a day, small amounts, but maybe it is time to cut it down to 3, and if i do go down the Acana road again, would prob be best.
Oh what to do!!
How old is Darla? 4X a day is quite a lot of food if she's more than a few weeks old. It's likely that she's not hungry enough each time you feed her. Jazz was down to two feedings a day by the time she was 3 1/2 - 4 months old, because she just wasn't eating well 3X a day. Cutting it back to twice a day rekindled her interest in food, because she was hungry before each meal.
 

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How old is Darla? 4X a day is quite a lot of food if she's more than a few weeks old. It's likely that she's not hungry enough each time you feed her. Jazz was down to two feedings a day by the time she was 3 1/2 - 4 months old, because she just wasn't eating well 3X a day. Cutting it back to twice a day rekindled her interest in food, because she was hungry before each meal.
Darla is 5 months, just over.
I will cut it down, but first thing in the morning now they are both not interested.
Even in the acana now aswell.
Darla will take it away a wee bit at a time, but Daisy seems not bothered.
I just worry they wont be getting enough to eat.
Thought they would be hungry first thing.:(
Have just took it back up for now, and will try agqin later. xx
 

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I think you're wise to cut back. It won't hurt either of them for the short term, and it's so much more fun when your chis think you hang the moon every time you put food in front of them lol! Mine practically do back flips :D

It may take several days for their metabolisms to adjust and for them to start getting interested again, so don't YOU get discouraged if you don't see an instant change in their behavior and orientation to their food.

You, and other posters over time, have mentioned being worried that their dogs won't get enough to eat. You WILL notice changes, physical changes, in your chis bodies if you truly aren't feeding them enough, but those changes will take some time to happen and you'll be well aware of the tiniest things, LONG before they become skin and bones! In other words, they could not get be getting quite enough to eat for some weeks before you'd see any drastic changes. You will not be harming them in the LEAST should they be being underfed for a few days, as you sort this out. And the upside of underfeeding them is that their interest in food will skyrocket. A hungry chi is a VERY enthusiastic eater lol! And that's really the point....giving them just enough food that they maintain an ideal body weight, and can thoroughly enjoy what they're eating. You're trying to balance their daily intake so that they ARE hungry at mealtimes, and that might take a little trial and error.
 

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Cooper is 5 months old and so very fussy with his food, he turns his nose up at everything, he will go through stages of eating then there will be a few days of nothing much at all.. Everyone keeps saying he will eat when he wants to, but this makes me so nervous as he got really I'll 3 days after we brought him home and not eating what the owner said he was eating, I had to rush him to the vets as he was convulsing they said his glucose dropped to far, then I had to syringe feed him on a vets prescription food for about 3 weeks every hour, which was so very exhausting but we did it and he gained weight and was going really well, but now it's like where back to square one again.. Need any advice desperately....
 

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Fussy eaters are made, not born. I would go with the previously suggested ideas - cut back on the amount of food....4xs a day means they are likely not hungry.

I would also put the food down for a set amount of time and take back any uneaten portion to offer at the next meal. A healthy dog will not starve, they will eat.
 

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Fussy eaters are made, not born. I would go with the previously suggested ideas - cut back on the amount of food....4xs a day means they are likely not hungry.

I would also put the food down for a set amount of time and take back any uneaten portion to offer at the next meal. A healthy dog will not starve, they will eat.



Thanks for the reply, but unfortunately we got bad news with our little baby tonight he got very sick in the last 3 days he had a swollen belly and I thought he was constipated, but after a lot of tests it's turned out he was born with liver problems and is getting put down tomorrow, this has apsolutly broken our hearts, and will miss him so much..
 

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Well I'm just gonna throw this out there.. lol I do everything different from the norm I guess. Anywho I free feed and always have and it works great for mine. I dont fuss over who eats what or how much. Food is there and they eat when they want. I give them all 2 'meals' a day as well. Their meals are half kibble mixed with fresh foods. Yogurt, cottage cheese, meats, etc. I tend to always have a few different meats, and 2-3 high quality kibbies on hand and I switch things up regularly. And they eat well, stay at correct weights, are healthy and happy. :) Plus since foods change they generally will eat everything. One of my boys will not eat any veggies though.. lol

Just wanted to add that I keep it all very very low carb. :)
 

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Thanks for the reply, but unfortunately we got bad news with our little baby tonight he got very sick in the last 3 days he had a swollen belly and I thought he was constipated, but after a lot of tests it's turned out he was born with liver problems and is getting put down tomorrow, this has apsolutly broken our hearts, and will miss him so much..
Oh.. I'm soooooooo sorry to see this! How heartbreaking!! Tons of hugs and chi-kisses to you and your family.. :(
 
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