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OCD with eating?

Okay, so this is a very odd issue we are having with Charlie. He seems to have some kind of weird OCD thing when it comes to eating. He is not a big eater to start with, but when he does eat, he pushes his bowl around for a few times, then he sticks his face into the bowl, takes it out and repeats this about 6-8 times. Then, he finally eats some of his food.Some days he does not eat at all. He likes his food, so I do not think that is the problem. It is like a weird ritual he does and I am so curious as to why. Anyone else have this issue? Also, we feed him 2 x a day at the same time and take it away after about 20 minutes.
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Both of my guys push the bowl before eating

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But do they stick their faces in and out like a ritual? lol My husband and I think it is so funny, but wondering what the heck he is doing? It is very strange.
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Dexter is very fussy. He will only eat a few bites, leave and eat it and come back several times and finally finish the food.

Now if he is really hungry, he will eat all at once.

Dexter is on a hunger strike right now and will not eat...I imagine he will eat by tomorrow or the next day.



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I honestly think a lot of Havs have their quirks when it comes to food. Marley has this ritual with a certain kind of treat that he spends hours hiding and moving etc. before he ever eats it. Some dogs don't like eating out of bowls and only eat from flat mats. It cracks me up to hear all the different stories, but it seems like it's a normal thing in Hav land to NOT be the same as all others when it comes to food...
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Oh it must be the Hav quirky thing, as long as he is eating and healthy then no problem. He must like to smell his food a few times LOL!

Baloo will only eat on one of his blankets or a rug and he will try to hide his bowl so you can't see it (digging at the blanket) then finally he will eat...he is a silly boy

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Murphy will eat anything he can get into his mouth but Scooter is a nut, he'll only eat off of a plate, not a bowl. He usually waits for Murphy to eat and then he'll eat his food. We tried all sorts of different bowls before I tried a plate and that's the only thing that works.

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Dexter finally started eating again....I do not think he ate for at least 2-3 days, he would pick at foods. He was healthy and playing and did not look sick, so I waited Dexter to give in....and the food strike ended.



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What are you feeding him?

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Okay, so this is a very odd issue we are having with Charlie. He seems to have some kind of weird OCD thing when it comes to eating. He is not a big eater to start with, but when he does eat, he pushes his bowl around for a few times, then he sticks his face into the bowl, takes it out and repeats this about 6-8 times. Then, he finally eats some of his food.Some days he does not eat at all. He likes his food, so I do not think that is the problem. It is like a weird ritual he does and I am so curious as to why. Anyone else have this issue? Also, we feed him 2 x a day at the same time and take it away after about 20 minutes.
No clue, but Baxter used to do this when he was on Eukanuba. We switched him to a limited diet (Royal Canin venison and potato) and he hasn't done it since. When he was on the Eukanuba he never wanted to eat, would eat a lot some days, and others, hardly at all. He never got excited about eating. He also had soft stools. Since we've changed to the Royal Canin, we offer him less (1/3 cup twice a day) and he eats every single bit. He loves it and hasn't done the push the bowl thing, push the food thing since the switch.
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