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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-03-2020, 12:36 PM
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The behaviorist who works with Oliver said that people eat for wayyyyy. different reasons than dogs do. Dogs, according to her, do not need variety. They thrive on routine. It makes them feel safe, and part of the reason owners unwittingly make their dogs anxious is by not honoring routine. She went on to say that this is why dogs need to be transitioned to new foods, why their stomachs are sensitive to quick changes, unlike humans, who thrive on variety. The exception to this is play and walks, other things that actually EXPAND their brain capacity. But things like food, naps, specific place to sleep, etc....Example, if your dog refuses a food and you switch it immediately, you are teaching the dog that they should not be satisfied with one food. They aren't devious in the sense that they're "playing" you. It's more that if they refuse, you switch, they must have been correct in not accepting the food. And on you go with the cycle.
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OH my word Che is SO CUTE!!!!

I totally agree with what has been said. Is he in good weight? If so and no medical issues he is fine. A healthy dog won't starve themselves. I have been lucky with Sophie, she eats like a racehorse! And begs for more. I feed her 5 little meals a day because of her IBD and while I'm fixing it for her she is barking at me to hurry up then dances and whines while it's warming in the microwave. And she is very thin (not too thin but fit).

I know several people some with havi's and some with other small breeds who stress over them not eating much and go to great lengths to get them to eat anything. But...their dogs are all quite overweight! I am sure this is not the case with Che but they all claim the dogs eat very little. I was on vacation once with one of these friends and she had her dogs food down so she would "eat more". I saw the dog go over and eat enough for a full day in one sitting and didn't want to eat the rest of the day. My friend was cutting up cheese and other treats to try to coerce her to eat more. (and this dog was obese).

Again not comparing you and Che to these dogs at all! But just an example of picky eaters and how they can self regulate. I really wouldn't worry if Che is healthy. He may not eat what he currently is being fed readily because he has learned he may get something better. I would offer him his food, if he does't eat it pick it up after a few minutes and don't offer him anything else until next meal time. He will learn to eat as much as he needs when he knows nothing else will be coming along.

I also agree about the nutrition. It is very easy to not have it balanced and over time it can cause nutritional deficiencies. You probably won't see signs of it until it has advanced to the point of causing issues. Sabine would be a good one to consult with. I home cooked WITH guidance for Sophie's first 4 years (she is 5 now). It turned out in the end it was the worst thing for her IBD. I am now feeding her Royal Canine Low fat canned....a crap ingredient food I never dreamed I'd be feeding her. But it has pretty much saved her life. That's another thing to consider, not every diet is going to be ideal for every dog.

I feel for you because I know how stressful this dog food thing is with the recalls etc etc.
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