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How to make dry food appealing?

To all the smart Hav owners, I need some advice, suggestions, ideas, ...

I decided to stop feeding Precious Instinct Raw when she was six months old and she will be seven months soon. Now Precious is not too interested in her kibbles, she wasn't a big fan of kibbles anyway.

When I switched to new brand kibbles, Precious will eat, but only for a couple meals. Then she loose interest in the kibbles again. I am 3 brands food on hand to rotate now. I think this is all my fault, when she wasn't eating, I am afraid she will starve and I added in some interesting food for her. Then Precious will eat up all her food.

So, should I be more strict? No treats no whatsoever adding to kibbles, just given food two times a day, AM and PM same time out for an hour. If Precious refuses to eat, she will have to wait till next meal. May be she will learn in a few days and start eating up her food?

If the above strategy does not work, please give me advice, suggestions, ideas, ...

Thank you so much.
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why did you switch from instinct raw? I am sure that the kibble is truly unappealing to her now. If the cost was prohibitive to keep her on the raw and you are going to keep her on kibble I would add canned food to it or some chicken, scrambled egg etc. Kibble is the least healthy option to feed your pet.

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why did you switch!? I agree with Lizzie's mom!!
It would be like us eating PRIME RIB with cheesecake for dinner every night for 6 months, then someone saying opps sorry, you can't have THAT anymore, but here, here's some dried salty fritos, for every.single.meal.forever.
If you really can't go back to the raw, or even canned, I would definitly add something to the kibble to make it more appetizing!

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why did you switch!? I agree with Lizzie's mom!!
It would be like us eating PRIME RIB with cheesecake for dinner every night for 6 months, then someone saying opps sorry, you can't have THAT anymore, but here, here's some dried salty fritos, for every.single.meal.forever.
If you really can't go back to the raw, or even canned, I would definitly add something to the kibble to make it more appetizing!
Ummmm Fritos

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LOL, ya I love fritos too, BUT imagine eating them for every meal. forever. after the 2nd or third meal I'd be dying for some chili with those fritos!!

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The reason I am eliminate raw from Precious diet is energy related. When Precious is too energetic, she tends to nip. Precious likes to jump and nip my 5 year old daughter. My daughter's shirts and pants all have holes. I know Precious just want to ask my daughter to play with her, but Precious used the wrong way to ask. We are training her consistently, but the improvement is progressing very slowly. After I stopped the raw, Precious does seems a little bit calmer, she still will nip here and there, but at least she was not jumping up and nip.

I read a lot about the good thing about raw, I am also hesitate to eliminate from her diet. But with the nippy issue, I would like to give it a try. I will try to add in more interesting food to the kibbles to make kibbles appealing for Precious.

Thank you all.
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I hope someone with more knowledge will chime in, but I certainly would not switch from a food he loves and thrives on to one he obviously does not like. I cannot believe that his behavior is anything more than being a puppy. Lizzie was a HORRIBLE nipper and will still nip at my college age daughter when she comes home for attention. We spent a lot of time "ignoring" her when she would nip to get the point across that the behavior was not acceptable. I would look into training. Hopefully Dave will see this tonight.

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Dogs don't have near as many taste buds as humans. And the dog will start eating the kibble after 2-3 days. Mine lasted a couple of days. They will not starve themselves. Personally the nipping is just puppy behavior in my mind and you have to correct that another way other than changing the food. But again if you want the dog to eat kibble, then it will eat kibble when hungry. I feed my dog kibble along with raw meat or cooked meat depending on what I am having for the evening meal. But if she doesn't eat her kibble, I withhold the meat that day. She always goes to her kibble bowl after she figures out that she is not getting anything from me and finishes her kibble. That is usually about bed time. They are smart little critters.
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We feed dry dog food and the dogs that are more picky get a spoonful of canned mixed in and a bit of water (kind of makes a gravy). Unless she is a "die hard", she'll eat when hungry. About the nipping (grabbing), I've learned that the dogs that do this (younger like your dog) need a verbal correction and praise when they don't grab. Also, make sure your child doesn't run or clomp near the puppy until the problem is over.

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Here's a tip I picked up elsewhere on the forum when I brought my puppy home and it worked for me --- grate a little bit of a Natural Balance dog food roll onto the dry food, mix and serve. Fortunately Kiki's not as picky now as she was then ...
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