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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-08-2009, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up PICKY EATERS? do you have a picky eater

I just wanted to share something to those who have picky eaters....
Has anyone watch the dog whisperer?
He had an extremely interesting episode on tv and you can rent it on dvd....
It was a large breed dog (can't remember the type) who was driving the owner crazy with picky eating.

EXERCISE was the answer. Exercise the dog (even training on a treadmill) BEFORE you feed your dog.

It took a little while I think within a few days and the dog ate whatever cesar fed him, and ate it all!

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Yes, I have a picky eater. In fact, he is on a kibble boycott right now. I have tried every quality kibble out there to no avail. I do walk Giotto before he gets his breakfast. Maybe I am not walking him enough? His pickiness though is driving me nuts. It is not that he isn't hungry because he will go to his food bowl throughout the day, but he just smells it and walks away. If we are eating he begs for food. He's also throwing up bile. I know he wants food, he just won't eat his dog food. At night after his not eating all day I give him chicken or some hamburger and he gobbles that right up. I do mix it with his kibble hoping some of that will sneak in but he spits all of that out to the side and just eats the meat.

I am kind of at the end of my rope with his eating (or lack of). I don't know what else to try. I even cut out all treats during the day in hopes that he'd eat, but he's not.

I will try and tire him out more during the day and hope that helps. If he's exhausted and starving then maybe any food will look enticing to him.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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What about grinding some of the kibble or even mixing canned dog food with it? Or watering it down even with chicken broth? Also, you giving in at the end of the day, what if you were consistant with no homecooked food at the end of the day for a few days along with the exercise...

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We're now mixing in a bit of canned food with the kibble and Scooter is eating it. We were doing cottage cheese but this is easier and we know he's getting quality meals. He loves the canned food.

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marisoma, these dogs are very smart. Giotto knows you will give him something yummy in the evening and will therefore skip his 'yucky' kibble. Why eat dry crumbs if he can have juicy meat? That's how he sees it. You should put his food out in the morning (maybe add 1-2 TBL of hot water and stir) and leave it out for 20 min. If he eats it, great, if not, put it in the fridge until his next scheduled meal. NO TREATS OR OTHER GOODIES! Try this for up to 3 entire days. Good luck!

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Seamus is my pickey eater, Finnegan eats just about every thing!!! But now I have found what he LOVES!!!! I mix kibble, cooked ground meat or chicken (I change up a bit), cooked carrots AND now that I mix yogurt in...He has NOT skiped a meal since the yogurt!!!

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my two havs went thru a picky stage last summer that lasted several months. It drove me crazy. I now feed them a mix of two different dry foods (Royal Canin and Nutros). I add shredded organic carrots and a spoonfull of unsweetened applesauce to this for breakfast. I substitute sliced bananas at dinner. They gobble this down and are doing just fine now. FYI they love raw baby carrots as a treat. Good Luck

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picky eaters

Boy, I hope I am not doing anything wrong and I hope my dog is getting enough to eat. If we have steak, turkey, etc.. left over from a meal, she will get that too - cooked.

She is on a raw diet, and loves the meat (but won't eat chicken raw). She doesn't eat bones - she just buries them everywhere, and she loves cottage cheese, yogurt, but she spits out carrots and hates fish of any kind.

I grind some veggies up now and add them to her food, but not every day - is that okay?

How can I tell if I am feeding her enough and if she is healthy enough.

(I give her egg yolks as well and she loves peanut butter toast - I suppose that is bad - but it is just a little treat). Cheese on toast is a favourite too - but just as a little treat - is that okay?).

When do they stop gaining weight - she is 9 1/2 months old now, and hasn't gained anything since she came here - she is 9-10 lbs.

I gave her a Flossie - she ate it the first time, and now she has buried the last one.
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I am not much help here in this thread, especially since mine eats deer dropping, dried dead earthworms and loved having the dead bird in his mouth that he was so proud to find....

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Mine were the two pickiest dogs on earth! I tried everything! Finally I just decided I couldn't please them so I bought Evo small bites chicken (because it is rated so high) and just put two bowls full down. It took three days and they were both throwing up bile but I waited it out. I didn't give them any snacks or anything. On the evening of the third day they ate.
Now I just leave the kibble down and they eat when they are hungry. It really worked!
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