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Won't Eat Kibble from a Bowl

My very fussy eater Sammy will not eat his Kibble from his bowl anymore. If he is not hand fed he will starve himself all day. He has gone as long as 1.5 days before we cave in and hand feed him. We already had some weight concerns as he lost weight (just a few oz) in 2 weeks between vet visits. The vet said to feed soft food if that's what he'll eat, but she wants him to eat.

Sammy is almost 5 months old and I'm feeding the same food the breeder used Nature's Abundance. We tried it dry, we tried soaking it in water even chicken soup. He prefers it soaked, but he will still not eat it out of the bowl. If we put anything else in the bowl with the kibble, ground beef or chicken or eggs, he'll everything in the bowl but the kibble. But if we hand feed it one by one he'll eat it all up.

We are using stainless bowls. I have a larger bowl, and I thought that was the problem, so I bought a smaller stainless bowl and still no change.

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Try a plate. Boo at first didnt like eating out of a bowl and didnt eat for three days. I tried a plate and he ate off of that no probelm. And we've now gone back to the bowl. It might be the noise that the metal bowl make. I switched to ceramic when we tried again.
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Try a plate. Boo at first didnt like eating out of a bowl and didnt eat for three days. I tried a plate and he ate off of that no probelm. And we've now gone back to the bowl. It might be the noise that the metal bowl make. I switched to ceramic when we tried again.
Boo didn't eat anything out of the bowl or just the kibble? Sammy will eat anything BUT kibble out of the bowl. We even tried putting the kibble on the floor (tile) in front of him and he won't eat it unless it has fingers attached.
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Mark, have you tried handling the kibble first so that your scent is also on the kibble?
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Mark, have you tried handling the kibble first so that your scent is also on the kibble?
Nope haven't tried that, but I will tonight.
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1.5 days isn't long enough. Unless they're sick, dogs can go 3 days without food. Are you giving him treats and other food during the day as well? Because if you are, Sammy can last even longer than that! It sounds to me like he's training you into hand feeding him! I mean how great is that... I hold off on food for a day or so (dogs can do this easily, trust me) and then he'll hand feed me! It's great! Some dogs do not like to eat out of a bowl period, but as you said he'll eat other things it doesn't seem to be the case here. He's just holding out until YOU cave.


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He has been getting lots of treats (by hand of course) because I just cut his nails for the first time and I gave him a scissor haircut for the first time as well (sunday). Also every morning as I leave for work and he is gated in the kitchen, I give him a few treats (these I give one by hand and the rest I place on the floor near the gate).

OK - I will put on my meanie hat and and not cave into his manipulative ways.

I just don't want to get yelled at by the Vet if he fails to put on any weight again (or worse losses more), we go back to Vet on Monday for his final boosters.
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I, too, vote for you to try a ceramic plate.
Miley prefers that over a bowl.
And she makes less mess.
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Did the vet give any reason as to why Sammy is losing weight? If he's sick then not eating is not a good sign.


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Did the vet give any reason as to why Sammy is losing weight? If he's sick then not eating is not a good sign.
He only lost a few ounces he went from 6lbs 8oz to 6lbs 5oz in 2 weeks, but he was a fussy eater. They did not feel he was underweight, but they certainly would like to see a weight gain by the next visit because that will 4 weeks overall and at this age change 18weeks to 22 weeks they feel there should be a weight gain.

They did not feel he was sick, just perhaps more active in our home, still adjusting, and a picky eater.
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