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So Coco's eating has picked up a little but she is not eating all her allotted amount. As long as I know how much she needs to be eating and I keep track is it all that bad to keep the food down and letting her graze? The vet said she is a little lean but nothing to worry about but I am worried that if she doesn't eat in 10-15 minutes she wont eat nearly enough. HELP

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When Django was a puppy I tried the feeding 2x a day, food down for 20 minutes each time. I know this is the preferred method however my puppy was an awful eater. I left his food out all day so that he could graze and knew at some point in time he would get all his kibble in his belly. I had a heck of a time getting him to eat, don't know if it's a havanese trait or not but hang in there. My vet told me when he was a puppy, if he's hungry he will eat.
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Not for Tucker. 😃His food goes down and he's done in 10 minutes tops. Little guy loves to eat. Vet recommended 1/4 cup 3 times a day. His weight was good last Saturday at the vet. 13 weeks and he was 6 pounds.he should be slowing down his weight gain in another few weeks.

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Molly has never been very excited about her food. When she was a puppy she only ate about half the amount that the breeder said she could have per day. She has always been tiny and I worried about her going too long without eating and getting hypoglycemic. I do leave food out for her during the day. At two years old she has just recently started eating her whole bowl of food at once at mealtime. At her last vet visit she had put on a little weight, which was good.

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Teddy doesn't eat all his food in one go either.
I leave his food out for him to eat as and when he wants. Now that He's almost 2, I know that he eats half his breakfast at 8 and the remainder at 12.
He then eats half his dinner at 6 and the remainder before bed!

A lot of people told me not to let him graze and to take his unfinished food away after 30 mins. It didn't help either.
Its probably just an individual choice but I'd let Coco graze through her recommended food amount.

If Coco eats kibble, it may probably help to put it in a treat dispensing toy. I used to use a dispensing ball that drops the kibble when its kicked and Teddy (when he ate kibble) finished most of his meals from the ball even though he used to refuse to eat the same kibble from his bowl.
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I remember when he was a puppy I would try everything and somethings would work. Sometimes putting his food in different bowl would trigger something and he would eat, I would also change the location of his bowl and this would help sometimes as well. The nutty things we do for our fur babies!
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I will always encourage not letting dogs graze; most dogs won't starve themselves, and will eventually begin eating once you put the food down. Might be a little hypocritical of me, though, because Mario is a grazer. The many times we've tried "meal times", he has gone days without eating his food. He's just not food motivated enough to take notice when we put a bowl or kong down. He eats all of his food at once two times a day, usually, but it's not on a specific schedule. If we are in the kitchen or in the loft right above the kitchen, he will eat. If we only put his food down for specific times, though, he won't eat it and revert back to his old countersurfing ways. When our new guy gets free reign of the house, we will probably try to set meal times for Mar, but until then, we will just stick with grazing (if it ain't broke, we aren't going to fix it...and it's been working for 8 years).

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Rocky was born to eat. He gets 1/4 cup 3 times a day. He's almost 4 months and weighs just over 6 lbs.

He eats his 1/4 cup in about 15/20 seconds then looks at me like, that's it?

I've wondered exactly how much he would eat if I put down a whole cup. I've never seen what fills this guy up.

Vet and breeder say stick with what we're doing that he's getting plenty of nutrition.
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I am not sure grazing is such a good idea. I put food for Sammy for a specific period of time. He wasn't such a good feeder but at least i can see improvements. I think just setting the food there for a certain period and giving enough is the best way. With time you'll learn your dog's feeding habits and be able to know how to adjust say by increasing the amount or taking it down if it needs to loose some weight.
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Willow was a grazer too. I was always an advocate of scheduled feedings until I got Willow. She would only eat a mouthful or so at a time and would sometimes go almost a day without hardly eating anything. I finally changed her food and now she eats with gusto and I'm back to the scheduled feedings.

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