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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-19-2019, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Food Behavior Problem

My pup, Scrappy, has had food issues since we got him. He is allergic to chicken and has been on a gently cooked beef diet (AllProvide Beef Crumbles) since he was 9 months old. Our vet is holistic and she felt that he was Yang Deficient (too cold - this was a recent diagnosis based on some licking and stomach issues he was having. They have since cleared up.), so we started adding lamb and venison (alternating) to his beef. He enjoyed it for a time, but now he is refusing to eat. So I took away the lamb and venison but he still won't eat. It is a huge production. I have to lure him over with pork tenderloin, then I have to hand feed him. Literally, I am picking up the food with my hand and he eats it out of my palm. Sometimes he will finish off the plate on his own. He won't eat for anyone else but me.

I think it is behavioral. My schedule has changed a bit recently. I started working part time but he is rarely alone for more than 4 hours at a time. His routine is the same though except for our morning walk (too cold).

Normally, he is fed twice a day, but some days he won't eat breakfast. He doesn't seem any worse despite the fact that some days he skips a meal altogether.

I know there is a lot to unpack, but I am open to any suggestions or ideas.

Thanks.

FYI - Make up of each meal:
2.5 ounces of Beef Crumbles
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/2 packet of Synacore
2 crushed Happy Earth pills (Chinese medicine)
bits of pork tenderloin (these were his training treats)

He gets 1 treat ball a day of 10-12 Cocotherapy Pumpkin Pie mini treats.
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I would recommend you consult with a pet nutritionist like Sabine . She has helped many people from this forum . Here's her email [email protected]
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Listen to Dave as far as the make-up of his diet is concerned... there is no one here who is a nutrition expert.

However, the pickiness is human-caused. As long as the dog is health, he WILL NOT starve himself. It's YOU who needs to be firm. Decide what you are going to feed him. Put it down and call him over. ONCE. If he doesn't come, that's his problem. Leave it down for 10 minutes. (any self-respecting dog can finish a meal in less than one minute, so 10 minutes is AMPLE time) If he doesn't eat. Don't say anything. Just pick it up and put it away. Don't feed him ANYTHING until his next scheduled meal time. Rinse and repeat. As many times as you need. Most dogs get the message after the first couple of missed meals. The occasional dog will hold out for a couple of days. THEY WILL NOT STARVE.

If you give in to picky behavior, that's what you will have for life. It's up to you.

One other note. Some dogs just don't need as much food as they are being fed. We have one who is small and petite. She is slim, but certainly not "skinny". She pretty regularly refuses breakfast about once a week. We don't do anything different. We offer it, and if she doesn't eat, we put it away. She very rarely skips tow breakfasts in a row, and NEVER skips two meals in a row. It's fine with her so it's fine with us.


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Bingo is the same. He will sometimes skip a meal, every so often two in a row. His older sister is exactly the same. Just the way they are.
My other dog acts like she is at death’s door if I am even one minute late with any of her meals ...
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If you're worried about his health/ weight with skipping meals I'd consult with your vet (to make sure there isn't something medical AND to make sure that he's a good weight even with skipping the meals), if all of that is fine, then I completely agree with everyone above.
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Thank you. I am confident in his health and nutrition as I just saw the vet. His weight is good and he doesn't seem bothered by missing the meals. When he was sick as a puppy, he would vomit white foam when he didn't eat. All of that has cleared up so I think it is just a picky eater. (I have a human one of those too.)

I have put training and games back into our routine. I think the lower activity of the winter has impacted his appetite too.
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When you get into homemade diets with commercial products, you should consult not with a vet but a nutritionist. I am not an expert but this diet you listed is questionable . I strongly recommend getting a diet from a nutritionist.

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