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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-07-2019, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Change in Eating Habits

I dont know if this is a question or just to see if others have seen something similar.

Once we found a diet Skye liked he went totally crazy when I put his food down. 360 degree turns in the air with all four feet off the ground, excited yipping, the works.

A few days ago, after his 6 mo. birthday I changed from 3 a day meals to 2 a days. Now he seems pretty disinterested in eating. It may be an hour up to three hours after I put his food down before he eats. I haven't noticed any other changes. He is still as energetic as ever. His stools look the same.

I'm not too concerned at this point. Just a bit puzzled. I will continue to look closely for any other changes.
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Sounds to me like you picked the perfect time to move to 2 meals! Maybe try picking up the food after 10-15 minutes until he adjusts? You know he likes the food, so if he’s healthy I would give it some time. I switched to 2 meals when our puppy was a little older because I just didn’t really think to do it earlier, even though most people do. Around the time I did it he had started skipping lunch about half the time, so I wondered if i was overfeeding. At first I just eliminated lunch, but he asked for lunch half of the time and seemed ravenous at dinner. I think I increased increased breakfast by like a tablespoon and be settled into it. He still is hungry at dinner and is food motivated during the day for training, and his weight is good.
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The day I put up the first post he went all day without eating. I put his breakfast down around 7 am. After my wife returned from work and we ate supper she drizzled a teaspoon of adobo sauce over his food and he scarfed it all down. Next morning he again sniffed his bowl a few times but didn't eat. Knowing that adobo is hardly healthy for humans, let alone puppies, I shredded up a tiny piece of chicken breast and sprinkled it over his food. Same reaction. He ate all his food, licked the bowl clean, and was looking at me for more. At 6 months old it is still more important to me for him to get the nutrition he needs to develop than to let him go without eating to impose my will on him. So I have continued to sprinkle a tiny bit of chicken breast on his food and he is eating every last speck.

At a smidge under 10 lbs. and just under 11" at the shoulder I think his growth stage should be slowing down. I will continue to indulge his dietary quirks until he is fully grown and then think about doing the "take it or leave it" thing.
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He is definitely doing well in the training stage (training you )

It's not about you imposing your will, it's about deciding if you're ok with having to coax him, give him special things, etc to eat - because if he figures out that waiting and not eating will get him yummier stuff then he will.

Seriously though, Karen here likes to say that training is mind over manner - if you don't mind, it doesn't matter. So, if you don't mind that you may end up with a situation where you have to come up with more and more creative, yummier ways to convince him to eat, then it's perfectly fine! If you don't want to be in that situation then I very much doubt he will skip more than 2-3 meals before he realizes that he's hungry, this is what he's getting to eat, and that's that.

I did decide to start moistening Perry's food when it seemed like he wasn't eating well - that's the level where I didn't mind making an accommodation, and it did help.
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