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Our pup prefers to "work" for his food. Other ideas?
Our little dude is just over 12 weeks, and ever since we brought him home, has never been a great eater. We definitely don't even come close to feeding him the recommended amount for his weight (4 lbs. 3.5 ounces as of last Tuesday) from his bag of food, which is the Royal Canin mini puppy formula. We've tried a bowl, a plate, from the floor, and by hand ... all with mixed and very limited success.
On a fluke two nights ago, when he was really overstimulated (nipping and humping like crazy) and we were waiting to put him to bed, I put some food in his puppy Kong and he LOVED it. We've continued to try to feed him in his regular eating area, with continued limited success. But food in the Kong is instantly freed and consumed -- even if I refill it two or three times in a row.
Any other ideas or suggestions for how I can make him "work" for his food, since that is clearly what he prefers?