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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?
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I use a treat ball for Brody for one meal http://www.omegapaw.com/products/tricky-treat-ball.html and I have a Nina Ottosson toy that I use for his other meal (I alternate with a different puzzle toy as well).

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it's great to make them work for their food. , especially pups. I can' t find the Science Daily article on this, but here is another http://www.caninegenius.com/document...K9G_Feb_06.pdf

and here http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/how-to-stuff-a-kong

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i love the tricky treat ball, but be careful. Mine love problem solving so much that they have gotten creative. My big dog recently figured out how to open the refridgerator door. She thinks the fridge is a giant "tricky treat ball". I've had to barricade the kitchen when i'm at work!

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I just put some kibble in a plastic bottle - like a vitamin bottle - with no top. Sheldon has learned to spin it around to send kibble flying. Very fun to watch.
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Originally Posted by davetgabby View Post
it's great to make them work for their food. , especially pups.
I totally agree with DaveT re working for food; it means you will have a much easier time of training him, too, if he is work-for-food-orientated.

My dogs have always been incredibly picky eaters, and my present two (one Havanese puppy, one adult Coton) have absolutely refused to eat raw, which I'd prefer. However, since I've discovered Ziwipeak they hoover up their food for the first time in 6 years with Tycho, and since I got her with Cuba. I'm still amazed! I am SO unused to this. It is the nearest to raw you can get in a packet, so I am very happy at last. It appears expensive, but the recommended quantities are so tiny that a bag lasts a long time. Might be worth a try?
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