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Yet another food/feeding problem...

I posted the other day about changing to adult Innova from Nutro. Pixie wasn't eating the Nutro very well AT ALL, then I heard about problems with it so I took her off of it. I had a sample of Innova that she gobbled it up, had read the dogfoodanalysis.com reviews about it, and after some of you experts answered my questions I went and bought a bag.

Pixie has never been a very good eater of dog food, she acts like it's an effort to eat it. This is our 3 kind of food in 6 months and now she acts like the Innova is terrible and even threw up a bit after eating tonight. Her poops seem normal, and that was what most people were saying to watch for.

I don't know what to do now. I don't know if this is an issue or not, but we do our training (with her favorite treats and baked chicken) immediately after she eats. I started doing this from day one so that she would have all her food intake and would go potty right after we finished. Anyway, do you think maybe she's just holding out for the "good stuff", because she certainly devourers that without even tasting it??? Is there a food that is a premium food that most dogs like?

She never gets feed from the table...The only human food she gets is the chicken and we let her like our yogurt cups.

Sorry this is sooo long, but I wanted all the facts out there. As we speak my husband is doing her training and she is again devouring the chicken...... Thanks for your help!!!!!!!!!

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I have found that when Molly was on Evo she liked it ,but would pick at it. Since swithcing to canned food she gobbles it up in a heartbeat. There are many benefits to canned over dry food. If you want I can send you an article about this. Oh yeah they will hold off if they know they are going to get something better down the road. The only disadvantage that I can see is the expense. It is at least four times as expensive as kibble. The only reason canned food has fallen out of favour is the expense and the fact that people have become to used to something quick and easy no mess etc. Too bad because it is so much better on numerous accounts.

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Of course she's not eating the kibble if you give her chicken straight afterward! Don't give her any treats AT ALL until she eats her meal. It might take days for this to happen, but don't worry, she won't starve herself. The first thing you need to do is cut out all treats and make her meal time the only food she gets. When she understands that she needs to eat her food then you can start treating her for tricks again. Also, another thing you can do if you really still want to train her is to treat her with kibble. Take it out of her daily amount. That way you're not giving her something yummier at training time.


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I have found that when Molly was on Evo she liked it ,but would pick at it. Since swithcing to canned food she gobbles it up in a heartbeat. There are many benefits to canned over dry food. If you want I can send you an article about this. Oh yeah they will hold off if they know they are going to get something better down the road. The only disadvantage that I can see is the expense. It is at least four times as expensive as kibble. The only reason canned food has fallen out of favour is the expense and the fact that people have become to used to something quick and easy no mess etc. Too bad because it is so much better on numerous accounts.
Thanks and yes. I would like the article!!! I thought about mixing in canned with the kibble, but didn't know if I should. I had a LOT less trouble feeding my 2 boys than I do this dog!!!

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Of course she's not eating the kibble if you give her chicken straight afterward!
I thought I might hear this!!! I just felt like I couldn't let her go hungry. In many cases I would tell her she had to eat, then we'd practice and she'd go to her bowl and eat. I guess she's testing me and I'm failing terribly...

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My Pixie will eat her dry, but she grazes. I have her on Life's Abundance kibble. She LOVES Merrick canned food, but I don't give to to her every day. I thought wet food was bad for teeth, but I guess if you're doing something for the dogs dental health it may not matter (right Dave???).

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Thanks and yes. I would like the article!!! I thought about mixing in canned with the kibble, but didn't know if I should. I had a LOT less trouble feeding my 2 boys than I do this dog!!!
OK , give me a minute ,this is in a document file . Trying to figure how to send it . It is in a weird format. Do you mind sending me a private email with your email address.?

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My Pixie will eat her dry, but she grazes. I have her on Life's Abundance kibble. She LOVES Merrick canned food, but I don't give to to her every day. I thought wet food was bad for teeth, but I guess if you're doing something for the dogs dental health it may not matter (right Dave???).
Wet food is not worse on their teeth. That is one of the fallacies put out by the kibble people. Sabine explains this in the article that I am referring to.

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My Pixie will eat her dry, but she grazes. I have her on Life's Abundance kibble. She LOVES Merrick canned food, but I don't give to to her every day. I thought wet food was bad for teeth, but I guess if you're doing something for the dogs dental health it may not matter (right Dave???).
I've been thinking about canned, just seems like it would be more appetizing. My vet told us that canned food was fine if she preferred it, then asked if she did a lot of chewing, which she does.

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