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question on feeding, my dog is a very picky eater, since day one. i leave his dry food out all day, sometimes i pull his food bowl by the kitchen table when we eat in hopes he might join us! if he doesn't eat, sometimes he throws up which is why the food stays out. i had been dealing with a major separation anxiety issue and the trainer suggested i put his food down twice a day, not to leave out all day. his theory was he needs to realize nothing is free and somehow this will help with the separation anxiety issue. his SA is much better, i am never gone all day so there is not an issue with my pup not having food, we've had a few days where he's thrown up due to an empty stomache soo, i am rather torn by what to do. any thoughts?
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Sorry I cannot answer the picky eater problem, but I am happy the separation anxiety is lessening. How much exercise are you giving your pup? Just wondering because when dog is exercised well, they do have an appetite. It very similar to how we feel when we had a pretty intense workout. Once we settle we are pretty hungry - well, in my case ravenous. With Oreo, what I have been doing is getting up at 6am and taking out Oreo for 50-60 mins of walking. I walk at a comfortable pace for me, while Oreo is trotting beside me. After the walk he gets his water and his food, but I add a bit of water to the dry kibble as I find he doesn't like to eat dry kibble on its own. This way, he gobbles it up and then I feed him his second meal after we have our dinner.

Is your pup lethargic? Just wondering because it could be he is bored or not feeling like himself. If this episode of not eating continues after making sure he is well exercised, then I would definately take him to the vet to rule out anything. Keep us posted on how things go. I am sure others will also have some really great suggestions to offer you.

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Wow. Never would have related food to separation anxiety. Well, I am not a trainer so I couldn't argue against it. Being that he throws up could it be acid reflux? I think Melissa mentioned that her one dog had that.

I do know it is very hard taking Houston's food away. I felt like a bad Mom. I had to do it with Houston because he was eating one piece of food at a time and would take it to another place to eat it. There was dog food all over the house. It took a few days but now he is a great eater.

About the separation anxiety, how long do you leave him? Can you have someone check in on him. These dogs do love being with people and don't want to be alone.

I think there is a thread out there where this was addressed. Some people on the forum are doing research on it.
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Your pup just may be stressed and need an outlet to de-stress and relax a bit. This will help him and his appetite. Please keep us posted on his progress.

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Paige - you are so RIGHT ON!!! I never had a problem with them eating but did notice that things go much smoother when they have others to follow, and they make sure that they get "their" food. I only feed twice a day, at around 5am (hubby does that one) and then around 4pm. Then they are done for the night. All that I have read says t put the food down, and leave it for 15 minutes. If they dont eat, wait till the next meal. I do not believe that a dog will starve himself. Exercise, as others said, should help with the appetite too.

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my pup gets a lot of exercise. a 20 minute walk first thing in the morning to do his business, then another 20 minute walk 2 hours later before i leave and then a good walk at the endof the day. i wish i could get 45 minutes out of him but he's good for 20-30minutes, weather plays a big part in the time. his separation anxiety is on the mend, doing great thank god! just wasn't sure what to do about the food thing. he use to eat one piece of food at a time as well, get a piece, bring it to the table, back and forth. i finally pulled his food bowl by the kitchen table and he usually eats when we eat. i know they won't starve if they miss a meal i just wasn't sure what the norm was for this breed. the trainers thought process was the dog needs to learn nothing is free, food isn't always available, wasn't quite sure what this had to do with helping with his SA issue. by the way, i stopped using his ways, listened to my gut, and did what i knew would work best for my pup, and so far so good. also, what does MHS mean?
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