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Some more neurotic puppy Mom questions...

Ella is eating Wellness Core puppy food....she doesn't eat much....only about 1/2 cup or less a day split between 3 meals. She doesn't seem to love her kibble but does eat. She is not interested at all in lunch. Also she doesn't seem to love this food....picks at it, looks at it and walks away etc. She eats better out of my hand or off the floor than out out of bowl, but I feel these are not very good habits. She liked the kibble when offered as a treat for obedience. Well, at least she did until I made a treat for her from rice flour, pumpkin, and peanutbutter. She loves these cookies and goes nuts when she knows I have them. Now if I try to give her a piece of kibble for a trick she won't take it. So, my questions are: Would it be bad to only feed her twice a day at this age? Could she be afraid of her reflection in the stainless bowl (sounds crazy...I know)? Should I try to find a food she would like better, or would that just encourage this picky eating? Should I stop all treats except kibble. BTW she is growing, is energetic...see my last question ha ha and seems all around very healthy etc. Thank you so much!
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Ella is eating Wellness Core puppy food....she doesn't eat much....only about 1/2 cup or less a day split between 3 meals. She doesn't seem to love her kibble but does eat. She is not interested at all in lunch. Also she doesn't seem to love this food....picks at it, looks at it and walks away etc. She eats better out of my hand or off the floor than out out of bowl, but I feel these are not very good habits. She liked the kibble when offered as a treat for obedience. Well, at least she did until I made a treat for her from rice flour, pumpkin, and peanutbutter. She loves these cookies and goes nuts when she knows I have them. Now if I try to give her a piece of kibble for a trick she won't take it. So, my questions are: Would it be bad to only feed her twice a day at this age? Could she be afraid of her reflection in the stainless bowl (sounds crazy...I know)? Should I try to find a food she would like better, or would that just encourage this picky eating? Should I stop all treats except kibble. BTW she is growing, is energetic...see my last question ha ha and seems all around very healthy etc. Thank you so much!
Well, you didn't say how old she is, but with ALL of mine, I let them make the decision. When they weren't interested in lunch anymore, I dropped it. My adults eat about the equivalent of 1/2c of kibble a day (though kibbles DO vary in caloric value) so what she's eating is not far off from what it should be.

Some dogs do have a preference for certain types of plates or bowls, and there is no harm in playing around with that. I don't think I'd be hand feeding her though. Put it down, wait 10 minutes, and if she hasn't eaten, pick it up, and don't feed her again until the next meal. Healthy dogs won't starve themselves.

It's up to you if you want to continue with this food or not. I, and many others, prefer not to feed kibble, as there are many other, better quality foods, and kibble can cause long-term, mild but chronic dehydration if the dog doesn't drink enough to compensate for the dry diet. Besides, even if a food was nutritionally balanced for you, would you enjoy dry back packing food day in and day out? You might want to consider either canned food, cooked commercial food (like Fresh Pet) or dehydrated (reconstituted with water) or frozen raw food. All of these are better choices from a nutritional standpoint, and most dogs enjoy them more too.

Kibble isn't a great training treat, because it takes a long time to chew. By the time they have chewed the piece in their mouth, they've forgotten what it was they were working on!. You really want very small, moist treats for training.


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Wow good thoughts....thank you! Ella is 11 weeks. We've had her just over a week. I researched food for her before she came home and found the Wellness to be a high quality food and it was what her breeder recommended. I really love the convience of dry food. I bought her a bag of the dehydrated puppy food from the same line to use as a training treat but it seems to give her a tad bit of a loose stool even in small quantities. I have given her a scrambled egg twice. Once on her second day here as she wasn't eating and the breeder recommended it, and one other time because I was worried about how little she was interested in food and I knew she loved them. She just seems a bit picky. I'm not one to cater to finicky eaters... ask my kids....but I want to make sure she's getting what she needs to be healthy, motivated, and a little tiny bit of spoiled? I maybe worrying too much!
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Have you tried adding a little water to the kibble? Some dogs like it better that way and it also adds needed moisture to the diet. You can also top the kibble with a little canned food or freeze dried or frozen raw food. That is what I do for Molly and she loves it.
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I tried that when she wasn't eating her first few days here..... she wouldn't even touch it..... but thank you good idea!
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I thought Lola was an extremely picky eater until recently. As soon as she was done teething and over her post-spay tummy issues she became a real chow hound.

Like you, I thought the yummy training treats I gave her spoiled her. I think you may find she outgrows this phase. I used to put shredded boiled chicken, some water and kibble mix out for a little while. It would get picked up if she didnt eat it within a short time. Other times I'd put kibble and frozen chicken in a Kong. She'd usually enjoy that challenge and eat most or all of her meal as it fell out the Kong.

It's easy to fret over this stuff even when we know they most likely won't starve. And be happy that she loves training treats....the key word being "training".



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Willow was never much of a kibble eater. We were feeding her the kibble she was used to after we adopted her from her prior owners. However, she seemed to only eat enough to survive. I ended up changing to the Honest Kitchen brand of food and she is now a chowhound.



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Mochi was a picky eater at that age too. We switched kibble about 2/3 times and also used a dehydrated meal mixer to make the kibble more enticing. We had to feed at least 3 times a day since she would vomit in the mornings if her stomach was empty for too long. We managed to get though the puppy food stage and once we switched to adult kibble, she ate fine. Looking back, I don't think the puppy kibble was very tasty.
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Thank you all! It's so nice to have these little bits of reassurance! Pauline I think Lola and Ella have a lot of things in their personalities that are similar! Or maybe they have similar mom's who worry about the same types of things.... either way thank you so much for plowing ahead of me and sharing what you've learned!
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