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My puppy won't eat breakfast

Hi! Thanks to all who offered suggestions a few months ago on how to get Bohdi to stop barking at my son. They've become great friends and it is such a joy to watch them play.

Bohdi is now 5 months old and he won't eat his breakfast. He walks to his bowl in the morning, sniffs at it and walks away. We haven't changed anything since he was 2 months old, except giving him just a little more each meal, and I'm perplexed I guess.

He stays on a pretty consistent schedule:

7:30am - +1/4 cup Acana puppy kibble
12:00pm - Stella and Chewy's freeze-dried patties
5-6:00pm - Stella and Chewy's freeze-dried patties

Is it the Acana he all of the sudden doesn't like or is he ready for 2 meals a day? I would think that 5 months is a little too early for that though, right?
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My girl rarely eats first thing in the morning. I don't worry about when she wants to eat, as long as she is eating. Most dogs will give up the midday meal at some point.



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Is it the Acana he all of the sudden doesn't like or is he ready for 2 meals a day? I would think that 5 months is a little too early for that though, right?
I would try two meals a day, say 9am and 5pm. If he continues to gain weight, then no problem.

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they are all different. You'll figure it out New Dog Owner? Watch Out for These 5 Common Mistakes

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All of mine made it very clear when they didn't need/want 3 meals a day, and we just dropped lunch at that point.

Also, if you are feeding kibble at one meal, and freeze dried raw the other two times, it's like offering dry saltines for one meal, and steak for the other two. Which one is he likely to skip if he's not REALLY hungry?
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lol Karen, I wouldn't bet that a dog would prefer freeze dried raw over kibble. We all know which one is the healthest. Too bad dogs don't always know what's good for them.
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As Sabine says "- Kibble is specifically "engineered" to be appealing by spraying it with a mixture of fat and flavoring after it's been extruded. Entire companies exist that do business solely in developing flavoring enhancements for dry food. Freeze dried food is not processed in that way, that's why it doesn't have that typical "kibble stink" odor. it just smells of the natural, dried ingredients."

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I can't even imagine the day that Oreo will pass up on any meal. He is a pig, and I swear he can tell time! He comes into the kitchen around 11:50 a.m., and just looks at me, if I ignore him, he will go to his bowl and bark. He does the same around 5:00 in the afternoon. I have been scaling back on his mid day meal, and increasing the amount at breakfast and in the evening, but I bet he won't give up the mid day feeding without protest.
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My boy frequently doesn't want breakfast. I let him be. Lola, quite recently has also barely nibbled at her breakfast. She could stand to lose a pound, so I'm quite fine with it.

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As Sabine says "- Kibble is specifically "engineered" to be appealing by spraying it with a mixture of fat and flavoring after it's been extruded. Entire companies exist that do business solely in developing flavoring enhancements for dry food. Freeze dried food is not processed in that way, that's why it doesn't have that typical "kibble stink" odor. it just smells of the natural, dried ingredients."
My dogs certainly think kibble is the LEAST attractive food on offer. We rarely do freeze dried raw "diet" type food because most have fish oil in them, and Kodi is allergic to it. But canned, refrigerated, fresh, home made, freeze dried whole meats... ANYTHING is favored over even the best kibble. I use it mostly for low value training treats around home, thta I can keep in my pockets or in jars around the house for impromptu training opportunities. (It's amazing how much training can get done 30 seconds at a time during the day)


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