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Old 10-31-2007, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I bought Nature's Recipe Lamb dog food for adults (maybe that's the 1st mistake) but he really didn't eat much for breakfast and wasn't interested in it for dinner. I don't know if he was given treats by my daughter today.

I am contacting the Rescue to find out what food he ate there and if he had that kind of behavior with food.

After I poured it, he sniffed and and walked away with one and ate it in the crate. I called him and he ate 4-6 pieces but then ate maybe another 6 on his own. I still had a lot in the bowl and so I 'hand fed' it to see if he wanted more but he carried it off and dropped it in my bedroom floor. Does he hate the food? I can buy whatever food appeals to him (if I knew what it was).

He has no problems with 'treats'. But those are like McDonald's or Burger King - Great taste with a big fat waist.
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Jax
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He might not eat the first few meals you set down for him, but he'll get hungry and start eating soon .

If you feel you need to entice him, maybe a little treat on top of the kibble - a dallop of plain yogurt, a little shredded cheese - something yummy - might get him started.

Also - did you wet the kibble? I serve my kibble slightly wetted with warm water. Some dogs like wet kibble, some like dry.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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You just now got him into his new home today and so far he's not had the chance to realize that yes, it is his home. Give him a few days to acclimate. After a few weeks you'll notice that he'll start to come into his own. It won't take him that long to eat a meal, don't worry about that

Some dogs are food driven and would eat if given the chance until they exploded, others are merely grazers and just hit the bowl several times a day.
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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His world is upside down right now and it will take some time for him to be comfortable in his surroundings. When Spot first joined us, he wouldn't even eat treats. He would take whatever we gave him, just to be polite, then drop it on the floor. Even steak!

Cottage cheese mixed with his food is another good enticer.
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:53 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Congradulations on your new baby...pic please!!!
Lots of dogs do what you are describing...I don't know why.
Katie who is my 1st corgi not only does what your dog is doing she plays toss the food.
She carries it around and tosses it in the air, repeatly then after awhile she eats it. Now I am told this is normal corgi behavior! No messed cause she eats every crumb on the floor hers & mine!!!
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:06 AM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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Congradulations on your new baby...pic please!!!
Lots of dogs do what you are describing...I don't know why.
Katie who is my 1st corgi not only does what your dog is doing she plays toss the food.
She carries it around and tosses it in the air, repeatly then after awhile she eats it. Now I am told this is normal corgi behavior! No messed cause she eats every crumb on the floor hers & mine!!!
Katie, they ARE great vacuum cleaners, aren't they! they'll find every crumb.
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:20 AM
 
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I had the same problem with my weimie who refused to eat anything when I first got her. Gabby was from a puppy mill turned in to the SPCA. I called them and they said she didn't eat much for them. She was so skinny and even the vet was worried about her and said if I couldn't get her to eat I should bring her back in so they could check her.
I made her Satin Balls from ground beef and other things and had to hand feed her for the first 2 weeks. Once she started eating those I would mix a little with dry food. Now she eats any and everything in sight.
If you want the recipe I can post it here. The weimaraner rescue group told me they use them for dogs who need to gain weight.
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:55 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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And stop when the dog starts to get about the right size - those satin balls are WONDERFUL for putting good weight on fast...but if you have a moment of weakness (like I did) with your rescue and give them out like treats, soon you will have a porky dog on your hands! I just felt so sorry for them, you know......and we spent MONTHS getting the weight off once it was there. But what a great instant nutrition source...the recipe I have will make about a ton....
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:16 AM
 
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I don't give her the satin balls anymore since she swallowed the last frozen one I gave her without chewing it. Of course, this is the same dog that ate the plastic wrap with the canolli..
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:28 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Hey, hey...at least she's not a picky eater anymore...you accomplished your mission!...they say margarine is just one molecule off from plastic, maybe you can pretend she ate a stick of margarine? (one of mine did eat a stick - it was not pretty for days around here...a stricken look and a mad dash for the back door, which was left propped open for emergencies...forget the herds of mosquitos that came in, we were more worried about the dog exploding...blechhhh - it was AWFUL).
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