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Old 08 September 2018, 01:42 PM
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Default My dog is a finicky eater

Asta the poodlely one has been getting very finicky about what she wants to eat. Recently, I've been offering her 2 choices at meal time with the rejected one going to the fridge for the next meal. We even changed food bowls from plastic to ceramic. This morning was the ultimate in irony. Rather than offering her 2 different flavors, I put the same flavor in 2 different bowls. She sniffed 1, then the other. Finally she ate 1 bowl. So I emptied the full can in the chosen bowl and it disappeared. The spoonful in the other bowl is still untouched.
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Old 08 September 2018, 01:48 PM
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Are you sure she's not a cat in disguise?
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Old 08 September 2018, 01:50 PM
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I think she is using Hulu to take cat lessons while we are out.
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Old 08 September 2018, 04:29 PM
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Too much offer.

My dogs didn't want to eat for 7 days when I got them (they were used to a pecking order where the alpha ate first, and the beta ate last... and ate everything that was left). I was serving them the same meal at the same time each in their own bowls, and I ate at the same time.

If they refused to eat, I'd put their food away and they'd be served the same chow 12 hours later.

Eventually they did eat.

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Old 09 September 2018, 01:41 PM
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And then last evening, I tried the same food in 2 bowls trick again. This time she wanted both bowls with the same food. Then this morning, 1 flavor, 1 bowl was fine.

As to why I don't train her to eat what and when I feed her, she is 12 years old which is getting up there for a standard Poodle. Up until a year ago, she has always been the beta dog. Now that she is an only child, she likes it.
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Old 08 December 2018, 04:36 PM
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So we finally quit buying "Dave's" dog food since it finally became apparent Asta wasn't going to eat it. So I went to WalMart and bought 1 each of all the cheap dog foods. That sort of worked. Now we are trying Purina One. That seems to work but this morning was typical. I took a can out of the refrigerator that had gotten a turn down last night. Still got a refusal so I opened another can and got a refusal on that. So I put a spoonful of each on the plate and she decided the original flavor was the one she wanted. ARRRGGGG!!!!!
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Old 08 December 2018, 09:32 PM
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Your dog is catting at a higher level than my cat. (My cat just decided his favorite delicious special broth that I buy in bulk because that way it's slightly cheaper than molten gold) is beneath him. But at least he's still eating his food.)
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Today, Asta went to the vet for nasty ears, a Poodle trait. DW went with us for the first time. DW remarked about the finicky eating but since Asta has gained 5 pounds since her last visit (for the ears) last October, this was not deemed a serious problem. However DW noted that Asta will not eat when at the kennel. So we are going to try making our/her own dog food. Any one have good recipes? Uh that is for dog food, not for dog.
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Old 04 January 2019, 01:43 PM
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Today, Asta went to the vet for nasty ears, a Poodle trait. DW went with us for the first time. DW remarked about the finicky eating but since Asta has gained 5 pounds since her last visit (for the ears) last October, this was not deemed a serious problem. However DW noted that Asta will not eat when at the kennel. So we are going to try making our/her own dog food. Any one have good recipes? Uh that is for dog food, not for dog.
I don't think that having special food for the dog will help when at the kennel, even if you feed the same food when at home. Dogs are under stress when at a kennel and respond accordingly (and differently). If your dog is a good eater at home, I'd serve the same food at the kennel.

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If you decide to go ahead with making it yourself, here's what WebMD has to say, which can be summed up as "it's harder than you think."

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Old 04 January 2019, 04:32 PM
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Actually, it's really easy to cook for Asta. You just have to make sure you cut the steak up properly.
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Old 04 January 2019, 06:35 PM
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My point was that serving just protein isn't good nutrition for dogs, any more than it is for people. Getting in all the right minerals and vitamins can be a challenge. Also, according to a FOAF (whose name I actually know, and who works at a vet school), totally eliminating grains from a dog's diet is not a good thing. Cutting back, yes. Eliminating, no.

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Old 04 January 2019, 09:05 PM
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I understood and I read the article you recommended. What I think we will do is send along some homemade chicken or beef broth to pour over the dog food. Asta will turn her nose up at the broths you buy at the grocery. She studies cat on TV when we leave her home alone.
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Old 21 February 2019, 10:01 PM
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The finicky eating seems to be solved. I mentioned the ear infection earlier. The vet took a sample to be cultured. It turned out to be a stubborn bacteria of some sort. So Asta got a deep ear cleaning that involved anesthetic, an oral antibiotic, and antibiotic ear drops. To reduce the swelling caused by the cleaning, she also got oral steroids. We're not sure if it is the steroids or that the infection is now cleared up but the finickiness is gone. She is now eating like a horse.
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Old 22 February 2019, 01:59 PM
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Three cheers for antibiotics used properly. Glad your dog is eating again. I wonder if the swelling caused by the infection made it more difficult for her to smell (since the drainage for ears and sinuses is usually connected (in people, at least)? The senses of smell and taste are closely related.

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We're not sure if it is the steroids or that the infection is now cleared up but the finickiness is gone. She is now eating like a horse.
You mean eating only grains and fruits?
That's not good for a dog!


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Old 23 February 2019, 01:22 PM
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Er, maybe that should be she is offering to eat to the horse.
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