Dog that only eats human food

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Well i dont know what others will think of this, but i had the same problem with my dog, there was a time where she would leave her dogfood just so we gave her human food.
My cousin (who is a vet) told us to never give her human food and just leave the dog food in the plate, even if she didnt eat, that maybe she would not eat for four days, until she gets really hungry and sees you’re not giving her any human food and eats her dog food.
She was right and we’ve never had that problem again.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Put dry food down. The dog will eat when it’s hungry. No animal is going to starve itself with food right in front of it.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It’s not so much a question of how long it will take you to get her to eat dog food, more how long she’s prepared to hold out! But be firm. A healthy animal will not willingly starve itself. Providing you are feeding a good brand of food – two smaller meals a day rather than one big one ideally – she’ll soon come round provided you don’t give in first. 

ETA. Seen your next post. I suggest you feed them separately too if possible. That way your dachshund can eat at her own pace and not feel intimidated. This is what I do because my pup is an absolute gannet and will barge my older dog out of the way to get at his food too. Something I am not prepared to permit!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This could do more harm than good, but maybe you could try weaning her off of the human food but mixing her regualr dry food with table scraps, brown rice, shredded cheese, plain yogurt, etc?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

You just need to continue to blend the wet and dry food and slowly phase her out. My dog used to have bad seizures so we had to feed him homemade chicken and jasmine rice. Then we discovered blue buffalo which is one of the best natural dogs brands out there, so we stopped making him food. But we had to continue to add a little of the chicken and rice to the dry food and phase him a little at a time.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

My dog tries to wait for a “better deal” all the time. Sometimes he goes without breakfast but on those days, he always eats his dinner. We try not to give him human food other than the occassional very small piece of fruit.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree with the PPs- you have to be persistent. She won’t starve herself.

We had friends visiting over the weekend (one of whom is a veterinarian) and they were telling us about their dog when they first adopted her. She was terribly obese and was used to eating only human food. She went days without eating her dog food, “holding out” for some human food. They didn’t worry too much about it because she was so fat! Needless to say, she dropped the weight and now happily eats her dog food.

Definitely keep the two dogs seperate during meal time. Give the picky eater a reasonable amount of time to eat her food (like an hour) and if she doesn’t eat it, put it away. If you are consistent she will get the drill and eventually she will get hungry enough.

Some human food is actually good for dogs to eat- fruits and veggies especially (just not grapes, tomatoes, avocado, onion, garlic). I grew up with Labs and they would eat anything, but they especially love carrots, apples, and berries.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My dog refused to eat dog food 2 weeks after we got him as a puppy. We have been cooking him human food ever since with the approval of his vet. He is now 3.5 years old and super healthy. We usually boil him chicken with veggies. He also loves turkey (also boiled), rice, and buckwheat. We generally alternate between all of those. For treats, he still eats dog treats.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@isabelle_86:  Ok, that’s good that she’s a healthy weight- I think an obese dachshund would probably be the most pathetic thing ever!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My dog has never eaten human food and he still sometimes doesn’t eat his breakfast. Feed the new dog the same way you feed the old dog. If the old dog gets it first, the new dog will learn that she has to step up her game. She’s not going to starve. 

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