Post # 1
He is so spoiled he doesn’t want to eat his dog food!
No, he is not sick.
It started a couple weeks ago and he would slowly eat it, but he did eat it. The last few days have been terrible though! He finally ate his dinner last night after I mixed a couple tablespoons of mush food in.
He has no problem eating biscuits or treats though.
Post # 3
Ha….one of my parents’ cats is so spoiled that he will walk up to the communal food dish, see that it has dry food in it, and bypass it completely, preferring to go hungry until my dad serves him his very own special can of Fancy Feast wet food!
Post # 4
My dog used to be the same!
Did you recently change his food? That can sometimes have an effect. Do you feed him at a particular time everyday? If your not already, try feeding him the exact same time (or times) a day and after about 20 min. put the unfinished food up. And have a no treat policy, none at all! That way he HAS to eat his food.
I hope that helped a bit!
Post # 5
He’ll eat when he gets hungry. Don’t give him any treats, or if you want to give him a treat then give use a bit of his food as a treat.
Post # 6
I agree with missmeowwoof. No treats and only give him food for a little while, maybe twice a day and then put it away. It’ll force him to eat it.
Also, may I ask what type of food you’re feeding him? My vet suggests Iams.
Post # 7
It’s been the same food for awhile now. We also do feed him the same time everyday. I’ll admit, we are bad and feed him treats + people scraps. I know his Grandpa also spoils him and feeds him as well. I gotta stop and just let him starve so he has no choice but to eat his food!
Post # 8
@Bride_Colleen: Yikes, I wouldn’t call it starving. It’s best if you let him only have his food a few times a day. I know my pets all prefer it when they get “fresh” food.
Post # 9
Yeah, I think you are right about the treats having to stop. I know it’s hard to say no though, but when push comes to shove, it’s doing more harm than good.
I don’t even buy my dog treats, his treats are raw veggies and sometimes a small piece of fruit. I try not to give them all the time either so that treats stay treats, maybe one a day. Right now he’s rolling around on the floor plaing with a baby carrot, lol.
When I was growing up, my grandpa had a dog that was so spoiled, it was his baby. He fed it cooked hot dogs and ice cream for dinner everynight. That dog lived to be 18, so go figure lol.
Post # 10
We feed him breakfast, a little bit of lunch, and dinner.
He just knows that he will get some people treats so he doesn’t need his dinner. We gotta stop spoiling him :S
Post # 11
Do not add the wet food. It will only cuase him to turn away from the dry more and more.
I had this problem with my dog once. She owuld just not eat. WE tried spooning over some broth, or adding a little people food in to coax her. Then she would eat….the she would throw up. We brought her to the vets, and guess what? We were feeding her too much!
Your dog is NOT being a dink by not eating. Either he has had enough, is not feeling well, or is now interested in only the wet food because he’s now had a taste of it and knows if he holds out long enough you will give it to him (I canll that smart, training you that way. LOL). Stop the wet food and don’t give him any more treats. If he doesn’t eat once in awhile, that’s fine. If he doesn’t eat much at all, he needs to see a vet.
Post # 12
If you give in and add stuff to the food or keep giving treats, it’s just reinforcing to the dog if it refuses to eat you’ll give it “better stuff”.
While he’s doing this this refusing to eat his dog food bit:
NO table scraps
NO wet food / mush / food toppers / etc
NOTHING BUT PLAIN DOG FOOD
Call the dog to you. Put the food down. Pick up the food in 15 minutes regardless if it’s been eaten or not. Repeat 2x a day
Dog will learn to eat what he’s given when it’s given. A healthy dog will not starve itself.
Post # 13
My dog has always been skinny, so I used to feed him 2 times a day with wet food mixed into his dry. He would eat most but usually leave 2-3 bites in the bowl. I stopped mixing his food, and he just has dry food all the time. If he’s hungry, he will eat. Some days our dog doesn’t eat much at all, but other days he’ll eat his entire bowl in one sitting. If you give a dog food, they’ll eat when they are hungry. I wouldn’t worry about it as long as your dog is still drinking, going to the bathroom (1 and 2) and eating treats and such, although I’d cut back on treats to encourage him to eat his food.
Post # 14
Just to add my two cents…my dog used to be a picky eater and not eat his food often times. It turns out he has a grain allergy. Now he is on a grain free, dry dog food and he absolutely gobbles up his food!
There is usually something up if a dog doesn’t eat- it can mean that their stomach hurts enough to not eat. So definitely the first step is to cut out all human food- seriously not even a crumb. If you want to give treats, the best thing to give is a kibble or two of the dog food.
Hope this helps!
Post # 15
I agree with the others to stop with the treats. I would give the dry dog food as treats. And cut out the table scraps. If I were a dog and got tasty people food, I’d probably stop eating the dog food sometimes, too.
Our family dog gets his dry 2x a day and no people foods and his treats are dog kibble pieces used as treats. He’s happy as a clam. Sure, he’d love to eat people foods, but we don’t give any to him.