Post # 1
Ok so my dog matilda is the most picky eater I have ever come across.
Ok no. That’s not true. She’ll eat just about anything, IF IT’S HUMAN FOOD. See what happened is this. When she was with me solely she ate regular dog food. consistantly and exclusively. Then I switched locations for work and she spends more time with my grandmother because we do not like her to be alone so in the morning she goes downstairs where there is always someone home. My grandmother gives her lots of “table food” but does it in a way that she thinks is ok. Like if they ahve chicken for dinner, she’ll take a bit of leftovers and some gravy and mix it up with some dry dog food for matilda. It has gotten to the point now though where tilly won’t eat anything unless it’s mixed with the human food. I am having a hard time breaking her of the habit. She never gave me a problem before and now that she’s back with Fiance and I 100% of the time, we are struggling to get her back on a good diet. She will actually walk up to the bowl smell it, lick it, and walk away. then after we eat our dinner she waits because she knows this is when she would normally have gotten the extra table food. We have tried all kinds of brands, textures, flavors, you name it and she turns her little nose up at all of it. help!
Post # 3
It won’t hurt her to miss a meal or two (provided she is otherwise healthy). Put down her bowl. Give her 15 minutes to eat her food. If she doesn’t eat it, the bowl gets picked up. Offer it to her again at the next meal time. She will learn to eat it when you put it down, or she will go hungry. Do NOT give in and doctor her food for her, as this will just encourage her behavior.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
Have you considered switching to human grade food? Do you have a hollistic pet store near by?
I feed my cats completely grainless. The little boy gets either meat scraps with a little veggie scrap, or canned human grade cat food which is essentially shredded meat witha little veggies and juice. It is expensive but he likes it, it has no chemicals, its fortified, and its lower calorie than most pet food which means less problems with weight in the future.
Both kitties get a grainless free feed dry food which has mostly meat in it and then veggies.
My motto is this if I wont eat it, or it wont go in my food kitty isnt eating it. Kitty also isnt suposed to eat grains so he doesnt get those either.
Post # 5
@stardustintheeyes: I’m very picky about what people food our dog gets. I hate when people think it’s ok to just feed him whatever they feel like. My mom used to do this, but has gotten better after my complaining about it. He gets veggies, and some meats (depending on how it’s cooked).
But anyways, have you tried something with a more exotic flavor? Our dog used to be the pickiest eater and had a sensitive stomach, but we started feeding him grain free with more interesting flavors and he’s always excited to eat now. there are brands that make a bison flavor, and right now he’s eating “wild game bird” haha. Good luck!
Post # 6
I’ve had great success with feeding Halo (both dry and wet food) to my dogs, who I had to feed human food for awhile because they had terrible allergies from the crap the shelter feed them. I don’t feed grain or anything with animal byproducts. I throw in human food like salad (no dressing or onions or avocados) and potatoes and yogurt into their food as well – my vet actually recommends it.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
@atlbride2013: My little cat likes potatoes and shockingly pumpkin! I open a can he comes screaming! So whenever I bake with pumpkin I give him a teaspoon as a treat :).
Post # 8
I agree with Miss Apricot, the dog will not starve to death. Eventually, she will learn that there is no second choice meal and will eat what is given to her.
Post # 9
@dewingedpixie: My kitty loves pumpkin guts! I haven’t tried with canned pumpkin, but she goes bonkers when we carve pumpkins.
Anyway, it’s been said already, but your dog will not purposely starve herself. She will eventually eat.
Post # 11
well what I do now is just put her bowl out and leave it there. Eventually she eats it but it makes for a really messed up potty schedule which is throwing us all off. Plus, I don’t want her to just eat her food so she doesnt starve. I want her to at least kind of enjoy her meals as well as be healthy. She is an otherwise healthy girl. She drinks her water just fine its just been getting her to eat regular dog food properly. Im going to make a call to her vet and get some suggestions from him. I also did some googling today and found that some human food isn’t actually bad for them. Either way, I need to come up with a solid plan and stick to it so that im being consistant and hopefully that will help things get back on track.
Post # 12
When we adopted our sheltie, he was coming from a home where he had been fed pizza, hot dogs, coffee etc. by his previous owner. We switched him over to a raw diet and he was SO STUBBORN. We would put his bowl down, wait 15 minutes, and then pick it up. He held out for 5 days, turning his nose up at the bowl until he realized there really wasn’t any pizza coming. Now he absolutely adores his raw food and does an excited dance when it’s time to eat. He genuinely enjoys his food and is incredibly food motivated. You just have to wait them out and make it clear that there really is NO other food coming.