(Closed) So strange. Dog won’t eat when I feed him.

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Marriedandlovingit: Has he been eating at all? If not, it’s definitely time for the vet. There are all sorts of things that could be happening, but animals should always be evaluated when there’s such a drastic change in behavior.

Ah, reading fail. Saw the bit about the husband. That’s odd, but he probably just senses your changing hormones. I’d probably still get him checked over if he has any other changes in behavior, though.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

The issue definitely sounds behavioral. Dogs are funny about changes and can be very sensitive. I’m wondering if he’s responding to you being the Alpha. I know some dogs personally that won’t eat until their masters do. He could be waiting for you to take some first.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Marriedandlovingit:

do you typically give him treats or your husband? If you typically do he might be “holding out” for the good stuff from you.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Marriedandlovingit: It could just be the pregnancy thing. My dog used to start gobbling as soon as I poured it and now waits for me to walk away. She also started peeing on my feet, so the eating thing is the least of my problems.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Marriedandlovingit: It’s fantastic :/ She also sniffs my lady parts and then runs around the house like she’s eaten 10lbs of pure sugar. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@mwitter80: “She also sniffs my lady parts and then runs around the house like she’s eaten 10lbs of pure sugar.”

My dog does that too!  But peeing on your feet must suck.

@Marriedandlovingit: Can you just leave his food on the floor if he doesn’t eat right away?  Or will your other dog steal it?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Maybe with your changing hormones and the impending arrival of another pack member, he’s unsure of his place with you? Maybe you could hand feed him for a couple meals so it gets reinforced that you’re his person and all good things, like food, will still come from you. We only give our puppy 15 minutes to eat and then pick up her food but her issue is more about being picky while your guy seems to be uncomfortable with his place in your changing life.

It’s tough to tell what our furry babies are thinking. For all I know he might be thinking uh oh, she’s preggers and needs all the food she can get so I better leave my food for her! Maybe eat in front of him before you feed him so he knows it’s okay for him to eat?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Dogs are weird. 🙂 Seriously. My 2 labs go in weird cycles with their eating. My lab puppy (1 year) won’t eat the nights I feed him when he knows I’m going to work and Darling Husband isn’t home. He refuses to eat till someone is home with him. Likewise with our older baby. If we feed him before we are leaving somewhere like at dinner time, he will not eat till we get home. Dogs are good at picking up changes especially pregnancy!

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Maybe needs some more excercise or wants to work for it? Like hid soome kibble around or make a game out of it?

They can go through wierd phases.

My pup jut turned 15 months, and no longer needs the 3-4x a day puppy feeding schedule, he likes 2 times a day and can even manage on big feeding. Depends on his activity and if his other needs have been met.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Is your husband working longer hours than usual (and feeding the dog less frequently than usual)? It’s possible it’s in response to a change that your dog connects with your husband, rather than you…just a thought.

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