(Closed) WHY is my dog doing this!?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I actually switched my dog from a grocery store dog food to an organic dog food last year without reading how to actually switch a dog’s food.  I didn’t think it would be a big deal because meat was the first ingredient as well, so I thought he would be super happy about it.

He started acting a little weird and he had to go potty ALL THE TIME.  (Not doing what your dog is doing specifically, but you get the idea)  He was just unhappy and uncomfortable.  We went to the pet store to ask someone and they explained that what we had just done was essentially changed him from a diet of fast food to the equvilent of giving him the best steak you can buy and their bodies can not handle the quick change.  What you are supposed to do is add a little of the new food gradually to the old food everyday until it is all the new food.  That’s what we did, and now he is happy and healthy 🙂

I’m guessing your dog is just uncomfortable.  Good Luck!

Post # 4
4801 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Be very careful – I tried changing my dog’s food last week and he had diarreah EVERYWHERE. It was terrible. SO I learned this the hard way, but you shouldn’t suddenly mix their food, you have to transition. Put a little bit of the new food in with the old, then add a little more each time until the whole bowl is the new food. I agree that he’s telling you the new food is making him uncomfortable, probably upsetting his stomach.

Post # 6
1941 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We tried changing our dog’s food about a year ago to a petco brand, and I can’t remember if they gave us literature about the amounts to mix or if it was on the bag, but they were extremely particular that we follow it to a T. And they said if the dogs weren’t taking to it quickly, to wait a few days in-between ‘mixing levels’ so to speak before upping the amount of new food.

You might be able to find it on their website? Or just online somewhere in general?

Post # 8
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Anytime you switch foods you need to do it gradually over time, otherwise the your doggie will have an upset stomach and you might find pooh-pooh all over. 

In terms of the picking up the bowl, that could mean that she really likes it or dislikes it!  One of my Mom’s dog’s will carry around his bowl after eating.  Almost as if he’s “boasting” or something. 


Post # 12
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Woohoo! for the Petco mention. Mixing the food *exactly* right is only super important if you know you’re dog has a sensitive stomach. Basically as long as you switch the food slowly over the course of a week you should be fine. I tell people to start at 75% old to 25% new and then just gradually bring down the amount of old food until the dog is completely eating the new food. The fact that the dog isnt having diareah or throwing up means it probably not the mix ratio that’s bothering her. She may just really like or really hate the new food. Id give it a couple days and see if she calms down. You can try putting something heavy in her bowl, like a can of veggies, to keep her from throwing the food around too.

Post # 13
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

LOL, I know it’s not funny but that’s pretty cute. I’m just wondering, does your dog ever take high-reward treats like rawhides or greenies or whatever upstairs? Does she ever hoard/hide stuff? Whenever we give my dog something he really loves he takes it to the bed. LOL. We actually don’t encourage this behavior because I feel like it’s akin to food guarding and we make him eat them in front of us but that’s another story. What I’m saying is, of MY dog did this I’d assume he likes the food TOO much and is treating like a treat. Just a thought…

Post # 14
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@soon2bhis: Curious what brand it is?

We had similar issues with Iams as I thought it was acceptable. Several typical store brands list a meat at the first ingredient quickly followed by animal by-product and allergy causing wheats/grains/corn. Our dogs developed strange eating habits and skin allergies after eating Iams for a couple years and we had to switch.

Not sure if that is the issue but thought I would mention it. We now use Limited Diet (LTD) which uses real meat and no fillers. Our dogs dine on duck and sweet potato (spoiled rotten they are!).

Post # 15
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My dogs do this with their food when they think it’s a treat and really love it…if they don’t like it, they pull it out of their bowl and leave it on the floor like “no thanks!” But like that fresh pet food….omg you’d think I was giving them bacon or something. They want to toss it in the air, take it upstairs, take it into MY bed, roll in it….now I have to corral them in the kitchen just to keep the mess to a minimum….oh but how I love their doggie joy LMAO

Post # 16
7288 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Buy some raw chicken drumsticks…you won’t see her for 20 minutes and won’t make a peep other than the crunching noises 😉

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