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        10-23-2013, 09:54 PM
    Do you have to Bribe your Dog?


    This is my 3nd GSD, just like my 1st and 2nd one, it seems you have to Bribe him to eat.

    After a 3-4 weeks of the same dogfood you have to entice him with added flavors like eggs, gravy, bacon grease, cheese, etc. to his food.

    None of the other breeds I have had in 50 years did they need Bribing to eat.

    Anyone else have this happen with their GSD or any other breed

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        10-23-2013, 09:59 PM
    Nope! My gsd was a stray and extremely under weight, now at my house he's a complete pig and will eat anything.
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        10-23-2013, 10:13 PM
    Green Broke

    My BullMastiff will eat anything that is even remotely edible except lettuce and marshmallows. He'll eat lettuce w/ranch dressing and marshmallows from the hubby though.... I used to hide pills in marshmallows so he's convinced that marshmallows from anyone but his favorite person (hubby) are poison.
        10-23-2013, 10:19 PM
    My female GSD was picky as a pup but that all changed when we switched her to raw. She loves mealtimes, now!

    My male GSD took a bit of convincing to eat certain kinds of meat (chicken) but now he gobbles it up no problem.
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        10-23-2013, 10:26 PM

    Tonight he turned his nose up at his food again, later I was eating some cottage cheese, mixed up one spoonful in his food and he ate it in 2 minutes....

    He is only 12 months old, maybe he will grow out of it, his mind is always on his Toy, he would play fetch 18 hours a day I think

    Whatever I eat he will eat, carrots, grapes, lettuce, apples, bananas, he LOVES yogurt

        10-23-2013, 10:33 PM
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    I bribe my GSD mix with the fact that if he doesn't eat his food within 30 minutes of it being out he doesn't get that meal and has to wait to eat until his next meal (3 meals a day). Works like a charm ;) He went a day and a half without eating once because he didn't want to eat what I gave him, but once he realized he wasn't going to get a tastier option he chowed down and hasn't given me grief about it again.
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        10-23-2013, 10:34 PM
    Green Broke
    Grapes are poisonous for dogs.
        10-23-2013, 10:36 PM
    I was just thinking of a gsd I knew who would only eat puppy treats... She was old though so they let her.
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        10-23-2013, 10:49 PM
    I'm with Endiku. GSDs are smart, and they very quickly learn that if they hold out for a meal or a day or two something even better will show up. Unless your dog is clinically underweight, he's just playing you. Both my GSDs, and all those I have fostered and worked with in rescue/rehome have quickly learned that they get what I offer or they get nothing until the next meal, at which time they will be offered the exact same thing with no additions. So far, even the pickiest eaters I have had have given in within three days. Notice I said 'picky'- dogs with legitimate medical issues don't count as picky because they're sick! Healthy dogs can go several days or even a week without eating and have no issues, as they're 'gorge and fast' type eaters (scavengers/hunters), very much unlike our horses!

    Now, all that said, if you're happy to cater to your pup and spoil him a bit, there's nothing wrong with it unless he gets to the point where he won't eat a healthy balanced diet at all.
        10-23-2013, 10:52 PM
    My Dalmatian never ate a flavour of food more than twice. I always thought it was because she grew up with cats lol
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