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post #11 of 18 Old 10-23-2013, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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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.
He is not underweight, 81lbs and growing every week

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post #12 of 18 Old 10-23-2013, 10:28 PM
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I agree with the above sentiments. He won't eat because he KNOWS you'll give him something if he doesn't. They are smart dogs. I knew a dog like that once. The vet recommended you give the food for a half hour, and if the dog doesn't eat, take it away. Offer it again in the evening for a half hour, and take it away. Repeat next morning. He'll figure out pretty soon that he'd better just eat when he has the chance. A healthy dog won't starve himself. However, if he knows something better is coming, he will wait for it. ;) A day or two of not eating will be fine for him and show him that he'd better start eating his dog food or he isn't getting anything.

Occasional goodies in the dish is one thing - human food with every meal or he won't eat is another!
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post #13 of 18 Old 10-23-2013, 10:46 PM
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I wouldn't even give them half an hour...try 5 minutes. The leader off the pack gets to control the food and decide who eats and when. :)
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While I don't have a GSD, my dog used to get sick of her dog food after about half a bag and would refuse to eat when we gave it to her. However, unlike a lot of other dogs she's never overeaten her dog food and regulates herself in how much she eats. So if she's not hungry, no amount of bribery is going to get her to eat. So when she gets sick of her food we just leave it out for as long as it takes her to eat it. Be it hours or longer. She does eat when she gets hungry enough. About the time this happens though we're already putting a different brand or flavor of dog food into her "old" food just to change the flavor up a bit. We have figured out what brands she does and does not like so we can avoid having her refuse to eat.

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post #15 of 18 Old 10-24-2013, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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Probably right, he is too smart for his own good and knows how to wrap me around his paw.

I know I get tired of eating the same food all the time, so I feel sorry for him having the same food twice a day

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My boy is a very picky eater. I struggled with him eating enough when he was younger - the key here was getting him onto good quality raw meat and a super high quality grain free biscuit. He can still take food or leave it but he will normally eat his ration. I also use a healthy pre cooked meat ball as training treats - he doesn't get much human food at all and only occasionally some leftovers if we have steak.
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post #17 of 18 Old 10-24-2013, 08:38 AM
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In my experience, you shouldn't bribe them to eat. Dogs will regulate their diet, if they aren't hungry...Take their food away and try again the next feeding time.

This is what causes obese dogs. The constant "Oh Puppy won't eat! Let's give her left overs so she doesnt starve!" Then people force food on them...

Same thing with kids. "You have to eat ALL of your food or you can't leave the table" Well the proportions are huge for a child, and your forcing unnecessary calories on them and that is part of the reason Americans are so overweight. Its engrained in us to "finish our meal" regardless if we are full or not.

GSD are highly intelligent. They will outsmart you any day of the week. This guy, has your number...

i have 3 labs, and a few times a week, they don't eat their food. Either breakfast or dinner. They don't eat it, I'll pick it up. 90% of the time they eat, but if they don't...I wont force them to eat it.
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post #18 of 18 Old 10-25-2013, 12:57 AM
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My GSD is kind of like that. We got her when she was 1yo and the people that had her only fed her human food so she was extremely spoiled so when we gave her dog food she was like "pfft, what is that". But now I just pour some chicken broth on her food and she eats it just fine and never leaves it because she knows I will take it away.

Another thing with my dog is that she won't eat very much, she eats like half of what it says to feed on the bag. Even when we did feed canned dog food a long time ago, which she loved, she could only eat one can, when the package said to feed 2 1/2 cans.

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