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smguidotti 09-04-2013 11:21 PM

My dog wont eat
 
Hello everyone,

So for the past 4 years my dog, Buddy, a now nine year-old border collie mix refuses to eat on his own. At first, he would only eat if you sat next to him. During these last few months he just refuses to eat. It is such a pain. He will walk away, try to hide, run away if you call him. We tried feeding him later in the evening but he still does not budge.

If I take him to my grandma's house, down the street, he will eat for her!

Has anyone ever had this kind of an issue?

Darrin 09-04-2013 11:45 PM

Seen it with the MIL's dog. Started out the dog only wanted to eat every 2-3 days if left to self feed. MIL wasn't happy unless the dog ate every day so she would lure the dog into eating. Over time it turned into the dog would only eat if she sat on the carpet and put dog food down one kernel at a time on the floor.

So my suggestion is put food in your dogs bowl. When they get hungry they'll eat it. If they absolutely will not eat any food after 3 days then it's vet time.

smguidotti 09-04-2013 11:53 PM

That's what I am afraid of :(

We would try to leave food out for him but we can't because we a female pom/corgi mix with an appetite like a tyrannosaurs. One eats everything while the other hides form food . . . aye yai yai . . .

Foxhunter 09-05-2013 04:35 PM

Dog is very unlikely to starve itself!
I would put the food down, leave it for twenty minutes and then remove. Try again the following day same time.

I have never had a fussy dog, nor a slow eater because I have multiple dogs, they only get fed raw once a day and if they don't eat it another would'
My mother's rescue Pointer was a very slow eater and finicky. He was also aggressive to other dogs going near him when he eats. That has stopped! When the terrier finished her food and went to walk past him he left his food and went off her. I stopped him from the terrier doing him damage and when he went to go back to his food it was gone - woofed up by the Lab! This happened a couple of times, he now eats what he is given, straight down and never thinks of going for one of the others.

What are you feeding? Also when was the dog last wormed?

NorthernMama 09-05-2013 05:01 PM

The dog has you well trained. He knows the difference between your house and the MIL's. You'll baby him; she won't. Stop babying. Put the food out and let him decide to eat all by himself. He will when he's hungry enough. With the other dog around, put the other dog in another area for 1/2 hour, put the problem eater and food together for 1/2 hour. If he doesn't eat, so be it. Repeat until he figures it out. I would do this twice daily.

Fulford15 09-05-2013 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by NorthernMama (Post 3559394)
The dog has you well trained. He knows the difference between your house and the MIL's. You'll baby him; she won't. Stop babying. Put the food out and let him decide to eat all by himself. He will when he's hungry enough. With the other dog around, put the other dog in another area for 1/2 hour, put the problem eater and food together for 1/2 hour. If he doesn't eat, so be it. Repeat until he figures it out. I would do this twice daily.

I agree with this. My mother babies her dog to the point he will not eat when she is on her 7 days off. When she is home, she now mixes wet food in with his food or even rice and beef so he will eat, SPOILED!

When I take care of him, I just leave his "breakfast" kibbles all day and he eventually eats in the evening when he figures out I am not going to give him his "special treatment".

Missy May 09-05-2013 06:52 PM

haha, appetite like a tyrannosaurs.

If he was on free choice prior, it might be difficult for him to eat a whole meal. Although a different breed, I have had many kelpies over the years and they were all on free choice and they never ate more than a few bites at one time. They all had the same habit of taking a mouthful and running off somewhere as if they had to steal it away. It could just be the pup's "nature" to eat a few bites at his leisure and w/o pressure from the other dog - maybe that is why he wants someone "standing guard" whilst he nibbles.

smguidotti 09-07-2013 10:15 AM

Thank you everyone for posting -- Will take everything into consideration!

my little rudie 09-07-2013 10:50 AM

When we put food in my dogs bowl, she eats 3 bites and leaves. usual she will go to her bowl before she goes to sleep and finish the rest. she is a 1 year (september 4th!!) old shih-tzu

Horsesdontlie 09-08-2013 02:22 AM

I've had to deal with this a few times. Both times I let the dogs go without eating. Put the food down, leave the dog with the food for 10-15 minutes remove the food and wait until the next day, offer the food again. One dog I had who was used to people food only, after someone else had her for a year, previously had been a pig at feed times before she had been taken care of by someone else. It took a week before she would touch the dog food. She was obese at that point and I wasn't too worry about the weight loss. I have never had a problem with her.

The other was a dog that only ate after being tempted by owners and with people sitting there and petting him. I was able to get him to cut the habit in three days. He now eats readily. Every once in a while he chooses not to eat, so he doesn't get to eat until the next day. No babying, he has never lost any weight or gone longer than 3 days without eating. Just got to show them that and they pick it up fast.

Also have done with with dogs that will only eat a few kibbles then leave.

Answer has always been, feeding once a day, at the same time, same amount of food and its only offered for 20 minutes max.


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