I was wondering if anyone else out there has a GSD that absolutely will not eat her 'hard' dog food?! I have taken mine to the vet. where he told me its common in GSD's to be picky eaters...I havent met one yet like mine lol.. The longest she has went without food was 2 weeks before I finally gave in and gave her a couple cans of wet dog food. I don't mind giving her the wet all the time but I just hear from so many people that its really not good for them. I'm sure she would love to have 'human' food if I would let her. I tried just about every brand of dry dog food I could think of. None work she will just not eat it. The vet told me to mix plain yogurt in with her dry food so I did..She sucks off the yogurt and drops the kibble on the floor beside her bowl!!! Any suggestions on what to feed my dog?? Anybody? ! Please!! Thank you....
Sorry but I'm a firm believers in that picky eaters aren't born. They're made. Your dog has learned that if she holds out long enough you will give in and feed her what SHE wants. Not sure there's anything you can do at this point as you keep reinforcing her belief by giving in and giving her what she wants, canned food with treats on them. As long as she is eating *something* she is ok, assuming hte vet has ruled out any health issues.
The time she went without food for so long, did she literally not eat a single bite for 2 weeks straight? Or did she just nibble here and there without eating a 'real' meal?
I'd put down whatever food you want her to eat, give her 20 minutes to eat it, then pick it up until the next feeding. Rinse, and repeat. She will eventually learn that if she doesn't eat what you put down when you put down, she doesnt eat. You have to be more stubborn than the dog (it's hard!!)
***Edited By: Minniyar on 3/6/2005 4:39:49 PM*** Reason: add
Ok she may have had a bite or two in that two week span definately no real meal. I would say maybe a cup worth of food in 2 weeks.And yes the vet ruled out any health problems she is healthy kind of small she only weighs 63 pounds. I don't mind being stubborn with her that is fine I just don't want her to starve and we got her as a 9wk old puppy and gave her the same food I never changed her food or gave her table scraps etc.. It seems like just all of a sudden in the last couple of months she started this.Thanks for the advice though I will try what you said about putting her food away if she don't eat it within the time frame. Thanks!
gsd's are notoriously picky. none of ours ever were but i have seen more then a good amount of them who are. how did she react to the canned food ? did she eat it or did she just eat for a few days and then not eat it again ? i have one dog who is not finicky but is just not a big eater. somedays she will eat like a horse and other times she can go 2 days without eating anything. it has nothing to do with the food itself, its just her. you may want to research some of the raw diets like B.A.R.F. she may enjoy that much better and it is also healthy for her as well. the only problem i find with the canned food only diet is that it is horrible for her teeth. but i do mix in canned food with my dogs dry and i like the natural balance canned food. they also get raw meaty/soup bones to help keep their teeth and gums healthy.
I have a one year old shephard. She is not really a picky eater but she does not enjoy her "hard" dog food either. I will give it to her in the morning and then at night I usually mix in about 1/2 can of can dog food with the dry. I put the can at the bottom of the bowl and then the dry food on top. Also, mixing it with tablescrapes will usually get the dog eating.
I do not believe in letting the dog go 2 weeks without a proper meal. The dry is important to teeth. But, I guess I spoil her and I like her to enjoy her meals so that is why I started mixing the can in at night.
You may also try making a chicken stock and adding the broth to the dry and see if that works. Good luck
i had 2 really picky eaters until i switched to natural balance dogfood they have been on it for almost a year and they will want it for a treat they love it . its all natural no by products or corn. try a small bag and get the roll to mix a little of the roll with the dry it goes a long way. the only place i can find it here is at super pets. they have a website you can look up. hope it helps.
Thanks to all who replied I will take any advice I can get this girl is driving me crazyyy!! To Scout she did exactly that she ate the canned food for 2 days straight and now won't touch it..grrr! I am researching the BARF diet I have seen that on Animal Planet actually and it looks like it might work! (hopefully) Someone also made a suggestion about chicken broth. I did that thinking i could trick her to soften her hard food with it but it didnt work she just smells it and walks away. I will let you guys know what works! Thanks for all the suggestions though I am grasping at straws here hehe!
I'll say that mine can be. I always add hot water to all of my dogs food and i find that I have better appitite in general with them all. Or a table spoon of canned food for flavor, but none of my dogs (save my mothers freak mutant heathens) really care for just dry food.
I don't think there is anything wrong with giving canned food as long as it contains good ingredients. If you are concerned about her teeth decaying faster from it, then start brushing her teeth and give her chewy toys that are made to pull plaque off of their teeth.
mygirlsadie, I feel your pain. Our brown Standard Poodle Kisses is a case when it comes to eating food. We've tried everything also. Usually she will do well with a certain combo for a couple of days, and then wont eat. Right now she is doing quite well. She has eaten both her meals each day for the last few weeks. She's almost 3 years old, and her finickiness started after her first heat cycle. Hormone imbalance? We always mix in something with all of our dogs dry food. Canned food, Red Barn Roll-up, raw beef, cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream, a little raw liver, chicken, something! Here is a post about "Satin Balls". They're supposed to work wonders for underweight dogs. We have not tried it yet, but it sounds like it could work: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Satin Balls
The following recipe was sent to Wellpet by Diana Carreon, R.N.,C. It quickly became one of the most requested posts on Wellpet.
10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest kind] 1 lg. box of Total cereal [or comparable natural brand] 1 lg. box oatmeal 1 jar of wheat germ 1 1/4 cup veg oil 1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses 10 raw eggs 10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf.
Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze.
Thaw as needed.
I take a frozen pack to dogs shows with me, kept on ice, and never have had any trouble with it spoiling, even in the heat of Texas summers...
All my dogs go crazy over this stuff...but you have to be careful, it will put wt on the dogs pretty fast if you feed enough....I feed a pack a day...half in am , half in pm.
When I want to increase the weight on a dog, I feed more; so far I haven't got to the point where they won't eat anymore, and believe me, Satin has eaten a lot at one setting. It will put on the weight, make the coats soft and blue black (on black dogs at least, that's all I have).
The dogs stop all the itching and chewing at their coats/skin, their eyes get this bright look and the energy level goes out the roof(not that Belgians need any more energy).
The bitch that I got this recipe for is a picky eater, but when this in on the food(I long ago stopped trying to "bury" it the other food; they just hunt it down to eat first, and making a mess trying) she eats much better. It seems to whet her appetite.
Per the information received after having the Satin Balls recipe checked by several vets/labs:
Satin Balls is a total canine diet. It can be feed by itself or as a supplement, for however long you wish. My dogs have been on Satin Balls for over a year; the only time that I have fed it alone is when I had a sick dog needing to be built up or an underweight dog that I plan on showing.
The only problem with feeding it by itself is figuring out the amount. It will put weight on a dog in a few days...that's why it is so great to feed just before a show. If you have a dog that is in good weight, but you just want to build coat/endurance, you would have to figure out how much to feed (cal per kg), or you would end up with a fat dog in a very short time. At one point, I let Satin eat as much as she wanted, just to see how much she would consume. I never got to that point! After a pound pack, she was still looking for more, so I stopped. I have been told a dog will stop eating when full on it, and that you can then gauge the amount needed to maintain weight!
I just fine that per the pocketbook and ease, my dogs do very well on it as a supplement. I give about a 1/4 pound each night to maintain beautiful coats, energy level, and a full appetite...no picky eaters here.
Just don't try to hide it in the kibble...they will make a mess throwing out the kibble, digging for the Satin Balls! My dogs have never gotten sick on Satin balls...not even when I am at a show and feed only that. I feed less kibble, so I saves money there. There is also less stool to pick up as the dogs are able to digest all of the Satin Balls.
I have been playing with the recipe. I now use the Knox Joint Gelatin instead of the plain Knox unflavored gelatin. Since this is high in vit C and protein, and is good for the joints, it would be good for the dogs. They don't seem to mind the added flavor.
I am also adding Flaxseed oil. They probably don't need the added oil, but so far I have not seen it hurt anything.
Fix some up and let your dogs enjoy. They will love you forever and forever!
she may not be hugely food motivated. my girl scout, is an anatolian shepherd and they and other livestock guards are notoriously not big eaters, especially considering their size. they have slower metabolisms then most breeds and eat what is enough to keep them sustained. i have stopped pulling my hair out trying to figure out what she will and wont eat, because it never mattered. it turned out to not be any food she didnt like it was just her eating style i guess is how you would say it. i used to free feed her so it was available for her anytime she felt like eating but since the foster dog came i cant do that because salty will eat what scout doesnt and she is hefty already :) so now, if i am making salty's food, if scout comes in the kitchen and shows an interest in the food, i will make her up a plate. if she doesnt bother to come and see whats happening i know she isnt interested and i wont bother making her a plate. i got so tired of throwing away tons of food each day so this system seems to work for now. i wish you lots of luck because it is nerve racking. i think if i went to a raw diet i might get more consistency out of her but i cant feed all these dogs a raw diet or i'd go broke. !! good luck !!
I have a GSD and the only food I could get her to eat was at walmart Ole Roy the kind that makes gravy when mixed with gravy plus she loves chicken, and rice and we eat alot of it so I will put some of that int here when we have it for dinner. I know table scraps are not really good for dogs but I was raised on a farm and my grandmother feed our dogs everything under the sun and they were they healthiest dogs around.
Thanks guys! Those satin balls look interesting I'm wondering if anyone on here has tried them? I think I may..I been looking through the internet and reading alot on the BARF diet and i'm still not exactly sure what I'm supposed to do haha.. Maybe Sadie just isnt a big eater she is a girl trying to watch her figure I guess :0) I take her to the vet. again today to get her stiches out so I'm going to have her weighed again I have been giving her vitamins and these fish oil capsules (from my vet) and she seems to love them too bad they don't come in food form... Talk to you guys later and thanks! ps Scout my husband is a Scout in the Army and we planned on getting another GSD when he gets home and naming him Scout.. :0)