I reciently purchased a 2-1/2 year old doberman, his owner passed away about a year ago and he was fostered in a kennel.
He does not seem to have a fondness for food and will miss more meals than he eats if left up to him. I am feeding him a satin ball with his evening meal and cut up roasted chicken with his morning meal. This seems to be the only way I can get him to eat.
If I leave the food down all day he will come by and take a bite or two and then walk away, an hour or so later he will take another bite or two and so on.
He came to me about 15 lbs underweight so he really can't afford to miss too many meals. This is why I add the chicken and satin ball to his meals.
He also has bleached marks (like a rail road track) down his back. He is a red doberman.
I believe he has spent too much time in a kennel and has developed a kennel mentality.
I do try to get him to eat by putting the added chicken and satin ball in his food and he will eat that and then stop so I am taking it away after about 20 minutes and he misses that meal.
Does anyone out there have any other tricks up their sleeves to make him eat. I thought he would start competative eating around my female but that didn't work eigher.
Im sorry that you have this problem ..I personally dont have this kind of problem...And I am thankful. I have purchaes "kennel dogs" and they were pigs when it came to eating..I did how ever buy an Airedale a few years ago...who is now in Airedale rescue because i could not do a thing with thuis dog. I could not do her justice and NOTHING made this dog happy except playing with my brittney male. She was under weight and I fed her a mix of canned and kibbkle and she would even eat meat in a laxadasical manor..my other dogs would kill each other to get it..She would not eat out of your hand..She was very neurotic...so finally I decided to give her to some one who could help her..the only other choice was to put her down..She would stand until she passed out...several hours at times..It was heartbreaking...So..She is not getting behavior therapy..and they sauid she will need therapy for at least 2 years..but she would never be right..So..You might want to consider that your dog might be depressed from kenneling..and if over time he doesnt get better..if you cant afford behavior therapy...which I coulnt..get him to where ha can get help..Just my opinion..Im glad you saved this poor boy...But some times the damage has already been done..Good luck to you...
a freind of my purchased a dog that the onwer died and she took him in and he lived for about one year after that and he died from speration exioty from org owner. When tazz does not eat i try throwing his food like they are treats and it works for tazz try it might work for you too.
I would give him so time. also, i would try hand feeding and praise when he does eat. I think he is just rattled from the kennel. do not worry he won't starve to death. the putting the food up after twenty minutes. if likes fetch or other games. exercise is a good way to reestablish appetite
How long have you had the dog? Maybe he just needs time to re-adjust to yet another new home.
My friends dog was so attached to his Mother, that when she passed on, Sunny had a hard time to adjust. It seems that Cliff's Mom used to hand feed him. She'd get down on the floor to the dog's level and hand feed him. Sunny was so used to this method of feeding from the lady that he lost a lot of weight after she died. Good news is that he finally did adjust to having just Cliff around and now eats out of his own dish.
Also, what does the vet say about him and his eating dis-order?
Any idea what the markings on his back were caused from? Never heard of railroad markings on a dog.
Good luck and thanks for rescuing him, Basset_Lover
i also re-homed a dobie from an illegal puppy farm (which he has been closed down since).. he was very underweight and kept in a tiny kennel with his mother . We have had him 10 months now but it has not been easy. It has taken a huge amount of time etc to get him to the dog he is now. When we first brought him home it took him a very long time to get used to open spaces (as being kept in a tiny , cramped kennel). He also didnt know how to eat out of a bowl~i think it was prob as he was used to getting whatever scraps were left over of the kennel floor. If was a real slow process but gradually he learned. I can understand it can be quite frustrating and up setting that your dobie doesn't eat..but like others have said..dont worry he wont starve himself . One of the other things i tried was throwing the food over the garden and getting him to use his 'hunting' instict to search out the food. he found it a game and it also brought him out of hs shell and to relax. ~twinkletoes uk
One of my collies that I rescued and was very underweight was a problem child also. I free feed all of them but he just would pick...I talked to the vet and she said to give him canned puppy food for a while...it's fattening and he seemed tolike it mixed with the dry...I also still use sweet potatoe smashed up because they like the taste and smell. Good luck
When I first got Andy my male Australian Shepherd he was 6 months old lived in a kennel untill I got him.We have 5 acers and no kennels.This dog was 25 lbs he was real skinning now 3 years later he is 69 lbs.Andy did not know how to run or play or how to be around other dogs or people.He was real shy.I took him to the vet,my vet told me to put canned food in with his dry and I put white rice and cottage cheese in his food.Now he just get dry food.I think he might weigh more now. Andy use to eat his and the other dogs poo.I think that is what kelp him alive the breeder I got him from feed all her dogs just ONE cup of food aday. My dogs have food down all the time.
Have you had a check up done by your regular vet? It could be medical, or it could be because of his history. I adopted my dog and I have no idea of her back ground. She's very well behaved and seems very well adjusted in life...she's very laid back. But, when I first got her she didn't eat very well. She would just pick. I started feeding her in her crate and got her on a routine schedule. Out to potty, back to crate for breakfast, then out to play. In the evenings she gets fed in her crate while we eat dinner. And she's eating really well now. It maybe your dog was used to eating in a kennel and so doesn't understand that it's time to eat when you put the food down. If you're using a crate maybe try feeding him in the crate to see if that helps. Also, soaking the dry food in warm water can make it more appetizing. Also, you might have his teeth checked. If he was kenneled its possible he may have chipped a tooth on the kennel, or just regular gum/periodontal disease. Sometimes this can effect their eating as well. Good luck!
He seems to have adjusted to our home right from the start
When he wants to eat he eats well, but he doesn't always want to eat.
When I first brought him home his coat was dull like it was full of dirt or something and his ribs were visable right through his skin. This dog could not afford to miss any meal. We have been giving him a satin ball a day along with roasting 3 chickens a week just for him (cutting them up into his food to entice him)
I have tried hand feeding him,he wil eat every last drop this way - I have let my female finish the food he has left right in front of him, I thought the competative eating thing would kick in now I just take it away and he does not finish it
He plays just fine with my female and can't stop kissing us. Our vet has checked him out more than once and he is healty.
We have managed to put weight on him, but I now have a little bald spot on top of my head from standing on it.
Now that we have put weight on him he will learn eat it or loose it.
Thank you all for your comments, he has adjusted and fits right in to our home except for the eating.
Were do you feed the dog at. Maybe it is too busy an area for the dog.
I got a cockapoo/terrier mix when she was six months old. She had been abused. If someone was in the room with her she wouldn't go near her food. Or she would streach her body out grab a bit and run.
The corgi I raised to be a hearing dog would only eat her food if you put her in her crate. She was too busy checking on what was going on around her to eat. The new owner found putting the food in front of their cat worked to get her to eat. I know you already tried that.
But maybe if you leave him a lone in a crate or in a room he might feel more comtable at eating.
Tried feeding him alone, tried feeding him in crate. I think it is just retraining him. The kennel would put food down at 7:30 AM and then refill it at 5:30 PM and the bowls would just stay in the kennel all day and all night long, full or empty. I am sure that is why I titled this thread Kennel Mentality. The days he wants to eat, he eats and finishes it. The next thing I may try if removing his food after 20 minutes doesn't work is maybe feed him once a day? I'll try anything if it works.