My shepherd wouldn't eat before and we tried all the brands. Eventually we switched her over to soft foods and she started eating again but being stubborn as she was, she wouldn't eat too much. My vet recommended giving her pumpkin and it did the trick. We started her off with just the pumpkin, then we snuck her food in it and mixed it, and slowly she got back on the normal food. You might want to get your dog checked out with a vet, it might not me just stubborn like mine, just in case, have it looked at.
I really dont think that constantly changing the food is real good on the dogs digestive system,thats what I've been told.Doing that could cause an allergy.Like I said this is just what I've heard.
Our girls did real well at first with just eating the dry food,then they got a little picky with it.A few people on here suggested that I add a little warm water to the dry and they loved that.Now we give them plain dry in the morning,then for din they get the same amount of dry but they split a can of wet food between the 2 of them mixed with it.
I wouldnt suggest only wet food all the time for two reasons 1: nasty nasty poo and 2: its not good for the teeth. This is just my oppinion
i have a 2 year old anatolian shepherd who is an extraordinarily picky eater. i tried adding yogurt to her food, canned food, etc. all of which she loves but it still didnt work to keep her eating on a continual basis. what i did for her which worked was free feed her. i left dry out all day and at night whatever was left in the bowl i added some more to and also added natural balance dog food roll to it. it stimulated her appetits enough to at least eat the food roll pieces and some more of the dry. i also found i wasnt having to throw the left over dog ffod away because it was dry food and didnt have any canned or yogurt in it to spoil it.
now that we have a foster anatolian in the house who is a great eater and will eat any food left in scouts dish i am back to square one. i have cut down to offering her food once a day and back to mixing canned and whatever else in to it. and i am back to throwing away at least 3 meals a week.
My husband grew up with a husky and they are picky eaters. This particular one would turn down cheeseburgers, steak, and chicken cooked especially for him. After doing plenty of researched he found out that it is normal for a husky to withold from eating for a day or two and eat much smaller amounts than when compared to other dogs. They ended up feeding him cat food and it worked. I am in no way saying that this is a healthy diet nor am I reccomending it, but I just wanted to let you know that it is normal for a husky to be pretty picky.
***Edited By: thomp119 on 4/20/2005 9:01:42 PM*** Reason: asdf
to help you a long, a big mistake as owners we make is we get paranoid. if the dog is medicaly healthy. thier is no reason to worry. also by switching foods and adding tastier things you are not helping them to eat. you are reiforcing the idea that if they wait long enough something better will come along. dogs are opprotunist and they are almost pre-programmed to think that way. one type of food, same time every day, left down for the same amount of time every day well get them off that track and soon they will realize. that what they are getting is it and they will eat. they will not starve themselves to death. the only reason for having a picky eater to cause alarm is a medical reason. usually this is a drastic change of appetite in a short amount of time.
Scout, that leaving the food out all night would work,....BUT, my little 6 month old Dogo would eat a cinder block if it was left on the floor, lol....so we have to pick up their bowls when they're finished, otherwise he'd eat all her food too...
Thanks for the info, especially from the former husky owner....I figured it was a breed thing, it was just getting a little annoying because I would see a little fuller bodied huskies at the dog park....
The vet said she was a picture of perfect health...she just eats what she feels she has to, i guess....
Leave him alone. He'll eat when he's hungry and fill out when he's ready. Pick a good food and stick with it, no dog will starve to death when food is avalable. Maybe leave his food in the crate all night, so the other dogs cant get it. Mine is a late night eater, eats her dinner at l0 or ll at night.