I have a mixed pup who just turned 1 year old. He was eating puppy food and we changed to adult Hills Science. All of a sudden he stopped eating from the bowl, he will only eat if we put the food in our palm. Is this too weird or what? We tried plastic & metal bowls thinking he didnt like one or the other. No difference. Any suggestions?
Just buy a small bag. I would start with 3/4 of the puppy food and 1/4 adult. I's not really good to make a sudden change, even if you're buying the same brand. The adult food make look the same or similar , but your pup knows the difference.
I know the rule of thumb is that once a puppy turns 1 that it's fine to change from puppy to adult food. Also, I heard that puppies can actually remain on puppy food until 18 months or so. Some puppies are just not ready to make that change exactly at age 1. That may be the case with your own puppy. It's quite OK to continue feeding with puppy food just awhile longer. If you decide anyways to change to adult food, follow the advice already given on this forum--do it gradually by mixing puppy and adult food for several days until you are down to just the adult food. Also, if you change brands of food, be sure to mix old food with new for several days until you end up with just new food.
Everyone here has probably fed their puppy at some point from the palm. Just don't make a big habit of doing so otherwise your dog will start to refuse eating from dog bowls.
Just to let you know that I heard that plastic bowls are a big no-no. Bacteria can build up in a plastic food bowl and result in very severe dog acne requiring expensive treatments by a vet. You should only use non-tip stainless steel or better yet ceramic dog dishes.