If you keep giving in to him he will never eat the dog food. Trust me, been there done that. Kiba probably didnt eat much dog food until she was like 7 months? Had to add meat, cheese, etc. to get her to eat, and then that would last for only a day or two then she'd get bored and not eat again.
I think she went almost 2 weeks without eating very much at all (had food out, just pigheaded) when she was a puppy. Finally gave in to her once she stole a chickenburger off the coffee table.
Now she goobles down her dry food with a little bit of Merricks mixed in. She does still get people food, but we never mix it into her bowl anymore.
Unless it is toxic to a dog in some way, there is no problem with supplementing dog food with people food. Fresh, raw food is the best. No seasoning! Dogs don't digest spices well. My Yorkies get dry kible with a little canned food mixed in. In the morning, they also get about a teaspoon of plain, organic yogurt drizzled on top. In the evening they get a teaspoon each of brocolli, cauliflower and carrots (finely chopped) mixed in. The vegetables are a good way to lower the caloric intake, if you have a heavy dog. It also tends to cut down on the incidence of them eating grass. Dogs are individual, just like people. They have their likes and dislikes and one dogs digestion may not tolerate what anothers can. A tiny bit of cheese now and then won't cause any permanent harm. I wouldn't feed it every day though! And I absolutely would not make it the foundation of their diet. Find a way to stimulate their appetite. Don't spoil them. Dogs enjoy variety too, but it's up to their humans to feed them a wholesome, well rounded, nutritionally complete diet.
I feed 1/2 cup dry food in the am, 1/2 cup in the pm mixed with a Heaping tablespoon of canned green beans, no salt added. My dog absolutely goes crazy when he smells the beans! I have also given him canned peas, same amt. once or twice. I have stayed away from cheese but now that I have read these posts may give him some once in awhile.
I do add a raw egg, once a week,he also gets the occasional piece of raw apple, pepper, potato, carrot. lettuce, cabbage, mango, or whatever we are eating at the time.
Do you exercises him? I seen on The Dog Whisperer a dog that would not eat. She even fixed him people meat and stuff and he still wouldn't eat. Make him work up an appetite and he will eat. It worked on the show!
I wonder how the op's dog is doing now since the topic is from 2005. There is nothing wrong with cheese, it is a problem for some dogs. Actually for a lot of dogs. They lose the ability to digest the lactose in milk and milk products much like a lactose-intolerant person. Some dogs will suffer greatly from gas, bloating, diarrhea, and other assorted digestive problems if you give them cheese or milk products. Most dogs are ok but enough have problems with dairy that it is a legitimate concern. I've never had a dog so much as get gas from cheese but I know other people whose dogs cannot tolerate it. If your dog can eat it without digestive upset it is a great treat and source of calcium. If your dog can't handle it there are some good lactose-free products it might enjoy. Most dogs really love cheese and yogurt.
I live with my boyfriends grandmother and she's very old, set in her ways, "it's my house, i do what i want." We brought along our miniature pinscher and asked her repeatedly to only feed him dry food. Instead, she's continued to feed him hot dogs, chinese food scraps, cheese, and the canned dog food. When she started feeding him cheese with canned dog food, his odor became wretched and his droppings would come out like water, mind you this is everyday while i'm at work. So, I really can't see how cheese is good for dogs, maybe a small piece once in a BLUE..
It sounds like you may have to find a way to keep the dog away from your grandmother, however well-intentioned she may be, if she ignores your rules about feeding him. If the problems started when she began giving him cheese it sounds like he is one of the dogs that cannot handle it. Having gas and diarrhea will make him miserable and is much worse than depriving him of cheese. You could come to a diplomatic solution by telling her the dog has a medical problem with cheese and you will buy special dairy products for him. Buy milk, yogurt and cheese products for lactose-intolerant people and let her have a hand in giving this as treats so she feels part of the solution rather than feeling accused of being the cause of the problem.
Hi: I feed my dog Jimmie people food. I make him brown rice, meat (either hamburger or chicken) sweet potato, broccoli, regular potato, mixed veggies, occasionally yogurt and he is very healthy. Dog food is processed food that includes additives and preservatives. I don't eat these, so why should my dog? I put shredded cheddar in his food sometimes and he loves it. I do not do this all of the time as the sodium is something his diet does not need. Cheese gets him to eat his food. I agree that dogs get bored with their food like we do, so I try to alternate the meat factor. I find that he will not eat when he is full and I just go by what he wants. If he does not eat his food, I place it in the fridge and bring it out later for him. Eventually, they will eat. Sometimes, like us, they are just not hungry.
Hi, I have a 15 month old pomeranian. At 8 weeks old she ate dry puppy chow as she got older she didnt like dry food or canned food. And I tried every natural brand i could find. Finally I switched over to Natures Variety raw Beef, Bison, and Venison. I havent had a problem with her eating anymore. She loves her raw meat. I know the Vet said no raw meat and scolded me for giving it to her. But Natures Variety meat is handled safely and checked to make sure it is safe before they put it out on the market. My little Pom also likes Natural Instincts freeze dried raw meat too, she likes the beef and the chicken. You can go to their website at www.naturesvariety.com and find a store near you that sells it. For treats my Pom likes raw Sugar snap peas, raw green beans, carrots, plain yogart, cheese, cooked chicken, cut up pieces of peaches, little pear bits, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, occasionally I give her a little bit of vanilla ice cream. Hope this helps you!! Check out that website. Let me know what you think, Amy
That is pretty amazing. I wish my dogs loved it too. But it does not look like. They would rather have something made of lamb or other meats, lol. But whatever floats their boat, I love them and give them whatever they prefer. Hey you guys, have you ever heard of lend a free hand? Check out their site: http://www.lendafreehand.com/ They say that for every meal I buy my dogs, they will give a free meal to one of the rescues dogs in my area, which is kinda cool. Anyone ever bought their products?