Max is on Natural Balance (Premium). He's a picky eater. I mix his food with olive oil each night to give it some moisture, and sometimes sprinkle cheese on top, or ham or something just to get him to eat. I know he's not sick, he isn't losing weight rapidly or anything. He's just bored. He won't take it if it's just food and olive oil.
He has half a cup offered to him in the morning, and night. Do you think feeding once a day would be better (evening feedings) so he builds up an appetite. Or is there anything I can do to give him his appetite back or get him to eat the whole thing like he used to when he first had NB.
I also have an uninterested eater. Of the three, Oscar just doesn't care about the can food, any kind, we have tried them all. Sometimes he will eat if I sit on the floor next to him and offer it to him w/ a fork, but who has time for that every morning while getting ready for work. LOL I have noticed he eats the dry off and on during the day as I have a bowl of Natural Balance mixed with Wysong available to them all the time. He is healthy and has a good weight so the Vet says don't worry. Do you have dry available for your pup?
***Edited By: Littledogsmom on 10/9/2006 4:49:19 PM*** Reason: *
I think that you need to stop upping hte ante when you feed him. By adding other things to 'entice him to eat' he's done an excellent job of training you that if he just holds out, you will give him something even tastier which adds to how picky he is. Recipe for disaster. Stop giving in to your dog, buck up and stay strong!
Offer him the food you want him to eat every day. Give him 20 minutes to eat it, 2x a day. If he doens't eat it, pick it up and save it for next feeding if it's an option. If not, toss it and feed him the same food next feeding. No treats, no ham, bits, etc etc to sweeten the deal. He'll learn to eat what is offered.
And *please* dont' hand feed your dog, it makes a bad situation even worse by putting your dog in a dominant position.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 10/9/2006 4:50:13 PM*** Reason: add