I have just bought a 3 month-old female mini pinscher. I fed him dog food that the breeder used. There was no problem during the first few days, but since yesterday she doesn't want to eat the dog food anymore. I bought her a different kind of dog food but she doesn't want to eat it either. Seeing that she was starving, I gave a boiled chicken breast and she gladly ate it.
How will I make her eat dog food again? And what made her not to like the two kinds of dog food? Please help me out.
Dogs can go off food sometimes, especially on particularly hot days. Our dog is eating about 1/2 the amount of food he eats during winter time. Do not offer your dog other foods and especially not people food during this time period, as you are helping create a picky eater. A heatlhy dog will not starve itself, and a dog can go far longer than a day without eating as long as it has plenty of water. You said she doesn't want to eat the food 'since yesterday'... that's not even a day, and certainly isn't enough of a time for a wise owner to 'cave in' and feed her somethign extra specially yummy to get her to eat. If she really wanted to eat, she'd eat the food she's been eating for the past 6 weeks-- end of story. She isn't going to 'starve' in 1 day. Or even 3 days, honestly.
Think of it like this... if you had a child, and she wouldn't eat her mac n Cheese (unlikely, I know!) but she would eat the bowl of ice cream you put in front of her when she didn't eat the mac n cheese, she'd learn pretty quickly that she could get ice cream whenever she wanted if she refused to eat her normal food.
Put a quality dog food down on the floor, give her 15-20 minutes to eat it, and if she doesnt' eat it, pick it up and save it till the next feeding. Don't change out her food every time she turns her nose up, or you will be perpetuating your 'picky eater' dog.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 7/23/2008 12:42:08 PM*** Reason: clarification
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I feed him twice a day, morning and evening. I already know about the 'leave the bowl for 15-20 minutes' thing and I practice it, but I did not know that they can go without food for days. I panicked so I fed him the chicken.
try mixing some green tripe, kidney or similar with the food occasionally, or some mashed up sardines. I personally would feed a small puppy 3 times a day and would be worried if they went more than 1 day without eating.
drin, my dog is 2 now, when he was a puppy I feed him commercial dog food, but then after extensive reading on the internet it put me off. Most people agree nowadays that some whole, raw foods should be included in a dogs diet. There is plenty of information on the internet that you can read up on to get advice and ideas, however each dog is an individual and what may be right for one doesn't necesarily mean will be right for the other, you should experiment and see what your dog likes and can tolerate. When I spoke to my vet who has several dogs, he has different diets for them as a couple are allergic to certain foods.
A good website that I've used to buy books on dogs is www.dogwise.com but as I said there is plenty of free information on the internet. The following link http://www.healthyhappydogs.com/APIarticle gives you an insight into the ingredients of some of the commercial dog foods, as I live in Spain I don't recognise any of the brands that other members have talked about and can't therefore give an opinion on them. Try giving your puppy a raw bone (big enough so he can't swallow it) and then experiment by including different veg/fruit in his diet. There are some no no's see this link http://www.risingwoods.org/OURFAMILY/THEDOGS/knowntoxicfoodsfordogs.htm
janeryan, I tried the raw food diet on my dog and he loves it and I don't see any negative effects (hopefully none will ever show). I also did many readings on the internet and found that most scientific researches about commercial dog foods state that they're no good so I tried the raw food diet. I boil the meat for 5 minutes though because I'm kinda cautious about harmful bacteria.