My neighbours dog won’t eat any dog food.?
I am taking care of my neighbours dog for a week and have a few questions regarding his eating habbits. He is a shitz sui cross with a maltese.
Now I know feeding human food to dogs is VERY bad for dogs but what is better starving the dog or feeding him human food?
The vet says there is nothing wrong with him except for being underweight but he won’t eat any dog food. If they don’t feed him human food he will go for days without eating. (I believe the most he has gone is 2 days). My neighbours will feed him little slices of cheese because he will only eat that and meat. I don’t know what to do because I know eating human food is so bad for him but I don’t want him to starve either and he will NOT eat his dog food.
The problem is: the dog knows that if he holds out long enough, he will get the food he wants. Dogs are not dumb animals, and learn by an action-reward basis. If he holds out long enough, he has learned that there is a treat in it for him. Dogs are also not dumb enough to starve themselves. The best thing to do for him is a stand off. Just like kids in a store beg for the next, newest toy, he is begging for the best, tastiest food.
It’s best done by picking two, or three times of the day. Place a portion of food down, take him to it and let him know it is there. If he walks away, pull the food up (so he has no access to ANY food). Try again during the second meal of the day, and repeat if you get the same result. He will learn that when food is presented, he has to eat. If he doesn’t eat in 10 minutes or so, take away the food. After day 2 or 3, he will get the memo. As of right now, he is eating what he wants, when he wants. It needs to change so he eats when your neighbors want him to, and what they have decided he needs to eat.
The bad thing about human food, is that it isn’t a balanced diet. Cheese and meat scraps do not contain all the vitamins he needs, which can lead to him being underweight, kidney failure, itchy skin, and all sorts of other bad things. Dog food is a mixture of different proteins, fats, carbs, vitamins, acids and such to keep dogs at their healthiest. I recommend your neighbors head to a pet specialty store too and pick out a healthy, natural food. These foods are better for the dog in the long run, with more nutrients and better ingredients in each cup of kibbles, and usually taste better than garbage like Iams, Beneful, Pedigree and Ol’ Roy. Human food also has a lot of additives: sugars, salts, spices, etc. Things we may hardly even notice, but are VERY bad for dogs because they were never designed to process things like that. The same reason you wouldn’t give a hamster a steak… Dogs are simple carnivores, needing only meat to survive. When we go adding sugar, carbs, salts, seasonings, flavors and junk, we are only putting things in our dogs that their bodies don’t handle. It can lead to obesity, kidney/liver failure, cancers, etc, because their body just doesn’t know how to process it all correctly (so it winds up in wrong places).
There are tons of things too they make to add to dog foods. There’s powder supplements, liquid vitamins and vitamin-enhanced gravies, the wet canned foods, and things that make the dog kibble taste better and entice their dog to finish a bowl of kibble as well, and are healthier than table scraps.
Chihuahua won’t eat dog food!?
I have this chihuahua who just won’t eat her dog food anymore. She’s about three years old and i’ve had her since she was a puppy. I got her when i was 14 and now i’m 17. My parents and I have always fed her regular small breed dog food, but then my parents started giving her table food. It started with just small bites from the table, but now it’s turned into full course meals. It’s not really me, it’s my parents! They’re old and stubborn and won’t listen to me. I’ve tried to give my dog her dog food, i force it into her mouth, try to tempt her with it, even have tried various wet dog foods. Nothing has worked! She has the same dog food in her bowl for months, without touching it! Even when i put new dog food in… Seriously i’m afraid that if we just stop giving her table food, she will starve! Please help, i want a healthy dog.
Stop feeding her from the table that is why she wont eat dog food, she will eventually eat dog food try a different brand of dog food keebles and bits if she doesnt eat take her to a vet she may have worms de worm her. They usually dont eat when they have worms
Dog won’t eat her food — PLEASE HELP?
My dog won’t eat her food anymore. She started with puppy chow and now that she’s a year I switched her to Beniful which she ate perfectly fine for months. She has had house food, but would still eat her regular food. This past month, she won’t touch her dog food. I don’t give her house food ALL day but she still won’t eat it. Should I continue to ignore so she starts eating her regular food? What could I do??
Oh and if I try house food she goes crazy for it so it’s not that she isn’t completely not eating..
Many dogs will wolf down more than is good for them and look for more. Others refuse to eat more than than they need. Evaluate the dog as illustrated in this link, http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx You may want the vet to confirm your judgment. Adjust the dogs food and exercise as needed to reach its ideal body condition. Some German Shepherds and other breeds may refuse to eat enough to completely hid their ribs. As long as you are feeding a concentrated, meat based chow, the best thing is to accept it.
The worst thing you can do is to bribe a dog with rich foods into eating more than it needs. Instead, Put down the dish with what the dog should eat, and give it 15 minutes to eat. Then take it up. Do not give it anything to eat until its next scheduled meal. In a few days, it should be eating what it needs. Continue to check its ribs and adjust the food as needed. This is not easy. I had a Shepherd go 3 days on a few nibbles. I was a wreck, but she was fine. It is almost unknown for a healthy dog not to eat what it needs. Unfortunately, in too many cases, it is less than the package says, and less than the owner thinks the dog should have. Many dogs are quite good at holding out for tastier chow. Like kids, sometimes it calls for tough love.
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