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Rocky is still holding out...not eating much. I bought him Natural Balance Organic because the girl at Petco says her picky eater Yorkie will not eat anything else. He ate it the first time I gave it to him...now he's waiting for something better. I have not given him any table food in four days. It's the battle of the wills and I think he will win soon. I'm so frustrated.
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I didn't see your post earlier.....you must be worried by now. Did you try crushing the new food and making a paste? mix a little with this to some of the dry to make it more appealing ? ..maybe have him lick some from your finger?
i hope he starts eating soon.
 

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He's a little stinker, if he wasn't so cute....
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I didn't see your post earlier.....you must be worried by now. Did you try crushing the new food and making a paste? mix a little with this to some of the dry to make it more appealing ? ..maybe have him lick some from your finger?
i hope he starts eating soon.
 

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You know we had a little dachshund years ago. She would NOT eat anything else than people food. My mom tried with the dog food but after 4 days not touching the food she gave in. And that dog didn't want anything else than meat or sausage. Vegetables ? no way.
Alex, my little stinker, has people food. He is something else. He wants what WE are eating. Today we had to put some little pieces of meat from our plate to his plate and only then he ate a little, mostly only what we put on top. Later, he finished his plate.
 

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These little ones sure do know what they want & how to get it dont they!! lol

I am of the mind that, like me when I was a child .. 'you get what you are given, and if you don't eat it, you go without'

Dakota will sometimes 'graze' .. she will eat a little bit here & there, but mostly they both gobble down what they are given as soon as it is put down for them.

Mine are asked to 'sit' before I put down their food ... I rarely need to ask these days, they know the drill & practically fall over themselves to sit down in a hurry so I will put their food down!!

If I did have a problem, I would probably try Jackies (JMM) suggestion and take it up after a certain time period.
 

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These little ones sure do know what they want & how to get it dont they!! lol

I am of the mind that, like me when I was a child .. 'you get what you are given, and if you don't eat it, you go without'

Dakota will sometimes 'graze' .. she will eat a little bit here & there, but mostly they both gobble down what they are given as soon as it is put down for them.

Mine are asked to 'sit' before I put down their food ... I rarely need to ask these days, they know the drill & practically fall over themselves to sit down in a hurry so I will put their food down!!

If I did have a problem, I would probably try Jackies (JMM) suggestion and take it up after a certain time period.
Jacqui I don't have to tell him "sit". I have to tell him "eat". He will go to his plate, smell it and walk away. Then he does his stretching exercise. Goes back to his plate, smells and walks away. Goes to the couch and takes a nap. Since he has to take pills, he has to swallow something ! My husband ends up giving him the pills hidden in prosciutto ham on the couch. And tho with insisting.
 

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Jacqui I don't have to tell him "sit". I have to tell him "eat". He will go to his plate, smell it and walk away. Then he does his stretching exercise. Goes back to his plate, smells and walks away. Goes to the couch and takes a nap. Since he has to take pills, he has to swallow something ! My husband ends up giving him the pills hidden in prosciutto ham on the couch. And tho with insisting.
Janine, your Alex is one lucky little man, thats for sure, I wish someone would feed ME prosciutto ham on the couch! LOL. I'm thankful I haven't had problems getting mine to eat, I can only imagine how difficult it could get, espeically when medications are needed.

If Alex's meds dont require a full stomach, have you tried the 'down the hatch' method to get him to take his pills? I understand some meds require a full stomach, so this method wouldnt be appropriate in that case.
 

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These little ones sure do know what they want & how to get it dont they!! lol

I am of the mind that, like me when I was a child .. 'you get what you are given, and if you don't eat it, you go without'

Dakota will sometimes 'graze' .. she will eat a little bit here & there, but mostly they both gobble down what they are given as soon as it is put down for them.

Mine are asked to 'sit' before I put down their food ... I rarely need to ask these days, they know the drill & practically fall over themselves to sit down in a hurry so I will put their food down!!

If I did have a problem, I would probably try Jackies (JMM) suggestion and take it up after a certain time period.

I have to agree with Harley & Dakota's mom. Bree eats what I give her (and whatever she finds on the floor but thats another story!) Bree is picky but I find if I mix in any wet food, she is always more willing to eat it so I usually mix in Stella & Chewys and add a little water and PRESTO! she eats..
 

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Stop changing foods. Down for 20 minutes and that's it.
This is exactly what I do for my two, now and have for a while, and they both get it. Mia even knows the times the food is to be put down.

I will admit, when we first brought home, Leo (as well as Kara), I did have to hand feed to get him going. Then for the a time, he would just stare at the bowl, and honestly I think he was counting the kibble :blink:

But once I firmly kept to the schedule, Leo is the first to dig in.

Hope your little guy gets it soon.
 

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When I first got Bailey, she had been given table food by her previous owners and would not touch dog food. So I went and bought Natural Balance dry kibble and we started the process of getting her off of table food. I would give her mostly kibble but with a tiny and I mean tiny amount of meat mixed in it. She would gobble it right up. After a while I was able to just put broth in with the kibble and she would eat it. Now she will eat the kibble mixed with a spoonful of wet food. Every now and then both of mine will be in a picky mood and I will sprinkle a small bit of shredded cheese on their food and they eat it right up!
 

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Rocky wants what we are eating too...he is still just grazing a little bit.

You know we had a little dachshund years ago. She would NOT eat anything else than people food. My mom tried with the dog food but after 4 days not touching the food she gave in. And that dog didn't want anything else than meat or sausage. Vegetables ? no way.
Alex, my little stinker, has people food. He is something else. He wants what WE are eating. Today we had to put some little pieces of meat from our plate to his plate and only then he ate a little, mostly only what we put on top. Later, he finished his plate.
 

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Thanks me too...right now he's going over to the bowl, looking at it and walking away! I will keep trying.

This is exactly what I do for my two, now and have for a while, and they both get it. Mia even knows the times the food is to be put down.

I will admit, when we first brought home, Leo (as well as Kara), I did have to hand feed to get him going. Then for the a time, he would just stare at the bowl, and honestly I think he was counting the kibble :blink:

But once I firmly kept to the schedule, Leo is the first to dig in.

Hope your little guy gets it soon.
 

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Stop changing foods. Down for 20 minutes and that's it.

This is exactly what i do with Noelle, she is a very picky eater and i give her 20 minutes and pick the food up. She has learned that i won't cater to her whims and eats what i give her in a timely manner.
 

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I've tried mixing the can food with the dry...just a little and most of the time he doesn't want the canned either, but sometimes it works. Chicken broth doesn't do a thing for him. What kind of shredded cheese? I've tried mozzerella....no dice, LOL.


When I first got Bailey, she had been given table food by her previous owners and would not touch dog food. So I went and bought Natural Balance dry kibble and we started the process of getting her off of table food. I would give her mostly kibble but with a tiny and I mean tiny amount of meat mixed in it. She would gobble it right up. After a while I was able to just put broth in with the kibble and she would eat it. Now she will eat the kibble mixed with a spoonful of wet food. Every now and then both of mine will be in a picky mood and I will sprinkle a small bit of shredded cheese on their food and they eat it right up!
 

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I remember my Mom using that quote with us and I used it with my kids. My kids grew to be adults that love all food. Their partners are a different story, haha. Now it's the dog, hee hee. I do ask Rocky to sit before he gets his food or treats. Now he doesn't even come up to the bowl. I'm sticking to Jackie's advice...he's got to eat sometime...I just don't want him to lose weight.

These little ones sure do know what they want & how to get it dont they!! lol

I am of the mind that, like me when I was a child .. 'you get what you are given, and if you don't eat it, you go without'

Dakota will sometimes 'graze' .. she will eat a little bit here & there, but mostly they both gobble down what they are given as soon as it is put down for them.

Mine are asked to 'sit' before I put down their food ... I rarely need to ask these days, they know the drill & practically fall over themselves to sit down in a hurry so I will put their food down!!

If I did have a problem, I would probably try Jackies (JMM) suggestion and take it up after a certain time period.
 

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Well for the people that have done this it has worked....I"'l try to be more patient. Thx!

This is exactly what i do with Noelle, she is a very picky eater and i give her 20 minutes and pick the food up. She has learned that i won't cater to her whims and eats what i give her in a timely manner.
 

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I so appreciate all the help from all of you...it makes me feel more confident. I will keep you all posted...thanks for all your suggestions...I love this place.
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Lacie is a very picky eater. We tried the "battle of the wills" and she won. Now, whatever Lacie wants, Lacie gets.

I almost always have to mix in boiled chicken to get her to eat.

I gave up because it wasn't worth my worrying about her not eating -- just easier to give her what she likes.
 
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