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Help getting pup to eat

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One of my pups, who is eleven weeks old today, is an extremely picky eater. I actually stayed home from work Friday to be with him because he was sluggish when I got up. The one thing I've been able to get him to eat a little of is baby meat. I know he must eat some puppy food kibble with his mom, but not enough to show.
Friday night, I was sitting here at the computer, eating a sandwich. I dropped some of the crust to those sitting at my feet, and he ran up to see what all the fuss was about. Next, I dropped kibble in the pile, and he went to eating. So, for the past two days, he's had kibble dropped in the floor and a bowl of kibble in my bed. Maybe it's not what you feed, but where you feed for some of these spoiled babies.
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Originally posted by puppymom@Sep 11 2005, 02:08 PM
I am ashamed to admit that at 6 months Ty still does most of his best eating "by hand".  It really isn't a problem and he will eat from a bowl when really hungry but he prefers to eat sitting on my lap being hand fed 
  I guess that makes him spoiled but to tell you the truth I kind of enjoy sitting with him while he eats.  when we eat dinner he sits on the floor by my chair and i keep a little bowl of kibble on the table and feed him kibble while we eat (never table food).  I guess I've gone soft in my old age because I would never have done that with other dogs that we have had but something about this fluffy ball of fur just begs to be pampered and adored.  It works for us.

My kids are grown and gone, he's my "empty nest baby" (Lucy you are the Psychologist-you analyze it
) so I guess it's my own darn fault!!
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You are asking the wrong person to analyze the situation. I tell my patients that I own the title "crazy". They can be sad, depressed, anxious, or compulsive, but I want to be the crazy one. It usually gets a laugh at a tense time, but there is really a lot of truth to the statement. I, too, am faced with an empty nest, and I think having Maltese has been one of the best things for me. My kids are very supportive of my dogs, as they know how much they mean to me.
Next step with the littel dickens who is so picky is to put food in the bowl in the same place where I've been scattering it out for him to eat. If my friend and handler didn't treat hers just like I do mine, she wouldn't put up with mine when they go to live with her for showing. Although, she is trying to talk me into showing some of my own soon since I have several getting ready for the ring. Funny, but I can get up an lecture to hundreds without giving it a thought, but I'm not sure I'm ready to walk a dog around the ring yet.
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I'm dealing with a pup under two pounds, so I would never take the chance on not having him eat. I've witnessed enough hypoglycemic attacks in the last five years to know I don't want to chance one. One of the problems with too much Nutri Cal is that it will give them loose stools, and it will raise their glucose level high, only to have it drop. I prefer to use as little of that as possible and to push more protein for my little ones to keep them more on a level keel. I will boil some eggs tonight and mix some of that in my formula of baby food, rice cereal, and a dab of vanilla pudding cup, which helps entice them to eat, or I might let him share some of my chicken, as I'm eating Kentucky Fried Chicken tonight (hate to cook).
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