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ive got a very stubborn dog what do you think.

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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
hey all abit random here but i have had trouble with my dog eating for the past 2 weeks she will not eat the dry dog food even with gravy in so the other night i gave her minced beef with gravy in with her complete dry food and she wolfed it down first time she has polished off a meal in along time.i have also tried her with every type of canned food and she isnt having any of it lol the stubborn sod. anyway getting to the point is it a good idea to keep her on minced beef along with her complete food or not i am guessing that minced beef is better than canned dog food what do you think.
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
its an expensive way to do it - try some food from the vets - one of my cats is very fussy but eats the special stuff - cheaper than mince!
#2
Best advice is to ask a vet - he (or she) will tell you what to feed your dog in order to ensure that it has a balanced diet.
#3
tanzc69
its an expensive way to do it - try some food from the vets - one of my cats is very fussy but eats the special stuff - cheaper than mince!


i have tried the special stuff believe me i have tried about everything she is so fussy i have never known a big dog be like that before.
#4
my dogs the same,she will only eat foil trays,no dried food or tins,she will eat anything i cook for her,mince,chilli,macaroni,it drives me mad,dogs are supposed to eat anything
#5
A dog will eat the normal food, don't cave so easily. Try the normal food for a few days, it will get hungry very soon and eat it fine.
#6
ettam123
my dogs the same,she will only eat foil trays,no dried food or tins,she will eat anything i cook for her,mince,chilli,macaroni,it drives me mad,dogs are supposed to eat anything


its very annoying i have been brought up around big dog breeds and they have all eaten whatever they was given just my luck eh lol what type of dog do you have?
#7
electriclinux
A dog will eat the normal food, don't cave so easily. Try the normal food for a few days, it will get hungry very soon and eat it fine.


tried that she went 3 full days without eating anything as she just screwed her nose up at it but i have noticed she has lost some weight so i am not prepared to put her through that any longer.
#8
the way we got ours on to dried food was to put it out at meal times leave out for twenty minuets then takeaway repeat this at every meal time always leave plenty of water out and no treats we had to do this for four days but when he got hungary he started to eat we have no bother now hurts to watch but worth it in the end
#9
greyparrot
its very annoying i have been brought up around big dog breeds and they have all eaten whatever they was given just my luck eh lol what type of dog do you have?


a mongrel that we got from the pet rescue,she had been starved and beaten when we got her so i think i maybe spoiled her a bit much to begin with
#10
ninegt
the way we got ours on to dried food was to put it out at meal times leave out for twenty minuets then takeaway repeat this at every meal time always leave plenty of water out and no treats we had to do this for four days but when he got hungary he started to eat we have no bother now hurts to watch but worth it in the end


to be honest with you i am not that fussed if i have to buy minced beef for her thats what i will do just gets me how fussy she is.
#11
ettam123
a mongrel that we got from the pet rescue,she had been starved and beaten when we got her so i think i maybe spoiled her a bit much to begin with


awww poor thing at least she has a great life now.:thumbsup:
#12
Feeding your dog with added mince meat is not a problem. Now tell me, is the dried food a complete diet or a biscuit like a mixer? If its complete, then the mince would only be an "extra" as all the nutrients the animal needs are in the complete dog food, so it wouldnt be a problem. Breed of dog is?
#13
Lulu'sMammy
Feeding your dog with added mince meat is not a problem. Now tell me, is the dried food a complete diet or a biscuit like a mixer? If its complete, then the mince would only be an "extra" as all the nutrients the animal needs are in the complete dog food, so it wouldnt be a problem. Breed of dog is?


yeah it is the complete food i give her not the mixer she just wont eat it so if i mix minced beef with gravy in it she eat it all so that is my only way of getting the complete stuff in her.she is a newfoundland.
#14
No problems then. If adding that makes her eat, it really isn't a problem. As i said before everything she needs is in her complete food.
#15
A friend of ours had a newfoundland and used to buy huge tins of tuna from Costco to mix in with the dried stuff, :)
#16
Question is are you happy to keep feeding it mince or do you want it to go onto dried food? If the latter then try this...put its dried food out (splash of water i always find helps) leave it out for 10 minutes ONLY, if it hasnt touched it, take the food completely out of sight til its next meal time and feed it nothing in between... try the bowl of food again next meal time using the 10 min 'feeding window' again,...again if it refuses, take it away til next meal time.. a dog will NOT starve itself , the dog basically knows that you give in before he does so its only a matter of waiting til you crack and he gets mince.

Using this method will teach the dog if it wants to eat it has to get what its given within 10 min or it goes hungry, do not be put off if the dog refuses for a day or 2 at first, its normal, if you give in during this time you may as well not have bothered, follow it through and you will have a dog that eats what you want exactly at meal times u want :thumbsup:
#17
Hon, I'd take her to the vet and get her weighed and checked over just to make sure there's nothing wrong affecting her appetite.

See what the vet thinks about her "fussy eating" and then decide what you want to do from there.

At least then you'll know if she loses weight.
#18
ClarityofMind
Hon, I'd take her to the vet and get her weighed and checked over just to make sure there's nothing wrong affecting her appetite.

See what the vet thinks about her "fussy eating" and then decide what you want to do from there.

At least then you'll know if she loses weight.


And also then you will know if she has a mouth/teeth/gum issue that is making eating dried food difficult.
#19
WoolyM
And also then you will know if she has a mouth/teeth/gum issue that is making eating dried food difficult.


That's a really good point. I remember when our dog had swallowed something and it had lodged in her throat the only thing we knew was she was interested in her food, she'd go up to it and snuffle at it but not eat it.

I know this circumstance is different as the dog will eat mince but even so Id still get her checked out by a vet.
banned#20
surely if dog is hungry enough ti will eat, never heard of a dog starving itself to death
#21
Our dog has renal failure and needs special wet and dry food which he used to wolf down but he's not touching any more, he needs the food regularly for his system so leaving him to starve is not an option. We've been chopping up small pieces of chicken and mixing it into each bowl and even though it's a small amount it's enough of an enticement to get him to eat.

When he was young he would barely eat any food, it was just left there until he eventually ate it (normally the next day)

John
[mod]#22
I always pick up whole chickens when they are on offer at Tesco etc purely for the Dog and the cats. Fill up the spare freezer with them and it's a nice addition to their food and cheap.

And before anyone moans............i asked the dog if it minded battery farm chickens and it said no as long as it tastes good.
#23
an old vet said to me once, if a dog wants a change(of food), starve it for a day, dog was never fussy again ;) though just make sure its not a physical cause get her checked out..
#24
we usually let them go without for a few days ourselves, though dogs will always eat less in summer or heat etc. certainly mince is ok as mix, but we as breeders wouldnt use more than a third to the complete, and never on its own, when the dogs are playing up like this. it may be worth changing him to a chicken complete, as like us, dogs do get fed up with the beef variety all the time. you could also reward him for eating complete and not the other. they are smart and sly as a breed. dont let them away with much if i were you. if you do add mince or liver in make it a little less each time til you regain control. sometimes if they are in season they will go off food somewhat too. its a good idea to put some curry in with or chilli, they love it,
#25
Any update on the dog. As many have said a dog will not opt to starve itself. So if she appears hungry but is not eating there may be another reason. Is she otherwise ok?

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