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    I cannot understand why my 1 yr. old Saluki simulates covering her food with her nose. She will not eat it but will only eat it if I hand feed it to her. I tired only feeding her once a day but she still does it.
    Does anyone have this problem...

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    My dog Frosty will eat more if I hand feed it to her. Or she will eat if I hand feed to her but I'm not interested in doing that for all her food every meal time, so if she doesn't eat what she's given, I take it away after 10 minutes and give it to her next meal. Repeat until she's hungry enough to eat it.

    Some times she's hungry and some times she isn't, depends on the weather and how much exercise we've been getting. And sometimes how much food we've been getting (ie filling up on reward treats during training = don't need as much dinner).

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    Hi there. I think she is training you well. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Hi there. I think she is training you well. lol.
    Hole in one.

    She will eat, you know, when she is hungry enough and has figured out you are NOT going to hand-feed her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paigepuppy View Post
    I cannot understand why my 1 yr. old Saluki simulates covering her food with her nose. She will not eat it but will only eat it if I hand feed it to her. I tired only feeding her once a day but she still does it.
    Does anyone have this problem...
    Hi and welcome.

    One of my Deerhounds did exactly the same thing. He had little interest in food until the day he died and although otherwise healthy was always a bit under weight. Trying to cover the food with their nose is probably similar to us pushing food away when we simply can't eat. It's different to a dog actually burying food to dig up and eat later. This particular Deerhound never buried anything, not even a bone.

    It seems to be very much a Sighthound thing. Most dogs wolf down their food but many Sighthounds can be quite picky. I have a Whippet now who is also difficult to feed. He was 20 months old when I got him and his breeder also had problems trying to keep weight on.

    Try feeding her little and often. As Salukis can be prone to GDV it's a good idea to feed her 2 to 3 meals daily any way. Avoid hand feeding if possible. I know it's hard when the weight keeps falling off but it's best in the long run.

    What do you feed? Try different foods. If you feed raw try lightly cooking the meat. With my fussy Deerhound I found brisket bones were something he didn't often refuse.

    The general idea is that no healthy dog will starve itself and will come around in the end. Probably true of 99% of dogs. The other 1% are usually Sighthounds.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks for your input.

    I have started to feed her small portions throughout the day and not give her too many treats in between meals. This routine seems to be working.

    I feed her a mixture of Natural Choice (can food) plus Purina One (hard food)...
    Also, I understand that Salukis can be picky eaters.

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    I feed my dog Nutro natural choice kibble (hard food) and home made casserole. She always eats the casserole. She sometimes eats the kibble.

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    I found that mixing small chopped pieces of raw, or mince etc helped so much with my blue heeler.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paigepuppy View Post
    Thanks for your input.

    I have started to feed her small portions throughout the day and not give her too many treats in between meals. This routine seems to be working.

    I feed her a mixture of Natural Choice (can food) plus Purina One (hard food)...
    Also, I understand that Salukis can be picky eaters.
    Salukis are very sensitive so make sure things are calm and peaceful at mealtimes.

    Cutting back on the treats is a good idea. With Deerhound puppies you are usually advised not to feed treats until regular eating habits are established.

    Salukis are lovely dogs. Nearly as nice as Deerhounds and Whippets.

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