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    Hmm.. maybe he isn't into kibble. The breeder was feeding him Advanced Puppy plus - Growth so I just continued what they were feeding him. He loved his meals until about 2 weeks ago. The trainer at my puppy school said dogs only have about 9000 tastebuds and a variety in their food is not important, so Milo's only food for meals is the kibble.

    The breeder lives in Gatton, and from the floods, I think puppy questions would be the last thing on his mind right now lol.

    He started to eat after 30 minutes when I was about to take his food away so I left his bowl there. After I came back from the gym, his food was no where near finished.

    It's Milo's last puppy class tonight so I'll ask for some advice from the trainer and see what she says.

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    Hi,

    If Milo likes to eat one by one, I am wondering if you have more success to use kongs stuffed with kibbles. By doing so his brain will be more active and his teeth will be massaged.

    Again in summer days you may like to add little plain yogurt to kibbles...most dogs like that. I am against can food but if you wish it would not hurt give a table spoon also to the food. you can also add little can fish instead.

    As Myf said I do not think you need to follow the recommendations to the letters. Otherwise our dogs will be like barrels. (perhaps it applies to my dogs) I am a firm believer that dogs can think for themselves. If he does not eat then probably he does not need it.
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    Following on from hachna post I don't like can food either but you know what I find most foods love on the kibble an egg & a small can of plain tuna in olive oil. I give it once a week to all my dogs & as much as 3 x a week for growing pups, breeding dog & underweight rescues.
    I would also add some raw meat to his diet at least a couple times a week.
    Enjoy your pup, his gorgous & try not to worry to much while he's still acting healthy & happy.
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    Try tiring him out with a game or some toys. Exercise gets the hunger going so that is when he will be most likely to eat. Good luck!


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    Also as well as all the great advice given already.
    Try mixing his diet a bit. Slowly Of course
    But a chicken wing,off cuts ,mince etc every second day or so and see if that improves things at all.
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    Definitely take on what everyone has said. Try mixing up his diet, raw food is great and dogs DO know the difference between different foods and will like certain tastes more.

    Most trainers don't recommend leaving food for them to eat as they want, if your pup isn't eating take the food away until next meal time and then try again, this way he will learn to eat when the food is available.

    Try using a kong as he may feel bored by just being given food in a bowl and the extra mental stimulation of actually having to free the food etc might get him into it a bit more. I also put food in egg cartons with holes in the top taped together or coke bottles with wholes punched in them etc, this will keep him busy and give him something to think about, and its fun

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    Thanks for the advice guys. Much appreciated.

    I tried the kong thing yesterday. He smelt the kibble inside and bit it to try get it out, though once a kibble rolled out, he would sniff it but not eat it and continue on with the kong. So I just got rid of the kibble in the kong since kibbles were starting to create a trail on the floor.

    The trainer last night suggested the same thing - taking away the food. I tried that today but didn't really work. What did work though is pouring a bit of his kibble in his bowl at one time for about four times so that his bowl wasn't actually full with kibble. Though this can't continue since I won't be able to stand there and keep pouring.

    I will slowly try the other suggestions.

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    From your op I would say he is just not hungry. The one kibble at a time is probably more of a game.
    If it were me I would change dry, if dry is the way you want to feed.
    I would recommend Nutro puppy chicken and rice, Pro Plan puppy or Eagle Pack Holistic.
    They are all around the same price and money back guaranteed if he flat out refuses to eat.
    Same rule apply, if he doesn't eat it, take it away.
    I would also introduce sardines, prefer these to tuna as tuna has murcury in it, once a week, a chicken neck-hold on to it and let him chew it. And a dolop of plain youghurt every now and again.

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    Milo's appetite does not seem to have improved.

    26th:
    First meal - I gave Milo 1/2 cup of kibble mixed with 1 raw egg. He finish the entire bowl.
    Second meal - Mixed 1/2 cup of kibble with chicken soup, white rice and cooked plain pork as well his monthly all wormer tablet. Again he finished it all.
    Third meal - Fed him just kibble and he only took a few bites and didn't eat it so we just removed the bowl. At about 9pm he seemed extremely hungry as he was following anyone who had food in their hands so we took out the bowl again. He took a sniff and didn't eat it. So we reduced the kibble to about 1/8 a cup, added chicken soup, rice and cooked plain chicken meat. He seemed to like it so we gave him another bowl of the same thing.

    27th:
    First meal - Tried just 1/4 cup kibble again and he didn't eat it so we added the same thing as the night before. He didn't seem interested in it but I had to leave straight away so I didn't get to time how long it took him to finish it.
    Second meal - 2 chicken drumsticks which he happily ate it all.
    Third meal - After 1.5 hours of playing with his puppy dalmation friend, I fed him 1 cup of kibble mixed with the same combo of soup, rice and chicken. Took 2 bites and walked away. After 10 minutes of not returning to the food, I decided to let the dalmation eat it. Only after the dalmation has finished more than half of the food, Milo ate some but walked away after a few bites. Dalmation ate a bit, so then Milo did and this went on for a while. Although, the dalmation was very protective of the food and growled whenever Milo tried to eat too so we had to hold onto the dalmation and wait for Milo to eat.

    I only have canned tuna for sandwiches at the moment. Is this ok to mix in with his kibble? And by plain yoghurt, I suppose it's not the yoghurt you find in supermarkets like Skii yoghurt?

    I have tried putting some kibble in a plastic bottle. Milo would go crazy over it but the moment you leave him alone with it, he will ditch the bottle and come looking for me.

    Today, I took him out for a 40 minute walk at powerwalking speed in the morning before his breakfast. He yawned a lot during the walk but didn't seem like he was tired out for a walk. After he came home, he drank water but did not eat any kibble. He went to sleep straight away.



    I've researched more on the net about dogs not eating, and they say that not eating is a symptom of illness. They list other symptoms which often accompany not eating, but Milo shows none of the others - just the not eating part. He defecates less now but I assume that's from the reduction of food he's eating. He sleeps quite a bit during the day but quite active at night. I am guessing the sleeping part is normal for puppies since I have read they do sleep a lot in general.

    Is it time to take him to the vet or will they tell me exactly the same thing as you guys have? Should I keep trying mixing his food for a few more days before taking him to the vet? From observation, he doesn't look like he's lost weight but is in fact still growing. I am worried that not eating will cause some organ problems.
    Last edited by Kaer; 01-28-2011 at 11:20 AM.

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    Ok how much dose he actully weigh?
    Is his weight still gaining or is he losing weight?
    Are is gums nice & pink or washed out plae colour?
    I would add tuna to kibble but others say sardines because of mercry levels but I eat tuna so good enough for me good enough for my dog is my thinking.
    Have you tried feeding without any kibble, some dogs just don't like it?
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