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    Hi Kaer,

    Judging by the record of food intake and the photo, I do not think he is not eating. I think he eats ok, then it just me.

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    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 only give plain tin tuna or other tin fish.
    Yogurt is also plain...I personally use Vaalia (as we eat it as well) but any brand will be fine. I try to avoid yogurt with cream mixed through such as some greek yogurt.

    Some dogs are thin like some of us are thin (of course not us). As long as your dog is active I would not worry about eating too much.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    His weight on Thu 13th Jan was 6.9kg and his weight on Mon 24th Jan was 8.2kg which was the lastest time he's been weighed. So I guess he is still gaining weight since the reduction in food consumption started before the 13th.

    His gums are pink like strawberry milk. I don't think it's pale?

    A few days before I have fed him just rice and pork and he ate it all. I think for the rest of the day I will try no kibble. Is sandwich tuna healthy for dogs? Or should I get tuna in springwater?

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    I prefer Tuna in brine/springwater but tuna in oil won't hurt too much. Drain the oil well though (Otherwise the poo might be too soft)
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    I wouldn't feed too much tuna. If you are feeding tin fish once a week is enough.

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    For lunch today I fed him a can of tuna, 1 raw egg, 1/4 of a carrot cut in tiny pieces, mint leaves and 1/8 cup of kibble. He seemed to love it as he finished it pretty quickly.

    For dinner, I fed him 1/8 cup kibble, white rice, cooked chicken and a tiny bit of raw pork liver. He ate everything but the liver. Is there a way that liver should be fed?

    I'm quite happy that he's eating again though with the need of a variety of food. Really challenges my creativity! lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaer View Post
    His weight on Thu 13th Jan was 6.9kg and his weight on Mon 24th Jan was 8.2kg which was the lastest time he's been weighed. So I guess he is still gaining weight since the reduction in food consumption started before the 13th.

    His gums are pink like strawberry milk. I don't think it's pale?

    A few days before I have fed him just rice and pork and he ate it all. I think for the rest of the day I will try no kibble. Is sandwich tuna healthy for dogs? Or should I get tuna in springwater?
    He sounds like a healthy growing pup to me.
    I use tuna in brine or springwater as I already occasionaly add olive oil to my dogs diet.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaer View Post
    For lunch today I fed him a can of tuna, 1 raw egg, 1/4 of a carrot cut in tiny pieces, mint leaves and 1/8 cup of kibble. He seemed to love it as he finished it pretty quickly.

    For dinner, I fed him 1/8 cup kibble, white rice, cooked chicken and a tiny bit of raw pork liver. He ate everything but the liver. Is there a way that liver should be fed?

    I'm quite happy that he's eating again though with the need of a variety of food. Really challenges my creativity! lol.
    I think your boy is VERY lucky boy to have such a loving owner.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Kaer; wow, love your willingness to try new foods etc. Well done!

    When my Villain first came to live with me, I was assured by his breeder that he was a young man who loved his food. Having always had finicky dogs, I was stoked. He did eat well for a week or so..... Then stopped eating. A bit like your boy. I'll admit I became so upset and worried and, well, obsessed with him eating that I'm positive I was making it worse. Now, I'm absolutely not saying you're doing the same, but just wanted to share that story because dogs do pick up so well on our emotions, and they are naturally programmed to do what benefits them. Put those two together, and it can end up looking like a manipulative pup and a completely frazzled owner. I made an absolute decision to stop stressing, and it was ultra hard, but in the end I got a dog who eats what I consider to be 'normally'.

    Oh! Nearly forgot... It can also help to put 'eat' under stimulus control, that is, train him when to eat, either using triangle of temptation (did Hyacinth mention that in this thread?) or by training food refusal. Let me know if I've failed to make sense and I'll get on the computer and explain better. So hard on iPhone, small screen, lose track of what I'm saying. Lol.

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    Haha thanks guys =)

    I think I should try what you did, V &F, and stop stressing about the food. I think I should just put it down to Milo getting sick of the Advanced kibble. Yesterday I took him to Bicentennial Park for the entire day with my friends dalmation. Both pups fell asleep as soon as they got in the car. But once Milo got home, I fed him some kibble and he ate no more than 1/2 cup despite only eating 1/4 cup in the morning. So yeah, he's either not a fan of the kibble anymore or his appetite is not that big compared to other dogs.

    I had a read through the triangle of temptation. It is indeed very interesting and I will give it a try after I know what he means by "back tie". Does that basically mean tying to something solid? Whenever I train Milo though, I only ever give him the treat when he looks at me in the eye after each command so I suppose I'm sort of on the right track.

    Almost forgot... Yesterday my friend brought a small packet of Purina kibbles for puppies. I used it as treats for Milo and he seemed to like them. Does that mean he's not a non-kibble eater and just doesn't like Advance? Or maybe it's just something different so he wanted to eat it lol.

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    You're spot on :-) Back tie is to attach the dogs leash to his/ her collar on one end, and to something else fixed at the other end. That could be a star picket in the ground, your fence, your house ( if you have baseboards), or a ring in the ground (like in concrete)... Anything. The idea is to have the dog under control, but your hands free.

    I'm not sure about dogs getting sick of something. In my human brain it makes perfect sense, but not sure about in dog's brain only way to test it us buy a small bag and see if Milo will eat it out of his bowl..... Or is he hanging out for hand feeding???!!!

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