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    Hi all, newie here, but really need to ask this question to get some advice.
    My pup (he's a Lab x Staffy) is so fussy with his food, and the food I do feed him he will eat a little bit but generally isn't "excited" about food. I've never experienced this before, I grew up with dogs and all of them loved food no matter what it was.
    So far he will tolerate puppy biscuits, HATES tin food (which I hear isn't uncommon anyway), but will take or leave the rolls of dog meat, will enjoy a bit of raw dog steaks/mince/offcuts. He does however love smackos treats, but they are hardly a good diet for a growing boy. I took him to the vet, he's perfectly healthy and I should just keep trying apparently.
    Does anyone have any good ideas on feeding a fussy dog as I really think he needs to be eating more than he is.

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    My dog tried this as a pup.

    Food went down for 15 minutes only. I also did the Triangle of Temptation thing that is here in the training thread - can't recommend it enough!

    Took my boy two days to work out that he had to eat while the food was there, he was sitting and waiting for a release in three days.

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    Oh, and I also found my attitude came into it.

    He had to work for his treats and I was happy & excited over it when he got it right - treats also equalled praise and attention. Dinner equalled the food bowl going down.

    I made dinner more exciting by asking him to work for his dinner.

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    Your puppy is only fussy because you let him be. Why should he have to eat what you give him when he knows if he doesn't eat it, he'll get something more yummy instead? Try as Angela suggests and only put the food that you want him to eat in his bowl for 15 minutes. If he doesn't eat it, take it away and don't feed him at all until next feeding time.

    He'll soon learn to eat what he's given or he'll go hungry. Don't worry, he won't starve himself. =)

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    Thanks for the suggestions - tonight I tried him on a 3 meats dog roll meat and he scoffed it. So might just keep him on that, least I know he'll eat that in a hurry with no fussing - but if he reverts back to the old ways I will give the 15 minute rule a go too. He also has his last vaccination this Friday so he's going to be going to puppy school & I'll be walking him so he will be using much more energy - which of course will make him hungrier and hopefully less fussy.

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    My dog was off her food slightly for about a day following vaccinations.

    I like to make my own casserole for her, and when I run out of that, I just give her the dry - with a sardine or two to make it more exciting to eat and like the others said, I make her work for it. Nice sit stays we have now. And focus forward. I also put some of the dry into a squirrel dude - so she has to work for that too. And if she doesn't eat her food straight away (10 to 15 minutes) I take it away and put it down at next meal time. Never happened more than once.

    Vague rule of thumb for puppy walking - 5 minutes per month of age. So if he's only 2 months old - you only need to walk him for 10 minutes in one session.

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    The roles of dog meat are working well at the moment He eats it all up in a matter of minutes which I am so relieved about. Biccies he is still not overly excited about but if he's hungry I've noticed they also disappear after the meat.

    Thanks again for your suggestions everyone.

    Hyacinth - my boy is 12 weeks now, so start him off at a 15 min walk? He's not too fond of the lead, so I think this is going to be my next hurdle.

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    Have you considered a Raw diet. Those supermarket meat rolls are not good, they have very little nutrition in them and they also have high levels of harmful chemicals in some of them.

    Maybe try a mix of BARF patties or Leading RAW (Guide Dog Produced Meat Patties) which both have minimum preservatives, have a good balance of meats, veggies etc and are much better for your dog. And mix it up with a good dry food like Artemis. Otherwise you could do your own raw feeding. I make up my own food for my dogs every week and it is just as cheap if not cheaper than those cruddy pet rolls from the supermarket, I just need to commit an hour or so a week making it up for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Have you considered a Raw diet. Those supermarket meat rolls are not good, they have very little nutrition in them and they also have high levels of harmful chemicals in some of them.

    Maybe try a mix of BARF patties or Leading RAW (Guide Dog Produced Meat Patties) which both have minimum preservatives, have a good balance of meats, veggies etc and are much better for your dog. And mix it up with a good dry food like Artemis. Otherwise you could do your own raw feeding. I make up my own food for my dogs every week and it is just as cheap if not cheaper than those cruddy pet rolls from the supermarket, I just need to commit an hour or so a week making it up for them.
    I agree that BARF can be better for some dogs, but just putting it out there that mine have done well on the rolls for years Sorry, not having a go, it's just a pet peeve of mine.
    4legs is preservative-free, as is VIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    I agree that BARF can be better for some dogs, but just putting it out there that mine have done well on the rolls for years Sorry, not having a go, it's just a pet peeve of mine.
    4legs is preservative-free, as is VIP.
    We had Ruby on the pet rolls till quite recently. My inlaws Have fed their dogs on them for years, they have two Boxers
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