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    I'll agree that a dog will not starve themselves.

    Some are very good at waiting out for the good stuff to arrive and others will eat anything and everything.

    My dogs have competition so they can't afford to leave anything or it may get eaten by another.

    They've also learned it's put down and if not eaten it's taken away. Only a sick dog would be enticed to eat by offering other food.

    The fact that my dogs have good eating habits also helps me to identify when they are sick. Left food is cause for concern.

    Many (but not all) dogs that have free access to food develop poor eating habits. The only time I leave a constant source of food down is for nursing mothers.

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    My dog won't eat her dinner when I'm out.

    She's pretty happy to scoff it when I get home.

    I'm wondering if this dog has decided it has a new owner.

    I've heard of sight hounds starving themselves (losing a lot of weight) when not presented with the right food the right way but not other dogs.

    Note - as my dog grows up and has more confidence being on her own, sometimes she will eat uber treats that I leave for her when I go out, but so far, never the kibble.

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    Just wondering if you are enabling the owner not to give a damn as You have taken over.

    I just hope that they care for the dog while you are away.

    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 Di_dee1 View Post
    Just wondering if you are enabling the owner not to give a damn as You have taken over.
    Im pretty sure thats the case to be honest, I cant help it thou I feel so sorry for her. When I dont do things, they dont get done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
    I'll agree that a dog will not starve themselves.

    Some are very good at waiting out for the good stuff to arrive and others will eat anything and everything.

    My dogs have competition so they can't afford to leave anything or it may get eaten by another.

    They've also learned it's put down and if not eaten it's taken away. Only a sick dog would be enticed to eat by offering other food.

    The fact that my dogs have good eating habits also helps me to identify when they are sick. Left food is cause for concern.

    Many (but not all) dogs that have free access to food develop poor eating habits. The only time I leave a constant source of food down is for nursing mothers.
    My dogs have always had access to dry food and I've never noticed an averse effect. My old dog seemed to eat her dry food at set times anyway, even though it was always there. I knew something was wrong if she didn't scoff down her wet food though.

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    I don't think a healthy dog will starve, but for example mine will get very very skinny - he will eat just enough to survive to the point where he's lethargic and all his bones show. He has improved a lot with the addition of another dog with whom to compete - he's looking great these days.

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    Hmm, I'd qualify that as a Healthy Dog wouldn't starve themselves, unless they know from habit that better food is going to turn up. However, a Sick Dog absolutely would go off it's food and stay off. But I don't think we're talking about a sick dog, just one that you have taught to expect that it will get great food from you and you alone.

    Could be time to make that other owner an offer they don't want to refuse, because their dog is only a priority in your life, and that's just so wrong.

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    Molly would never eat dry kibble until now. I would leave a bowl of kibble out 24/7 and it still wouldn't get touched & that is with 3 dogs around.

    Now they're all on the one meal (half given in the morning, half given for lunch) the biscuits bowl is now always emptied!

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    When Pippi was little, she went through a phase of not eating her dinner unless it was hand fed to her. so at 3 months of age, one day she didnt get to eat coz I refused to feed her. The next morning, one very hungry wee puppy scoffed her brekky down lol

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    Be strong, be the alpha! In Ruby's bowl, place veal, treats and dry food. Then, get down on all fours and eat the veal and treats from her dog bowl (since alpha's eat first) and leave the dry food only for Ruby. Do this for every meal until she realises she's only getting the dry food scraps.

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