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    Quote Originally Posted by fosandebo View Post
    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.
    Sorry but I find this to be rubbish. My dogs eat before us every night.

    I personally wouldnt bother with the hassle of pretending to eat from the bowl every night...what a hassle

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    My dogs are always fed before us as well in a vain attempt to stop them giving me the "pleeeeeease share" eyes while we are eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fosandebo View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    Sorry but I find this to be rubbish. My dogs eat before us every night.

    I personally wouldnt bother with the hassle of pretending to eat from the bowl every night...what a hassle
    Lala, my comment was a joke, intended to get a laugh. "Get down on all fours and eat the veal and treats from her bowl" is not the same as "pretending to eat from the bowl every night". I was suggesting the food be eaten by the owner and this could only ever be interpreted as humour. Di_dee1 got it, why didn't you?

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    Nugget loves her food to the point I'm telling mum not to give her sernten foods like onion and all of that but if there stacke in the frig and has been cooked and thase been there for two day well it gose to the dog but one time mum gave her off meat and I mean off off meat nugget dint touch that and yes I gave mum a word about it I can trust nugget to not eat food that not rigth she a good girl
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    Quote Originally Posted by fosandebo View Post
    Lala, my comment was a joke, intended to get a laugh. "Get down on all fours and eat the veal and treats from her bowl" is not the same as "pretending to eat from the bowl every night". I was suggesting the food be eaten by the owner and this could only ever be interpreted as humour. Di_dee1 got it, why didn't you?
    So, you werent suggesting for the owner to be the alpha and pretend to eat from the dogs bowl at all? I understood the on all fours was a joke but I thiought you were still recommending that they pretend to eat the dogs food first - this isnt an uncommon suggestion.

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    I have had a dog starve itself thin, and thinner, and thinner, no matter what was offered, and need force feeding. But he was a Saluki who probably have a more extreme temperament than many dogs.

    It's not much fun to live around. Very, very stressful indeed. I like that my dogs love their food!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    I have had a dog starve itself thin, and thinner, and thinner, no matter what was offered, and need force feeding. But he was a Saluki who probably have a more extreme temperament than many dogs.

    It's not much fun to live around. Very, very stressful indeed. I like that my dogs love their food!!
    I have 2 dogs now, one who eats as much as she can get and one who is quite happy being 10kg underweight (about 20%) and I much much prefer the one that eats too much. You can always take the food away but when your dog won't eat there's really nothing you can do.
    And I have tried only having food down once or twice a day (in fact this was what I did for the first 6 months I had Sammy) but he stopped eating and was literally starving. If I have food down all the time, sometimes after lots of exercise it's like the urge would strike him and he would eat a bowl. If the food wasn't there when he had that urge, he just didn't eat that day. If he went to his bowl and it was empty, or went to where his bowl normally was but it wasn't there, you could get food but the moment had passed and he would show no interest.

    On the plus side, he is ridiculously competitive and so the addition of a second dog has been the only thing that has addressed his eating issues. In the wild he would be fine, he would quite happily live on raw meat and has no problems with raw food or bones of any kind (and he can catch it). He just can't seem to stand biscuits or vegetables. The new dog eats bread - if it's possibly food she takes no chances and eats it.

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    I have just gone through a period of Katy not eating...She has lost 10kg in the last week. A 72kg to 62.....She is one bony girl at present.

    She seems on the mend right now
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    My gosh, 10 kilo in a week is alot!

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