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    If you left food out for your dog for say a week that they didnt really like, do you think they would starve to death before eating it?

    Reason why i am asking is because the dog Ruby stays with during the day, the owner doesnt really look after her too much. I feed her everyday when I pick Ruby up (I pay for her food) But over the weekend I leave two big bowls of dry food (The owner provides) just in case he forgets to feed her.

    Every Monday The food is still there and looks barely touched and when I feed her that afternoon ( Mince, chicken necks etc) She scoffs it down like she is starved.

    I think the owner goes away most weekends.

    Do you think she would not eat because she doesnt like the food she is being given?

    We are going away for four days over the long weekend and I am a bit worried.
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    I think they do. Both of mine have gone through stages where they won't eat what is given to them because they don't seem to like it. Bella has been doing it for a month or so now (it takes her a really really really long time to finish). I changed their food on the weekend and she scoffed it down.

    I think though if the dog was hungry enough they would eat what is there. Maybe she is holding out until you come back every day to give her delicious foods instead!
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    No dog will starve themselves to death.
    She just knows that you will come back and give her food so she doesn't bother with the dry food.

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    They let themselves look skinny and sad so you might start giving them Veal, but eventually they just figure, well I won't be getting the veal so I better eat this chicken dammit

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    Damn picky dogs drive me crazy haha When Ruby trys this shit on me I take her bowl away quick smart!

    The other day she turned her nose up on a mixture of mince and Roo chunks. Bloody $13 a Kilo mince Damn it! I could of killed her!

    Well it went in the fridge till the next day and boy was she happy to see it!
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    Yeh nice try Ruby

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    No dog will starve themselves to death.
    She just knows that you will come back and give her food so she doesn't bother with the dry food.
    Totally agree. Birds will though but not dogs. The owner is aware you are also feeding? Apologies if I missed that bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Totally agree. Birds will though but not dogs. The owner is aware you are also feeding? Apologies if I missed that bit.
    He knows that I am feeding her, cleaning up her poo, bathing her, worming her.. I now have two dogs that I support!
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    My pup doesn't seem to like dry food. The first weeks she did not touch it at all. Now she will occasionally eat some, but still not as much as I would've expected. She doesn't look too skinny, so I'm not worrying about it.

    Good on you for looking after the dog. I have walked other people's dogs because they never got out. Never had to feed them out of fear that they'd starve otherwise though.

    Have you tried suggesting to the owner that the dog would be better of if they rehome it?

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    I agree a Dog wouldn't starve themselves if food was available.

    BUT they can be picky and I bet he is counting on seeing you and some yummy food! and probably has worked out if he doesn't eat the dry food he will get more of the good stuff later.

    I know I spoil my fella - But I have noticed if I feed him the same stuff all the time, its like he gets bored of it, maybe a different type of dry food every now and them? But by the sounds or it the owners aren't that interested.

    Hopefully its not awkward to discuss Beloz suggestion of re-homing with the owner?

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