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    Hi Everyone

    We are noticing very strange behaviour from Ollie. He is becoming a tediously slow eater. He won't eat if we are not in the room. We feed both Penny and Ollie in the kitchen together but on opposite sides of the room. We have taught Penny to leave Ollie alone while he eats because she is such a guts and quick to finish. Ollie however chews and chews and chews his food and takes forever. He doesnt appear to be in any pain, and he perseveres until he is finished. He chews bones and treats fine. If he wanders off and doesnt finish I take the food away from him so he has learned that he must eat it then and there.....does this sound strange to anyone else?
    Vellela

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    I could be wrong (often am, lol) but it just sounds to me like individual doggy idiosyncrasies. Have teeth been checked?

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    Hi Vellela

    I'd second the thought - are his teeth ok.

    Then I'd think about how long I want to stand around in the kitchen waiting for dog to finish - and I think I'd give him one maybe two minutes longer than the other dog and take the food away - ready or not. Ie time say, ten minutes, and then take the food away. My vet says 2 minutes but he has labradors.

    Then again if a dog eats food too fast, that's bad too, so maybe that food should go in a dispensing ball?

    Actually, Frosty prefers her food from a kong or treat ball. Weird.

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    Thanks Hyacinth...I might try that...this morning I stood there whilst he licked off all the gravy off his food and then ate the little four legs balls one by one.......then the kibble.....ONE...by.....ONE..... It torture......
    Vellela

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    Ahhhh, yea, I know that one. Pretty was like that, very slow and fussy.

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    Chloe's a ridiculously slow eater it can take her all day to finish one meal, and her dinner is there all night which sometimes wont be finished until 6 am!

    She eats it all, but for some reason only eats a bit at a time...

    It's a bit frustrating when we have to put 10kgs on her to be at ultimate weight, BUT at least she's not gulping it all down in the blink of an eye..

    The first thing I checked was her teeth, but seeing as she can eat lamb shanks/denta bones/chicken wings in NO time a quick once over to make sure confirmed they were fine

    My non fur baby is also a slow eater, seems im destined to be around them

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    An update....Ollie is a PAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The latest is that in the morning we are not eating at all

    I had changed the puppies main meal to the morning but am now thinking that perhaps Ollie is just not hungry in the morning.......

    I leave the food in his bowl for about 15 mins but he just sniffs around the bowl and now goes and sits under the dining table....

    He is eating alot better at night when I give him the kibble.... he has no problem with treats and bones or the kibble so I don't think its his teeth....so this is what I am thinking....

    Go back to feeding him his main meal at night....
    Vellela

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    Whatever works. Little brats, like kids, have to work around them at times and be sneaky too.

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    My vet would just declare Ollie wasn't really hungry...

    And he would take the food away after 2 (10) minutes, and not put it back until the next time, and be very sure the dog would eat it that time. I'm not sure the dog wouldn't eat some furniture in the meantime too - but I guess that depends on the dog.

    I don't know how hard this would be but you might need to change the meal times more slowly - move it forward 30 minutes at a time. Also morning might not be such a good idea if you don't feel ok about taking the food away uneaten after 10 minutes - most people don't have time to waste in the mornings.

    Also I don't know about dogs, but I'm not real hungry straight after some serious exercise. So you need to allow a time gap after exercise and don't feed before walkies either.

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    Hyacinth... I think you are spot on. We have done a little experiement over the past day or so. We have reintroduced just a light breaky of kibble and main meal in the evening...Also I have taken to warming his wet food slightly and not giving it to him straight from the fridge....guess what...the little bugger ate everything

    I really wanted to feed them in the morning as it suits me better, sometimes I get caught up at work at night...but oh well looks like we are going back to night time meals.....

    its funny but I can go without breaky..... so why not Ollie hey....
    Vellela

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