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    Default Why Has He Stopped Eating???

    Boss took from 8am till 3pm to eat his breakfast today, but then ate his dinner no worries.
    Then today he wont go near his breakfast.... Its weird!!!

    I am feeding him Eukanuba. nothing has changed.

    for 3 meals my stupid brother was "making him work for it" by sitting him down and every time he went to eat his meal he told him off by saying no and walking around the garden till he could walk around the yard 3 times with out him sniffing his dinner. Im thinking Boss is confused as to when he can eat or not. Dont ask me why my brother did that, he is 15 and a bit dumb!

    He also tried to feed him the scraps from dinner, no worries apart from he tried to feed him onion! im so cross with my brother about this, he knows better, he is just being a lazy idiot!!! Before my brother fed him he ate really well. grrrrr!

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    I think you'll find a lot of people will make their dog "work" for their food. However, you need to use a release word so that the dog knows he can know eat the food. For me, I say "okay, good boy", and then my dog can eat. I do this with my dog because he can be very aggressive about his food, and this way it helps to teach him that it's not his food, but my food that I'm sharing with him.

    What do you give him for breakfast? Personally, I'd have taken it away 10 or 20 minutes after he didn't eat it, and let him wait for dinner. How old is he?

    Also, my dog gets a bit of onion when it's in our food too

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    I use a release for everything, and Rox works for her food.

    Taking the food away definitely works too. YOU are the boss, not him.

    Don't worry, he won't starve himself. Keep an eye on his water intake and also activity level. If you notice any changes and he still won't eat then go from there, but dogs are completely capable of only eating once per day, and even then not every day. Also, sometimes they're just not hungry

    As well as SilverShadowWolf, my dogs also eat onion sometimes and even a bit of chocolate now and again.

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    We use a release word too, but i say it and he looks at me like "ah yeah NO!" He will eat treats etc, just not his breakfast. about 20 minutes after i gave him his breakfast i went and checked and he had eaten 3/4 of it.

    He is 6 months old. So only a puppy, i was told to be feeding his twice a day as he is still growing. He is a Ridgeback x bull mastiff.

    Oh we make him work for his food too but walking round the WHOLE back yard is dumb!!! It would take him 10 minutes of walking to "earn it". We make him sit/roll drop sit again. teaching him to come and sit and go and sit. this works well for if my kids are eating and he is hanging around. We do it because he is bigger than 2 of my 3 kids and they need to be in charge and them feeding him is something they want to do and we want them to do (with our help!).

    The onion wasnt just a small bit, it was a LARGE half! he did leave most of it, but im just wondering if it would of given him belly ache.

    I have since done some reaserch and found that 6 month old pups often go off their food for a while. They get over it. We will be ignoring the behaviour for a few days and see how we go.

    Thanks for your replies

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    Half an onion might make a dog feel quite ill. Hopefully he will think twice about eating onion again. And to reward your brother for feeding the dog that, I'd make the dog sleep in your brother's room until the worst farts are over.

    If my dog hasn't eaten all her dinner inside 10 minutes, I take it away and don't put anything more out until the next meal time.

    I also make her do sit stay while I get her dinner ready, and for a while after I put it down. Depending on what I'm working on for dog club or other things, I will make her stay for three minutes sometimes. But I usually vary the time. And I signal her when she has permission to eat and give a command "on special". Sometimes she seems a little confused about whether she's allowed to so I wait a few seconds and repeat the command and signal a bit more "clearly".

    There is no way it would take me ten minutes to walk around my back yard. Yours must be HUMUNGOUS.

    Even though your dog is a puppy, if he's desexed he may only need 2/3 the recommended amount on the pack for your guess at his likely adult weight. So if he doesn't eat it - no big deal. Chances are the brother is sneaking extra food to the dog anyway. I know my brother does this with all the family dogs we had and his dogs too.

    He doesn't feed my dog under the table because he doesn't like being licked to death so she's always on lead and I sit on the lead.

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    HAHA!! I love the farts comment!!!

    No the yard isnt that big, but this is a 15 yr old amble we are talking about and he went 3 times around so thats about 10 minutes, i was wondering why he would disappear for 20 or so minutes to give the dog his dinner.... this is why.

    Nick is pretty good in that he doesnt sneak food. He knows i would kill him! LOL When we eat Boss is outside, if he wasnrt my 2 yr old would feed him all the time! I don't like dogs at the table while children eating.

    He is not desexed yet..... soon, but not yet.

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