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    It's not that you need to avoid them. Chewing on things like bones and chicken necks is brilliant for their teeth.

    All in Moderation. Batty (my pup) gets bones 2-3 times a week. His teeth are perfect and he shouldn't be getting an overdose of calcium either.

    As far as eating goes, you'll could put her in the laundry or bathroom with her food, but nothing to distract her. Leave her in there with it for 15 minutes to half an hour, take the bowl up at the end of the allocated time and don't give her anything else till the next meal

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    Great!

    That is exactly what I will do, though I'm sure she will find something interesting in either.

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    Fussy dog.
    Try this.....
    Starve her.
    Sorted. she'll eat now i bet!
    It really is that simple.

    15 mins to eat food, and then i take it away regardless of if it is finished, he's still eating, nibbling or ignoring the food.
    So by the time the next meal comes, you have a little more hunger to motivate her to pay attention to the bowl and finish it.

    Providing there is no genuine reason for not eating. ie. sick dog, food has a snake in the bowl. I mean genuine.

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    So I left her in the bathroom for 20 minutes with her food and the entire time she cried. Loudly.

    I think you're right Bernie. Time to harden my heart. If she doesn't eat her food, she starves! Until her next meal time that is...

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    That's the way!

    We used to have this problem with Pipi, we put her in the laundry to eat by herself, we came back 10-15 mins later... the food was still there, so she had nothing to eat until the next morning.

    It is quite funny now as every time I put her dish down, she gobbles it up in no time! Lesson well learnt lol.

    Good luck.

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    My frist ever dog, a rough collie, came to me, 9 months old, and ONLY ate minced chicken liver a rice out of a china bowl. Can you believe it?
    Not only was this nutritionally wrong, but for goodness sake. I cant afford to be that fussy, why the hell would i allow my dog.
    Starved the pampered pooch, taught it its a dog. Not a pretend "lassie" film star diva.

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    We have progress!

    She didn't eat at night, or in the morning so needless to say she was very hungry at lunch time.

    Even better news is that she is now off of the wet food. I made a vegetable pasta bake with some chicken in it and thought I would try my luck in giving it to her. All natural foods, and I knew exactly what was going into it (unlike canned food). She loved it! Had seconds. A big part of my problem was that I would have to sit outside with my very easily distracted pup and made sure she ate all her food (which she seldom did) because if she walked away from it my older dog would be there in a flash wanting to eat her leftovers, such a pain! The best part about her eating this is that my older GS doesn't like it at all! So she doesn't touch it. I feel like I have hit the jackpot. FINALLY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    We have progress!

    She didn't eat at night, or in the morning so needless to say she was very hungry at lunch time.

    Even better news is that she is now off of the wet food. I made a vegetable pasta bake with some chicken in it and thought I would try my luck in giving it to her. All natural foods, and I knew exactly what was going into it (unlike canned food). She loved it! Had seconds. A big part of my problem was that I would have to sit outside with my very easily distracted pup and made sure she ate all her food (which she seldom did) because if she walked away from it my older dog would be there in a flash wanting to eat her leftovers, such a pain! The best part about her eating this is that my older GS doesn't like it at all! So she doesn't touch it. I feel like I have hit the jackpot. FINALLY

    I am so happy for you.

    Hard work does pay off.

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    I would be suggesting you buy the best quality food you can afford (Pedigree is certainly not the best thing for a baby pup) and keep her/him on a stable diet while she grows.

    Raw bones are fine for your pup, Mia had them from about 9 weeks of age on, one chicken wing each day (most days, not all). She is now just shy of a year old, and in perfect health. Occy is actually the one who got her on to them, and it was honestly brilliant advice!

    I feed her Eukanuba (not all will agree with the food) because it is what her Breeder had the pups on, and it works for her.

    You want to make sure she is getting a complete meal at this age, you don't want puppy to be missing out on things she needs.

    Best of luck.
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