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    Question Puppy Refuses to Eat from Bowl?

    Hi,

    Our 15week old puppy has started refusing to eat from his doggie bowl. He's been eating fine up until yesterday; but now refuses to eat from it and even backs away if we try to bring it closer to him!

    However, if I pick up the food from the bowl and feed him from my hand he will eat; so I think that he is hungry. He will also just sit in front of the bowl and just look at it when the food's there; he just won't eat unless it's from my hand.

    Everything else seems normal (ie. toileting, energy levels etc.)

    Anyone have any advice?

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    I'd just put it in the bowl and put it down, if not eaten after 15 minutes I remove the bowl and don't offer again until the next meal time.

    This tidies up eating habits, solves problems with fussiness etc.

    The only time I hand feed a dog/puppy is if it is unwell/recovering from surgery & even then I don't push it. Training, or food aggression problems.

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    you did well to ask as soon as you saw the problem!
    If you let this continue you will have major issues on your hand.
    I might sound harsh when I say this but the pup will not let itself starve. Put the food bowl down. Leave it there for ten mins then take it away. Do not feed the pup by hand again, this will just reward the picky behaviour. Next meal time the pup should be hungry enough to eat, but if it doesnt just leave the bowl down for ten and take it away again. You should only have to do this twice, or three times at the most before the pup understands that the only way to get its food is to eat it when it is put down for it.
    Good luck
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    This puppy has you well trained.

    You might not find this hand feeding each meal very convenient though.

    What sort of breed/mix is he? Is he all or mostly sight hound (saluki, greyhound, whippet). Different rules sometimes apply to sight hounds.

    I'm guessing with a 15 week old puppy - you're feeding three times a day, or at least two?

    Assuming he's not a sight hound, it would be ok to skip one (small) meal, and then you can be sure he will be more enthusiastic next time. So what the others said - put the bowl down, take it away after 15 minutes until next meal time. Do not leave any food out for him to help himself - ever.

    or...

    You could train him like a sniffer dog. Measure out how much food he needs for a whole day and give it to him over the whole day - only from your hand. Leave no food lying around for him to help himself, he only gets food from you.

    He must work for each piece.

    So for a puppy, you start with "watch me" and when he's got that nailed, up it to watch me and not the treat/food. Ie he must make eye contact with you to get the treat.

    You can also teach sit for greeting, shake hands, roll over, drop, stay, come, speak, quiet, licky face, licky hand, touch hand, follow hand (targetting) and be nice on a tie out (being tied by a lead to a post and remaining calm) and being nice in a crate (crate training). Work on only one thing at a time until he's got it right consistently ie 30 to 60 times in a row, split into short sessions of 20 or so repeats. Break the sessions up, ie do a training session in exchange for some of his daily ration, but do lots of them but separate them.

    Is up to you but if you don't want to always be hand feeding your roman emperor - then you need to do what the others said. Bowl down, run timer, take bowl away.

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    Would you not skip a meal on a sight hound Hyacinth??

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    thanks for the responses.

    I will try just putting the bowl down and taking it away after a few minutes.
    We definitely were not planning to make the hand feeding a permanent thing! It just kind of happened as he was just sitting there staring at his bowl so I thought I'd try and tempt him by putting some in my hand. We've only done that for 2 meals so far so hopefully it's not a habit already!

    to answer some questions:
    He gets fed 3 small meals a day and he is maltese x shih tzu.

    Thanks again for the advice! Will let you know how he gets on

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    hi MaC

    Depends on the sight hound but I've read in here - that some sight hounds will just starve instead of eating something they regard as "not-food". I can understand that, I'm the same. I can't remember who posted it, but I think it was a saluki person.

    I'm also reading "a modern dog's life" and apparently if you associate a perfectly good food with feelings of nausea, that is very strong conditioning and a dog would rather starve than eat that food. In this situation, it would only apply if the food being fed today was different to the food that was fed yesterday.

    I've not known the "I'd rather starve" to happen with whippets. But I don't know a lot of whippets, or specifically, their feeding habits. I know one toy poodle that has this problem. He'd rather starve than compete (perceived not actual) for his food and he's extremely skinny but quite happy to take bits of roast beef from me. Not sure that he's a sight hound, just stressed probably.

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    maltese x shih tzu - an SWF (small white fluffy)

    Yes, excellent trainers. Most of those have their owners extremely well trained. Don't fall for that cute face when he's being naughty. Make him work (behave nicely) for the pats/attention too.

    The number one thing I wish all owners of SWF would do, is teach their dogs to greet other dogs - politely. Ie no charging up barking their heads off. I like them to sit calmly at a distance while owners negotiate if it's ok or not and then if ok, approach calmly for mutual sniff session. Any hint of a charge or barking and dogs must be moved apart ie drag SWF away until he's calm and try again - don't pick him up (reward bad behaviour) unless the other dog is a danger.

    If you don't get positive answers to both "is your dog friendly?" "can we say hello?", then for everybody's sanity, keep the dogs apart.

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    Well I know a lot of people believe in feeding 3 meals + a day to puppies (mostly vets) but my litter of 7 went from 4 meals, to two meals a day by 8 weeks old.

    They chose this, not my choice, but when they start not eating all the food or leaving and walking away or getting fussy then it's a clear sign IMO to reduce feeds. They are thriving, growing steadily etc. As soon as they went to two meals a day they were motivated to eat and have done so ever since.

    My setter was a pain to feed as a puppy, she had a lot of trouble with her teeth as a puppy and she also came into our house in the middle of a very hot summer. This was the first and only dog I've had that was a pain to feed.

    Some baby gel on the gums improved her appetite a little bit and basically just not pandering to her, she grew to over standard so it didn't effect her growth at all. Putting hot water on the food or a bit of canned cat food heated brings out the aroma and entices eating but that is as far as I would go, mix it thru so they are just not picking at the best bits.

    I do like to wait 15 minutes, no less no more. Don't fuss, don't pat, don't interfere while dog is eating.

    All the whippets I know have very good appetites, but then they belong to breeders which have little time for fussy eaters when you have to feed several dogs.

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    I know that's hard, when the puppy refuse the food. At the moment I`m bringing up my Hungarian Puli puppy no. 3 and let me give you an advise, don't pamper the puppy to much !!!
    If your puppy feels hungry he will eat, trust me.

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