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    Hi, I've got a 10-11 week old Jack Russel X Pomeranian who seems to eat certain foods (such as eucanuba) right then and there. But when I give her these little super-market grade meaty rings, all she wants to do with them is throw them around, chew them, and then eventually eat them.

    My vet suggested I take her food away if she does not eat it within 15 mins, then give it back in an hour. This works with limited success i.e It got her to eat the damn things after tossing them about!

    Help much appreciated.

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    I have a simalar prob with Ling(maltese) she will get say 6 dry bits stuffed into her mouth then bring them into the lounge room to eat & throw them around. I managed to stop her bringing them into the loung by just returning her & bits to the eating area but now she just takes them elsewhere & it's hard to stop as I don't always knows she's doing it now as she'll go under beds etc.

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    Fuzzball

    I think your dog is trying to tell you something about the quality of those "meaty rings".

    I'm with the vet except - if my dog hasn't eaten the food in the allotted time - she doesn't see any more - except for training treats - until the next meal time. I use it as a clue I'm feeding her too much too.

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    Yes but do you not put any dry bits out? I take up meals not eaten but find my dogs need the dry bits to keep good condition.

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    If I felt it was important that she eat all the dry food, I would put that out first, and if not eaten in the allotted time - put it away and not put out anything else.

    I mostly use dry food for training treats so there is a lot of trick work and recall practice going on in the back yard (and at the park) before dinner, she gets most of her dry food ration that way.

    But I'm confident that the casserole I make contains enough of what she needs too. Between that and the treats I think she's covered. Slightly over covered if you know what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    If I felt it was important that she eat all the dry food, I would put that out first, and if not eaten in the allotted time - put it away and not put out anything else.

    I mostly use dry food for training treats so there is a lot of trick work and recall practice going on in the back yard (and at the park) before dinner, she gets most of her dry food ration that way.

    But I'm confident that the casserole I make contains enough of what she needs too. Between that and the treats I think she's covered. Slightly over covered if you know what I mean.
    I just find if I don't have dried bits down my not so good doers lose weight. I may have to just restrict the dry food adlib bowls to outside(4 the skinny bums) as Ling is nearly always inside & that way I can keep consistant with the returning her & taking up food not eaten.
    Oh & I in no way think dogs without dry bits down are underfed just I have a couple that seem to need the extra(wish i could say the same,lol).....

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    Hi,

    I can see your concern for your pup but I am a firm believer that dogs also have survival instinct to keep them alive. If the pup does not eat the meaty rings and they are not essential part of diet, why bother? Otherwise do give the rings when you think the pup is hungry or cut them smaller and use as treats for training!!
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Hi Crazydog

    If they're losing weight because they're not eating enough - that is a problem - common with sight hounds but might happen with other dogs.

    So any chance of mixing the dry food with gravy or stock or warm casserole to make it more appetising? Are their teeth all ok or does eating dry food hurt?

    It's not a problem I have with my dog. She doesn't eat when I leave her home on her own but at all other times she's generally happy to eat everything and if she doesn't, I've given her too much. Losing a kg or so (5%) would be good for her I think. Ribs - what ribs?

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