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    I have an 8 week old Maltipoo. He is such a good boy. He sleeps in his crate by himself - outside, releaves himself on puppy pads when i say "pee pee", has moved onto solid foods and doesnt cry much at all but when it comes to feeeding time, he doesnt seem hungry?

    1. He tends to leave his food in the bowl and doesnt seem interested. Especially dry food, doesnt touch his special puppy dry food at all... I have tried changing his meat from fresh mince to sliced chicken breast to see which one he likes better but he doesnt seem to want to eat as soon as i put it down. Sometimes I will feed him breakfast (because he will wake me up at 5am) and it will sit in his bowl for an hour or so. Then i get super paranoid it will go off becauce he has left it, so i take it away. However, on occasions if i sit with him, he will eat?

    2. He doesnt seem interested in things like dried pig ears, cookies, dog treats. Is this just because he is a puppy?

    Any advise would be much appreciated!!

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    Well I have a Great Dane puppy and she didn't want to eat her dry food at all either. She was also on scraps and dog roll. I stopped giving her the wet food altogether, and offered her the dry food at mealtimes. If she ignored it and walked away or whatever, I took it away and left it until next mealtime. She got hungry enough to eat it, and now she eats it when I give it to her. It's a bit of tough love, but you don't want a fussy dog. She isn't on an wet food at all now, she only got the leftover ham bone from Christmas today as a treat, but she's only on dry because it is a complete diet. What food is your puppy on?

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    My Pippi had a bit of a rough patch where she would only eat if I hand fed the stuff to her. I thought WTF is this about, no way is she being a picky thing.

    So as boxerini stated above, I put the food down and if she didn't eat within 10-20 minutes then I removed it and she didnt get anything else until next meal time. A couple of days of that and she soon became known as the "gannet".

    Now the wee brat will eat anything and she is a little pig. I thought labradors were bad for food, they have nothing on Pippi. The first thing she does when she is allowed inside when we get home from work, is lick the kitchen floor clean and she will do absolutely anything for a treat LOL

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    Lacey is going through at stage ATM where she will have a bite or so, and then wander off and come back to it, all because I forgot to bring the bowl in once or twice the other day. Now I'm coming to get it after 15 mins and if she hasn't eaten it all, tough titties tina, she can wait till next time. She ate all her dinner tonight so really happy.

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    I would be preheating as Maltesse are fussy eaters & your pup is 1/2 Maltesse, warming to food releases good smells & intrests the dog in it more.
    Also at this age I feed 4 small meals a day & have high quality drybit on offer 24/7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VillaJ View Post
    I have an 8 week old Maltipoo. He is such a good boy. He sleeps in his crate by himself - outside, releaves himself on puppy pads when i say "pee pee", has moved onto solid foods and doesnt cry much at all but when it comes to feeeding time, he doesnt seem hungry?
    Do you plan on toilet training him outside? Or are you going to use puppy pads his whole life?
    If you plan on training him to go outside do so right now, get rid of the puppy pads.
    All they do is confuse the dog... they are allowed to pee inside but all of a sudden they get in trouble for it.
    I use puppy pads under my pups bedding overnight to soak up any accidents, that's it.

    1. He tends to leave his food in the bowl and doesnt seem interested. Especially dry food, doesnt touch his special puppy dry food at all... I have tried changing his meat from fresh mince to sliced chicken breast to see which one he likes better but he doesnt seem to want to eat as soon as i put it down. Sometimes I will feed him breakfast (because he will wake me up at 5am) and it will sit in his bowl for an hour or so. Then i get super paranoid it will go off becauce he has left it, so i take it away. However, on occasions if i sit with him, he will eat?
    Okay, if it were me I would first stop getting up at 5am. You are setting the dog up for bad behaviour as it grows. He can hold it until daylight at the very least.
    Just stop getting up at 5am, if the pup cries tell him SHUSH! but otherwise ignore him. Hold off for as long as you can each day until he finally sleeps in to the desired time.
    Covering his crate over with a thick blanket can help as well to block out any daylight.

    As for the food for an 8 week old I feed 3 times a day. Put the food down for 15 minutes and anything that doesn't get eaten, pick up and put back in the fridge or throw away.
    I soak dry food for young pups. Put a small amount of dry food in a cup and then add some warm (not boiling) water so it just comes to the top of the dry.
    Put a plate or some cling film over the cup and leave for half an hour.
    The dry food will be nice and mushy.
    Over time soak less and less so the centres get harder and the pup gets used to harder food again.

    2. He doesnt seem interested in things like dried pig ears, cookies, dog treats. Is this just because he is a puppy?
    Pigs ears are horrible things, they go gummy, stick to the dogs fur and are a choking hazard.
    What sort of biscuits are you giving? Some are just too hard for them so they lose interest. I have a small breed dog who is now an adult and he still does not like biscuit bones because he has trouble breaking them up.
    For treats mine love Scooby Snacks. I don't know if they are available everywhere but we have them at Woolworths here. They are in yellow boxes and they are small, soft bones with carob chips. Mine go crazy for them and they are easy to chew.

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    Creasted,
    The pup is most likely not even 8wks & will need feed & that is why it's crying at 5am. From dinner time to later morning is way too long for the pup to go without a feed at this age.
    My pups get a 9pm dinner of fish & lactose free puppy milk to get them through to 6am when they get mince, rice & eggs.
    Villa
    Has this pup been wormed & vacciantated?
    And I'm interested to hear the answers to some of creasted's questions also bfore i offer to much advise!!

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    Here is a link which instructions on 'teaching a dog to eat'. You might find it useful:
    TeachEat

    That being said, there are many other good suggestions on this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    Creasted,
    The pup is most likely not even 8wks & will need feed & that is why it's crying at 5am. From dinner time to later morning is way too long for the pup to go without a feed at this age.
    My pups get a 9pm dinner of fish & lactose free puppy milk to get them through to 6am when they get mince, rice & eggs.
    Villa
    Has this pup been wormed & vacciantated?
    And I'm interested to hear the answers to some of creasted's questions also bfore i offer to much advise!!
    Can I ask why you think the pup is not even 8 weeks old when the OP has stated it is in fact 8 weeks old?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    Can I ask why you think the pup is not even 8 weeks old when the OP has stated it is in fact 8 weeks old?
    Just a few things the op has said makes me beleif it's more likely to be 6wks at best.
    I was not having ago at creasted & agreed with alot she had to say just thought she should know that I doubted the age of pup.

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