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Old 12-12-2011, 06:24 PM
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so my mom's boyfriends dog is sooo picky! she is a small, but friendly, boxer. It is very annoying because he has raised her to always always always have something in her food, such as leftovers from dinner, chicken, peanut butter, ANYTHING, but it makes her sick! Even canned dog food. She has VERY bad gas. Im not trying to be gross but she farts ALL night, since i sleep with her! and she also on some nights will stink up a whole room like every 10 minutes for about 30min-1 hour! I am concerned about her because it is clearly making her sick, but she will not eat her dog food, usually she will just pick around it. We have tried to just give her plain food and let her figure it out, but she still wont eat it after like a week and now she is skinnier than she used to be, then we get accused of starving her! I dont know what to do, i dont want to starve her but dont know how to get her to eat. I know she is not sick since she has been raised like this her whole life and is clearly mostly healthy, she has lots of energy and is very friendly! So how can I get her to start eating her normal dry food?
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Just pick a quality, simple canned food, such as one of the 95% chicken dog foods, and mix with a quality kibble. This should be plenty appealing.

Offer her NOTHING else. Offer no comments to her, or coaxing etc.

Put the food down twice a day for 30 minutes. Then pick it up and put it in the fridge for next time.

Within a week she should be eating.

MOSTLY this is a human problem, not a dog problem... but I think you knew that!
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Tess had some great advice. I would do that for my dog if i could.

Also if you wanted to you could just mix a little bit human food into the dry dog food. If the dog doesn't eat the dry food, just leave it in the bowl.

But, the canned dog food would be the better choice.
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I agree with the suggestions. She will eat when she gets hungry enough. If you can go with a good protein source and grain free that may be more appealing to her mixed with a quality canned food. She is a very pretty boxer.
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Agreed, tough love! She eats what you give her or not at all. If she's not sick, she'll eat eventually.

You can try a food called Merrick-- it's about the most human-looking food I've seen.
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I would go with honest kitchen because it is human food made for dogs. That way the dog gets human food but also gets the balance she needs to stay healthy through out her life. You can order trial size boxes to try or check for a store near you that carries it. The advise to just give dog food and let the dog eat or not does not always work. Some dogs will get very unhealthy before they give in. Some dog food is not worth eating and they let you know by not eating it.
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hmm...I am not sure about this, although I tried doing this with a cat with the same problem...

at first, the cat didn't want the dry food. So i mixed the food with human food. it still didn't want to eat the dried food, to the extent of picking out the human food. then i tried making the dried food wet with water. Failed too. so i took some of the curry it always eats from the human food and made the dried food wet using the curry. it went to smell it for a while and Viola! ate dried food from that day onwards. this method is what alot of singaporeans call "Pian Jia" in hokkien.

However, the "tough love" method works most of the time. Tried it with cat, fish, turtles. haha. which is to purposely leave it with no other choice and not yielding to their pitiful and heart melting attempts to make you feed them the food they want!

Can understand why some owners want to switch food. not just because of convenience, but rather some owners might find out that the food they are feeding might not be a healthy choice, so have to change to healthier choice
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