10-15-2010, 12:23 PM
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Dogs won't eat unless I stand watch
I have two dogs -- Lala is a 3-yr-old female mixed breed (possibly a Beardie mix, Labradoodle, or Pudelpointer) adopted from a shelter 16 months ago; and Finn is a 2-yr-old male, also mixed breed (GWP mix?), adopted from a different shelter 3 months ago. Both have been altered.
Neither of them will eat unless I stand there watching. If I walk away, they stop and go about their business elsewhere. When I come back, they resume eating when I tell them to. Both have been this way from the beginning, though I don't know if Finn was just picking up on Lala's cues since she has been with me longer. There have been times when I've put their bowls down and walked away to tend to something else and have forgotten to go back and check. And hours later, the food is untouched. I've changed their food twice with no shift in the behavior or any noticeable gastric reaction. (They are currently eating AvoDerm.)
I keep thinking that they'll eventually eat if they're hungry enough....
Any idea why they do this and how I can avoid standing watch for 15 minutes while they eat? Or do I just have to keep the wolves at bay and watch their backs while they're eating?