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Old 02-24-2018, 08:09 PM
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Dog won't eat without me

I just found out my dog either won't eat or will eat very little if I'm not there with him.
I need to fix this since I'm going on a two week vacation soon and have to board him. How do I help him?
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Old 02-25-2018, 05:02 PM
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How long have you had this pup? How old is he? Does he have any health issues?
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No health issues. He's seven, I've had him for a year.
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Also if it helps, he's generally kind of an insecure dog. He's needy, he follows me and tries to be on me all the time, and I'm told he watches the door for a long time after I go to work. I am his third owner, at least.
I knew he was attached to me, but I didn't know he needed me to be present to be able to eat. Got me pretty worried.
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Yeah I can see how that would be stressful. But my thought on it is that when the dog is hungry enough, he will eat.

Reminds me of a stray cat I used to feed, when I fed him wet food he was so happy and then I started only putting out dry because the wet wasn't on sale anymore. For like a day and a half he turned up his nose at it, but then he realized he had to eat after all if he wanted to live, so he ate.

I guess you could try leaving something really really tasty and then going out for a short time and see if he eats it, then he will learn it is ok to eat without you around.
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Intellectually, I'm willing to trust that he won't starve himself. I want to help him though, because I know it comes from anxiety. Also, I don't wanna be out of state and have the kennel call me or the vet because the dog won't eat.
I'll try that, thanks.
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Then you had best fix it urgently. Before you leave. You are not starving him. Your offerring food window of opportunity twice daily. Tough love is called tough for a reason- its really hard to do!
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Intellectually, I'm willing to trust that he won't starve himself. I want to help him though, because I know it comes from anxiety. Also, I don't wanna be out of state and have the kennel call me or the vet because the dog won't eat.
I'll try that, thanks.
I don't believe he would literally starve. A dog will eventually eat when it gets hungry enough! I do know however that this concerns you and I don't blame you. I have been in this situation before with my girl who is now 5. We have had her as a pup and there was no trauma that occurred to cause her to stop. She just didn't feel like eating throughout the day. For a while, I would come home to her bowl still full and I too was concerned, but eventually this subsided and she ate when she felt like it - sometimes right away, sometimes an hour later, sometimes hours later. As long as your dog isn't losing weight or harming himself, I wouldn't worry so much! However, if you truly don't want this happening for the most part, you could try to schedule his feeding time to when you are getting ready in the morning, and when you are making supper at night. Just a suggestion! I know that won't help when you are away but like I said, I don't think he would literally starve. He would eventually force himself to eat. He could just be being needy - I know my girl can be because she's truly spoiled! lol
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