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I understand this may be the incorrect place for this thread however it seemed appropriate and I am new here please bare with me.

Short version. I had my puppy for about 9 months now. He originally would not eat unless someone was around and he could see them. I trained it out or so I thought because he eventually started eating regularly with or without anyone around. Today I am here because in the past month or two its been back to square one where he will not eat regularly and now it seems again he will not eat unless we are standing around where he can see us. The technique i originally used was to put out his food leave him for 10 minutes take the food away. No treats all day and then try again same thing at his next feeding. originally took a few days almost a week before he started to get the idea and eat regularly when his food was out. I am currently trying this again but to no avail he has lost 2 lbs so far since his last vet visit a month or two ago and he does not eat regularly anymore it hurts my heart. I wake up at 6am everyday I feed him around 6:30 every morning and between 6 and 6:30pm at night. same time everyday never later but sometimes maybe earlie in either morning or night. Are there any other tips?

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A little backstory I adopted this dog with my wife last summer in August at a shelter that had recently switched to a no kill policy. This puppy was estimated at around 4-5 months when we got him Malnourished and underweight. He came home and he seemed very loving of people especially women he gets very excited anytime someone new comes around its like a long lost friend had returned. Needless to say he had a bunch of behavior problems too much licking, separation anxiety, and food aggression if you touched him and very aggressive towards his biscuit treats if you just got near but it seemed to be only toward women for the treat aggression. first time owner I grew up with three dogs but I was very young when they died and my father was the one who took care of them. I read books and did research for almost 2 years before I decided to get a dog.

My dog is a rottweiler mix when I first brought him home he would not eat unless someone was standing in the area and he could see them. I started with feeding him out of my hand and eventually graduated to feeding him in his crate and leaving it took maybe three or four days but he eventually started to eat on his own instead of just flipping his bowl and crying and pawing at the crate door. when he was finally house trained I started feeding him in a tiled room in the basement that had a gate. He was growing well he gained his weight in a healthy pace and was back on track. Fast Forward maybe 4 months and I'm back to square one the dog refuses to eat unless we are standing there where he can see us. if you leave him he will just go lay down at the gate and wait for someone to come and he goes 3-4 days without eating in that fashion sometimes. There are times he will have a few bites just so he is not starving but won't touch any of it and he is barely eating his recommended amount daily. I have tried placing the food there for 10 minutes and taking it out. No treats all day then try again at his next feeding this works but only a little bit because he usually can go three days and without eating anything at all when I do this and maybe on the the third or fourth day he will eat one whole meal at a cyclic rate then he goes back to holding out. Also if he ever gets back to eating regularly and you give even 1 treat he goes back to holding out on his food. If you put anything extra in his food such as apples or a banana he goes back to holding out for a few days.
 

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Dogs are pack animals and some need the pack to be there to enjoy their food. Why is that a problem to have him eat when you do.
 

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Also possible he may have food allergies and doesn't feel well. Talk to your Vet, probably start by eliminating any poultry from his diet.
 

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Many times a dog will refuse to eat if the food causes him an upset stomach.......food can also 'go bad' or rancid if not stored properly and a dog will not eat it until he is so hungry that he has to, to survive!
If he is losing weight, I definitely would have him vet checked and if all is OK, then maybe try changing his food to something different and make sure it is always fresh!
 

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I know this may sound silly but I have worked with dogs for a while and just adding simply water to their food makes them usually want it much more. Some dogs I've worked with won't eat until I spray water on their food. Not sure what it is behind it but maybe trying this will help
 

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Putting water in their food helped me as well. Maybe put something irresistable in there for EVERY meal and walk away. My dogs can take a SMALL amount of bacon grease or whatever animal fat came from our Las meal. Like a teaspoon mixed up really well so it basically just makes it smell amazing. Then walk away, and see if he can resist.
Could be as simple as switching food. Dexter hates fish based food.
And talk to the vet if u haven't already
 
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