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I'm new here and this is my first dog so I have a couple questions about food.

My puppy Blue is a 6-month old Australian Shepherd/border collie mix. We've had him since he was 6 weeks old and he's just the sweetest thing!

The problem I've been having recently is that he just doesn't seem interested in eating. After having cycled through a few different brands of dog food (Diamond, Blue Buffalo) since his poop hasn't ever really been firm enough for my comfort, we've settled on Canidae All Stages Chicken, Turkey, Lamb, and Fish. His poop still isn't solid but I don't want to keep changing it on him.

Back on topic, he's never really been overly excited about feeding time. When he was younger, I tried taking it away from him after 30 minutes but it didn't make any difference in his eating. I've been leaving it in order for him to eat SOMETHING. For example, I gave him food this morning and he's had maybe 1/2 cup all day, when he should be eating around 4 cups.

A couple days ago, we got a sample of some freeze-dried treats from the pet store that could be sprinkled on the food. We tried that and Blue ate ALL of his food in about 5-10 minutes. He LOVED it! It made me happy to see that it isn't something wrong with him except maybe just him being picky. I don't want to spoil him and make it where he doesn't eat anything unless it has extra things in it to make it taste better but I really want him to eat. Another question I have is whether I should change his food to see if I can find something he likes better.

Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance!
 

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You didn't give your location, but Samantha can be a very picky eater. We have switched her to food prepared by a kitchen that cooks only for dogs. they do turkey based meals, Lamb based, Venison based, fish based, all include ground organ meat, vegetables, squash and or sweet potato, essential for dogs nutrition. Our Vet steered us to this place, he regularly goes to workshops for nutrition for dogs, and insists, correctly so, that a dogs health starts with good nutrition. Samantha likes the variety, and she is doing well, more energy and just more enthusiastic about everything. If you are interested let me know, I will give you contact information, they do ship, but food is all shipped frozen and packed in dry ice. I'm planning to buy a small freezer to keep downstairs, so I can store six months of food for her. What we do for our beloved dogs!
 

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Yep, being picky. Find a food you can afford and he seems to do well with, and stick with it only. I don't feed kibble, but one that is affordable and you can rotate through different proteins from bag to bag is Taste Of The Wild. Its also all life stages as well.
 

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Back on topic, he's never really been overly excited about feeding time. When he was younger, I tried taking it away from him after 30 minutes but it didn't make any difference in his eating. I've been leaving it in order for him to eat SOMETHING. For example, I gave him food this morning and he's had maybe 1/2 cup all day, when he should be eating around 4 cups.
He's most likely being picky. Keep up the taking away after 30 min and continue to offer the chance to eat at regular intervals. Barring a serious medical condition, a dog won't starve itself to death just because he's a picky eater. At some point he will eat.
 
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