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I have a 4yr old pomeranian/chihuahua. He's always been a bit nervous and sensitive even though he has never endured any kind of trauma or abuse in his life... In fact he's treated like an absolute princess. Over the last few months he seems to have developed a phobia of his food bowl. He's extremely sensitive to noise such as cutlery on plates, he will flinch at every noise and freak out. So we thought it was the noise his tag made clinking on the bowl. But even after removing his collar he won't go near the bowl. It's not the food because as soon as we hand feed it to him he will gobble it up, he is just terrified to go anywhere near his bowl. We've put the bowl on different surfaces incase it slid along the tiles, changed the bowls, brought his bowl in so he can eat with us, nothing works. Wondering is anyone knows why he might have developed this fear and how we can fix it?
 

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Just put the food on the floor and clean up after. Meanwhile, put his bowl on the other side of the room and put some high value food in it (sliced hot dogs). Don't rattle the bowl or plead with the dog, if he doesn't eat it that day, clean the bowl and put more hot dogs in the next day. I'm thinking he might hold out a couple days. Once he eats the hot dog slices, keep on doing the same thing but add a bit of his regular food day by day.
 

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Will he eat off a plate?
 
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What kind of material is the bowl? Maybe theres something about the way the material smells, or looks. Also try washing it, it might not fix what's bothering him about the bowl but its worth a try. Have you tried a bigger sized bowl?
 

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When my dogs were younger they did this too. We just fed them off a plate til they were older. Then we reintroduced a food bowl. It could also be the material your bowl is made out of. Some dogs don't like metal or plastic.
 
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