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comiskey
12/19/2008 9:41:06 PM
Posts: 2
I have a cockapoo that is about 8 and half months old. It seems like every feeding time is a struggle. I try to get him to eat but it seems like he never wants to. I have changed his food and he will eat the food for a little bit and then it seems like he loses interest in the food and then i switch to another food and the same thing happens. I then tried to mix his dry food with wet food and that worked for a while and then he started to pick out the dry food and only eat the wet food. So then I stopped giving him the dry food and only gave him the wet food and that worked for a while, but now it seems like he does not want to eat the wet food anymore. Any suggestions??? i was thinking of getting some different types of wet food and just change it every so often, but i really want him to eat just dry food again.
AnkhuIGs
12/20/2008 5:30:14 AM
Posts: 1904
Sounds like he has you well trained.

Are you free feeding or crate feeding? if your free feeding STOP.

Only crate feed. Pick a healthy food, and that is the only choice. Give him a measured portion. If he is to have 1 cup a day, give him 1/2 cup in the AM. Put the food in his crate with him. Give him 20 min to eat it. If it is not eaten in that time, take it away and NOTHING until supper. At supper repeat this, and if he does not eat it in the perscribed time, take it away and NO treats.

Repeat this routine every day. The dog will not starve, but they will learn that there is no negotiation on food. They learn if they do not eat when it is given then there is nothing else. It might sound mean, but it works and in the long run is valuable because you can control the diet and instantly see if they are not feeling well because they do not eat...or if you need to put them on a diet you can control intake as well as increase if they need to put on weight.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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comiskey
12/20/2008 7:59:22 PM
Posts: 2
How long should it take to get him to eat all of his food. I feel like if i only feed him for 20 minutes he wont eat a lot of food at all especially at the beginning.
AnkhuIGs
12/21/2008 5:35:12 AM
Posts: 1904
He gets 15 min. IF he has not finished it, take it away. They quickly learn that they have a set time to eat in, its the only time they get food, and they better eat it. 15 min is ample time to eat a dish of dog food without having to gulp it down.

He will not starve.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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