Well, we thought we had it beat.
In fact I was about to declare success!
The husband blames me, "Way to go mom. Giving the boy wet food.."
Let me explain myself!
Little Miss Ziva, goes through phases of bed destruction so we've been giving her frozen Kong treats for example stuffing said Kong with wet dog food (the good stuff of course!).
I had a little extra left over and didn't want it to go bad before I was able to use it so I mixed it into the dogs' wet food as a little extra yummy in their dinner kibbles. They loved it of course and both dogs cleaned their bowls - not a single kibble survived.
Well breakfast came and Dante snubbed his dish, he does this sometimes so we figured he'd just had a big dinner and wasn't hungry.
We then went to Grandma's house to visit my brother in law and his wife who were visiting from Florida, our dogs played for hours! We stayed late and ended up going home and giving the dogs dinner hours past their normal feeding time. Dante being a dog of schedule snubbed his dinner.
Well breakfast this morning came... he ate just a couple bites, enough to get our hopes up, and snubbed it again!
Looks like we're back on Strike! The Picky Eater has arose from the grave to haunt us!
|"Maybe if I look pathetic enough she'll give me goodies..."|
So just a recap of what to do if your dog is a picky eater:
- First make sure your dog doesn't have any health issues going on by visiting your veterinarian. In our case Dante is very healthy, he's just picky about his food.
- No bribing, no fuss, no treats unless he is eating his food regularly.
- Fussing and making a fit about your dogs eating habits is enabling behavior - you are the problem with your dog.
- A hungry dog will eat - give your dog a choice, eat or go hungry.
- We offer food twice daily and give our dogs plenty of time to eat. However if they walk away from their bowl then they are clearly not hungry or interested in eating. Remove the bowl feeding time is over when they walk away - their will be no snacks in between meals unless they are eating regularly.
- Do not cater to your dogs demands - just like a good parent won't allow their kids to eat candy for days straight, your dog should eat what he is given and be grateful.
- Food is a valuable resource - the ULTIMATE resource for animals in fact.
Just remember you're not being mean, you gave your dog a choice and it was his choice to go hungry. Your dog will not starve himself to death.
For more on this subject and additional resources please read my first article about picky eaters - Today's Menu ~ Eat it or Starve