Q: how do i ween my dog off of table food and eat dog food ?

June 16, 2008 | By Wojta | 6 answers | Expired: 2117 days ago

my dog maxwell is a two year old lab/ret/sheperd/chow mix. he has become a very important part of our family. however he is our first pet and he was given people food. i am concerned for his health because he will not eat dog food. matter in fact he will not eat people food unless he sees a human eating it first. how do i do this? thanks...guy

Readers' Answers (6)
Jill R.

Jun 16, 2008

Be strong and stop cold turkey. No more people food, no need to wean him. And, if he's hungry, he will eat. Don't worry.

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Jun 17, 2008

I agree with the others. If your dog is hungry, he will eat it. I think that it is important to pick the food bowl up each day after a certain amount of time has passed, whether he has eaten yet or not. When he gets hungry enough, he'll eat it and he will eat it at feeding time. Good luck.

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Jessica H.

Jun 18, 2008

The hardest part... is don't give in! Offer him kibble: leave it out for fifteen minutes and then put it away. Do this at the same time every day for the same amount of time (fifteen minutes). DO NOT give him treats of snacks in-between feeding times, and keep all food up and out of his reach.

Dogs will not starve themselves, so he will eat eventually. You are showing him that his food is available for a specific amount of time and if he does not eat it then, then he doesn't get to eat until the next feeding time. You'll be surprised how fast he'll catch on!

As I said, though, the hardest part is DO NOT GIVE IN! Don't even sneak him one table scrap because it can set you back to square one. Be strong, and have patience! A healthy dog WILL NOT starve itself.

Good luck!

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