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Q: My dog wont eat dry dog food

July 18, 2008 | By Vanesa91 | 11 answers | Expired: 2218 days ago

Vanesa91

I've tried a lot of different brands and he just doesn’t like dry food. I've tried buying gravy for dog food and he didn’t like that either. My mom told me to let him be hungry once he's really hungry he'll eat the dry food but I don’t want to do that. Sometimes he eats the dry food when I feed it to him in his mouth, piece by piece but only sometimes. And I can’t be babying him all the time just so he’ll eat. Now he eats Cesar canine cuisine but I can’t afford buying him those all the time. Does anyone know what I can try to make him eat the dry food or anything I can feed him?

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Somedude1295
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Jul 31, 2008

My dog used to do the same thing. Just add a little bit of milk to the bowl with the food and after a while start taking away the milk.

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ARKstaff
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Jul 19, 2008

I have to agree with most everyone else's answers here. A healthy adult dog will not starve themselves, being a strong pack leader, and only giving your pet a chance to eat for 15-20 mins per setting are all really good starts.
I do disagree with feeding a variety long term. My dogs eat everything they are given within reason, but I am a good, strong, fair pack leader and they know it.

My biggest concern is with the answer of folks who have dental issues with these dogs. If you have every had a chipped, loose, or infected tooth you know how much this hurts. I hope they will seek medical attention and a proper teeth cleaning from the veterinarian.

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Marta J.
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Jul 19, 2008

Barring any physical problems, Moms right. Your making him fussy. No healthy animal will ever starve themselves. When you train a dog, you put the food down for 20 minutes. Whatever he doesn't eat gets picked up. That way he learns to eat when he should. I know some people who leave food out all the time. If that works for them, fine. It's hard to do if you have more than one dog. You have to be strong pack leader to your dog for him to be well balanced and confident. When you are a weak leader your dog can become fearful and untrusting. Never feel sorry for a dog. To them it means you are weak and not a leader and they will never respect you. Read up on dog behavior and it will help you understand you dog more. Your dog is not human and never will be, no matter how much you wish it. If you try it will only confuse and frustrate him. He likes being a dog! Find a good quality food and stick with it.

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Rainie
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Jul 18, 2008

Is the dog small or big? How old is the dog? Does your dog eat hard dog biscuits or only soft chewy treats?

One of my dogs has a chipped tooth and that seems to make it sensitive. As a result, she won't eat any hard biscuits and dry dog food that isn't small bites. Or your dog might just be picky. My dog Allie is very slender and she has no problem starving for a couple of days when she doesn't like the food. She also doesn't like IAMs gravy at all. She will eat the dry food, small bites most of the time, and sometimes I mix in a canned dog food that is chunks in gravy and I mix it up really good and she'll eat that up.

Don't add in canned broths or gravies for humans, a lot of these contain onions though it is not listed in the ingredients. Stocks and broths are often meat bones that are browned and then simmered with a variety of vegetables. If you have a small dog that could be dangerous.

You could try different foods like a raw diet.

However, if you stick with the canned or soft type of foods, you need to brush your dog's teeth everyday.

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Stephanie
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Jul 18, 2008

I had the same problem with my dog!! How old is he? And what kind of dog is he? Send me a message and I'll try to give you some suggestions based on that.

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Heather C.
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Jul 18, 2008

We have a old dog and she can't eat hard dog food so we give her can dog food thats wet. But the dog might be picky and don't like the food so put food in a bowl and he probaly eat it sooner or later. You can also try differet kind of brands if you want to spend the money to find the perfect food.

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Jessica H.
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Jul 18, 2008

How long are you feeding the kibble? If you just give up because he won't eat right away and give in and give him wet food, its a trained thing -- he knows if he doesn't eat the kibble that he'll get canned instead.

Very important to remember: A HEALTHY DOG WILL NOT ALLOW ITSELF TO STARVE.

Meaning that if a dog is in good health, if there is food available, he will not let himself starve.

My suggestion is, first and foremost - YOU are in charge, DO NOT GIVE IN! :)

Secondly, set out his kibble for fifteen minutes. After fifteen minutes remove the kibble, whether he has eaten or not, until his next meal time. DO NOT feel "bad" for him if he doesn't eat.

Keep doing this and only leave the food out for no longer than fifteen minutes and always remove the uneaten portion. Eventually he will learn that if he wants to eat, the food is only out for a certain amount of time and if he doesn't eat it then, then he doesn't get to eat.

Don't just leave it out all the time because then he'll eat when HE wants to. Again, YOU are in charge here, not him! YOU control the food :)

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Ethel02
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Jul 18, 2008

I get a high quality kibble, add a little water and mix and let it sit for about 15 min, then I put about a spoonful of wet and 1x a week I cook a bag of frozen string beans and carrots together put in fridg and add a little to the food, cooked carrots are sweet so mine love them without the string beans I try and make it a little different for them I wouldn't eat the same dry kibble either, you judge how much veggies and wet to mix you don't want him to get the poops, I have big dogs and when I mix I don't give the full amt of kibble that the bag says to give adjust, it seem like allot but it is really easy

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Anonymous
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Jul 18, 2008

He may be intelligent enough to be saving himself from all that yukky commercial pet food out there. Most contain WAY to much cereal and by products, as well as chemicals and fillers. Even premium and prescription brands are guilty of yuk!
I started doing research when my cat was diagnosed with non-infective urinary tract problems. Cats need a meat filled diet even more so than dogs. Look on the label and try to find one where the first ingredient listed is MEAT. It's hard to find that.
My cat liked Purina Naturals dry food when I was still feeding him commercial. Purina has some of the better mixes of the highly advertised traditional shelf foods. If you buy off the internet by the case, it really isn't that much more expensive to feed them well. And you will save many times over on vet bills and grief. I still have my cat on prescription food until his problem clears up, but he will go back on Eagle Pack foods once I can wean him off of the other stuff. Halo is good too. Both companies responded quickly to get the PH and specific gravity info that my vet wanted to see before we switched the cat over. If he clears up, since the very things that can cause issues are in the foods prescribed!
Your dog won't starve himself, but he can sure make you feel guilty. Half of my time is spent listening to my cat complain that he wants totally dry food, and not the wet stuff that the vet wants him to eat now. We compromised at half and half for now. Good luck...and don't be guilt-tripped...you are pack leader!

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Megan T.
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Jul 18, 2008

try maybe some kind of cereal like plain corn chex or cheerios... or the canned dog food.

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