|Barked: Sat Dec 14, '13 4:57pm PST |
|How has her poop been? If you start off with boneless meat then poop is likely to be loose and possibly uncomfortable. I suppose some dogs are aware enough that they won't want to eat if the gut is upset. There is little enough waste in raw as it is but take away the bone and a kibble fed dog's gut could get pretty uncomfortable.
I haven't had to cook new stuff to get the dogs to eat new stuff but I did play with a rabbit head to get Max to grab it to get started. You might think playing with a hunk of raw chicken is icky, try playing with a whole furry head! Eh, it worked and he ate it and the ones that followed. I am washable.
I think if she was doing fine eating boneless chicken breast then maybe bone in chicken breast would be a more logical next meal if she is a bit unsure of the new food. Take the skin off and do as you tried with the quarter, sear the outside of the meaty side of the cut. The ribs are much smaller and barely need crunching up to get down the throat compared to leg bones.
Other things people have tried is smearing something really tasty on the chicken, peanut butter and Parmesan cheese are often mentioned.
And waiting the dog out. Some dogs will get sick though. Max would these days but he did just fine years ago when I tried to get him to eat salmon head and pork hock. Three days each time, zero food in, dog was fine. Me, not so much.
Possibly cutting some meat off the bone and completely cooking it then covering the raw meaty bone and cooked meat with the cooled cooking liquid and offering that. Max tends to start eating and then will try strange new things. Usually dogs are familiar enough with cooked chicken they will eat that. Next day if she did a great job with the bones cook the chicken less or just repeat. Chicken ribs are easy to cut into chunks like the cooked meat if you want to go that far. I wouldn't, cut bone is poky but it does work if cut up small enough.
Are you sure you are feeding an appropriate amount of food? Start a 50 pound dog at 1 pound, 40 pound dog at 13 ounces and so on. It is better to feed less at the start of a new diet. Ginger looked like she lost a lot of weight as soon as that last kibble poop was deposited, good thing I know to put my hands on the dog because she definitely still needed that diet. I would rather not deal with nasty poop with a dog brand new to my home as well.
Last, are you sure you aren't pressuring her? We mean well but sometimes human body language is overbearing to dogs. Max also needs to eat in a familiar place. If I put his food in the garage or bathroom he probably wouldn't eat. If I face him or stare at him he is likely to gulp so it is better if I sit more than 5' away facing away at an angle.
Check Chance's raw feeding page to see if I missed any ideas that seem more doable to you.
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