|Barked: Tue Jun 18, '13 10:14pm PST |
|My advice is less gentle, but it has worked with every picky eater we have owned. First, do not give any more treats between meals than is necessary for training purposes, etc. Feed her two or three meals per day and let her eat until she is full or until you need to control portions to prevent obesity. Place the food down in front of her and walk away for 5-10 minutes. Since I see you have another dog, upon returning after the set time, let him eat the food she did not eat and the bowl goes up. She skips a meal if she eats nothing. Do not change the food until you run out of it. Jealousy is a powerful motivator for dogs and it may be all you need to get her to start eating.
You could also try putting the food in a treat ball to make eating more fun for her.
If she goes days without eating, she is fine as long as she is drinking water and isn't looking emaciated. You need to nip the pickiness in the bud or else she will learn to starve herself to death to get her way... not a good scenario. If you're really worried, I believe there are mixes that can be added to the water to put some extra nutrients in her body during the "hunger strike".
We did it with our puppy, Louie. He was picky with the breeders and when we got him, we simply left the food out all day and never did anything to encourage him to eat other than placing the food in treat balls and letting Clyde gulp up any rejected kibble lying on the floor. He would go 2-3 days without eating except for the occasional snack. This happened for a month or less and now Louie will eat almost any food we give him for his meal. He still picks through his food, but will eat everything if he is still hungry after picking.
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