I'm afraid it's not your dog being picky hun - it's you letting him be that way! He's playing you like a violin!
It's a perfectly understandable thing to happen - and easily done so I do sympathise.
Basically you have to retrain eating habits as opposed to what he eats.
Choose a good dog-food and mix with a little gravy water (any gravy mix that is added to water will do - it's the smell of beef they will love) and when you feed him, if he hasnt eaten after ten minutes pick up the bowl and, (this is the tough bit as you have to resist those sad eyes) do NOT feed him until the next meal time.
No snacks - no tit-bits - nothing. But do always make sure he has a good supply of fresh water at all times. Thats vital.
If the same thing happens at the next feed time - then take the exact same tack. Pick up the bowl after ten minutes and wait till next feed time. He will soon learn that the bowl is only there at mealtimes and if he doesnt eat he goes hungry.
Don't worry if he doesnt eat for a day or so - in the wild, dogs sometimes go without food for 4 - 5 days - so they are designed for it.
If he is ten months you will be on about 3 meals a day - so if you can - try to keep to a regular schedule - and feed about the same times. Dogs are like babies - they respond very well to a proper schedule.
I have a Golden who is 9 and I researched a lot of different foods. She has cancer and need to be on a very low carbohydrate food. It was suggested we try Innova Evo (by several Golden retreiver forums). It is advertised as what you feed when you can't feed raw. It is 42% crude protein, which is very high. She was on a prescription diext from the vet for other ailments like her tummy and so forth. We've switched, she loves it and seems to be doing very well. It is a difficult product to fin here in Brooklyn, but I order it on line and they ship it federal xpress. nycpetsupply.com
I did here that some dogs become a little smelly on it but fortunately that did not happen with her, I think it has been a great switch for her and even if it did make her odorous, I would still use it.
The kibbles are very small and could be used easily for a small dog.
Hope everything works out
I don't know how really healthy it is, but our dog Bandit was the same way. He would STARVE before he'd eat the foods we'd buy. Last week my Daughter and I went to Pet Smart and found Kibbles and Bits Homestyle dog food. By George, I think we've found a winner!!! He loves it! $10 for a huge bag.
Sorry to say the Pet Stores where I live dont' carry any of the above mentioned. How about Merrick Wet food or Neutro dry food? Any good. I do give him veggies everyday which he loves. Thank goodness for that.
We have switched to feeding our dog raw food (comes frozen that you thaw or freeze dried). There are several brands out there, and I think they're all pretty good. This is the site we buy from (although we've found a local dealer so now buy it from him): http://www.animalfood.com/d0005/index.htm If nothing else, it's interesting reading up on it, in particular the sections on nutrition, FAQ, info articles, and testimonals. Our dog loves it, and he's known to be pretty finicky. Many of the chain pet stores carry various frozen raw foods now. You could check and see and then buy a small amount to see how your dog likes it.
Wysong dog food is natural, tasty, and based on research as well as a love for animals.
Do some reading while you're on the website. You'll be shocked and amazed. (They don't pay me to say these things, either!)
You want food that is made from real food, not by-products. I swear by Green Tripe wet food (1 T. twice a day) and Innova EVO food for my mini dachshund. She's had many health problems (high triglycerides, obesity), and they have all cleared up since putting her on this high-quality food.
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