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Does anyone know how to get a Pekingese to go to her food plate and eat dog food? We have an adorable one, but she does not like to eat. No, letting her go hungry does not do it. I am quite positive she would starve if allowed to.
She will eat summer sausage and Steak'Um sandwiches. She also loves cream cheese muffins, etc. She is now 4 years old. How does one get a spoiled dog like this to eat her dog food? I would like to keep her healthy.
By Janet C
If you're feeding canned food, try warming it in the microwave a little (be sure to stir it afterward, to make sure there are no hot spots that could burn the dog's tongue). The scent will make the food more appealing to your dog, because it will smell more like "people food".
Tough love is what is called for here. Completely stop all people food. Choose a brand of dog food, and feed only that. Put the bowl down for 15 minutes twice a day. If the dog does not eat within 15 minutes, the bowl goes up, and nothing to eat until the next meal.
The next meal time, bowl goes down for 15 minutes. If the dog doesn't eat, then nothing till morning. Trust me, a healthy dog will not starve himself to death. He'll eventually eat the dog food, and learn to like it. Treat your spoiled dog like you would a stubborn child. Good luck!
Several years ago we had a Chinese Pug, that was given to us because the owners were going to be traveling a lot and they didn't want to drag him all over or board him. All he would eat is people food, and he wanted catsup on his meat, chocolate syrup on his ice cream and he could tell the difference between real M&Ms and the really cheap ones. He was quite old when we had to give him away because we were moving into an apartment, and he didn't have any noticable health problems.