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New puppy isn't eating enough!

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by amarch, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. amarch

    amarch Puppy

    Hi everyone,

    I'm so glad I found this site! I have so many questions--I hope there isn't a limit.

    When we got our puppy, he was on cheap,low-quality supermarket food. We brought him home and transitioned him onto what the Pet Store recommended "NOW" (Canadian food I think, in case you haven't heard of it). He did not want to eat it at all. The only way I could get him to eat even half a cup per day was to feed it out of my hands ( I don't know if this is a good thing to do or not). Anyways, I thought maybe it was the taste that he didn't like, so we went out last night and bought Orijen (after looking A LOT at the forums and responses of what people suggested). I bought the big bag (silly me) and it was not cheap. Anyways, brought it home with such high hopes, and nope--not interested at all. I have tried three times now and he has eaten maybe a quarter cup the entire time.

    What should I do? I know it's not good to keep switching his food, and I don't want to 'spoil' him too much..but I do want him to eat. Should I mix something in with his food? Try yet another brand?

    We have only had him for two weeks and he doesn't seem to be getting thin or anything. He also drinks A LOT of water (more than my 4-year old Pitbull, by far).

    Any help would be amazing. Thank you so much.

  2. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    Are you feeding on a strict schedule? or just throwing food down all day?
  3. amarch

    amarch Puppy

    I feed him four times a day on a schedule.. I haven't been EXACT but he gets fed between 6-7am, between 11-12pm, 4-5pm, and 7-8pm. Should I be more exact with the feeding times?
  4. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    do you take it up after a few minutes? or leave it on the ground all day? Feeding it out of your hands is not a bad thing, actually this can help with food aggression, but you don't want to have to ALWAYS feed him from your hands..

    your are right, it is not good to change the food every other day.. this is what I would do...

    Not sure how old your dog is, but if he is still a puppy puppy, then feed 3 times a day

    for the first time, I would leave his food down for 10 mins, then take it up... no matter if he eats or not
    repeat this for each meal, he will soon realize he needs to eat when it is offered.. it may take him a few days, but he is not going to starve himself

    Is this what you already do?
  5. amarch

    amarch Puppy

    Thank you! I only usually leave the food down for about 10 minutes, but he will just walk away from the bowl as soon as he sniffs it. I will try bumping it down to only three times. When he walks away from his bowl, do you think I should put him back near it? Knowing he won't starve himself makes me feel a bit better... I guess I will just have to wait it out.
  6. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Has he been vetted and dewormed?
  7. amarch

    amarch Puppy

    Yes he has. Dewormed and he has only had his first set of shots so far. He will go in for his second in the first week of December.
  8. keagan

    keagan Little Dog

    Some people might recommend against this, but I've usually found reluctant kibble eaters can be enticed with a slurry. I put a little wet food into the bowl, mix with a little water, so that it's pretty wet, then mix in the kibble, so it's coated with a sort of "gravy", and there's some nice meaty chunks (or just pate if that's what you get). I've yet to meet a dog that didn't like that.

    Actually, my dogs get this with every meal, not just to entice them. I like it because I can get a wider variety of flavors/types, and I feel like they're not eating the same boring kibble for every meal, since we don't switch kibble on them. Wet food is a little more expensive, but it really doesn't take much just to kind of coat the kibble. I use a roughly 13oz can to add to about 4-5 bowls of food, so with one dog, a can would probably last you a day to a day and a half. It's not the primary food source, just a little something extra to make the meal more interesting. Obviously, you definitely can't leave the kibble down too long if you do this, but sounds like you're putting it up pretty fast if uneaten anyway.
  9. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Yes most fogs wilk eat wet food with kibble.. but once you start it, it will almost always be impossible to stop it...two things I don't like about wet food in addition to the picky eater is its more expensive and not good for their teeth. So you would habe to keep up with their teeth a lot more often..so its just up to you what you want to feed.
  10. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    I feel the same way; and I'd prefer a puppy to eat.

    But I also like to add variety to plain dry kibble; which includes some healthy people food like meat and vegetables.
  11. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    wow I just realized what a spelling mess I did in my paragraph! I promise not to reply on my cell phone while doing something else at the same time! lol
  12. amarch

    amarch Puppy

    Haha no worries! Thank you all for all your help and suggestions. I really appreciate it! Having a puppy for the first time would be a lot more trying if I didn't have this place!

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