Just wondering if any of you guys can give your advice on a very fussy eater?
You see, our 6 and a half month old tri Rio has been on Science Plan Chicken Puppy Kibble for the last two months and he was doing very well on it, until my parents decided to put in some"little extras" into his kibble, such as a drop of chicken, or sardines, some tuna, veg, and sometimes a little ham, which my sisters and I thought was fine at the beginning, as he would gobble it all up with the kibble in tow - hence nice firm stools
Now he has started this caper where he doesn't eat the kibble at all. The rascal will eat the "extras" around the kibble and leave the kibble in the bowl or actually spit it out leaving it all over the floor
We have also noticed that his stools are very runny, hard to pick up and no firmness because he isn't eating the kibble anymore, the extras seem to be giving him no firmness at all. We have also found he can't have too much chicken/ham/lamb as it litteraly runs his insides out.
It has become so frustrating we have enlisted the help of our younger neighbour who is great with dogs to help him eat and he eats the whole bowl of kibble for her when she comes into play with him
If we do give him just the kibble sometimes he will eat it but only 3 tiny bits and then walks off. Should we try crate feeding him???
He has even got to the stage a few weeks ago he starved himself for 3 days straight before even thinking of touching the kibble. We put it in his kongs, on plates, everywhere and he does not touch it. He has wasted so much.
Dad now wants to wean him off the extras and back onto the kibble until he is at least 7-8 months. He thinks its not good for his insides and his health and could be allergic to these extras as he had an awful mess to clean up outside when he took him out this morning.
Rio is too smart sometimes, he knows the treats have stopped until he eats and becomes so hungry he is litterally trying to leap up onto the dinner table in the kitchen when we are having our meals, he barks, or groans while doing this.
Have any of you experienced times like this with fussy cavs and how have you successfully got them onto a new brand of kibble etc?
It's also frustrating as we would all one day when he's older like to be able to eat in the same room with him without him trying to eat our dinner too
My grandparents also were told off this weekend for feeding him ham with his kibble as the little rascal wasted it all and then had "explosive" poos in the garden. We initially thought he was teething again but he manages to crunch other things fine, so it definitely cannot be this.
Do your Cavs also try to jump on you even if you have a drink in your hand when sitting down. He always seems to want what we have.
My neighbours dog was taught to "look away" when they were all eating dinner and she said it was a good trick to maybe teach Rio.
We just want him to be a bit more healthy and use these extras for praise etc, I now only use the chicken in training class but only little bits.
I would very much appreciate anybody's views or opinions on this subject and how to remain firm in not letting other people in the family give him these extras as I'm sure it can't be very nice for his little bowels.
Sorry for the long post
Melissa and fussy eater Rio
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