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    Hi ive just written a long post explaining everything but it crashed when i went to post it so im just keeping it brief incase it happens again.

    Anyway Lola has not been eating well for a few weeks now i have tried many different food with her but she goes off them after a couple of days,she is'nt having the same thing everyday and i try to vary it.

    She has been wormed,drinks plenty of water but just sniffs her food and walks away.We have stopped all her treats as i dont want her filling up on treats and thinking she doesnt have to eat her dinner.
    This is really starting to get me down now as i dont want her to lose weight as she is'nt very big as it is.
    She is 18 months now and should be bigger than she is .
    She is tall but not very wide if you know what i mean.

    Any advice on getting her to eat please would be great.

    Thanks
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    I add small pieces of baked chicken (no skin, no fat) or hamburger (mince) that has been rinsed to remove fat or baked salmon to my pups bowls. They aren't crazy about the kibble and by rotating what I add to the kibble it keeps them interested. I only add like one tablespoon of meat to their meals...not very much. I hope this helps.
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    Are you just ignoring the situation when she walks away from her food? Or do you start trying to coax her with new foods or by bringing the bowl back later to see if she will eat later on? How long have you left her without food or treats before trying to coax her with a different food?

    Very few dogs truly refuse to eat. I think most likely, your attempts to vary her food are actually creating the problem. Especially the fact that you change it daily in an attempt to lure her to her bowl.

    You need to leave her alone, not make a big deal out of meals, and not keep trying new foods. Pick ONE food you like, give it to her without comment, give her 10 minutes to eat, then lift and remove the food. Do not feed her anything til the next scheduled meal. Do NOT try new foods, new additions, etc. At the next scheduled meal, once again put the food down without comment and repeat. If she decides not to eat for a few days, then that is her choice. She will very likely start wolfing down her food by the second day of non-eating. I would NOT alter her kibble or add things to it for several months -- until she is well along at eating regularly.

    If your vet feels she is in good weight, then you have nothing to be concerned about except the risk of creating a finicky dog. You can avoid that by not making a big deal out of meals and sticking strictly to one food and giving set times for hr to eat.

    Most owners mistake a fit dog for a too thin dog BTW. A clear waist is a GOOD thing on this breed. They are far healthier slightly underweight than a single ounce overweight. If you are truly concerned by her weight and feel there is a MEDICAL reason for her not eating, then get her to a vet. Otherwise this is purely behavioural.
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    Hello,Thanks for the replies. I dont really make a thing of meal times she gets fed in the morning about 8.30 just before we leave for school and then again around 5 ish.
    I just put her bowl down.
    She come running when she hears the bowl and im preparing her food but then she justs sniffs and walks away.
    She was hanging around her treat drawer and i just ignored her. We have stopped treats for about a week now.

    But no i dont really make a thing of it it's just me feeling bad that shes not eating right and i was worring about her.

    sharon x
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    Izzy was a fussy eater and sometimes would go for two or three days, eating only a Bonio. When he got really hungry he would eat and ,as the vet said, a healthy dog won't starve to death.
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    i had this with Suki lasting for about 6-8 weeks, she didn't lose weight but seemed to stop gaining and felt a little thin over her back and hips. I took her to the vet and we agreed she was just being fussy so i had to get strict with her meals.

    the vet suggested everything that Karlin suggested in this thread - and i didn't give in
    Suki too would come running when she could hear me with her bowl - sniff it, maybe eat a few bits of dried food and then walk off.
    i kept to strict meal times and left her bowl down for no longer than 10-15 mins if she didn't eat it i'd throw it away. It took 2 weeks, she eat next to nothing for over a week and gradually started to improve. i was tearing my hair out over that time and felt awful but i knew i had to persevere.
    Its now paid off and she eats a good size meal twice a day - she has day's where she still eats little but they are rare but i don't think she is particularly food orientated.

    good luck with your little one - it will get better
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    My pup had the same problem until my boyfriend started picking up Shug's food bowl and pretending to eat his food. He would get so jealous that once the bowl was put back down, he'd gobble it all up! Shug eats Holistic Blends by Solid Gold and loves it. I've had him on it for several years, and he never seems to get tired of it. They have great soft food too which I buy occasionally. I mix a spoonful of the soft in with his kibble and a little water.

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    When we had Tarmac - both he and Guinness had Pedigree Chum. And slowly they were needing more coaxing to eat up.

    Since changing to raw - we rarely have any problem. Chicken wings and chicken necks are chopped into 3 pieces - they all sit around ready, and tuck in no problem at all.
    I try to keep Willow, Bailey and Guinness to their own plates; but Guin will try to steal if given the chance.
    I keep him off a bit, but if the others leave it too long then I let him in for seconds.
    If anyone does not feel like eating then thats ok with me. If they choose to pig out on biscuits then those come up till they eat their main meal.

    Mush day (offal, veggies and mince with oils and supplements) have cooked chicken breast finely chopped and sprinkled ontop. This usually does the job. Again, if they choose not to finish it off one day, then they will probably get it the next. It is important that they get their mush day to ensure a balanced diet.

    As the wings and necks take a bit more eating, I think that it does add interest to their meal times.
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    We've had great luck using sardines when Butter gets finnicky about eating -- he's never walked away from a meal topped with one or two sardines drizzled with oil from the can.

    None of the humans in the house want to eat after I've opened the sardine can, but the dog does!
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