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    Question Won't eat out of bowl

    Hey ppl, I have a bit of a problem with Clara and dinner times. She just wont eat out of her bowl! I thought she didn't like her food, I was feeding her Royle Canin puppy food and she did eat this on its own in her bowl. She stopped eating it so i thought it might have been a bit dry for her so I added Ceasar wet puppy food. Again she did really enjoy this but then last week she stopped eating it. The funny thing is if you feed her from the fork or put some on the floor she will eat it. There is nothing wrong with the bowl I've rinsed it with water and it is spotless and no odors coming from it. Maybe she is just a fussy eater but she always looks as if shes hungry sniffing the floor and running to the fridge when anyone opens it! If she was his hungry surely she would eat from the bowl! Oh and when i add pieces of ham and cheese in her bowl she eats the from the bowl but doesn't touch her food and i know she likes it! Its so fustrating! Any ideas of whats going on? Any advice would be really helpful! Thanks.
    Lisa-Owner to tri colour female ClaraBow born 30-6-09

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    Hi

    Shes got you wrapped around her little paw ,you are doing what she wants just like I did with my three I spoon fed them .persevere with her bowl and she will eat when shes hungry ,shes a teenager now and is testing you like my 11 month old Lily is doing to me and even though I know what shes trying to do I have changed her bowl 3 times.
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    Thanks brian! I still think shes a baby shes only 10 weeks tomorrow I don't want her to be hungry all the time. I will stop spoon feeding her though. See how it goes keep you posted
    Lisa-Owner to tri colour female ClaraBow born 30-6-09

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    She will eat it when she is hungry enough. At the minute she knows that if she refuses to eat it you will spoon feed her or add something nicer to it. Cavs are very clever little dogs. Leave her food down for about 20 mins then take it up again, whether she has eaten any or not. She will soon learn that she has to eat it from the bowl. Be warned though, dogs can go several days without eating and it is hard to resist those big brown eyes
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    Hi Lisa,

    This is so not uncommon! My Lou won't eat out of a bowl - it has to be off a flat plate and preferably the floor.. I'm currently looking after a Lhasa Apso (I do home boarding) and she won't eat out of a bowl!! has to be a flat plate. Dog's can be really funny about their plates!!!!
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    My Dixie prefers a flat plat too......so that's how I feed her.

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    Smile Feeding times.

    You are all so right. My dogs all do different things. Some clear the lot, some guard it and growl while others like a plate or flat metal dish. At least with a low sided vessel what they manage to push or flick off is then on the floor so even more tempting !

    And finally, the one that wont eat his/her own, will go around and try to sneak a bit from everyone else - and run to the corner when shes started a fight between the boys !

    Such joy ?

    Mark.

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    Sasha did this when she was a puppy. She'd eat out of our hand, and also if you put it on the floor, but not out of the bowl. I knew this wasn't how it should be... the thought of hand-feeding Sasha for the rest of her life was ridiculous!

    The advice I received (from this board, actually!) was to put the food in the bowl, leave it there for a short while (maybe 15 minutes or so), then pick it up and wait until the next feeding. It sounded so harsh!!!! I was reassured that a dog won't starve itself... if she's hungry, she'll eat.

    I reluctantly tried it. Sasha ate only one meal for a few days, and then she began to realize that she'd better come and get it right away. Since then, no problems eating out of a bowl!

    Here's the link to the thread on this board:
    http://board.cavaliertalk.com/showthread.php?t=24168
    Last edited by cb2u; 7th September 2009 at 08:35 PM. Reason: found more info

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    Thanks everybody for the replys! Anyway earlier about half an hour after i posted this Clara woke up and seemed hungry so i cleaned her soggy breakfast out of her bowl washed it and made up some new food, this time a different flavour of ceaser. To my surprise she cleaned the bowl clean! I was delighted! Then again awhile ago i gave her the same food she seemed scared of the bowl and backed away she is a funny dog so with a bit of encourgament she ate it just left a little bit! So I am very pleased! Trust Clara to make a liar out of me haha.
    Lisa-Owner to tri colour female ClaraBow born 30-6-09

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    glad im not the only one having a problem! my Puppy Max is 4 months old, and he is the same, wont eat out of his bowl, i have been trying the whole leave it for 15mins then offer, sometimes works other times he still wont eat, he does seem to prefer eating off the floor as he tries to pick food up and put it on the floor!! maybe i need to get him a plate? (i have had him nearly for 1 month now)

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