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    Question Weird eating habit: late night dinner...anyone else with a pup that does this?

    For some reason Raven is not eating her food when we put it down around 5 pm. Before, the minute I put it down she was all over it. Now I find that she leaves it alone and seems to only be interested in eating it at 3 am, yes you read that right...3 am, when she gets up to go potty. Anyone else have a dog that seems to like late night dinners?
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    Default Re: Weird eating habit: late night dinner...anyone else with a pup that does this?

    Yup...I'll fill their bowls for supper around 6pm and they won't eat it until around 9pm when they go to bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LillyNBruin View Post
    Yup...I'll fill their bowls for supper around 6pm and they won't eat it until around 9pm when they go to bed.
    At least it's 9 pm. She is getting up at 3 am to go pee and seems to feel peckish then. Wish it were 9 pm. Hubby was saying maybe she doesn't like the food, problem is that I can't really swap the flavor since she doesn't do well with chicken. So that leaves a lot of foods off of the table seeing as they may have chicken in some way in there. She is eating Merricks B4 grain, Pork flavor. She loved it before, maybe she is bored, or probably annoyed I didn't put any frozen veggies in for her.
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    Default Re: Weird eating habit: late night dinner...anyone else with a pup that does this?

    @Bizzymammabee I feed Earthborn Meadowfeast which is just lamb, no chicken at all, you could try that. There are other Earthborn formulas that don't have chicken and Fromm I believe does too. You could always try topping the food with something like yogurt. I think others use cottage cheese also. If I really need mine to eat at a certain time I scramble some eggs and put them on top of their food.....Mine cannot resist eggs. But i'm not sure if the eggs would have the same reaction as chicken with yours. If I don't have time to make scramble eggs, I'll just throw a little shredded cheese on top...that usually at least get them in the eating mode and they finish their bowls.
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    @LillyNBruin She is a spoiled brat. I do try to give her some plain yogurt, some cottage cheese or frozen veggies. Might be the reason she is not eating it since it's not special food.
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    @Bizzymammabee That very well could be it. She's probably takes one look and sniff and says 'what the heck, she forgot the rest, I'll just wait till she puts it on' then 3am rolls around and she just gets tired of waiting for you...how dare you mom
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    @LilyNBruin you are probably spot on. She is probably cussing me in her head saying this heffa forgot my dinner and just put these rocks in my bowl. She is probably getting rather spoiled and full because I tend to give her bits of stuff like veggies when I am prepping dinner for the rest of the family.
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    Default Re: Weird eating habit: late night dinner...anyone else with a pup that does this?

    Does not hurt to add some veggies to her kibble each nigh.... Banks gets greens beens and/or carrots with a little bit of water all mixed in
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    Default Re: Weird eating habit: late night dinner...anyone else with a pup that does this?

    @2BullyMamma she normally does. I just realized I the last couple days I have been putting it in a dish by itself so she is eating that and kind of skipping the kibble. Back to the normal mix tonight.
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    Default Re: Weird eating habit: late night dinner...anyone else with a pup that does this?

    My guy did this his whole life! He was more of a 10p eater, if he ate his kibble at all. He ate healthier than us whether he finished his dry food or not though. He'd get a trimmed steak, veggies, a little yogurt...we got his leftovers. haha

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    Default Re: Weird eating habit: late night dinner...anyone else with a pup that does this?

    AH, no! My doggies eat when served or they miss the meal! I do not allow them to graze and I crate them at night so we don't have any midnight snackers.

    I think you have some good suggestions here to tantalize your bully into eating when he's served - I use the warm water method and it not only makes the food smell good but also gives me some stools that aren't as firm, which had been a problem for us.

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    Default Re: Weird eating habit: late night dinner...anyone else with a pup that does this?

    Looks like I was being too indulgent of a mama and she was being a spoiled brat. I stopped giving her the little separate bowl of veggies/cottage cheese/yogurt. I went back to putting it on her food and dropping a bit of warm water on the food to make some gravy. She is back to her normal self of hoovering down her meals and wiping her mouth on my pants to show her appreciation for a lovely, healthy meal. Thanks guys!
    Always in my heart and never far from my thoughts. See you at the rainbow bridge my sweet little Monkey. R.I.P. Raven.

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