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    I'm having a major battle of wills with Usko. He is the pickiest eater and it's driving me nuts! I just learned that he can just be seeking attention by not eating! Like he is not getting any?!?! So what I have to do is give him his food, go away from the room and if he hasn't eaten his food in 15 minutes take it away and give it to him the next feeding time the same way.

    Just yesterday we had a "minor" disagreement cause he didn't eat. It took his food and his toys away and payed no attention to him, I even growled at him..... I could see that he knew that the game was over and he shouldn't irritate mom any further. After about 3 hours when I went to the kitchen he came after me and pleaded with his eyes to give him food, of course I caved, but he did eat all.

    Today was the first feeding with the new style and of course he didn't eat, so next chance for him is tomorrow morning....No caving this time.

    What do you think...who will win this battle?

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    Default Re: Battle of wills

    sounds like quite battle you have with Usko. I would think feeding him raw that he would gobble up all of his food. Watson is like a vacuum cleaner...he doesn't leave any food behind.


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    One of the things my puppy school trainer keeps reminding us is pack dominance when it comes to food. My guy is just the opposite, can't get his food soon enough but I'm wondering if the same thing will help. I prep his food while he's watching me do it and then leave it on the counter while I grab a snack or that most important first cup of coffee in the morning. After I'm good then he's allowed to eat. I'm just wondering if Usko is waiting for you to go first?

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    He couldn't be bothered when prepare his food. I make him sit, give paw and look me in the eyes before he gets his food. I feed him in the evening when we have already eaten.

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    Sorry - it was worth a shot! That being the case I would be doing exactly what you're doing.... sooner or later he'll have to get hungry. Best of luck!!!! and I'm wishing you all the willpower that can be sent via internet!

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    @thesspa


    And he will eat chicken necks and pork backs...but life is not just favorite things.

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    Gunny wouldnt eat raw, so I cooked it for him.

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    i think you are on the right track! lola was such a stinker...NOT food motivated AT ALL. so when we finally settled on a kibble, we gave her 15 minutes of time to eat, undivided attention from us (she likes an eating buddy) and if she doesnt eat, we wait until next time. first feeding at 8am and next at 6-7. we feed an egg for lunch tho. she still skips a meal every few days. eff it! i can't feel her ribs these days anyways.

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    Buddy is a very picky eater as well. Sometimes he will not eat all day and sometimes only eat at night. We feed them twice a day. We will on occasion give him so Feta cheese in his food as he likes that.
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    Nitschke was like this sometimes, but it was usually because of allergies and how we knew his tummy was bothering him
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    @2BullyMama Did Nitschke have something wrong with his tummy?

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    Default Re: Battle of wills

    Maybe he's just not hungry?

    Seeking attention by not eating is a pretty complicated thought process. I know some dogs are smart but sheesh. That's Einstein material there. Eating is instinct.

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