i have a 6mo old lab and when she was at the breeder she ate Iams large puppy. I switched her to Wellness large puppy and she has been on it for about 3 months. She eats it but she clearly doesnt seem to like it. She is not throwing it up or anything. Suggestions on next steps...I know there are other brands and have read about them but not sure what might be the best course. Thanks
With our previous dogs we would pick 2-3 brands around the same price and switch between them (as long as the dog did well). I know it's not necessary to do so but I would get bored eating the same thing over and over again :P.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
I agree with BigBrownDog's comments.
Also, your Lab is getting close to the developmental age when they should decrease the amount they routinely eat. Below is a copy of a post on this I've previously made:
Around 7-9 months is when many puppies need to have the amount of food they eat reduced.
So it may NOT be her dislike of the food but, rather, a needed natural reduction in amount of food eaten.
Very young puppies (say 8 wks age) need to eat about 2X the amount that an adult dog of that same weight would need. As they grow older and as they come closer to their adult weight, that decreases to 1X. (See Puppy Nutrition in the UC-Davis "Book of Dogs.")
When Puff was about 8 months old, she weighed 50 lbs of her eventual adult weight of 62 lbs. She'd started eating about 1 cup/day total when she was 6 lbs (@ 9 wks age). That had gradually increased to 5 cups/day (over 2 meals) when she was about 8 months age.
Then she began skipping meals. Sometimes for a day or more. When she began eating again, she ate a reduced amount so I gave her that amount. Then after a bit she'd stop eating again and when she resumed, it was again a reduced amount. We kept going through these stages until she got down to a little over 2 cups/day total.
It was through this that I discovered my Puff is largely a self-regulator of her food intake. That puts her in the minority; most Labs are gluttons and some could easily kill or injure themselves by over-eating if given a chance. Self-regulating (according to a JL poll I ran about 6 years ago, responded to by about 70 owners) is only found in about 10% of Labs. And, at that, it applies only to regular kibble and not to specially enticing treats such as steak, fish, cat food, cheese, horse manure, etc.
So, consider the possibility that it may NOT be that she dislikes the food but rather that she's somewhat of a self-regulator, is sufficiently full, and now needs to begin reducing the amount of her daily food intake.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
I too was wondering why you think the dog doesn't like the food. And as Bob mentioned, some dogs actually will need less food and cut themselves back. Hudler was like that when he was young. Jed is like that now. When Jed gets picky now, I cut him back a whole cup of food a meal.
Thanks all - I don't have a specific reason to say she doesn't like it. Just she used to love to eat and now it is like ok, i'm hungry i guess i will eat it. Perhaps it is part of her growing phase.