Any advice...my 9 month old doesn't seem to care about eating... She will eat eventually but I feel like she only eats when shes starving. Should I worry? I notice right after I walk her she is more likely to eat... is there any way I can make the food more appetizing (I've tried a few brands)?
Try adding a little lukewarm water to it just before you put it down and swirl it around a little to make a "gravy".... that works for some finnicky eaters.
Or she could just be a self-regulator, only eating as much as she needs to sustain herself. Is she in good body condition? Is this a pattern of behaviour with her or has it come up suddenly?
If it is a new thing, I'd take her to the vet, just to make sure. If she's always been like that I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
I wouldn't mess around with the food, even by adding water. Just makes for a picky dog. I know, I have 3 of them, and boy am I sorry. How much are you feeding? We used to feed 4 cups a day and sometimes it just didn't seem like the dogs were hungry. Once we cut down to 2 cups a day, they eat everything QUICK and can still have treats and are normal weight.
Please read this thread -- and my responses in it. Your pup is about the age when appetite decreases.
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":