Lexie is growing like a week, like all lab puppies! I took her for shots yesterday and had her weighed and she's 29.5 pounds @ 13.5 weeks. Yikes! I knew she would grow fast, but seeing the scale amazed me.
Over the last week Lexie has been a bit weird about her food. I have stainless bowls for her and I put her food in one and she wouldn't eat it. If I took some of the food out of the bowl and used it as a training incentive she ate it no problem. If I pulled food out of the bowl and just had fed her she would eat it. If I dumped the food out of the bowl on to the deck she ate it no problem. I bought her a plastic bowl, she ate out of it the first night, but she's back to no eating out of the bowl. I used Tupperware, she was fine the first feeding, but after that; no go. I added green beans to two meals yesterday and she ate; this morning, you guessed it she turned up her nose at it.
If I put the same food in her kong, give it as an incentive, or dump it on the deck she eats...she just doesn't want it in a bowl. Has anyone ever experienced this with their puppy? I'm so hoping this is a phase. I'm making sure she gets all of her food, but I would prefer to feed her in her bowl. I am going to try a ceramic bowl next.
How about feeding out of a flat pan for awhile? Kinda like a pie pan, but with straight up edges.
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I'll try that tonight.
We're going through kind of the same thing with Buddy. He hates his stainless bowls! He will NOT drink water out of one, but if I put it in a Cool Whip bowl he slurps it right down. He has been horribly picky about his food too, and so we tried to switch brands but then he had diarrhea so bad and it didnt improve so we switched back. But he doesn't eat much at all. I can usually get him to eat if I sit with him outside and make a game of it. But I know that's not good. So my husband says he will get fed twice a day and if he won't clean it up, he waits until the next feeding. I hate doing that, as he's not at all overweight, and I think he's slightly on the skinny side. He loves treats and will eat as many as we will give him, but I don't want to spoil the next meal so I try to keep them to a minimum. He seems healthy otherwise, and the diarrhea is gone, but I worry that he's not getting enough to eat. I don't remember worrying this much over my kids when they were little!
Stop playing the game with them. Feed in the dish you want them to eat in. A healthy dog/puppy won't starve themself and if they're refusing food, you may be feeding too much (i.e. they're not really hungry). Same goes for water...if they're thirsty, they'll drink
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I know, I know We have started a really bad habit for Buddy. But like I said, he's just like one of my children to me, and moms can't help but nurture their kids I'm trying to get tougher.....Originally Posted by JacksAndLabs
NO NO NO NO...break the habit know. Don't create a monster and stop thinking of the dog as a human! If you continue down that path you are going to have worse problems than just feeding the dog.
Feed the dog in the bowl, give him 30 minutes. If he doesn't eat, put it away and tough luck. No treats, nothing. Put the meal down again next time and repeat.
You'll be amazed how quickly that stupid game ends and your life will get alot easier. Trust me, we had one of those dogs...our first...we thought we had to HAND FEED him because he refused to eat. We didn't make that mistake with Dog #2 and Dog #3, and funny, now that we are tougher on the whole meal thing...everyone eats with no issues. And if they don't, meal is saved until next time.
Well said CYNLABS!
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Thank you for all of your replies.
We went to Tahoe, kept Lexie on a leash all the time and had a great time! She's not that into the water yet, but she did swim with a little help like a champ! We didn't really press the swimming issue with her too much, I figure she'll swim more when she's ready. I've posted a few pictures @ http://www.tinkertech.net/blog2/
I think the bowl/food issue was a phase, she's back to eating on schedule without problems.