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What I mean by this is that when I put his food down, he will take a mouthful, chew it walk away for a while then come back to the bowl. He was like this as a puppy, then he was eating at his regular times and finishing his meals. Now we're back to grazing.

Mac is on fromm dry food. 2 cups per day. Water intake is pretty normal. Potty is okay. Do I resign myself to the point that he is just going to be a grazer,and eat when he wants? This is probably nothing, just kinda strange to me. By the way Mac is 1yr. 3 months old. Decent body weight. No other problems.
 

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Do you mean that he takes a bite then walks away and won't come back for let's say ten minutes or more? Bentley used to do that and my dogs are not allowed to free-feed. So after it being down for ten minutes if he didn't rat it or only took a small bit I picked it up until the next feeding. He finally caught on ans now eats it all as soon as I put it down.
 

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Deidra--Yep that's exactly what I mean. I have picked his food up after about 15 mins, and gave it back to him at the next feeding. He's good for a couple days, then go back to grazing.
 

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When I first got Kaity (April 30th of last year), she was a grazer. She had been free fed in her previous home. This does not work in my home. Dio (my other dog) is an inhaler and a pig. Any food left is free to take. Obviously Kaity needed to eat her food or she would go hungry and Dio would get fat! We did as was suggested above, put the food down for 10 mins and then put it up until the next meal. It took about 2 weeks for her to finally realise that she had to eat at mealtimes or else she'd go hungry.

Happy to say, she is now an inhaler. :) We have zero issues with her eating her food.
 

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Thanks for all your responses. Yes he is a full lab. Just so you know that he's not starving, he weighs in at 100 lbs.

Dio's mama--I only have Mac, so there's no threat of another dog eating his food. Will try again to put up food if he doesn't eat it all. Thanks again.
 

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Mine was like that a while ago as well, and like most responses, I started to take his food away after 10 mins of not eating or grazing and walking away. Did the trick as well. Now he eats everything in a single sitting.
 

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Nope Laci is an inhaler. But when we got Bentley the previous owners said they left his food bowl on the floor all day. Had to break him of it. Took the bowl up after 10 minutes as well. Tilly the beagle also hovers over his bowl. Should he move an inch away she dives for it.
 

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Now to let all of you know that tonight he made a liar out of me. Ate his food right up and looked for more! Gotta love our dogs.
 

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Ha! That's funny. I think they all have their own personalities just like we do.

I've got two Labs that have very different eating habits. Jello, our 5 yo girl, is very finicky and almost requires hand feeding to get her to finish her dinner. When we put the bowl down, she looks at us like we are trying to force her to ingest poison. Seamus, the 11 month old puppy, is strange. Some nights she wolfs down her food and then goes to try and eat Jello's food, other times she ignores her bowl and refuses to eat.

Luckily, we are able to leave a bowl of dry out for the puppy, and she noshes on it during the day. Jello turns her nose up at plain dry kibble so she won't touch it.
 
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