So for the past couple weeks, we've been having an issue with Lucy. Right after we first got her, we changed her food quite a bit cause everyone gave us free food cause she's a rescue, but no one gave us the same food. Now we are giving her the food that she loved when we first gave it to her, but she's not eating it. I give her breakfast at 7am, and come home at 2 and the bowl is still full. She drinks all her water, will chew on a bone and lick all the peanut butter out of a toy- but won't touch her food. Come dinner time, she'll ignore her food, but beg for mine. She's obviously hungry, but won't eat her food. She'll eat it by the end of the day usually. Is this normal that they only eat once and when they eat it's very little?
It is "obvious" she is NOT hungry…. I say this because she is not eating... except what she "choses" to eat.... Believe me.... if they are hungry, they will eat, period... and honestly, please stop free feeding. Put her on a schedule for two meals a day.. put the bowl down for no more then 15/20 minutes if she eats great, if not take it away. A dog unless really ill, will NOT starve itself to death... just will not happen.. However, they can make you feel pretty darn guilty by not eating what they are supposed to eat. Also, she should be fed "after" YOU eat, not before... and do not let her beg for your food... even if you have to put her in a different room... when you are finished, then feed her. Again, do not leave food for her, give her a certain amount of time and if she doesn't eat it, take it away. To give in and spoil her is to never be able to develop health eating habits. I have been through this more times then I can could. My oldest male ate maybe once every 2 days, one meal, if I was lucky... but I never gave in..... and it took 3 yrs, but now when the food bowl goes down, he eats...
How much does she weigh? Is she over weight? how much are you feeding her?