If she only liked "Old Roy", it would be better than not eating! The Diamond sounds like an OK food, especially as she likes it.
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even a scavenger will prefer fresh meat !
Like kids who are picky eaters, once they figure out that someone will short order cook to please them, good luck on getting them to eat what is served! A hungry dog will likely consume what is offered. I think the prevalence of treat based training is influencing a lot of dogs to hold out for something better at meal time! Zande, I like your approach of using the regular meal kibble for treats, much better than going for something they will learn to prefer.
I like your approach of using the regular meal kibble for treats, much better than going for something they will learn to prefer.
The do get 'special' treats, not stolen from their daily ration, if they are particularly good when I am wielding the dremel ! But not otherwise !
@mikesull I posted recently about my finicky eater (at 12 weeks old). I was willing to try anything because she was getting bigger yet losing weight. When ribs start showing on a puppy it's not good, imo. Things have turned around for us. I started feeding raw which she would mostly eat (chicken w/ veggies preferred). She walked away from raw turkey/beef heart.
I was hard core about timing. MY timing. I learned in the last couple weeks - leave the fixed portion down for her to eat when she was ready. It worked. Mixed in kibble slowly. Her eating habit is to eat 10% now, 50% 30 minutes later, the rest in the next hour. Fine. She ate. She gained weight. Now I mix in chicken broth (Petco's Petcoach that looks more like human chicken stew) with Honest Kitchen kibble and we're good! I will start making my own cooked "stew" for cost and convenience and freeze in small portions.
The lesson for me is to let go of hardcore pedantic methods. I will probably never "free feed" but this puppy eats on a different schedule than any other dog/puppy I have ever cared for. This schedule works for us.
@beth314 You are on a learning curve ! This is a Basenji you are dealing with. You have to relax and do things her way !
(But its worth it in the end !)
@zande yes, true. It's been a long time since a puppy has been in my house but I fostered many litters. Multiple pups easier in some ways ... definitely as far as eating.
Thanks Beth!! So far - maybe two weeks now - i give him cooked boiled shredded chicken 3x a day on top of some of that canidae or instinct kibble (one day he eats kibble next wont touch). It has been great. No bad poops and he is booming. He is really a great dog. I am first time dog owner and think i may have gotten lucky with this basenji. I do tire him out tho - lots of miles - he drops by 7-8pm every night. One thing is the car - he hates it - whimpers - hopefully just puppy stuff. He needs to learn car rides mean big time hikes that he loves!
@mikesull Is your dog crated in the car.
A well secured crate is the safest way for a dog to travel.
Might give your dog a sense of security.
Hi - tried crating and then doggie seat belts. Even the calming vape things from amazon. He cries and cries - I think it’s just puppy’ness and he’ll eventually be ok? Hope so.
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He cries and cries
Try opening the window so he can feel a breeze. Doodle loves to stick her head out the window! Or,
talk to him (or sing). Hearing you speaking could be extremely calming. Or,
if you typically play the radio, or listen to a broadcast, turn the volume down and see if that helps. Or...
stop and let him out to "water the grass".
Thanks Elbrant- tried all those!! The window with his head out of it - he seems to like it when he is actually doing it- but he stops on his own to come back in and whimper some. I think its just a phase- a few more months and confidence and he’ll be a -ok.
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@mikesull - Personally I believe that it is not the right thing to do with letting your dog hang it's head out the window... if you are using a harness with a seat belt, ok to have the window cracked for air... but I have never found that needed... mine always are in crates, period.
@tanza Agreed ! I am quite appalled by the suggestion to let the dog put its head out of the window of a moving car ! Crate is essential if you are travelling with a dog. OR, if your car really won't accommodate one, some sort of secure harness.