Drastic Change in Eating Habit

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I'm looking for some input.  Our pup Bella Rose is now 12 months old.  We got her at 8 weeks, and she has always gobbled her food like someone was going to steal it.  She was the smallest in the litter and had to fight to get to mom as her brothers and sister often shoved her out of the way.  We've always made her sit until we put the bowl on the floor and told her "free dog."  Most always she would drool until we released her even though we didn't make her wait very long.  Within the last week, she has stopped gobbling her food.  She pushes it around and walks away.  Then she walks back, barks at the bowl and takes a few kibbles and walks away again.  She keeps this up until most of the food is gone.  A couple times she has left kibble in the bowl.  She's not losing weight and is acting like her usual self other than this different behavior.  Is this just another Doberman phase?

Thanks for any input,

Pam

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I don't know much about doberman eating habits (I'm new!) but I know my pit bull mix did this. When she did, we changed food flavors, and she was back to gobbling down the food as fast as she could. I think she was just bored of her food at that time. Hope that helps a little :)

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They're all quirky in their own ways.. When people say " Normal Doberman Behavior" I answer with:

That's an oxymoron.. lol

Lots of us change up food periodically.. Not sure if they get bored with the same ol' same ol' or WE do..

If you do decide to give your Bella ( we have a Bella too) a change in diet, be sure and do it gradually..take up to ten days to transition from one to another..

Let us know how it goes..

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Lol ya sounds like boredom to me ... When our guy does this we put something on it like a little bit of bacon grease or chicken broth :) then he won't leave it alone ! We are going to have to start switching his food over though cuz well plain and simple he's just over it ! Luckily I bought the smaller bag lol time to try something new !

 

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The something new I'm going to be transferring to is Taste of the wild it's supposed to be a fantastic brand and recommended by a lot of Doberman owners :) you can order it on Amazon :)

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Hi, 

 We feed Bella Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream. She loves it! We alternate after 60 days additions of bits of boiled chicken or cooked beef, with broth always. She used to be quite picky, but now that she is mature we have cut back on the amount in order to keep her trim, and loves all her food right away. She also gets a raw beef back meaty rib almost every day.

 Her coat is super glossy and her teeth are very white, no tartar. She is 3 1/2 and 75 lbs, 26" high 26" long, eats 2 cups kibble total in 2 feedings per day.

 Just fyi:)

 Love to hear about all these new dobie members and their humans!

 Woofs from PB

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has there been any stresses in the house ? my poodle did the same thing after the passing of my husband two years ago [ reason i have sunna now differant story ] he would just bark at and act like his food was going to attack him or something tryed different bowls  even tryed putting it on a place mat , he would stand back as far as he could and still reach out and pull the food off the mat to eat ,finally found a differet bowl that he does'nt seem to fear but it is still the only bowl i can put his food in it's not really a bowl but a tupperware lid . i don't like feeding out of plastic but it is the only way for him to eat . hope for you that your problem is just bordom with food good luck and keep us posted !!

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My hound did this when she was going through a false pregnancy..

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Lex did this too but he was much older. We got soft foid of the same brand and mixed it in. Worked like a charm!!

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Lex did this too but he was much older. We got soft foid of the same brand and mixed it in. Worked like a charm!!

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Thanks to ALL for your comments!!  I had to laugh at the comment about "normal Doberman behavior..."  There is nothing normal about our Bella.  No stresses more than the usual "Leave Maci alone!"  I wondered about her being bored and added some pumpkin, but will also try chicken broth.  She loves chicken.  We watch her weight closely as she is on the small side, and she is slim. Both our dogs (Maci is a Husky mix) run / walk daily some distance 2-4 miles.  Both have shiny coats and appear to be healthy.  Both saw a vet in December, and she was pleased with both.

We also may be feeding her more than she wants.  I noticed one person said you were feeding 2 cups total a day between two meals, and we have been pushing 3 cups a day.  Even with all the exercise she gets, it may be to much.

Thanks again for your in-put!

 

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Yes, we feed 2 cups kibble a day. + some chicken, not much only 1.5 Tablespoons + broth. But any doggie that is still growing needs more than an adult. We used to feed 3 cups. 

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Ya we feed 4 to six cups a day to keep his weight right sometimes he doesn't want to eat it hence the 4 to six cups lol 

Every dog is different as to how much food they eat - even my very old 10 year old Dobe bitch eats almost 3 cups a day of very high quality kibble.... don't know too many that could make it on just 2 cups total.  My 3 year old very active spayed bitch eats 4 cups a day as does my 7 year old male. 

Your girl is at a very common age for becoming picky about their food - so don't let her make you her food slave - haha!  Put the food down for about 10 minutes - pick it up if she does not eat it and try again at the next meal.  You can change kibble, but she may very well become picky again quickly.

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June went through the same thing at around the same age. I now rotate between Origen foods and he gets a can of green bison tripe with his morning meal and some Orijen dehydrated in the evening (which of course he eats that!). I will add 1T of pumpkin or cottage cheese occasionally. If he doesn't eat his kibble...oh well. As long as your girl is medically fine she will eat when she gets hungry. At 14.5 months Juneau is starting to eat his food more regularly now.