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Hello doberman parents!

Our red dobe pup - Elias - is now 10 months old.

Just recently - within the last month - he has developed a "quirky" habit with eating his dinner food.

He goes up to his bowl, sniffs, and walks away.  He loves baby food - so I give him 1/2 teaspoon of some type of fruit, and 1/2 teaspoon of chicken baby food.  Or - I give him baby rice cereal, which he also loves.   At the present time he loves yogurt.

I mix these ingredients in his dry food.  Again - he sniffs, walks away.  Sometimes he'll eat from a spoon and then go for the food in his bowl.

Usually when my husband gets home Elias will eat for him.

Mornings are never a problem!   He goes out to pee pee, comes in and eats his food, drinks his bowl of water, and goes back out to potty again.

It's just the strangest thing!  I thought it had to do with my schedule.  I was getting home at 5:30pm every day.

Then I changed my work habits and now get home by 3 or 3:30.  This worked for a few days and I thought this was the "charmer".  But - he went back to the finicky act again.

Any ideas???

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My boy started to do this I remember someone on here saying don't be a food slave so now if he won't eat his food with a 15-20 min period I pick it up and he does get anything till the next feeding if he does it again he doesn't get anything till the morning and he's gotten much better about eating when he has food instead of turning his nose up at it.

 

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Thank you for responding.  It's really really difficult to let him go without eating - as I'm sure you know.

He always eats for my husband - but it's frustrating!!!

Maybe I'll try making him skip a meal and see what happens.  If I can stay strong!!!

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Lol I completely understand he feeling :( I hate having to do that but sometimes it's a must stay strong :) sometimes I will put chicken broth over the food to get him to eat I don't like him skipping meal cuz I know he's growing but if he's not gonna eat I'm not going to just let the food sit longer then need be:/

 

it is not uncommon for them to go through picky eating phases starting at his age. Generally, I recommend that you put his food down for 10 minutes and if he does not eat it, pick it up till his next meal. Usually they may miss a few meals but they normally will start eating when the food is put down by about day 3  :-)

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Thanks folks - for your posts.  I think he just wants to be fed by my husband at the dinner meal!   He eats for him right away!!!  I may be causing him anxiety because I get frustrated when he won't eat for me.

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Lol my boy will only eat for me and not the man of the house but I think that's due to the fact that I have always fed him haha he's a mommas boy. Maybe start feeding him some treats and doing some training with him this might help. We are doing this with our doberchild and now my fiancé is able to get him to eat. 

 

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I was thinking of giving him one of his fav treats after he eats so he'll associate getting a treat with eating his dinner.   If I can get him to eat tonight I will try that!

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Hey Donna.. sounds as if he's got you wrapped around his little paw.. Yep.. testing testing testing.. it's what they do.. .

I know it's hard.. but sometimes 'tough love' is the only ticket with these kids.. especially when they start going through the hated DoberTeens...

Ares is not going to let himself starve.. I promise you he won't..

Think of it as a '''learning experience" ( I know how you love THAT!!)

smooches to the pooches..

Katie

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LOL.  Thanks Katie!!!  Yeah it's VERY hard not having them eat, but at least it's because he's just being Elias and not because of any health issue.

I will kiss them for you ... please give the Diva and Bella kisses for me!

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Has he gotten any better about eating?  I concur that food should be down for no more than 15 minutes and they either eat or they don't.  I've never felt bad about it since I know that sometimes I'm just not that hungry so maybe sometimes he isn't :-)  And if he then cleans his bowl on the next meal I'll add a bit more food to make up for not eating as much (my little guy is only 4 1/2 months old) since he is a [RAPIDLY] growing boy. 

My older mix is also finicky about who she will eat for and when.  When I travel and she's at home or when she's being boarded she hardly eats at all.  Same when she is with me and we're travelling; she does not like eating out of her element. 

Both of mine also get some type of egg on their breakfast and sometimes those little brats will just eat the egg and leave the rest :-)

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Hi Laura!

Thanks for posting your comments - much appreciated.

Elias has gotten better.  My husband suggested making his meal time "fun" and "a big deal".  So - I let him "help" me get his food from the food bins and then I let him lick the baby food that I add to his dry food.   I smear just a LITTLE bit of yogurt on the top of his food.

I say things like "Elias - look what Mommy has for you!"   As soon as I put his food down- he eats!  It's working so far.

 

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Hello fellow dobe parents!

First - I'd like to give an update on Elias' finicky eating habits.  They still continue!!!  But not all that often any more.  One night this week he didn't want to eat for me, and this morning he gave me a difficult time.  It seems that sometimes he just wants my husband to feed him - and that's perfectly ok with me!!!

I have another subject to put out here.  Our oldest dobe, Lucius, is having some trouble with his hind legs.  Lucius is 9 years old and is in very good health otherwise.  He plays ball outside with his brothers and runs and barks at squirrels (he DESPISES the little creatures!!!).  His appetite is great and no troubles urinating or with his bowels.   Stools are nice and firm.

Lately he has been taking his time going up and down the short flight of stairs that lead to the back yard.  The steps are hardwood.   I am going to buy stair pads to put on them.

When he jumps onto his love seat to lay down - he doesn't really use his hind legs to do that.  He jumps up putting all the effort on his front legs.

He doesn't seem to have a hard time walking outside, but he really doesn't like the hardwood floors in the house.

I don't know if this is the beginning of hip displacia, or maybe arthritis?

We are taking him in to be examined - he's due for shots anyway.  I just wanted to see if anyone has suggestions or comments.

Thanks all!

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Hi Donna... I think your vet can tell you a lot just by looking at his gait.. Sofia was bothered with arthritis until we put her on the "d' word. Losing 10 pounds made a huge difference in her health attitude and energy...

Of course it's best to get your Lucas looked at.. just hoing for an esy fix here.

Elias is a hoot.. makes you wonder what goes on in their minds..

Today both our fur girls were gnawing their knuckle bones.. neither one was very happy until they switched bones.. dunno what that was all about either..

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Thanks Katie!

My husband noticed a sore on Lucius' left hind leg.  This could account for his "tenderness" in using his hind legs - but you're right, his doctor will be able to let us know more.

And yes - Elias is a hoot, all right!!!  After I "scold" him, he'll come over to where I'm sitting and lay his head on my arm - as if to say "Oh, Mommy it's my JOB to aggravate you"!!!