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|08-24-2005, 11:33 AM||#1|
No Longer a Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Des Moines, WA
new yorkie owner with food question
I picked up Bob (Bobby) from the rescue yesterday.
He's a 5 year-old yorkie, 5 lbs., who was used as a stud by a breeder, but apparently stopped doing his "job" (tough work, if you can find it...), and he ended up in foster care with a rescue organization.
He won't eat dry food for me. His foster mom said he was eating the same middle-of-the-line venison and rice kibble that she fed all her foster dogs, and so I stopped and picked up a bag (good quality). The pet store also gave me about a dozen sample bags of other kibbles, but Bob is showing no interest in any of them.
Do I just leave it out and wait for him to come around? My last dog (a mini-dachshund) was the same way--and in the end, she won. She would only eat the best wet food that money could buy.
I don't want the little guy to be hungry, and I know he is...but I also don't want there to be any question about who's training who at this early stage. Input, please!!
|08-24-2005, 11:49 AM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2004
You can try to mix and gradually feed only dry food. Also there is a food (very cute with vegetables) that you can wet it before serving...Mojo really liked it! Ohh, and what about gravy? maybe you can give it a try...
Thati & Mojo
|08-24-2005, 11:51 AM||#3|
Love my Yorkies
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: New Port Richey, Florida
He is probably a bit frightened right now, I would really try to stick with the dry food, but maybe (just in the beginning) you can mix some wet in it..
Karen~ Bell, Lilly and Peter's Mom
|08-24-2005, 12:05 PM||#4|
Crazy about Kacee!
Join Date: May 2005
You've probably already done this, but have you tried sitting him in front of his plate between your knees and hand-feeding him one bite at a time to see if he'll start on his own then? Just a suggestion... Spoil 'em rotten I say!
Muffin 1991-2005 Rest in Peace My Little Angel
|08-24-2005, 01:31 PM||#5|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Natural Balance is affordable and has a wet texture to it. That is known to be a good one for a mature dog like yours.
Other ideas is using dry food and mixing in cottage cheese or scrambled egg. They love it!
Kimberly & Stomper
|08-25-2005, 11:51 AM||#6|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Jul 2005
I would slowly ween him off of the wet food. He might not even know that he's supposed to be eating the other stuff if he is only used to eating wet food. I like the idea of hand feeding also. That's what we had to do with Brody for the first week or so when we got him.
Holly and Brody
Brody's Dogster Page:www.dogster.com/?132069
|08-25-2005, 12:52 PM||#7|
Join Date: Mar 2005
They say a dog will not starve itself but I know how hard it is when you wnat them to eat. The suggestions here are all good but kibble is the best thing for his teeth so if you feed wet food, I would only do it once a day or mix it with the kibble as a compromise.