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Old 02-13-2007, 08:19 AM   #1
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My 6 month old yokie girl, Manya, used to be the best eater in the world up until now. I used to feed her three times a day with Nutro Lambe and Rice dry food and she would consume her portion in no time.

However, I noticed that recently she became less excited about food. Thinking that it might be too hard for her to chew because she is teething, I dampened her dry food with a little water. Initially, she became super excited with this little change. Unfortunately, her excitement has not lasted long. Seeing this change in her behavior, coupled with unexpected dryness in her skin and dandruff like flakes in her hair, I started thinking about switching foods.

I was approaching the end of my Nutro bag when the Whole Dog report of best foods came out. When Nutro was not there, I was firm about deffinitely switching.

I narrowed the recommended foods to Innova and Canidae, and finally picked Canidae after learning that almost everybody on this forum is so happy with it, especially with the skin and hair condition of their dogs. I was also happy learning that the taste of Canidae was prefered over Innova.

Anyway, to make the long story short, I've started the change gradually but my dog has not become any more excited about Canidae. Moreover, I think that she much prefers her old Nutro to Canidae. I literally have to hand feed her in order for her to eat. I also think that the small and round shape of Canidae kibble makes it hard for her to bite on.

I don't know what to do. Is her behavior normal? Why has she changed from being a happy eater to being a "problem baby", LOL ? Have you, guys, especially those with Canidae experience, encountered anything like that?
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I have to make feeding time a game of sorts for my yorkies. I throw some on the ground and they chase after it and then once they start eating, they come up to the bowl and eat the rest. Yorkies, in general, are picky eaters. I would stick to the Canidae and try sprinkling some grated parmesean cheese (the kind that comes in the green can) on top and see if that helps. The grated parmesean cheese is small enough so she can't pick off the cheese and leave the food! You could also consider pouring some low sodium chicken broth on top and see if that helps.
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I was in the same boat. She used to love nutro until she stops eating the nutro kibbles. It seems the kibbles stale after awhile. I switched to canidae and she is eating well, if mixed the food with dry liver or spoon of canned merrick food. I feed her 1/2-2/3 cup twice a day. The problem with me is that she poops alot! At least 4 times !She is 7 months and 4.5 lbs. Do you have poop problem ?
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Another food enhancer sprinkler is freeze-dried liver powder. I buy the tubs of freeze-dried liver for training treats, and I pulverize several cubes in the mini chopper until it makes a powder. You don't need much. I use only about 1/4 tsp sprinkled on the food.

I get her all excited about it like this: First I scoop out her royal canin and put it before her and tell her to sit. Then I get the tub with the liver powder. You can tell then that she's getting all excited. I open it up, and say "you want this?" She starts wiggling and getting all excited. Then I put the small spoon fulll on her food, and stir it in. As I'm stirring it, she gets so excited, she can't keep her snout out of the food.

This from my picky dog!
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I have to make feeding time a game of sorts for my yorkies. I throw some on the ground and they chase after it and then once they start eating, they come up to the bowl and eat the rest. Yorkies, in general, are picky eaters. I would stick to the Canidae and try sprinkling some grated parmesean cheese (the kind that comes in the green can) on top and see if that helps. The grated parmesean cheese is small enough so she can't pick off the cheese and leave the food! You could also consider pouring some low sodium chicken broth on top and see if that helps.
I had the girls on Nutro Ultra Adult/Puppy for a few months. I also didn't see it getting high ratings so I switched to Canidae. Sadie is 3 yrs old and Lillie is 7 1/2 months. The Candidae is good for all stages so I can feed it to both of them. Sadie has ALWAYS been a very picky eater..Canidae seems to be the only food I have found that she really likes....However, I have to add soft food to it. I buy the Canidae soft and mix about 2 heaping tablespoons with the kibbles..They eat it all!
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I have to make feeding time a game of sorts for my yorkies. I throw some on the ground and they chase after it and then once they start eating, they come up to the bowl and eat the rest. Yorkies, in general, are picky eaters. I would stick to the Canidae and try sprinkling some grated parmesean cheese (the kind that comes in the green can) on top and see if that helps. The grated parmesean cheese is small enough so she can't pick off the cheese and leave the food! You could also consider pouring some low sodium chicken broth on top and see if that helps.
Oh my gosh, this is a good suggestion! Chewy has not been eating well the last couple of days, so I sprinkled a little parmesan cheese on top, and he gobbled it up. I've never seen him eat so fast, I was a little worried he was eating too fast! Anyway, good tip.
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I feed the nutro natural choice lamb and rice small bites to Harley and whenever he starts to show a lack of interest in his food I just pour his kibble into his round kong and he goes crazy. He loves to work for the food, to roll it around and get his breakfast like a pro. Sometimes just making the food into a reward for playing a game can spike their interest. If he's still not all gung-ho about it I'll just cut a slice out of his natural balance lamb roll and add those bits to the ingredients too. And that will ALWAYS do the trick. You should try it
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