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Posted 7/30/2008 8:29:57 AM


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My mini poodle doesnt like his food we are giving him. I herd that its not good to switch your dogs food often, so i need to find something that works. I need something that he will actually eat quickly, not some at 5 when we feed him and some at 7 then finish at 8! Any ideas??

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Posted 7/30/2008 8:58:17 AM


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It's not necessarily good to switch your dogs food often. I find what works for my dogs and stick with it. I usually supplement with a bit of canned, so I sometimes switch that from time to time...but the dry kibble remains the same. Really, each dog is different, and finding the right food for your dog might take some trial and error. The first step would be to do some research on kibble to determine what might be best for your dog. A good place to start is dogfoodproject.com. It's an amazing site with tons of info and kibble reviews.

Also, your dog should not be allowed to pick at her food for two hours. Put your dogs food down at feeding time, and give her 20 minutes to eat. Remove the food after 20 minutes. She will soon learn that she must eat when she is fed, not at her convenience.


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Posted 7/30/2008 2:33:12 PM


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I agree with 2browndogs, however, one question. Is the kibble too big for your dog? There are many brands that cater to small dogs with a smaller kibble size. Same food, different size.

                                                                

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Posted 7/30/2008 4:20:09 PM


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You can't "force" a dog to eat all his food at once. If anything I think your dog is smart by maintaining his food so that if he gets hungry later he can always go have some more. Dogs can't just get food off the shelf when it is hungry like humans. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Necessarily, I would be all for 2browndog's idea of taking the food away but I feel that should only be used when the dog is hogging down the food and eating fast. People then tend to think the dog is starving and give it more food. In this case, I feel like the dog has enough sense to know when to stop eating and when to eat.

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Posted 7/31/2008 10:49:41 AM


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Mini poodles can be pickers, I know because I have two. The key is to teach them to eat, my dogs get fed once a day and they get their food for 20 minutes. Whatever they don't eat in that time period gets put back in the food bin until the next day. While it does take some time and you do get guilt tripped by them for a while, they do learn to eat over time.

I personally feed my minis Innova Evo and they do seem to like it. One interesting thing I've found is that they're paticular to the large bites as opposed to the small ones. Seems that they actually like something that they can chew on.

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Posted 7/31/2008 10:54:14 AM


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Funny Pudel...I give my big two the EVO small bites They eat REALLY fast, and it seems the small bites slows them down a bit.

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Posted 7/31/2008 3:46:18 PM


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Foods I recommend:
-EVO
-Diamonds Naturals
-Taste of the Wild.


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Posted 8/1/2008 9:42:56 AM


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Ok, i'll log on! Thanks so much!! I will try the 20 minutes thing as well! My dog is smart enough to eat his food, i just feel bad because i dont think he likes it! Its small packets ok Kibble there not even an inch big! I will try all the ideas and Trial and error! Thanks for your help I really appreciate it!

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Posted 9/12/2008 11:15:21 AM
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This is very sensible advice.
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