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hey everyone,
i dont know if its a big problem but pita sometimes doesnt eat her dry food until the evening and even in the evening she doesnt eat a lot. when a get really worried i give her chicken and other goodies witch she eats without a problem. i tried 2-3 types of food and she doesnt really eat none of them... (until the evening). so she actually eats only one meal a day... any suggestions?
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Chloe eats once a day too. She just won't eat more than that (unless it's like you said: goodies). Don't worry about it, as long as her stool is good and she is not losing weight, it's perfectly normal.
What you CAN do, is add a little warm water to her food, it will create a gravy like layer that will draw her to the food more.
 

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Originally Posted By: doronkollwhen i get really worried i give her chicken and other goodies witch she eats without a problem
Just keep in mind that our beagles are quite smart -- Pita may be holding out for those added goodies. I would suggest that you pick up the uneaten food after 30 minutes and not add anything to it or give her treats. As long as she is healthy, she will not starve herself -- when she gets hungry enough, she will eat the dry food. After she is back in the habit of eating the dry food, you could add in something occasionally or give her a treat.
 

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Although Booker loves nothing more than food, and her dinner is probably the high point of each and every day, she won't touch it unless we put warm water on the dry food... then she attacks it like she is starving! It sounds like Pita might just not like dry food by itself either - so I would definitely suggest trying the warm water route first to see if that is the problem and therefore the easy solution, before trying anything else more complicated.
 

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Scout is like this too. She sometimes eats late or not at all. We have switched her food once and she went crazy over the new food. Then after about a week it was back to only eating it occasionally. My wife wants to switch food again, but I think that she will love it for a week and then get tired of it. I know she isn't going to starve herself just because her food is boring, so I only get worried if it goes on for a few days in a row. Usually if she doesn't eat one day she will the next because she will be hungry.
 

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Cobi attacks food like he hasn't eaten in years. However, there are HOT days that he isn't as rambuncious, rather like we are when it's hot. We just don't want to eat. Holding out for treats is a good answer to the problem too....maybe use carrots or beans for a treat instead of something else...and only for special times. As I've said before, our vet told us that dogs, especially beagles, will never starve themselves to death, if food is available. I'm thinking it's a matter of mind over matter, she might just be trying to psych you out.
 

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They are definitely smart, especially when it comes to food. I'd be willing to bet she's already learned that if she leaves the dry boring food alone she'll get the yummy chicken. Fin has some strange eating habits as well. Sometimes he gobbles it right up, sometimes he leaves it till the next day, and sometimes he eats half now and half later. I just have him on a max amount of food per day. If he eats it all fine, if not I just leave it. One thing is for sure, they will never starve themselves.
 

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Lucky is really weird about eating too. He will eat a bowl full one day then not touch it for two days. He is silly. I would recommend not giving the treats/chicken since I agree she has probably figured out that if she doesn't eat the dry food then she gets something better.
 

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I'd agree with Chloe's mom - as long as your dog is maintaining weight, good stool and normal energy level, I wouldn't worry too much.

Oreo occasionally won't eat but has never skipped two in a row. And now that he's learning to eat from his kong, he gets chicken, peanut butter and bananas in it, but not as a regular meal replacement.
 

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I wish I had a finicky beagle! Mine all eat like their food like they haven't eaten in a week. They get 1/2 cup for breakfast before I go to work and 1/2 cup for dinner when I get home from work, and it's inhaled in minutes (if not seconds). There's not a skinny beagle in the pack!
 

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Both of ours will devour anything put in front of them at home. Be very careful giving your Beagle human food. It's not really good for them, even if it's healthy for us, it may not be good for fido. He may very well have figured out that he just needs to hold out for better food by turning his nose up at the dog food. They only thing they don't like is lettuce. Carrots are great snacks and keep them busy. Tinker eats treats when we are out at the dog park or PetSmart but Belle won't take snacks when she is out. Weird. I think she thinks another dog will get her for her food, because she is a little vacuum cleaner back at home with those very same snacks. Speaking of human food being given to our dogs, can anyone name five foods that are dangerous for dogs? I'll start: Chocolate. In large enough amounts, the theobromine in it interferes with their ablity to digest. And that's not good. Other foods have theobromine in it too, but not like chocolate. Name some other foods people, time to test our knowledge here!
 

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Charlie is spoiled. He would not eat just kibbles, always mixed with left over meat from our dinner. I rinse off the sauce if any. Lunch, I will just feed kibbles, he will eat it only if he is very hungry. Sometimes he would sniff, and walk away!
 

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EXCELLENT! We should all remind our fellow Beagle (and other dog) owners about the foods that are toxic. I had heard about Chocolate years and years ago but only recently found about grapes, raisons, tomatoes (green parts), potatoe peels, any bones that splinter, and onions. I did hear about the chewing gum just this morning on the radio. Of course, as a kid, I heard gum stays in your intestinal tract for seven years. I was deathly afraid as an 8 year old that if I swallowed too much gum, I'd be clogged up for seven years.... Anyway, good show beaglemom! So back to Pita, maybe experiment with the chicken and add a little bit in with Pita's normal food? And don't give Pita anymore chicken if Pita only eats the chicken. The moment you cave in, the dog wins and it'll be that much harder to wrestle control back. A great show to watch on TV if you get the National Geographic Channel is The Dog Whisperer. It's all about leadership, being the 'Pack Leader'. The head honcho, the big cheese, dare I say, the TOP DOG... Anyway, seems some of our Beagles are choosy, or perhaps just don't want to eat all day long. We feed ours once a day. I understand that some vets say to feed twice a day. All I know is that with once a day, the have to go eliminate right after eating and that keeps our regular. Hope this helps.
 

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Chica is on a perpetual see-food diet. If she sees food she wants to eat it.
 

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WOW!!! thank you so so much!!! i will try some of the things you told me to do!! tank you so much... can dogs really eat chewing gum??? thats weird.. never tried!
thank you again!
\doron
 

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my simon (a malamute) loved gum! i'm not a gum chewer but do so occasionally. the second i put it in my mouth it would drive him crazy. he would pace and pace and sit and stare at me until i gave it to him. he would drive me crazy he was so laser focused on the gum. i'd give it to him and he would chew it for a few minutes and then swallow it. he looked sooooo funny chewing it - wide open mouth, chomp, chomp chomp.... 120 lbs of teenager!

another member posted in a thread about it that it takes three or four pieces to cause harm but i don't know for what weight category...

good luck!
 

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The Dog Whisperer rules. Not only does it help me with training Fin, but seeing how bad some dogs can be makes me feel better about him when he's really misbehaving. I always know it could be much worse.
 
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