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She is 5 months old, I switched her to Orijen about a month ago, she did this with her other food Bill Jac as well, I put the food down she eats half a cup and starts to scavenge for food, it pretty quite frustrating, any ideas?
 

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Try adding a little warm water to it and see if she eats it better. We do this occasionally and the dogs think it is such a great treat!
 

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Do you have her on a feeding schedule? You could pick up the food after 10 minutes if it isn't eaten and let her wait until her next meal to eat again.

The water definitely works, too! Mine were off their food for several months last year. There is nothing more irritating than a member of a supposedly never-sated breed of dog staring dumbly at you and a food bowl, then walking off with disinterest.
 

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I do the warm water thing since it's dry food, just a bit, and I mix the food a bit with my hands. I only leave it out for a few minutes, and then it gets taken up. Fortunately Henry, although picky, has been eating really well for me for over a year now. In the beginning, though, same problem. Plus vomiting lol
 

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Yeah I am going to try warm water, but yeah she looks at it and then starts to sniff around in the room lol, I am just like what the hell?! I do leave it ouf for like 10 minutes or so, but then she will start to scavange the house! lol. When she only eats small portions of her food eventually she will get so hungry she its it all up! But I heard with Orijen puppy and dog food they dont eat as much because they can digest and absorb it so well, I thinking this might be the case. But no excuse for just staring at the food an walkin away hah!
 

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I tried a couple different puppy foods before I found one that Murphy seemed to like. He did the same thing with a couple brands before we tried the Nutro puppy food.
 

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Just a thought, from my vet, a dog will never starve itself if there is food available. When she is done, pick up the bowel and save it till she decides she's hungry again. Then put it down, and isolate her from the other dog....she'll get the hint pretty soon. Maybe her tummy isn't big enough for all that food.
 

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it might also be the time of day you present the food, we free feeds so just fill up the bowl in the morning and he can eat whenever he wants but even if it was the tastiest thing he would never eat in the morning, once i realize that i stopped expecting him to eat breakfast. Also as cathy said they wont starve themselves, dont give her scraps, and only present the food for a few minutes, if she doesnt' eat it take it away , after going hungry for a day or two she'll DEF. take a hint and begin eating it when you give it to her.
 

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I have fed Winston Orijen since he was quite young. He was still being fed 3 times a day at 5 months. I put his food down and remove whatever he didn't eat after 20 minutes. I never gave it back. Next feeding time he would be offered the usual amt.
He did go through phases where he didn't eat right away, but it still got taken away after 20 minutes. Eventually, he'd eat what he wants because he knew it wouldn't last.
Also keep in mind that if you are giving treats during the day, they will need/eat less kibble.
Winston had a skin rash so I used fish oil on his food for a while (did wonders for his coat and skin). He loved it, so you might want to try that.
Winston is living proof that you do not need to feed as much as it says on the bag, especially orijen. He's a very healthy 30+ pounds! I cut it back to 3/4 cup twice a day.
 

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Thank for you responses everyone she is definitely gaining weight, the vet said she is as healthy as a clam! lol. I feed her Natural Balance and Canidae snack bits, very healthy still, gawd I wish I could give myself healthy food all the time, its easier to do it for a dog!
 

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I have 2 that have done the same thing. I now add a teaspoon of either pumpkin or canned food to the dry and mix it around. They have no problem eating now...
 

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Charlee won't eat his food unless we add something to it. I usually add some canned food or a few tablespoons of ground venison.
 

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Ok so I noticed today, I put food in my hand and she started eating out of my hand, she did it a few times, then started eating on her own out of the bowl, what does that mean?
 

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Originally Posted By: hAVoC561one more bump, i put treats in the bowl, she eats them, i think she has brat syndrome? thought?
I generally don't pander to my dogs. I put their bowls down for 15 minutes and if they haven't eaten in that time I take it away until the next meal.

If you think she is just being a brat don't pander to it, take the food away if she doesn't eat it. A dog won't starve themselves and they will eat if they are hungry.
 

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this morning she sure walked away from her food lol, but she sure had no problem eating a treat, Brat! no more treats until she eats her food! I told my roomates the same, i spent to much money on her yesterday, i bought her a bed and a Kong, and more training treats.
 

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Ok so now I know I think, why my puppy does not eat her food in the morning, she knows I go to work almost right after so I laid on the floor and got tons of love! And she went straight to her food, it was pretty nice! When I get home she just scarfs it down she is super hungry then, she eats half of it in the morning, but as long as she eats, its good I know she is healthy and has an apetite! :-D
 
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