Puppy will be one in August. So will be moving on from puppy food. She's been on Vets Kitchen Puppy and is fine on it, however she HATES it and actively spits out the biscuits and is uninterested in her dinners even with cooked chicken, rice etc in it.
She is very picky (all treats are fine though! Greek yoghurt, sausages, liver cake, PoundLand shite all eaten happily), like, she's healthy and everything but it seems like she really wouldn't care if you didn't give her her dinner.
Recently she's had a phantom pregnancy and has completely refused to eat Vets Kitchen, so we got a block of raw stuff from a pet shop which you had to add your own carbs etc, to. She ate the meat and left most of the rest. I've been on that allaboutdogfood website for ages, and it's not helping me decide, there's no category for 'picky fuckers'. Some are very expensive if she turns her nose up at them, and I don't agree with Orijens stance that dogs need to eat like wolves. (Not doing raw feeding. Nope.) Hellpppp <sob>
Raw feeding is so easy!! Really. It's not about putting your hands inside a rabbit and pulling its guts out. Seriously, you can buy blocks of ready made stuff from many different suppliers. Just defrost and serve (or serve half-frozen).
Don't know if you're a vegetarian, but if you meat/chicken for you and family, then it's just the same for dogs. Really no big deal. Your puppy obviously likes it...
I looked at the Barking Heads website and saw Fusspot! Might get a wee sample bag of that, and of Wolfheart, I've read about them, too
Lady, we are vegetarians! Haha! She loves carrots normally, and meat from my mums house, and gets bones from the butchers (and sometimes kidneys and liver...boke!!) I'll see if we can get a complete, ready made raw food, because I'd worry too much about adding all the extras she'd need like carbs, ash, vitamins etc. She won't eat tinned dog food (Butchers) and we have a can of Lily's Kitchen here waiting to be tasted, but it's too expensive for long term.
FFS, never had such problems with any of the other greedy bastards dogs with healthy appetites.
Knew you'd be a vegetarian!! Does make it more awkward, of course, but you can buy fairly "sanitised" packs of raw food now which may be a bit easier for you.
Don't forget they can have fish, especially oily fish like sardines etc. Also egg once a week (raw). If you're worried about vitamins/minerals, I know this stuff is often recommended as an addition. But you don't need added carbs.
Let us know what you end up doing - and we need picture of "picky pup"
My dog can be picky and went through a really bad spell a few weeks ago. He had barely eaten for 4 weeks and went from.not having an ounce of fat to skinny and bony.
I approached to more experienced raw feeder on a page I use for advice and they reckoned I was overfeeding and therefore it was a combination of overfacing him and allowing him to operate his own feast and famine meaning his eating pattern was irregular. They advised dramatically cutting back his food. It seemed crazy to me to cut the portions to a skinny dog but low and behold, I have yet again had to bow down the the wisdom of experience! He has eaten every scrap since and is covering his bones again.
I just offered her a sardine which she walked away from, the. After some coaxing she swallowed it whole... I measured out the amount of dry food she's meant to be eating at her age and weight, and she's never eaten anything near that amount, we've been putting less in her bowl because it just ends up sitting there and getting chucked out once it starts to stink in this heat.
She drinks a normal amount and has normal poos, this week has been particularly bad because-I think- of the phantom pregnancy, and this bloody heat. There's nothing more we can do short of forcing the food down her throat, so I'll have to trust that she'll keep herself sustained.
I have a sample of Barking Heads Fusspot coming, and am going to ask Millie's Braveheart for a sample, too.
Another huge Millie Wolfheart fan here too, cant recommend food and service enough!
(We tried Eden for months, it supposed to be one of the best, but we had loose stools and very smell farts the whole time, changed to Millies Wolfheart country side mix and everything great after 2 days. If you google Eden you will see lots of people have the same problems, it just doesn't suit some dogs.)
They have a fb group you can join and I have seen lots of fussy eaters doing well on it.
The (very nice) owners Mark and June, recommend tough love for fussy eaters - stop feeding snacks, put bowl down for 20 mins, if they don't eat it pick it up and don't feed until next meal, missing a meal or even two wont hurt. They learn quickly if they don't eat it gets removed. You'll never see a dog die of starvation beside a bowl of food!!
For the posters who wanted a wee update: Phantom pregnancy is now over, she'll be neutered on Monday, and is now eating Fusspot by Barking Heads, her appetite is back! I don't think she'll ever be madly excited by the prospect of dinners but at least she's eating some of it now